Booth named Loyola men's assistant coach
Former Maryland basketball star and assistant coach Keith Booth, who has spent the past two years as an assistant women's coach at Loyola, was added Tuesday to the men's staff by newly named men's head coach G.G. Smith. Booth, 38, left College Park after Gary Williams retired in 2011 and Mark Turgeon retained only one member of the previous staff, Bino Ranson. Booth, who grew up in Baltimore and starred at Dunbar, wanted to stay in the area with his daughter in high school and took a job on the women's team. "I am excited that Keith will be bringing his basketball knowledge as a player, coach and recruiter to our staff," Smith said. "In learning to know him as a co-worker at Loyola for the past two years, I have seen that he has a tremendous care for players, and [Loyola women's head coach] Joe Logan could not have spoken higher of Keith as a person or a coach. Keith brings a broad understanding of not only Baltimore basketball and recruiting, but his experience as a player and coach at Maryland and player in the NBA will be huge benefits to our program." Said Booth: "It is an honor to continue to be a part of Loyola athletics, and I am looking forward to working with these players and Coach Smith to continue the success Loyola men's basketball has accomplished Booth." A third-team All-American during his senior year at Maryland in 1996-97, Booth was a first-round draft choice of the world champion Chicago Bulls, and played three seasons in the NBA. He was an assistant at Maryland from 2004 through 2011, with the Terps reaching the NCAA tournament three times and winning at least 19 games in seven seasons.
Player movement: Corey Spence, a 2010 Dunbar graduate, has committed to Northern Colorado. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound point guard picked the Matadors over Liberty. Spence starred this season for Casper (Wyo.) College after playing as a freshman on South Plains (Texas) College's undefeated National Junior College Athletic Association Division I championship team. ... Aaron Parks, a 2012 Baltimore Sun All-Metro first-team selection, has committed to Cal State Northridge. Parks, a 6-3, 198-pound combo guard from Lake Clifton, spent the past year at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. Parks, who will play for former NBA player and Sacramento Kings coach Reggie Theus, chose Cal State Northridge over UNC Wilmington and St. Bonaventure. ... Jamel Artis, a Baltimore native who has played the past two years at Notre Dame Prep, committed last weekend to Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-7 forward also was recruited by Connecticut, La Salle and South Carolina. Artis will be the third Baltimore native on the Panthers' roster next season, joining forward Aron Nwankwo (City) and wing Durand Johnson (Lake Clifton). ... Former Lake Clifton point guard Antonio Barton is considering his options after receiving his release from Memphis on Monday. Anthony "Doodie" Lewis, Barton's former AAU coach at Cecil Kirk, said the junior plans to graduate from Memphis this summer and be eligible to play at another Division I school right away. "Antonio will probably wait until the next couple weeks [to formulate a list]," Lewis said. "It's still a little bit early." Barton appeared in 26 games for the Tigers as a junior, averaging 5.6 points and shooting 39.7percent from the field. He was sidelined for the latter part of the 2012-13 season with a fractured foot.
Junior college: Baltimore City Community College signed 6-foot-6 forward DaJuan Dent (Oakland Mills) to play in the 2013-14 season. Dent averaged 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game as a senior, earning All-Howard County first-team honors while helping the Scorpions to the county championship.
Hobart men rally past No. 5 Syracuse in lacrosse, 13-12
Alex Love scored the game-winning goal with 2:13 left to play as visiting Hobart stunned fifth-ranked Syracuse, 13-12, in men's lacrosse. The Statesmen (6-6) scored the final four goals and were led by Love's six goals. Dylan Donohue had three goals for the Orange (9-3), which had won four straight games.
Men's college lacrosse honor: Bryant freshman goalie Gunnar Waldt (St. Paul's) was named Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Women's college lacrosse games: Molly Murray (Aberdeen) had four goals and an assist, and visiting Notre Dame Maryland (5-5, 3-3) earned a 14-6 win over Rosemont (0-12, 0-7). ... Sophomore Kailah Kempney recorded a season-high five points to lead fifth-ranked Syracuse (10-3) to a 16-4 victory over visiting Cornell (7-5).
Women's college lacrosse honors: Johns Hopkins freshman attacker Jenna Reifler (Roland Park) was named WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week. ... Hopkins senior goalie Cosette Larash (Archbishop Spalding) was named American Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Penn State freshman midfielder Jenna Mosketti (Fallston) was named ALC Rookie of the Week. ... Maryland senior attacker Alex Aust and senior goalkeeper Kasey Howard (Broadneck) were named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively. ... Princeton sophomore attacker Erin McMunn (Winters Mill) was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week.
College baseball: Maryland scored three runs in the eighth inning to erase a two-run deficit and held on for a 4-3 victory over host Virginia Commonwealth (16-18). The Terps (20-17) had just three hits entering the eighth. ... Matt Busch singled with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th inning as Bucknell (13-24) rallied for a 5-4 victory over Towson (19-18). ... Senior right-hander Andrew Levy (North Carroll) gave up two runs in eight innings as Salisbury (24-6), ranked fourth in Division III and seeded first in the CAC tournament, earned a 7-2 victory over visiting and sixth seed St. Mary's (13-22) in the first round. The Sea Gulls will play fourth-seeded Frostburg State at 12:30 p.m. Friday in an elimination game for the Bobcats, who lost, 7-5, at third-seeded Wesley. ... Visiting Gettysburg (21-10, 7-4 Centennial Conference) scored seven runs in the fourth inning to hand No. 3 Johns Hopkins (27-3, 10-1), ranked No. 3 in Division III, an 8-7 loss, ending the Blue Jays' streak of 20 consecutive wins.
College softball: North Carolina State sophomore Emily Weiman (Archbishop Spalding) was named ACC Pitcher of the Week. ... Salisbury sophomore Rachel Johnson was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Pitcher of the Week.
Men's college track and field: UMBC senior hurdler Trae Proctor was named America East Track Performer of the Week. ... Salisbury sophomore thrower Dylan Burkett was named CAC Field Athlete of the Week.
Women's college track and field: UMBC sophomore sprinter Mercedes Jackson was named America East Track Performer of the Week. ... Salisbury junior sprinter Kara Tolson (Patterson Mill) and Salisbury senior thrower Chelsea Tavik (Seton Keough) were named CAC Track and Field Athletes of the Week, respectively.
Field hockey: Margot Lawn, 11, of Pasadena was named to the 2013-14 USA Field Hockey Under-16 Women's Junior National Indoor Field Hockey team. Margot, a sixth-grader at St. Johns' Catholic School in Severna Park, plays for the Gaels Field Hockey Club in Severna Park. Three Marylanders made the U-19 team: Marissa Balleza of Severna Park, Maeve Doherty of Millersville and Elizabeth Mata of Severna Park.
—From Sun staff and news services