Fletcher, Ward among Senior CLASS finalists

  • Senior midfielder Matt Sawyer and junior attackman Nikko Pontrello starred in then-No. 5 Loyolas 14-7 pasting of No. 6 Duke on Sunday, but Fletcher was responsible for snuffing out the Blue Devils' brightest star. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior defenseman limited senior attackman Jordan Wolf to a single goal on seven shots and zero assists. Wolf had entered the game leading Duke in goals (12) and assists (10). Fletcher also tied Blue Devils senior faceoff specialist Brendan Fowler with a game-high seven ground balls. For his performance, Fletcher - who leads the Greyhounds in caused turnovers (11) and is tied with freshman faceoff specialist Graham Savio in ground balls (25) - was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks.
Senior midfielder Matt Sawyer and junior attackman Nikko Pontrello… (Larry French, courtesy…)
April 03, 2014|Sports Digest

Colleges

Defenseman Joe Fletcher and attackman Justin Ward (Old Mill) have been named two of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, making Loyola Maryland the only school with a pair of finalists. Other finalists include Ohio State defenseman Joe Meurer (McDonogh) and Maryland defenseman Michael Ehrhardt. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Fans can vote daily on the award website through May 12 to help select the winner.

More men's lacrosse: Tufts junior attackman Cole Bailey (Severn) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week. ... CCBC was named host of the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association championships.

Basketball: The National Park Service's Fort McHenry Guard and Fife and Drum Corps will assist in the presentation and playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the NCAA men's semifinals and championship games Saturday and Monday in Dallas and the women's championship game Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. The corps will carry the full-sized flag in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. At the women's title game, the corps will play as two large American flags — one modern, one like the 1814 "Star-Spangled Banner" — are presented.

Baseball: Host Maryland (18-8) scored five runs in the sixth inning and sophomore left-hander Jake Drossner struck out a career-high nine in an 8-3 victory over Liberty (22-8). Sophomore LaMonte Wade (St. Paul's) had three hits and three RBIs, and Kyle Convissar (Severna Park) had three RBIs. ... Sophomore right-hander Joe Patton (2-2), senior left-hander Kyle Paul and senior right-hander Brandon Gonnella combined on a two-hitter and struck out seven as host Towson (14-9) remained unbeaten at home with a 4-1 victory over Delaware State (12-9). ... UMBC junior outfielder Jake Barnes was named the America East Player of the Week.

Et cetera

Lynch named Catonsville girls soccer coach

Gary Lynch was named girls soccer coach at Catonsville, replacing James Fitzpatrick, who retired in December. Lynch, a Fallston resident, coached at John Carroll for the past 16 seasons before being let go. He previously coached for seven years at the College of Notre Dame. The Comets were 17-2 last season, setting a school record for wins and consecutive victories (16) before losing in the Class 4A state championship game to Walt Whitman, 2-0.

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Varsity boys basketball: Led by a 28-point performance from Woodlawn's Victor McDermott, Maryland came away with a 118-114 double-overtime win over Pennsylvania in the Maryland-Pennsylvania senior all-star game at Harrisburg Christian Athletic Center on Saturday. Maryland rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit, with Westminster's Skyler Schaffer sending the game into overtime on a putback with two seconds left in regulation. Maryland also got 25points from Gwynn Park's Cedric Hines and 20 from Patterson's Dawan Bass.

Glenn Graham

NHL: The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Madison Bowey to a three-year, entry-level contract beginning next season. Bowey, 18, was drafted by the Capitals in the second round, 53rd overall, in 2013 and spent the past three seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. ... The Capitals reassigned forward Chris Brown to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United acquired forward Chris Rolfe from the Chicago Fire for allocation money. Rolfe, 31, has 48 regular-season goals and 22 assists over eight seasons and was the Fire's Most Valuable Player in 2012. He also made 10 career appearances for the U.S. national team.

WNBA: The Washington Mystics said guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt will return to the team this season. She averaged 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 2013. The Mystics also added guard A'dia Mathies and forward Jelena Milovanovic.

American Indoor Football: Audio of the Baltimore Mariners' first game, Friday at the Rochester Raiders at 8 p.m., will be available on herbfm.com.

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