Three Loyola Maryland men's players won end-of-season Patriot League awards Monday, with senior attackman Justin Ward (Old Mill) receiving Offensive Player of the Year honors, senior defender Joe Fletcher being named Defensive Player of the Year and senior Jack Runkel winning Goalkeeper of the Year. Ward has 16 goals and 48 assists this season, ranking second in the nation in assists per game. Fletcher spent much of his time paired with the opposing team's top attackman and succeeded much of the time, including holding Duke star Jordan Wolf to one goal March 9. Runkel ranks second in the nation in save percentage (63.1). Ward, Fletcher and Runkel joined teammates Pat Laconi, a senior midfielder, and Nikko Pontrello, a junior attackman, on the league's first team. Navy junior midfielder Gabe Vournard also earned first-team honors.
More Division I men: Delaware junior attacker Tom Holland (Calvert Hall) was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. … UMBC senior faceoff specialist Phil Poe was named America East Conference Co-Player of the Week. ... Cornell freshman goalie Christian Knight (Boys' Latin) won Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors.
Division III: Washington College junior midfielder/faceoff specialist Michael Trapp was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week
Championship Weekend: The NCAA added the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South All-Star Games and Friday Night Faceoff to the festivities at Championship Weekend in Baltimore. Friday Night Faceoff will be the official start to the weekend; it is free to the public and will be held at the Inner Harbor from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 23. The USILA North-South All-Star games feature several of the top seniors from around the country in all three divisions. The Division III All-Star game will be held at M&T Bank Stadium at 10 a.m. May 25, and the Division I and II All-Star game will be at 10 a.m. May 26. Tickets to the NCAA men's semifinals include admission to the North-South All-Star games and can be purchased at NCAA.com/lacrosse.
Fister, Ramos, Hairston nearing return for Nats
While the Washington Nationals suffered another blow by placing Bryce Harper on the disabled list, they should receive a boost soon from a wave of injured players nearing returns. Right-hander Doug Fister, the offseason acquisition who has been on the disabled list all season with a lat strain, is making his first rehabilitation start Sunday at Class A Potomac. If Fister stays on schedule, he could make his debut as soon as May 7. Meanwhile, catcher Wilson Ramos and left fielder Scott Hairston planned to leave Sunday for Florida and extended spring training.
— Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
Community: The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will honor award-winning actor and child safety advocate Bryan Cranston at its annual Aspire Gala on February 13, 2015, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. ... Orioles legend Brooks Robinson will be joined by TV sportscaster Bob Costas on May 16 for an evening of storytelling at Caves Valley Golf Club to benefit Casey Cares. For more information or to sponsor this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-568-0064.
College baseball: Towson senior outfielder Kurt Wertz was named CAA Player of the Week. Wertz batted .476 (10-for-21) with two doubles, a triple, four home runs, nine runs scored and 15 RBIs in Towson's 3-2 week. The effort also earned him Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week accolades from Collegiate Baseball. … Salisbury junior Jordan Gowe and sophomore Connor Shockley won Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively.
Men's college track and field: Navy senior Zack Duncavage garnered Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week honors. Duncavage tied Navy's Mark Van Orden for the most career Male Field Athlete of the Week awards with six. Duncavage and teammate Jay Stell have split the past six Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week honors.
College softball: UMBC freshman pitcher Jessica Holte threw a no-hitter and junior catcher Taylor Hall hit a grand slam to lead the Retrievers (31-17, 8-6) to a 10-0 win over host Hartford (7-28, 1-14), helping clinch their first America East championship appearance since 2011. ... Maryland (8-35, 4-16 Atlantic Coast Conference) was held to six hits and one run in a 9-1 loss to host Notre Dame (34-10, 13-5). The game, which ended in five innings because of the mercy rule, was televised on ESPNU. … Towson junior Missy McCormick was named Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week. … Salisbury junior Rachel Johnson picked up her seventh CAC Pitcher of the Week honor this season. ... McDaniel junior Caroline Brehm was named the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week.