Terps' Alyssa Thomas is Wade Trophy finalist

Baltimore gymnast Whittenburg finishes sixth on floor in Doha

March 28, 2014|Sports Digest

Colleges

Terps' Alyssa Thomas is Wade Trophy finalist

Maryland senior forward Alyssa Thomas was named one of 12 finalists for the Wade Trophy, presented annually to the nation's most outstanding Division I women's basketball player. This is the second straight year Thomas has been named a finalist for the award. The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 7 in Nashville, Tenn. Thomas was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year for the third consecutive year earlier this month. She is the second player in conference history to earn the ACC's top individual honor three times.

Men's lacrosse: Eric Simon scored twice over the final 3:26 of the game to lift host St. Mary's (4-5, 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference) to a 10-8 win over Wesley (4-3, 0-2).

Women's lacrosse: Ashley Kitzmiller (Manchester Valley) had two goals and two assists to lead Hood (5-2) to a 9-4 win over host Elizabethtown (0-7). The Blazers held the Blue Jays scoreless for more than 49 minutes. … Sawyer Butto had four goals, but host Notre Dame of Maryland (0-5) lost, 12-10, to Bryn Mawr (4-5) in its home opener. The Owls broke a halftime tie at 5 by outscoring the Gators 7-5 in the second half.

Baseball: Outfielder Dominic Fratantuono hit a triple and a two-run home run while driving in five runs to lead Towson (13-8) to a 13-1 victory over visiting Coppin State (6-13). … Host UMBC (5-11) trailed Navy (13-11) by six after five innings and managed to get the tying run on base in the ninth before falling, 9-7.

Women's volleyball: UMES coach Millicent Van Norden, who completed her first season with the Hawks and her 12th as a head coach in 2013, announced that she is leaving UMES to return home to Louisiana to be closer to her family and coach volleyball locally.

Laurel Park

Vazquez ties for trainer lead, two racing days left

Juan Vazquez moved into a first-place tie in the Laurel Park trainer standings with two live racing days remaining in the winter meeting. The 42-day stand ends Saturday afternoon. Vazquez saddled Cochita Rich to victory in Thursday's fourth race to tie Claudio Gonzalez for the top spot. Both have 19 victories. Vazquez, who topped the standings at the Pimlico spring meet last year, will have runners in five of the nine races today and four of 10 on closing day. Gonzalez has runners entered in six races over the final two days.

Et cetera

Baltimore's Whittenburg finishes sixth on floor

Baltimore native Donnell Whittenburg, a U.S. men's gymnastics senior national team member, finished sixth on the floor exercise Thursday in the finals of the Doha Challenge Cup in Qatar. Whittenburg scored a 14.800 in the event and will compete today on the parallel bars. U.S. teammate Paul Ruggeri took silver in the event, earning a 15.150. Kenzo Shirai of Japan posted a 16.000 to win gold.

Orioles: Oriole Park at Camden Yards was ranked the No. 2 ballpark in the nation by travel website TripAdvisor, according to the TripAdvisor Popularity Index, the site announced Tuesday. PNC Park, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, took the top spot with a 5-out-of-5 bubble rating on the site. Oriole Park received a 4.5-out-of-5 bubble rating and has 1,212 reviews.

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