Digest: Spirit's Joanna Lohman to miss rest of season with torn ACL

From Sun staff and news services

Joanna Lohman, the Washington Spirit's most experienced player who had a standout 2016 season, tore her left ACL in the team's National Women's Soccer League opener Saturday.

Lohman, 34, will undergo surgery in a few weeks and miss the remainder of the season. She is the fourth member from last year's finalists in the past eight months to suffer the same serious knee injury.

Lohman, a Silver Spring native, was hurt in the 19th minute of the Spirit's 1-0 defeat to the North Carolina Courage at Maryland SoccerPlex. She remained in the match for several minutes before departing.

She'll join three teammates rehabbing ACL injuries: Forward Cali Farquharson was injured in an NWSL match in September, defender Caprice Dydasco went down in the championship game in October and goalkeeper Kelsey Wys tore the ligament in November while on loan to an Australian club. Farquharson and Dydasco are expected back this summer, while Wys is out until at least August.

Also, a few weeks after being traded by the Spirit to Seattle this winter, midfielder Diana Matheson tore an ACL while training with the Canadian national team.

—Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Et cetera

2 locals named Under Armour All-Americans

St. Mary's Shelby Harrison and Centennial's Laurie Bracey were named Under Armour All-Americans Monday in the second wave of seniors selected to play in the 12th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game in July. Harrison, an All-Metro midfielder headed for Johns Hopkins, and Bracey, a defender headed for Maryland, join McDonogh's Andie Aldave and Catie May and Liberty's Grace Griffin, who were named two weeks ago in the first of four waves of 11 players. The 44 girls selected from around the country will be divided into North and South teams and play at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium on July 1. The girls game will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the boys game at 8. No local boys were selected in the second wave. St. Paul's goalie Alex Rode, who is headed for Virginia, was chosen in the first wave. No date was announced for the next wave of girls and boys selections, although the final 44 for both games will be named by the end of May.

—Katherine Dunn

Major League Soccer: D.C. United captain Steve Birnbaum suffered a concussion and no other injuries in a head-to-head collision late in Saturday's match against the New York Red Bulls, general manager Dave Kasper said. Birnbaum was injured in the second minute of stoppage time when, in a three-man challenge for Jared Jeffrey's long ball in United's attacking end, the back of Red Bulls defender Damien Perrinelle's head smashed into Birnbaum's right temple. Medical staff rushed to his side and called for a stretcher. He was taken to the locker room and later to a New Jersey hospital for additional evaluation and testing. While the team returned to Washington late Saturday, Birnbaum stayed at the team hotel with a staff member, Kasper said. He traveled home Sunday. "He's feeling better," Kasper said. Birnbaum, a U.S. national team center back in his fourth MLS season, will undergo standard concussion protocol before he is permitted to resume workouts. He seems unlikely to play this Saturday against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

—Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Baseball: Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, a former Oriole, will miss his scheduled start today against the Toronto Blue Jays after Boston placed him on paternity leave. Rodriguez's wife, Catherine, gave birth to a boy on Sunday. Manager John Farrell said left-hander Brian Johnson is likely to start in place of Rodriguez. Rodriguez is 0-1 in two starts with a 5.23 ERA. ... Bowie Baysox outfielder Cedric Mullins was picked Eastern League Player of the Week.

Men's college lacrosse: The NCAA Division I selection committee released its Top 10 schools, and if it the tournament began Saturday, Maryland and Johns Hopkins would be in that group. The Terps (9-2) were third on that list, and the Blue Jays (7-4) were eighth. The rankings were released before Johns Hopkins' 13-11 win over Penn State on Saturday afternoon and Maryland's 13-12 triple overtime victory at Rutgers on Sunday night. Syracuse and Denver were first and second, according to the selection committee. After Maryland, Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State and Duke were fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Hofstra and Albany rounded out the Top 10. ... In the fourth installment of RPI rankings, the Terps and Blue Jays moved into the top five. Maryland rose from fifth to third, and Johns Hopkins went from seventh to fourth. Towson (7-3), which had been at No. 16, moved into the top 10 at No. 10. Notre Dame (6-3) and Syracuse (10-1) traded positions at the top. Among area programs, UMBC (5-6) improved from No. 28 to No. 20, Loyola Maryland (7-5) rose from No. 32 to No. 28, Navy (6-7) jumped from No. 51 to No. 38, and Mount St. Mary's (4-7) slipped from No. 46 to No. 52.

—Edward Lee

College baseball: Maryland right-hander Brian Shaffer was selected Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.

College field hockey: Britt Walker was named an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins, focusing on goalkeepers. Walker joins the Blue Jays after coaching stints at Dickinson and York (Pa.).

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