Nichols earns first win as Loyola Maryland soccer coach
Former McDonogh coach Steve Nichols earned his first career college win Tuesday night, as Loyola Maryland (1-1) outlasted a two-hour weather delay to earn a 1-0 victory over Howard (0-3) in its home opener Tuesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex. Senior Connor Thompson scored in the 22nd minute, and sophomore transfer Matt Sanchez (McDonogh) recorded his first shutout as a Greyhound.
More men's soccer: Maryland senior midfielder Mikias Eticha was named Big Ten Player of the Week after he scored the game winning goal and added an assist in a 3-2 win over Coastal Carolina. ... America East named UMBC senior forward Kay Banjo, a transfer from Towson, Player of the Week after he had two goals and two assists in two victories.
Women's soccer: Senior midfielder Lilly Rydon scored in the 14th minute and UMBC got an own goal in the 23rd minute as the Retrievers (4-0) held on for a 2-1 win at Bucknell (1-3). Junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Severna Park) made eight saves in the victory. The Retrievers will try to go 5-0 for the first time since 1996 when they host Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m. Friday. ... UMBC freshman forward Lisa Nanov was named America East Rookie of the Week. ... Loyola Maryland named West Virginia standout Erica Henderson, now with the Western New York Flash, a volunteer assistant coach.
More soccer honors: UMBC men's defender Marquez Fernandez (McDonogh)and midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (McDonogh) and women's midfielder Jessy Brown were selected as candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
Lacrosse: Tim O'Branski, a 2009 Salisbury graduate and most recently a member of the coaching staff at Georgetown, has been named the first director of lacrosse operations at Johns Hopkins. In this newly created role, O'Branski will assist men's coach Dave Pietramala and women's coach Janine Tucker along with their respective staffs.
Women's lacrosse: Boston University named Ana Heneberry (Loyola Maryland, Dulaney) an assistant coach. She spent the past two seasons as an assistant at High Point, helping the Panthers to back-to-back Big South championships and NCAA tournament appearances. ... Virginia Tech announced the hiring of Kim Kolarik (South River) as an assistant coach. She was an assistant at Lehigh last year.
Women's honor: Coppin State triple jumper Christina Epps and UMES bowler Megan Buja have advanced to the round of 30 in the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year selection process.
Football: Bucknell sophomore running back C.J. Williams (Calvert Hall) was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week.
Women's basketball: Anne Arundel Community College power forward Lindsay Williams from Odenton has signed to play at Hampton.
Spirit lends midfielder Nairn to Melbourne Victory
The Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League has lent midfielder Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) to Australian club Melbourne Victory, the team announced Monday. Nairn, 23, appeared in all 24 regular-season matches last season, finishing with six goals and two assists. Nairn will return to the Spirit ahead of the 2015 NWSL season.
Youth tennis: Francis Tiafoe of Riverdale Park and Raveena Kingsley of Parkton advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open junior championships in New York. Tiafoe moved on when Daniel Appelgren of Sweden retired after one set, and Kingsley committed just one unforced error in defeating Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia, 6-4, 7-5.
NFL: The Washington Redskins cut center Tevita Stevens and replaced him with former Notre Dame standout Braxston Cave. The team also cut linebacker Chaz Sutton, whom they had signed on Monday, and replaced him with former Texas pass rusher Jackson Jeffcoat.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
Varsity girls soccer: Caroline Steele and Eddy Shoop scored to lift No. 11 Severn over Friends, 2-0. Steele and Taylor Critcher had assists. Winning goalkeeper Alayah Hightower made two saves.