Lacrosse coaches Toomey, Berkman honored
Loyola's Charley Toomey was named the recipient of the F. Morris Touchstone Award as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division I Coach of the Year, while Salisbury's Jim Berkman was named the top coach in Division III for the third time, the association announced Friday at the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association convention at the Marriott Waterfront hotel in Baltimore. Toomey guided the Greyhounds to an 18-1 record and the school's first NCAA Division I championship in 2012 after Loyola started the year unranked in many preseason polls. Berkman became the first coach in NCAA men's lacrosse history, across all divisions, to reach 400 career victories. He led the team to a 23-0 mark and the program's 10th national championship. Berkman also received the Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award for shining a light on personal fitness and living a healthy lifestyle after suffering a mild heart attack in March. Among other award winners, former Loyola assistant coach Dan Chemotti was named Division I Assistant Coach of the Year. Chemotti departed in October to become the first head coach at Richmond. Former Georgetown coach Dave Urick, who retired over the summer after 23 seasons, was honored with the Nike Creator's Award as well as the Frenchy Julien Award for service. Ernie Larossa, sports information director at Johns Hopkins, received the first IMLCA/Inside Lacrosse Sports Information Service Award.
Men's lacrosse: Holy Cross announced that freshman midfielders Pat Coan (Loyola High) and Gillin Smith have joined the roster for 2013. ... The Division II Sunshine State Conference will begin sponsoring the sport as of the spring 2014 season.
Women's lacrosse: Towson senior defender Alexa Demski (Loch Raven) and Johns Hopkins junior midfielder Taylor D'Amore were named to the 2013 Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America second team.
Men's soccer: Maryland junior forward Patrick Mullins made the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division I All-America first team. Two other Terps, senior defender London Woodberry and senior midfielder John Stertzer, made the third team.
Hirings: Tom Mandato, a Philadelphia native who spent the past eight years at Towson in facility and event management, was named assistant director of athletics for operations at UMBC. ... Erin Brady, a 2006 graduate of Mount de Sales, has returned to West Virginia as a program coordinator with responsibilities in supervising the academic tutoring program for all student-athletes, in addition to providing guidance and services to academic support and for student-athletes and student services staff. She graduated from West Virginia in 2010 and received her master's degree from the school this May.
Women's track and field: Coppin State freshman high jumper Deandra Daniels was named MEAC Field Athlete of the Week.
Orioles say they're not raising plan prices in 2013
The Orioles informed their season-ticket holders by email Thursday that they will not be raising plan prices in 2013. An Orioles official confirmed the correspondence was sent, telling holders of 81-game, 29-game and 13-game plans that their prices would remain the same, marking the fifth straight season prices won't rise. Season-ticket prices range from $9 to $48 a game. Individual-game ticket prices haven't been announced and usually are not until January. The Orioles, who reached the postseason for the first time in 15 years, drew an announced 2,102,240 fans last season, their highest total since 2007 and nearly a 20percent increase from 2011. The email also informed season-ticket holders that they will receive renewal invoices after the holiday season and that all season-ticket holders will receive free tickets to next month's Orioles FanFest. The Orioles will begin selling tickets for FanFest next week.
—Eduardo A. Encina
Orioles Holiday 5-Packs: On Friday, the club announced that Holiday 5-Packs will go on sale Monday at 10a.m. through orioles.com. 5-Packs include a ticket to Opening Day, plus vouchers for four additional games that can be redeemed for an upper-box ticket to any nonprime game in April and May. Each five-game package costs $110, plus fees, and includes a ticket to FanFest. For information, go to orioles.com or call 888-848-BIRD (2473).
Horse racing: Two New York shippers are among the favorites to win the $100,000 City Of Laurel Stakes for 3-year-olds today at Laurel Park. The seven-furlong test drew eight runners. Trainer Chad Brown is sending stakes winner Hardened Wildcat from his Belmont Park base. Bob Baffert counters with Brigand, a tested member of his New York string.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United forward Maicon Santos was selected by the Chicago Fire in Stage One of the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft. He had seven goals and three assists in 26 games this season, including 16 starts.
Varsity boys soccer: Loyola senior defender Michael DeGraffenreidt and Archbishop Curley senior midfielder Michael Sauers were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School All-America team.
Varsity girls soccer: McDonogh junior forward Anna Bialczak was named to the NSCAA High School All-America team.
—From Sun staff and news services. Inside Lacrosse and Jon Fogg contributed to the lacrosse items.