UVa. spoils Loyola rally in men's lacrosse opener
James Pannell assisted on the tying goal with one-tenth of a second left in regulation and scored the game-winner 1:44 into overtime as No. 10 Virginia won, 14-13, over visiting No. 14 Loyola Maryland in the men's lacrosse season opener for both teams. The Greyhounds trailed 12-4 after three quarters before scoring nine straight goals — the last by Tylor Albrecht — for a 13-12 lead with 17.1 seconds left. Mick Parks won the ensuing faceoff for the Cavaliers and as time expired Ryan Tucker (Gilman) took a pass from Pannell, and tied the game with one-tenth of a second left. Parks then won the overtime faceoff and Virginia managed to get three shots off before Pannell's game-winner. Pannell finished with four goals and an assist, leading all scorers. Five Greyhounds — Albrecht, Romar Dennis, Nikko Pontrello, Matt Sawyer and Brian Schultz —scored two goals a piece. For each, other than Pontrello, it was the first multi-goal game of their career. Brian Sherlock and Justin Ward (Old Mill) both had one goal and two assists in the game, while Pontrello and Sawyer had assists. Loyola's comeback was spurred by solid play at the faceoff 'X' by Graham Savio. In his first college game, he won 11 of 18 restarts. Virginia picked up 35 ground balls to the Greyhounds' 32. Pontrello led the way with a career-high five, while Savio and Duffy each had four.
Women's college lacrosse: Towson senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback (Westminster), the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Year, was selected by the league's coaches as the preseason women's lacrosse Co-Player of the Year. April IannettaJoining Rohrback on the preseason All-CAA team were Tigers attacker Andi Raymond, midfielder Katie Leech (Winters Mill), defender Kaitlin Sheridan and goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly (South River). ... UMBC earned 14 votes and was picked to tie for third place with New Hampshire in the America East preseason coaches poll. Defending champion Stony Brook was picked to repeat, followed by Albany.
NFL: The Ravens are in the process of hiring Pitt wide receivers coach Bobby Engram for their receivers coach vacancy, according to two sources. Engram has one season of NFL coaching experience, as an offensive San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant in 2011. He played wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs over 14 seasons. The Ravens haven't announced the hire, which was initially reported by coachingsearch.com. On Thursday, the Ravens announced the hiring of former Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock as running backs coach.
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Pro basketball: Former Patterson star Aquille Carr, cut by the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League last month, has not abandoned his professional dreams. Carr, who recently signed with Hazan Sports Management, plans to declare soon for the 2014 NBA draft. "We were planning on having him declare for the draft this year," said Daniel Hazan, CEO and founder of Hazan Sports Management in New York. "Right now, he's just going through training."
Women's college soccer: Naomi Meiburger was named head coach at Loyola Maryland. She has spent the past 11 years at Georgetown, the last three as associate head coach. The Hoyas have reached the NCAA Women's College Cup the past two seasons. Meiburger graduated from George Mason in 2003.