Langhorne set for Washington homecoming

Ex-Mystic to play her former team tonight

May 24, 2014|Sports Digest


Langhorne set for Washington homecoming

When Mike Thibault arrived in Washington two years ago with the assignment of rebuilding the Mystics, part of the process included having to relay disappointing news to longer-tenured players that they would not be part of the franchise's future. The most emphatic of those moves came on WNBA draft night when Thibault engineered a deal that sent Crystal Langhorne to the Seattle Storm in exchange for Tianna Hawkins and the No. 7 pick, who wound up being Bria Hartley. Langhorne had become the highest-profile member of the Mystics since being selected No. 6 overall in the 2008 draft, and the forward-center was even more of a hometown favorite after having helped Maryland to the 2006 NCAA title. The third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder in Mystics history is set to make her first trip back to Verizon Center since the trade when Washington hosts the Storm tonight. The Mystics will be playing at home for the first time since losing to the visiting WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, 89-77, in the season opener May 16. "It was a great experience," Langhorne said of her time with the Mystics. "It was just a great atmosphere to play for the local team since I came from Maryland. But now it's a change and starting fresh." Langhorne, 27, has started all three games this season for Seattle (0-3). She scored 15 points Friday night in a 71-59 road loss to the Connecticut Sun. The two-time All-Star averaged 12 points and 6.3 rebounds over her final five seasons in Washington, including a career-high 18.2 points in 2011.

-- Gene Wang, The Washington Post

College lacrosse

Fletcher, Amato earn major USILA awards

Loyola Maryland senior defenseman Joe Fletcher became the first player in program history to win one of the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's major awards Friday, earning the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation's best defensive player. Maryland senior Niko Amato was selected as the winner of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award, presented to the most outstanding goalie. Fletcher led NCAA Division I players in ground balls per game (4.71) and total ground balls (80), and caused a career-high 31 turnovers. Amato Brian Doughertyranks fourth in the nation with a 7.23 goals-against average and eighth with a .566 save percentage. Albany's Lyle Thompson won the Lt. Col. J.I. (Jack) Turnbull Award for outstanding attackman and Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award for outstanding player, and Princeton's Tom Schreiber received the Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin Jr. Award for outstanding midfielder.

Men's honor: Bryant goaltender Gunnar Waldt (St. Paul's) was named a USILA third-team All-American.

Et cetera

Terps add RB recruit; LeGrand reassigned

After a wait of nearly seven months, the Maryland football team has a second commit in its Class of 2015. A three-star running back out of St. Thomas Aquinas High (Fla.), according to's composite rankings, Deltron Sands also had offers from Cincinnati, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Western Michigan. He had 51 carries for 639 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Sands, who had long favored Maryland, joins Linganore offensive lineman E.J. Donahue as the only members of the Terps' recruiting class to have committed.

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College baseball: No. 7 Salisbury (37-8) dropped its opening game of the Division III College World Series, losing, 4-3, to No. 5 SUNY Cortland (36-8) in Appleton, Wis.

College softball: Fourth-ranked Salisbury (42-3) earned its second shutout in as many games at the NCAA Division III tournament in Tyler, Texas, picking up a 5-0 victory against No. 20 Wisconsin-Whitewater (42-3).

Men's college track and field: Johns Hopkins freshman Andrew Bartnett cleared a career-best 5.05 meters (16 feet, 6.75 inches) in the pole vault at the NCAA Division III championships Thursday in Delaware, Ohio, and finished third. He broke his Blue Jays and Centennial Conference records, and is the first Hopkins pole vaulter to earn All-America honors.

Women's college tennis: Johns Hopkins freshman Amanda Austi upset sixth-seeded Megan Tang of Chicago, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, to win her first-round match before falling, 6-2, 6-0, to Kathleen Elkins of Williams in the round of 16 in the NCAA Division III tournament Thursday in Claremont, Calif.

Men's college tennis: Johns Hopkins freshman Michael Buxbaum was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Rookie of the Year for Division III. Buxbaum and fellow Blue Jays Ben Hwang and Emerson Walsh were eliminated from the NCAA tournament Thursday.

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