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College Roundup: Southern High grad O'Neill earns UMBC softball honor

UMBC SOFTBALL:

Sophomore Danielle O'Neill (Southern) earned her first career America East Player of the Week honor.

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O'Neill batted a team-best .625 in a 2-2 week for the Retrievers and posted a 1.375 slugging percentage. The sophomore utility player is riding a six-game hit streak and has launched four home runs in the last six games.

O'Neill drove in four runs in the Retrievers' four games and posted a .769 on-base percentage, with five walks on the week, moving her into a tie for sixth with Kristie Pickeral (2005) on UMBC's single-season walks list (30).

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NAVY MEN'S TRACK:

Continuing a very successful outdoor season, Navy men's track and field senior Zack Duncavage was named Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office Monday.

Duncavage led the Mids with two IC4A-qualifying performances at the George Mason Invitational last Saturday. The senior thrower placed second in the discus with a mark of 167-0 (50.90m). He also placed third in the hammer throw at 182-2 (55.52m). This marked the second time during the outdoor season and fifth career weekly Patriot League laurel for Duncavage.

NAVY WOMEN'S GOLF:

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Sophomore Renata Bucher shot an overall score of 242 (77-82-83; +26) to win the individual title at the Navy Spring Classic. The four-team tournament was contested at the Naval Academy Golf Club from Sunday to Monday on a par-72, 6,005-yard course.

Bucher earned medalist honors at a tournament for the first time in her career and the 242 is the lowest three-round score in program history. Bucher had also earned a first-place finish at the 2013 Navy-Mount St. Mary's dual match.

Bucher finished nine strokes ahead of Fairfield's Emma Ritzman's second-place showing of 251. This is Bucher's third top-10 finish this season and her best placing since taking second place at the Bulldog Florida Invitational in March.

Fairfield won the team title with an overall score of 1031 (342-346-343) to finish 12 strokes ahead of second-place Navy's total score of 1043 (348-351-344). Monmouth was third at 1054 (345-354-355) and St. Francis Brooklyn finished fourth at 1113 (377-371-365).

Navy freshman Katie Ryall tied for fourth place individually with a three-round score of 254 (84-86-84).

NAVY BASEBALL:

Senior first baseman Kash Manzelli was honored as the Patriot League's Player of the Week, while freshman shortstop Travis Blue garnered the Rookie of the Week nod.

MARYMOUNT WOMEN'S GOLF:

Marymount University will increase its intercollegiate sports offerings to 17 with the addition of women's golf beginning in the 2014-15 season.

Women's golf will be the fifth sport added at Marymount in the past year with baseball, men's volleyball and men's and women's triathlon competing in their inaugural seasons in 2014.

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