Lisa Ferrero, an accomplished member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, has been named coach of the Towson women's team. A 12-year member of the tour, Ferrero has spent eight years teaching professionally during the offseason. She won the 2011 Symetra Tour Classic and the 2011 Future Tour Teva Championship, and received the 2014 Heather Farr LPGA Courage Award. A former assistant at Texas, Ferrero was a two-time All-Big XII second team performer and three-time All-Academic Big XII honoree for the Longhorns. The Tigers placed fifth at last season's Colonial Athletic Association championships, their highest finish in program history.
Terps complete perfect runin World Games pool play
The Maryland women's basketball team, representing the United States, had its closest game at the World University Games, defeating the Czech Republic, 72-53, to win Pool C on Wednesday. The Americans advanced to a quarterfinal Friday at 5:30 a.m. against Australia. The U.S. team started the game 0-for-9 from the field but went 8-for-9 from the foul line and trailed 17-15 at the end of the first period. Back-to-back 3-pointers by senior Kristen Confroy helped the Americans jump to a 32-26 lead with under three minutes left in the second quarter. "I really liked our resiliency after an uncharacteristic slow start," coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought we showed grit and resolve, and really fought back against a tough team. We're excited to win the pool and move on to quarterfinals." Ieshia Small led the United States with 17 points, and sophomore Kaila Charles added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Michigan State alumna Tori Jankoska scored 11 points. The USA finished pool play 3-0. The semifinals will be Saturday, then the medal-round games will be Monday.
Towson: Wanisha Smith, who played for Tigers head coach Diane Richardson at Riverdale Baptist, has been named an assistant coach.
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Brigade's Carden wins AFLRookie of the Year honor
The Arena Football League named Brigade quarterback Shane Carden Rookie of the Year. The former East Carolina Pirate averaged 243.8 passing yards per game, threw 63 touchdown passes and led the Brigade to a playoff berth in their inaugural season. Carden becomes just the third quarterback to win the award.
Women's soccer: The Washington Spirit claimed U.S. U-23 national team midfielder Morgan Proffitt off waivers. Proffitt, a 22-year-old rookie out of Marquette, was waived by the Chicago Red Stars earlier this week. The Spirit host the Red Stars on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
Loyola Men's soccer: The Greyhounds have been picked as the favorites to win the Patriot League. Sophomore forward Brian Saramago was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, and sophomore Barry Sharifi was named Preseason Midfielder of the Year.
Navy men's soccer: Seniors Mac Burke and Brock Dudley were named to the All-Patriot League preseason team. Burke was the Midshipmen's starting goalkeeper last season and led the league in goals-against average at 1.05. Dudley, Navy's captain, was named to the All-Patriot League second team in 2015 and 2016. The midfielder started all 18 games for Navy last season and played in every minute of every game.
Major League soccer: Atlanta defender Michael Parkhurst deflected the ball into his own goal in the 46th minute in D.C. United's 1-0 victory over Atlanta United. D.C. United (7-15-4) is just 2-5-2 in its last nine home games with only three goals. Atlanta United (10-8-5) hadn't lost since its last meeting with United.
— From Sun staff and news services