S. Carcaterra, Marr, Beardsley team up for N.Y. lacrosse initiative
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United Lacrosse directors Steve Carcaterra, a three-year starter at attack for Towson University, and Ric Beardsley have entered into a partnership with University of Albany coach Scott Marr and his Top Dog Lacrosse club. Marr was an attackman on the 1987 Johns Hopkins national championship team before serving as an assistant coach under Dick Edell at Maryland for six years. Carcaterra, Beardsley and Marr are Yorktown, N.Y., natives. United Lacrosse and Top Dog Lacrosse will hold tryouts for Team United Albany. This summer, Team United New Jersey, Team United New York and Team United Albany will compete in four summer tournaments. "This is one of those full-circle moments for us," Carcaterra said. "Growing up, Ric and I looked up to Scotty as a mentor and coach. To be joining him in an effort to bring the Team United philosophy and guidance to players in the Albany area is a great honor, and we are very fired up to get to work." Players from all towns and programs in the Albany area are encouraged to attend the Team United Albany Tryouts on Jan. 21.
Junior college women's lacrosse: Two area women's teams are ranked in the top five in Lacrosse Magazine's National Junior College Athletic Association preseason rankings. Anne Arundel Community College was picked No. 3, while CCBC Essex was No. 5. Defending champion Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y., was ranked No. 1. Sophomore Meghenn Jackson (Broadneck) was chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year; she's a returning first-team All-American who had 91 goals and 21 assists to finish second in the nation in points (112) last season. She also was the leading scorer on Anne Arundel's soccer team in the fall, with 49 points as a forward. On the men's side, CCBC-Essex was ranked No. 3. Onondaga was No. 1, having won four straight NJCAA titles.
Youth boys lacrosse: The Turtles, a member of Long Island Express, repeated as the under-13 champions of the Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions on New Year's Eve in Wesley Chapel, Fla. The Turtles' road to the finals vs. Denver Elite included wins over Brothers of War from Alabama, Akwesasne Attack from northern New York, Palm Beach Storm and Stampede LC from Florida and the Baltimore Breakers of Maryland. The U-13 bracket consisted of 27 teams from more than 13 states across the country and Canada. Each team had to earn the opportunity to compete for the national championship by winning a qualifying tournament last summer.
Women's college basketball: UMES signed three players to national letters of intent for the 2013-14 academic year: forward Briana Mack and guard Briana Sye of Harrisburg (Pa.) High and guard Mariah McCoy of Northwestern High in Rock Hill, S.C.
Girls basketball: The York (Pa.) Unity girls Amateur Athletic Union team is accepting online registration for girls currently in seventh grade who want to play travel ball at the national level and for girls in 10th, 11th and 12th grades who are looking to play at the college level. For information, go to yorkunitysports.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
—From Sun staff and news services