Gavin, Gardner, Cahill, Benner sign with STX
Baltimore-based lacrosse equipment maker STX announced today that it has signed nine new members to Team STX, the first-ever elite post-collegiate women's team: Grace Gavin (Loyola, St.Paul's), Julie Gardner (Severna Park), Dana Cahill (Mercy), Lauren Benner (Severn), Maggie Tamasitis, Clayton Crum, Mary Flowers, Cacki Helmer and Brittany Brigandi. STX announced the signing of Josie Owen (Severn) at the end of last year. "Working to develop Team STX has been such an exciting opportunity for the company," said Carrie Gamper, women's lacrosse assistant category brand manager at STX. "These athletes are the best in the game and it's been great to see their excitement about continuing their lacrosse careers. We are proud to have such hardworking and dedicated players represent us in our efforts to grow the game." STX will announce the rest of the team in June.
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College: Maryland attacker Alex Aust has been named ACC Offensive Player of the Week, announced Tuesday. Aust racked up 19 points in two games for No. 1 Maryland, including five goals and five assists as the Terps defeated then-No. 8 Virginia, 18-10, on the road Friday for their third straight win over a Top 10 foe. ... The game scheduled for today between host Hood and CCBC-Catonsville has been canceled because of the threat of inclement weather and will not be rescheduled.
Terps' Chanenchuk, Murray earn ACC weekly honors
Maryland junior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk and sophomore defenseman Goran Murray have been named Atlantic Coast Conference men's lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the conference announced. Chanenchuk set a career high Saturday with six points on four goals and two assists to lead the No. 1 Terps to a 16-7 win at Duke in Maryland's ACC opener. Murray, meanwhile, limited Duke leading scorer Jordan Wolf to one assist in six-on-six situations. Overall, Murray helped hold the Blue Devils' starting attack to zero goals on seven shots while Maryland's starters were in the game.
More men's honors: Loyola goalkeeper Jack Runkel earned Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors. Runkel finished the week with a 7.52 goals-against average and 18 saves as the Greyhounds defeated UMBC and Bellarmine.
Mount's Wiggins picked as conference Rookie of Year
Mount St. Mary's freshman Shivaughn Wiggins was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year. Wiggins, a five-time Rookie of the Week, is just the second Mountaineer ever to win Rookie of the Year honors. Wiggins is averaging 9.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals this season.
Women's college basketball: Maryland rookies Malina Howard and Chloe Pavlech were named to the All-ACC women's basketball freshman teams. Pavlech earned a spot on the team voted on by the Blue Ribbon Panel, which consists of national and local media members as well as school representatives. Howard was named to the team voted on by the league's head coaches. Pavlech is fourth in the ACC in assist-turnover ratio and eighth in assists (4.2). Howard has averaged 7.5 points per game in league play and has scored in double figures in seven conference games.
Men's college tennis: UMBC freshman Justin Carter (National Connections Academy) was named America East Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week. ... Salisbury junior Demetri Vrahnos was chosen as the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Player of the Week.
College baseball: Maryland's game at Liberty scheduled for today has been postponed until May 1 at 3 p.m. ... Salisbury (6-2) slipped one spot in the D3baseball.com Top 25 to No. 7.
Football: The Penn State Coaches Caravan tour will stop in Baltimore for lunch May 1 and in Washington for a reception that evening as part of visits to 12 locations during two weeks this spring. At each stop, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from football coach Bill O'Brien and at least one other head coach, and ask questions about the Nittany Lions' 31-sport athletic department at a lunch or evening event. O'Brien is scheduled to participate in all 12 Coaches Caravan stops. Coaches also will meet with fans during the lunch or evening receptions before the program.
Wizards: The team announced that it will travel to Brazil during the 2013 preseason to take on the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 12 as part of the NBA's Global Games initiative. This will be the first-ever NBA game played in Brazil. The host city will be Rio de Janeiro.
Capitals: The team placed veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik on waivers.
—From Sun staff and news services