1:07 AM EST, January 31, 2013
Glenelg midfielder Lutts signs with Monmouth
Kendall Lutts (Glenelg) has signed a national letter of intent to play for Monmouth starting in the 2014 season. Lutts has helped lead the Gladiators to a 24-5 record over the past two seasons. The midfielder, who plays club lacrosse with the Rebels, was an All-County honorable mention selection in 2012. Lutts also plays field hockey for the perennial state champion Gladiators. "Kendall has wonderful stick skills and reads the game well," coach Denise Wescott said. "She is an excellent student and will use her knowledge to raise our lacrosse IQ, making quick decisions on the field."
More women: Goalie Ashley Peacock has become the first lacrosse player at Elizabeth Seton High in Bladensburg to earn a Division I scholarship, signing to play for Louisville starting in 2014. Under coach Ashley Russell, Peacock, a two-year captain, has earned all-conference honors the past three seasons. As a junior, she won the Coaches Award. "Ashley is, without a doubt, one of the best keepers coming out of high school," Louisville coach Kellie Young said. "A Maryland native, she plays among the best lacrosse players in the country, game after game, which has prepared her for the collegiate level." ... Navy announced that senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo and defender-midfielder Emily Mellin (St. Mary's High) will serve as co-captains. DePompeo, an attacker, has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year each of the past two seasons. She scored 92 points on 45 goals and 47 assists last season and tallied 99 points on 57 goals and 42 assists in 2011. Mellin was a full-time starter on Navy's defense in 2012 and also sees time on the midfield line. Last season Mellin tallied 30 ground balls, 14 caused turnovers, three goals and one assist.
Men: Group tickets for the Division I quarterfinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis are on sale at NCAA.com/tickets. The group ticket rate of $10 is available with a purchase of 15 or more tickets. Individual tickets, which are $20 and include both quarterfinal games, will go on sale in March. Indianapolis will serve as one of two host sites for the quarterfinals, along with Byrd Stadium in College Park.
Hampstead Ravens' Holland is named Coach of Year
Hampstead resident Tony Holland has been named the 2012 Youth Football Coach of the Year by Winning Youth Football of Lincoln, Neb. Holland is the coach of the Hampstead Ravens 10- to 12-year-old team. His team won the Maryland State Youth Football Championships and finished 14-0. Winning Youth Football is a national organization dedicated to improving youth football through educating and developing coaches.
Spirit releases new logo, adds season-ticket seating
The Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League unveiled its new logo and announced an expansion of available season tickets seating in the VIP reserved sections of the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds after selling out the previous seating. The team opens spring training March 11 and plans several exhibition matches leading up to the season opener the weekend of April 13.
D.C. United: The club has completed negotiations with RSC Anderlecht and sold 19-year-old Andy Najar to the reigning Belgium champion, both clubs announced. The fee was not disclosed, but a source with direct knowledge of the deal valued it at $3 million. Najar becomes Major League Soccer's first homegrown player to permanently move to a European team.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
Indoor: Forward Lucio Gonzaga, who recorded 10 points in two games as the Blast remained in second place in the standings, was named to the Major Indoor Soccer League Team of the Week. Teammates Mike Lookingland and Adauto Neto received honorable mention.
Bullet Catcher to debut at Laurel — this time on track
Twenty days after escaping from Laurel Park and going on a 11/2-mile adventure, Bullet Catcher will make his Laurel debut in today's eighth race, a $40,000 allowance test at 51/2 furlongs. On Jan. 11, the son of Strong Hope tossed jockey Jeremy Rose while heading back to the barn and made his way south on U.S. 1 before being caught safely. "I have never had a horse that hit the blacktop and didn't fall down," trainer Jerry Robb said. "What he went through is a miracle as far as I am concerned." Bullet Catcher ran eight days later, finishing second in an allowance race at Charles Town off a six-month layoff. The 4-year-old gelding is 1-for-7 lifetime with four finishes in the money. "I wanted to give him some time to recover from that morning but he was so full of himself we had to train him three days later," Robb said. "He ran pretty well off the layoff." The sixth choice in an 11-horse field, Bullet Catcher is an 8-1 shot on the morning line today. "It is a tough race," Robb said. "He has always shown a lot of promise but has had a lot of injuries. It seems every time we run him there is something, so I was shocked that he went through what he did three weeks ago and the road didn't hurt him." J.D. Acosta has the assignment. Post time will be 3:55 p.m.
Sports Legends Museum: On Saturday and Sunday, admission will be free for kids under age 14. Guests can have their picture taken with the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV trophy, which is on display at the museum, courtesy of the team.
Navy: The Midshipmen football team will be honored at halftime of the Army-Navy men's basketball game Feb. 16. Select players, including quarterback Keenan Reynolds, kicker Nick Sloan and linebackers Keegan Wetzel and Brye French, will sign autographs between the women's and men's games.
—From Sun staff and news services
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