Loyola defenseman Joe Fletcher, center, on the U.S. men's… (Craig Chase / Baltimore…)
Loyola's Fletcher makes men's US Lacrosse team
After a tryout process that included 98 players and spanned seven months, US Lacrosse named Loyola Maryland defenseman Joe Fletcher as part of the U.S. men's national team's 30-man roster for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, held July 10-19 in Denver. Fletcher, the lone collegian on the team, joins a roster featuring a number of local players, including attackmen Marcus Holman (Gilman) and Steele Stanwick (Loyola High), midfieflders Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) and Drew Snider (Maryland), defensemen Tucker Durkin (Johns Hopkins) and Kyle Hartzell (Curley/Salisbury), and goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman (Johns Hopkins).
Varsity boys basketball: Jamal EgglestonTerry PageMalik RodriguezHost Loyola took a two-point lead with six minutes left and never trailed the rest of the way as it upset No. 7 St. Frances, 64-59. Phil Heinrich had 18 points, Billy Plunkett had 15 and Ryan Fields had 13 points for Loyola, which sealed the game by converting its last eight free throws. Will Robinson led St. Frances with 18 points. …No. 12 Ben Franklin-Masonville Cove (13-5) was led by a trio of double-digit scorers — Jamal Eggleston (13 points), Terry Page (13) and Malik Rodriguez (10) — in a 70-39 win over host Cristo Rey Jesuit.
Horse racing: The state Board of Public Works approved the outsourcing of drug testing for horses by the Maryland Racing Commission. According to Mike Hopkins, executive director of the Racing Commission, the outsourcing was done as part of a national movement to have uniform testing and medication policies with accredited labs that have access to state-of-the-art technology. Hopkins said the contract with California-based Truesdail Laboratories is for five years and $2.7 million. "It may be a little bit of cost saving, but not much," Hopkins said.
— Don Markus