Undrafted Maryland, Towson, Morgan State players sign free-agent contracts with NFL teams

May 13, 2014|Sports Digest

Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield and cornerback Isaac Goins, Towson offensive lineman Eric Pike and Morgan State offensive lineman Karim Barton were among the undrafted area players who signed free-agent contracts with teams this weekend. Whitfield signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Goins with the Miami Dolphins, Pike with the Indianapolis Colts and Barton with the Philadelphia Eagles. Meanwhile, Towson cornerback Jordan Love was invited to participate in New England Patriots rookie minicamp.

Colleges

Nine from Md. schools receive regional honors

Nine players from Loyola Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Towson were honored as Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Region first-team members. Loyola Maryland had four players on the first team: sophomore defender Maddy Lesher, junior midfielder Taryn VanThof, junior attacker Annie Thomas (John Carroll) and senior midfielder Marlee Paton. Johns Hopkins saw four members make the first team: senior midfielder Sammy Cermack, senior attacker Taylor D'Amore and sophomore midfielder Dene DiMartino. Senior attackers Andi Raymond and Ashleigh Rohrback (Westminster) represented Towson.

Baseball: Towson senior outfielder Kurt Wertz was honored as Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. Last week, Wertz batted .429 with three home runs.. ... UMBC freshman Hunter Dolshun was named America East Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

Women's volleyball: Former UMES coach Toby Rens, who left the program in 2004, is returning to the Hawks at the same positionDirector of Athletics Keith Davidson .

Varsity

Anne Arundel Co. athletic director placed on leave

Anne Arundel County's coordinator of athletics for the public school system has been placed on administrative leave. Gregory LeGrand has been on leave since April 30, said schools spokesman Bob Mosier, who declined to provide additional details. LeGrand has been coordinator of interscholastic athletics since August 2006, Mosier said. In that role, he supervises sports programs at the county's 12 high schools. His administrative leave was first reported in The (Annapolis) Capital. He could not be reached for comment. In LeGrand's absence, Bruce Lawton is the point of contact for sports programs, Mosier said. Lawton is a former coach and athletic director for Old Mill High who has been temporarily assisting in the county athletics office.

Pamela Wood

NHL

Ex-Predators coach Trotz in talks about Caps vacancy

The Washington Capitals contacted Barry Trotz, who was fired by the Nashville Predators less than a month ago, about their coaching vacancy not long after they fired Adam Oates George McPhee in late April, Trotz said in a telephone interview, and there is mutual interest. The Capitals are far from the only ones interested in the Dauphin, Manitoba, native. Of the three other teams looking for a head coach, the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes both reportedly have spoken with Trotz. Vancouver could be in the mix, too. While Washington hasn't ruled out the possibility of hiring a coach first, owner Ted Leonsis said during a recent radio appearance on DC101's "Elliot in the Morning" that he would "prefer to have a general manager and have the general manager work with us to hire the coach." .

Katie Carrera, The Washington Post

Et cetera

Ex-Phillies pitcher ejected from youth game in Md.

Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams was ejected from his son's under-10 baseball game at a Ripken Baseball tournament in Aberdeen for arguing with the umpires. According to the report, the MLB Network analyst had several issues with the umpire's decisions during his team's game Saturday, and observers told Deadspin that Williams confronted the umpire before they were physically separated.

Jon Meoli

National Women's Soccer League: Host FC Kansas City avenged a 3-1 loss in April by beating the Washington Spirit, 2-1, on Sunday night. Amy Rodriguez scored the game-winning goal.

More: Elton Joe (CCBC Essex) scored in the 85th minute on an assist from Aaron Beale (Archbishop Curley) to give the Maryland Bays a 1-0 victory over Vereinigung Erzgebirge in the U.S. Open and Amateur Cup Regional semifinal. The Bays advanced to the regional final June 15 in Eastern, Pa. The winner of that game will travel to Salt Lake City in July for the USASA National Championship.

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman (Pikesville, Johns Hopkins) was named the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week.

Rowing: The Baltimore Rowing club had 15 competitors qualify for the U.S. Youth Nationals at the Mid-Atlantic Junior Regionals in West Windsor, N.J.

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