Colleges digest: O'Neill commits to Johns Hopkins

Men's and boys lacrosse

O'Neill commits to Hopkins; O'Connor will attend Maryland

Rising sophomore Brendan O'Neill of Haverford School in Havertown, Pa., has committed orally to Johns Hopkins. O'Neill plays club lacrosse for the Baltimore Crabs and transferred from Gilman for his freshman year, when he was a big contributor for the Fords. ... Boys' Latin rising senior midfielder Keegan O'Connor committed to Maryland, opting out of a previous oral commitment to Loyola. He plays club lacrosse for the Greene Turtles and Crabs, and he also considered Michigan, Ohio State, Bucknell and Brown. ... Navy received a commitment from attackman-midfielder Andrew Smiley, a rising senior from St. John's High in Shrewsbury, Mass., who had 42 goals and 31 assists in his Central Massachusetts Conference All-Star season last year. ... Goalie Brandon Burke, who graduated from the Bullis School in Potomac this spring, committed to Colgate after receiving second-team All-State honors last season. ... Severna Park attackman-midfielder Weston Butcher will spend a postgraduate year at Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y.

Inside Lacrosse

Under Armour tournament: Rising senior goalie Nicholas Ramsey of Crofton and rising senior midfielders Greyson Torain of Odenton and Ryan Hursey (Westminster) were selected to the Washington region team for the Under Armour Underclass Lacrosse Tournament. The tournament will feature girls and boys teams from Baltimore, Long Island, the Midwest, New England, New Jersey, Philadelphia, the South, upstate New York, Washington and the West, and consist of players from the classes of 2014 to 2016. The tournament also released its rosters for the Baltimore region Thursday. The event will take place July 5-7 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. Over the three days, the teams will compete in a 10-team pool-play tournament. The winners of each of the pools will play for the championship starting July 7 at 3:30 p.m.

HONORS: St. John's senior goalie Jeff Lowman (Severna Park) was named a winner of the Big East Sport Excellence Award, which goes to one athlete in each sport based on academic credentials, athletic performance and volunteer service. Last season, Lowman posted the Big East's third-best save percentage at .567 with 12.75 saves per game.

COACHING: Chesapeake, Va., native T.W. Johnson will return to his high school alma mater, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in Suffolk, Va., to serve as director of boys athletics and boys lacrosse coach. He spent the past nine seasons at Hobart, five as head coach, in which he posted a 66-51 record. Hobart intends to hire his replacement this summer.

Women's college lacrosse

Kirr lands Marquette assistant coaching job

Baltimore native Jordy Kirr (Bryn Mawr), a former Georgetown attacker, will serve as an assistant coach in charge of offense at Marquette. Kirr was a four-time All-Big East performer with the Hoyas, helping them to a share of three regular-season league titles. She left the program in 2011 as its all-time leader in assists with 105; she ranks fourth in total points with 221 and 10th with 116 goals in 71 games played. "Jordy is going to be an outstanding addition to the Marquette lacrosse family," said coach Meredith Black, a former Towson assistant. "Jordy has such a great passion for the game and for coaching and I know she will bring championship experience to propel us to the next level." A 2007 Under Armour and U.S. Lacrosse first-team All-American, Kirr played for the United States at the 2007 Under-19 Women's Lacrosse World Championship and helped the team to a gold medal. Marquette is entering its second year of competition in Division I and will compete as a full member of the Big East after spending the 2013 season as an independent.

Recruiting: Midfielder Cydnie Decomo (Old Mill) will play for Wingate during the school's Division II debut season in 2014, according to coach Caline Olmsted (Roland Park). Decomo played four seasons on the Patriots varsity and was captain during her senior season. She also played for Chesapeake Club Lacrosse for four years. Wingate added women's lacrosse in August, and competition begins next spring. Women's lacrosse is one of four new South Atlantic Conference sports for 2013-14.

More colleges

Atkins, Grant to try out for World University Games

Two Notre Dame guards, Columbia native Eric Atkins (Mount St. Joseph) and Bowie's Jerian Grant (DeMatha), were among 27 players selected to try out for the USA Basketball Men's World University Games team. Previously announced participant C.J. Fair (City) will not be able to attend. Tryouts will be from Sunday to June 30 in Colorado Springs, Colo.The 12-member roster will be announced before July 1. The World University Games will be played July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia.

Football: Three Towson players, senior offensive tackle Eric Pike, junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern) and senior cornerback Jordan Love, have been named to the Football Championship Subdivision preseason All-America team selected by Beyond Sports Network. A three-year starter at left tackle, Pike was named to the first team, while West earned third-team honors and Love received an honorable mention.

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