More Patriot League honors for Loyola Maryland lacrosse's Jack Runkel, Joe Fletcher

Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards to remember 30th anniversary of Colts' departure

March 18, 2014|Sports Digest

Loyola Maryland senior Jack Runkel won his fourth straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week award, and senior Joe Fletcher earned his third Defensive Player of the Week honor in four weeks. The pair led Loyola's defense in a 7-6 win over Army on Saturday. Runkel made a season-high 19 saves in goal for the second-ranked Greyhounds (6-1, 3-0 Patriot League), three short of his career high, and he allowed just five goals. He is also in the running for Inside Lacrosse's Brine National Player of the Week, to be announced today. Fletcher was matched up against John Glesener, the Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year on Saturday. Glesener took 22 shots in the game and put seven on goal. Runkel made saves on five of those shots, and Glesener finished with two goals.

Division III: Salisbury senior midfielder Brandon Kendrick (Mount St. Joseph), York junior attackman Tyler Davis (Westminster) and sophomore goalie Caleb Abney (Fallston) were chosen as the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Players of the Week. Kendrick and Davis earned Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Abney was the Goalie of the Week.

Women: Loyola Maryland senior midfielder Marlee Paton and junior midfielder Taryn VanThof were honored by the Patriot League as the offensive and midfield players of the week, respectively. Paton becomes the third Greyhound to earn Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors, after registering a career-best 10 points on six goals and four assists in a 22-12 win Saturday over Lafayette. Paton also had four ground balls and four draw controls in the win. VanThof set a school and Patriot League record with 15 draw controls against the Leopards. … Towson freshman attacker Gabby Cha (Mount de Sales) was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week, the first CAA freshman this season to win her second league honor. In a one-goal loss to Loyola Maryland, Cha scored her first career hat trick with three goals on four shots. She then helped the Tigers end a four-game losing streak against Monmouth on Saturday, scoring a pair of goals as well as finishing with a ground ball and a draw control in a 13-5 victory. Cha ranks third on the Tigers in goals (nine) and assists (two).

Et cetera

College softball: For the third consecutive week, Salisbury junior Rachel Johnson has earned the CAC Pitcher of the Week award. Johnson helped Salisbury to a 4-0 week, tossing two complete-game shutouts in wins against Capital and SUNY-New Paltz. Johnson struck out 21 batters this week to give her 81 for the season and 578 in her career, second in program history.

College baseball: Maryland's home game against UMBC, originally scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, has been moved to Harford Community College in Bel Air because of weather-related field conditions. First pitch between the Terps and Retrievers is now scheduled for noon Wednesday. … Towson's home opener, scheduled for today against Monmouth, has been postponed until 2 p.m. Thursday.

Men's college soccer: Michael Marchiano (McDonogh, Maryland) will join the Loyola Maryland program as an assistant coach. The Bel Air native joins head coach Steve Nichols after two seasons as an assistant coach at Army.

Baltimore Colts: Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards will remember the 30th anniversary of the Colts' departure from Baltimore at 6 p.m. Monday with a program called "From Under the Cover of Darkness … 30 Years Later," held at Rockland Center on the Owings Mills campus of Stevenson University. The evening will include a panel discussion, a question-and-answer session, a silent auction and displays from the museum's archives. Tickets cost $55 for the public and $50 for museum members. They can be purchased at MissionTix.com/Colts1984.

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