Maryland star Thomas named All-American for third straight year

  • Terps forward Alyssa Thomas waits for a free-throw attempt against Wake Forest.
Terps forward Alyssa Thomas waits for a free-throw attempt… (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore…)
April 01, 2014|Sports Digest

College basketball

Maryland senior forward Alyssa Thomas was named Monday to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's All-America Team for the third straight season. The Harrisburg, Pa., native was honored as an All-American in her sophomore and junior seasons. Thomas is Maryland's all-time leading scorer among both men and women. She leads the Terps this season in scoring (19.1 points per game), rebounds (11.0 per game), steals (50) and assists (140). Her 64 doubledoubles are a program record, and she leads the NCAA in triple doubles this season, with four.

Division I men: UMES junior forward Ishaq Pitt was named a finalist for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award. Pitt is among a group of 16 finalists being considered for the award, as published in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Men's college lacrosse

Runkel and Fletcher grab Patriot League honors

Loyola Maryland seniors Jack Runkel and Joe Fletcher were named the Patriot League Goalkeeper and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively for the fifth and fourth times this season. Runkel's fifth weekly award matches the most weekly awards any player in the conference has earned in a single season, tying Army goalkeepers Adam Fullerton and Tom Palesky in 2008 and 2011, respectively. No player has won any Patriot League weekly award six times. Fletcher's awards are more than any other player in league history for Defensive Player of the Week honors. Runkel made 12 saves on 20 shots on goal in a 10-8 win Saturday at Colgate to help the top-ranked Greyhounds move to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the Patriot League. Over Loyola's past eight games, Runkel has a 5.93 goals-against average. He has a 60.7 save percentage this season coupled with a 7.24 goals-against average. Division III: Salisbury junior attackman Mike Kane earned Capital Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. Kane scored a career-high five goals in the Sea Gulls' 10-7 victory over Mary Washington over the weekend.

Et cetera

Towson lacrosse's Moore named CAA's best for week

Towson women's lacrosse junior attacker Taylor Moore was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week thanks in part to her contributions in the Tigers' 12-10, comeback win over Delaware on Sunday in the teams' CAA opener. Moore finished the week with six goals — including three in a loss to No. 2 Maryland — helping Towson earn a 1-1 split. … Navy freshman midfielder Aislinn Probst (Broadneck)was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. Probst led Navy's defense in a 13-2 win over Colgate last Saturday. She had game highs in both ground balls (4) and caused turnovers (3). … Alyssa Leonard's hat trick paced host No. 8 Northwestern (6-3) to a 7-5 upset of top-ranked North Carolina (11-1). … Salisbury earned its fifth Capital Athletic Conference player of the week honor this season, as senior Shannon Carta won Women's Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

College baseball: Frostburg State junior Zach Weiss (Arundel) was named the CAC Co-Baseball Player of the Week. Weiss hit .714 (5-for-7) with three runs scored, two doubles and a run batted in in the Bobcats' sweep of Southern Virginia on Thursday.

College softball: Salisbury sophomore Paige Knussman and junior Rachel Johnson were named CAC Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

Men's college track & field: Navy sophomore Jay Stell and freshman Griffie Loy earned Patriot League weekly honors Monday. Stell was named Patriot League Male Field Athlete of the Week for the first time this season and Loy won Male Rookie of the Week.

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