Fletcher, Ratliff among Loyola's eight ECAC award recipients
Loyola senior defenseman Joe Fletcher was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, and senior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named Specialist of the Year. Both also were named to the All-ECAC first team. Senior attackman Mike Sawyer, junior attackman Justin Ward (Old Mill), senior defenseman Reid Acton and senior midfielder Davis Butts were named to the second team. Zach Herreweyers, an attackman, and Justin Verratti, a defenseman, made the rookie team.
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Northeast Conference: Mount St. Mary's attackman Andrew Scalley (Archbishop Spalding) was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Senior attackman Brett Schmidt also was named to the All-NEC first team. Mount senior defenseman John Anderson (St. Mary's), Quinnipiac sophomore midfielder Matt Diehl (Calvert Hall) and Bryant freshman goalie Gunnar Waldt (St. Paul's) were named to the second team. Waldt also was a rookie-team selection.
Colonial Athletic Association: Towson juniors Thomas DeNapoli, an attackman, and John Fennessey, a defenseman, were named to the All-CAA first team. Junior midfielder Andrew Hodgson and sophomore defenseman JoJo Ostrander received second-team honors, and long-stick midfielder Pat Conroy was named to the rookie team.
NESCAC: Tufts sophomore attackman Cole Bailey (Severn) was named to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference first team.
Loyola adds Loeffler to men's basketball staff
Josh Loeffler has joined the men's basketball staff at Loyola as an assistant coach. Loeffler spent last season at Rutgers, where he was the director of basketball operations. He was an assistant coach at Lafayette in 2010 and 2011. "I am very pleased that Josh is joining our staff here at Loyola," head coach G.G. Smith said. "He brings tremendous experience from the Patriot League that will be great as we transition to the conference."
Men's golf: McDaniel sophomore James Lillie was named Centennial Conference Player of the Year. McDaniel freshman Alex Kane is Rookie of the Year, and McDaniel's Scott Moyer is Coach of the Year. Lillie and Kane also made the All-Centennial team.
Tennis: St. Mary's junior Andrew Gear (Winters Mill) was named the CAC Co-Player of the Year, becoming the first Seahawk to receive the conference's top individual honor. Salisbury's Eric Spangler was named Co-Rookie of the Year on the men's side, and Natalie Savage was named Rookie of the Year on the women's.
Aberdeen's S. Jones invited to USA women's U-16 tryout
Aberdeen freshman Stephanie Jones is one of 33 players who have accepted invitations to try out for the USA Basketball women's under-16 national team this month in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jones, a 6-foot-1 All-Metro forward, led the No. 2 Eagles to the Class 3A state championship in March, averaging 17.3 points and 9.2 rebounds.
Horse racing: Samantha Colvin captured her first victory Thursday when Rocket Ninetyeight won the day's opener at Pimlico Race Course. Rocket Ninetyeight stalked the pace, moved three-wide into the stretch, took command and drew away. The $16,000 claiming maiden won by 33/4 lengths for owner-trainer Calvin Barth and paid $18.80.
Boxing: Middleweight Jerome Featherstone (Boys' Latin) of Baltimore Boxing and Fitness will compete at the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City beginning May 13. Featherstone, a high school wrestler, won the 165-pound Golden Gloves regional title last month.
Major League Lacrosse: The Bayhawks moved attackmen Casey Powell and John Grant Jr. to the active roster, and goalie Bruce Bickford and attackman Neal Hicks to the practice squad. The team waived midfielders Kyle Moffit and Dean Hart (Maryland/Atholton).
—From Sun staff and news services