Lacrosse is fastest-growing college sport, NCAA says
Lacrosse grew faster at the college level than any other sport in 2012-13, the NCAA said in its annual participation report released Tuesday. The sport with the highest numbers of men's teams added in 2012-13 was lacrosse, with 26 new programs. Indoor track and field added 23 programs, and cross country added 17 programs. For women's teams, lacrosse also topped the list with 40 teams added, followed by golf with 30 teams added, and indoor track and field with 27 teams added. According to the current data, women's lacrosse has 416 teams with 9,521 total athletes. Men's lacrosse has 319 teams with 11,722 athletes.
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More lacrosse: The National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players' Association announced that they have reached a seven-year collective bargaining agreement that will take effect in the 2014 season and running through the 2020 season. Among the changes: The regular season will grow from 16 to 18 games; the playoffs will expand so that the conference finals and Champions Cup will be a two-game series, with a 10-minute mini-game to decide the winner if the two games are split; and a salary cap of $400,000 per team will be introduced, with luxury tax payments levied for anything over that amount. ... Jeff Sonke, a former Major League Lacrosse All-Star midfielder on the Baltimore Bayhawks, and his wife, Casey Sonke, are seeking donations for the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation. Casey was diagnosed with a desmoid tumor in her abdomen and has been to four hospitals, seen four medical oncologists, lost a pregnancy, had two needle biopsies, six CT scans and six rounds of chemotherapy. Casey has been able to regain some of her strength, and her tumor has shrunk from the size of a small watermelon to a grapefruit. To donate, go to dtrf.org/index.php/donate/donate.html.
More football: After a 44-17 victory over Albany on Saturday, Towson is ranked eighth in the Sports Network's Football Championship Subdivision poll.
Men's basketball: Maryland fans willing to cut short their tailgating before Saturday's homecoming football game against Clemson — or those just wanting to see the men's basketball team in its final open intrasquad scrimmage — can come to Comcast Center at 1 p.m. for the annual Red-White game. Fans are being encouraged to use their parking spots for the football game or to park in the Terrapin Trail garage for $15. The football game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. The Terps play their only preseason game against Catholic on Nov. 3 before opening the 2013-14 season Nov. 8 against Connecticut at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Women's basketball: Mount St. Mary's guard Sydney Henderson earned preseason All-Northeast Conference recognition, while the Mountaineers placed third in the conference women's basketball preseason coaches poll, announced Tuesday at Barclays Center. The third-place selection is the best in coach Bryan Whitten's seven-year tenure for the Mount, which is coming off its first conference semifinal berth since 2001. Individually, Henderson became the first Mountaineer to secure a spot on the five-player preseason team since Tiffany Green in 2005. The Mount St. Mary's men were picked sixth in the coaches' poll.
Men's soccer: Senior Sunny Jane scored his first goal of the season as No. 12 Maryland defeated visiting Drexel, 1-0. The Terps (6-3-5) held possession for most of the match and outshot the Dragons (7-5-2) by a 16-3 margin. ... Sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski (Loyola High), the Patriot League's leading scorer, had a goal and an assist to lead Navy (9-3-2) to its eighth straight win, 3-1 over visiting NJIT (5-9-2). ... Tickets are on sale for the semifinals and finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, to be held Nov. 15-17 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. This will be the third time the event has been held at the facility. Single-session tickets purchased in advance are for $10 for adults, $7 for youths and $5 for students who attend an ACC institution. Three-game packages can be purchased for $17.50 for adults and $10.50 for youths. Tickets can be bought by visiting tickets.mdsoccerplex.org or by calling 301-528-1480.
—From Sun staff and news services