Towson men's basketball
Benimon a finalist for Lou Henson Award
Towson University junior forward Jerrelle Benimon is among 25 finalists for the Lou Henson Award, it was announced Monday. The award is presented annually to the top mid-major player in college basketball. For the second straight year CollegeInsider.com is working with Point3 Basketball to promote the Lou Henson award "fan vote," which will constitute 33 percent of the final vote. Benimon is averaging 16.7 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season. He is tied for the NCAA lead with 19 double doubles and he is fourth in the nation in rebounding. The 6-foot-8 junior leads in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks for the Tigers (16-13, 11-5 Colonial Athletic Association), who have recorded their highest victory total since 1995-96. With two games left, the Tigers have a chance to record the largest single-season turnaround in NCAA history. The award will be presented at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA basketball championship. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson, who is the winningest coach at Illinois and New Mexico State, and one of only 12 coaches to take two schools to the Final Four.
Other honors: Towson freshman guard Jerome Hairston was named CAA Co-Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season. Hairston scored a career-high 20 points and made three steals in the Tigers' 72-71 victory over Drexel on Saturday.
Division III: McDaniel will travel to Albright for the first round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference South tournament Wednesday, its first-ever ECAC appearance. Game time is 7 p.m. The Green Terror (14-11) earned the No. 8 seed and will take on the top-seeded Lions (20-6) in the quarterfinals of the eight-team tournament.
Maryland sophomore center fielder Charlie White has been voted one of Louisville Slugger's National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week after an impressive weekend series against Oakland. In the four-game set, White went 10-for-15 (.667) at the plate with three doubles, scored six runs, drove in five runs and stole 10 bases. He stole four in game one of Friday's doubleheader, the most in one game by a Terp since Larry Long swiped four against Howard on April 15, 1998. White helped the Terps steal a program-record 11 bases in the first game of Friday's doubleheader and 26 over the entire series. The Terps won all four games against the Grizzlies. White currently ranks first in steals in the ACC with 10, six more than the next-highest total. He ranks 10th in the ACC with a .458 batting average. White is the first Terp to win ACC Player of the Week honors since Seth Kane in 2002. White shared the honor this week with Florida State's Marcus Davis.
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Mount blows lead in ninth, loses to St. Bonaventure
Mount St. Mary's lost to St. Bonaventure, 6-5, in the first of a three-game series in Port Charlotte, Fla., as the Bonnies rallied for four runs in the ninth. Zane Bard led the Mount (2-4) with three hits, while Tom Healy was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Jay Knight and Andrew Clow also added two hits each in the loss. Sam Nott, who was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week earlier in the day, continued his hot start to the year with his fourth home run of the season. He has driven in at least one run in each of the Mount's six games this year. On the mound, Chris Campbell started, allowing two runs and three hits in five innings of work. Michael Locondro The teams play again today at 1p.m.
Johns Hopkins' Bewak is Centennial Wrestler of Year
Johns Hopkins sophomore Paul Bewak, who is ranked second in the nation, was named Centennial Conference Wrestler of the Year, becoming the first Blue Jay to win the honor. Bewak (125 pounds) was one of three Blue Jays wrestlers named to the All-Centennial first team, while three others earned honorable mention. Bewak (31-3) captured his second straight Centennial Conference title with a 2-1 win over Chris Donaldson of Ursinus in Saturday's conference tournament final. He has won a school-record 22 consecutive matches and has not lost a match this season to a Division III opponent. Joining Bewak on the first team are senior Paul Marcello and freshman Christian Ostrowski, while junior Duncan Crystal, sophomore Christian Salera and freshman Kyle Spangler all received honorable mention.
Capitals: Goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Erskine agreed to two-year contract extensions, the team announced Monday. Holtby, 23, reached a $3.7 million deal, while Erskine, who turns 33 before the deal goes into effect, agreed to a $3.925 million extension that will keep him with the Capitals through the 2014-15 season. million in 2013-14 and $2 million in 2014-15 under the new contract, and his salary cap hit will clock in at $1.85million. This season, in the final year of his entry-level deal, Holtby will earn a prorated $600,000 salary and carries a salary cap hit of $637,777. Erskine, meanwhile, will earn $1.925million in 2013-14 and $2million in 2014-15. He was in the final season of a two-year, $3million deal and would have become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
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Women's pro soccer: The Washington Spirit of the new National Women's Soccer League has added an exhibition game against Duke at 3p.m. March 24 at the Maryland Soccerplex in Germantown and a preseason match at Maryland at 7p.m. April 3 at Ludwig Field. The season will begin April 14 at the Boston Breakers. For ticket information, go to tickets.washingtonspirit.com. ... Spirit midfielder-forward Colleen Williams and forwards Tiffany McCarty and Stephanie Ochs were named to the U.S. under-23 national team and are traveling with the squad through March 5 to play against Norway, England and Sweden in La Manga, Spain.
Women's college volleyball: Justin Turco, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Trinity, was named head coach at Salisbury.
Women's college soccer: Navy received the Team Ethics Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, becoming one of just six NCAA Division I programs to receive the Silver Award. The Team Ethics Award recognizes programs that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they receive during the season.