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College Notebook: WM grad ranked nationally heading into conference meet

Wilkes University junior Myzar Mendoza doesn't just enter this weekend's Metropolitan Conference wrestling championship as one of the league's top performers, but one of the best in the country.

Mendoza, a Winters Mill graduate, was ranked ninth at 133 pounds in the most recent NWCA Division III national rankings and among D-III's top 18 in his weight class in the most recent poll.

Mendoza is 20-4 for the second-most victories on the 20th-ranked Colonels, who are 9-3. He owns a 73-19 career record in his third season.

He will be one of 12 nationally ranked wrestlers taking part in the conference championships on Saturday at Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J.

Mendoza was the first state champion in Winters Mill's history and a two-time first-team all-countian.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore guard Andrew Merlo, of the McDaniel College men's basketball team, was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 7-13.

Merlo averaged 16.7 points on 63 percent shooting (17-for-27), including 5 for 7 from 3-point range (71.4 percent), while going 11 for 13 from the free-throw line in leading the Green Terror to a 3-0 week. He added seven assists, three rebounds and three steals during that stretch.

Merlo scored eight points against Penn State-Brandywine, had 17 points and three assists at Haverford and 25 points and four assists against Ursinus.

Merlo entered Wednesday's game second on the team with 12.4 points per game and team-high 40 assists.

His efforts helped McDaniel run out to a 10-5 start, including 4-4 in the conference.

MOUNTAINEERS FIRST: Brett Schmidt, a senior attack with the Mount St. Mary's University men's lacrosse team, became the program's first player ever selected in the Major League Lacrosse college draft on Friday.

Schmidt was picked in the fifth round (38th overall) by the Rochester Rattlers.

Schmidt was named second-team All-Northeast Conference last season for his third career all-conference nod. Schmidt had 29 goals and 19 assists last year. He recorded six or more points in a game three times, and has scored at least one goal in each of his last 28 games.

With one season remaining, Schmidt is tied for 15th on the school's all-time list with 136 points, ranks 15th with 80 goals and 12th with 56 assists. He was named first-team All-NEC in 2011 and to the second team in 2012 and 2010.

SWIMMING PANTHER: Sophomore Sarah Zetlmeisl (New Windsor/McDonogh) is in her sophomore season with the University of Pittsburgh women's swimming and diving team.

Zetlmeisl has helped the Panthers to a 3-2 start. Most recently, she was a part of the fifth-place 200-yard medley relay team in Saturday's win over West Virginia.

She also competed in the 400 freestyle relay against Virginia on Oct. 28 and in the 100 breaststroke on Oct. 20 against St. Bonaventure.

FALCON BOWEN: Sophomore forward Craig Bowen (Westminster) helped the Messiah College men's basketball team to an 8-6 start this season.

Entering Wednesday's conference game against Widener, Bowen had appeared in eight games as a reserve, scoring five points, grabbing eight rebounds and making two steals total. He averaged 6.5 minutes in those eight contests.