Digest (Aug. 24): Terps dominate draft for new pro women's lacrosse league

Sixteen former Maryland players were selected in the inaugural Women's Professional Lacrosse League on Wednesday night. The Terps feature the most players in the league of any university. The WPLL consists of five teams: Baltimore Brave, New England Command, New York Fight, Philadelphia Fire and Upstate Pride. Defender Alice Mercer (2016) was Maryland's highest draft pick as she was taken third overall by New York. She will be joined on the Fight by defender Shanna Brady ('15), midfielder Taylor Cummings ('16), goalie Emily Kift ('17), midfielder Kelly McPartland ('15), defender Casey Pepperman ('15), midfielder Zoe Stukenberg ('17) and attacker Caroline Wannen ('17). Defender Nadine Hadnagy ('17) was the first selection of the second round by the Upstate Pride and will be teammates with Alex Aust ('13). Midfielder Bryn Boucher ('16), attacker Dana Dobbie ('08), midfielder Beth Glaros ('14) and attacker Brooke Griffin ('15) will compete for the Baltimore Brave. Defender Megan Douty ('15) is Maryland's sole representative on the New England Command while midfielder Katie Schwarzmann ('13) is the only Terp on the Philadelphia roster. The first season will open play in summer 2018. WPLL players will be in action during the Inaugural Weekend at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks on Sept. 30.

Loyola Maryland: Three former Greyhounds were selected in the WPPL draft — defender Bailey Mathis ('17) and midfielder Taryn VanThof ('15) by the Command and goalkeeper Molly Wolf ('16) by the Pride. Loyola coach Jen Adams, a former Maryland star, will serve as the commissioner.

Towson: Three former Tigers — attacker Samantha Brookhart ('17), defender Kelly McQuilkin ('17) and goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly ('15) — were among the 20 players chosen for the Brave roster. Towson coach Sonia LaMonica, was named Baltimore's head coach.

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Former Coppin State coachjoins Towson women's staff

Billie Wilson, a veteran coach with more than 20 years of experience in the region, has been named an assistant coach for the Towson women's basketball team, head coach Diane Richardson announced. Wilson returns to the area after spending last year as a volunteer assistant coach at Longwood, where she worked with recent Towson hire Wanisha Smith. Wilson coached for 18 years Coppin State.

Towson baseball: Miles Miller has been named the pitching coach on Matt Tyner's first Tigers Towson coaching staff. Miller spent last season as the volunteer assistant at Purdue University, serving as the bench and bullpen coach.

Horse racing: Phillip Lam of Fresh Meadow, N.Y., finished with a bankroll balance of $4,359.70 to capture the fall session of the Maryland Jockey Club's Champions Handicapping Tournament held Saturday at Laurel Park. Lam earned $3,030 in prize money. He had a comfortable margin over runner-up Gwyn Houston of Fallston, who ended the day with a bankroll balance of $3,106.80 and took home $2,020 in prize money. Given his choice of four national tournament berths, Lam selected the BCBC to be held Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar while Houston selected a berth in The BIG ONE on Sept. 23-24 at Laurel Park. Third place went to Michael Webb of Westminster, who finished with a balance of $2,395.40 and earned $1,010 and an NHC berth. Jason Jubb of Pasadena was fourth with a balance of $2,248 and earned $606.

Wizards preseason: Washington announced its five-game preseason schedule, which features three home games at the newly renamed Capital One Arena. The Wizards will begin the preseason at home against the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association on Oct. 2. They then play the New York Knicks on Oct. 6 and will end their homestand against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct 8. They travel to Miami on Oct. 11 and conclude exhibition play on the road against the Knicks on Oct. 13.

Loyola women's soccer: Mary Theresa Corcoran scored her first collegiate goal, heading in a Julianna Cabrera cornerkick 3:54 into overtime to give Loyola Maryland a 1-0 non-conference win over Seton Hall.

From Sun staff and news services

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article had the wrong date for the Women's Professional Lacrosse League opening weekend.

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