Former UMBC baseball coach and Sykesville resident John Jancuska will be honored by the school before Tuesday's game against Towson.
Jancuska coached the Retrievers from 1978-2011, compiling 682 wins during his 34-year tenure, leading the team to the NCAA tournament five times, including his first season in 1978. Three of his players reached the majors with the latest being Zach Clark, who pitched for the Orioles in 2013.
Jancuska led UMBC to back-to-back NCAA Division II Middle Atlantic Regional tournaments in 1978 and 1979 before helping them return to the playoffs for the 1986 South Atlantic Regional. In 1986, he assisted in the school transitioning to Division I status.
Jancuska returned UMBC to prominence in 1992, when the Retrievers won a school-record 37 games and advanced to the NCAA East Regionals where they took on top-ranked Miami. The Retrievers recorded back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2001 and 2002, winning the Northeast Conference championship in 2001.
Jancuska was named Coach of the Year in four different Division I conferences during his tenure and was inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
Since his retirement from baseball in 2011, Jancuska has served in the UMBC athletics department as a supervisor of athletics, recreation, and physical education.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Liberty) of the James Madison University women's lacrosse team was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, earning the honor for the second time this season.
She claimed the award after playing all 120 minutes in the Dukes' goal this weekend. She allowed just 14 goals and made 17 saves for a 54.8 save percentage over the two games. She held Hofstra scoreless for the first 28:35 of the game on Sunday while holding Drexel scoreless for the first 14:01 on Friday.
Healy posted a 10.27 goals-against average and a .444 save percentage in starting all 16 of JMU's regular season games.
She is joined on the team by sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress (Manchester Valley), junior midfielder Jordan Wilkins (Westminster), senior attack Amy Roguski (Liberty), and junior defender Lexi Cross (Liberty).
Roguski ranks second on the team with 33 goals and third with 40 points to go with 18 draw controls. Gress has 19 goals, 25 points, 21 ground balls, 11 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers. Cross ranks second on the team with 32 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. Wilkins has one goal in eight games off the bench.
Those five former county players helped the Dukes end the regular season 10-6 to earn the second seed in the CAA tournament, which begins May 2.
TOP-SEEDED BOMBERS: Junior attack Emily Peters (Winters Mill) has helped the Ithaca College women's lacrosse team secure the top seed in the Empire 8 conference tournament with two games to go in the regular season.
The 16th-ranked Bombers entered Tuesday having won nine straight games to compile a 10-4 record, including 6-0 in the league.
Peters played in each of the first 14 games, starting 10, racking up seven goals, 10 points, seven ground balls and four caused turnovers.
THIRD-RANKED MUSTANGS: Senior defensive midfielder Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville/Boys' Latin) has helped the Stevenson University men's lacrosse team to the third ranking in the nation.
The Mustangs suffered just their second loss of the season, falling to 13-2 after an 11-9 defeat to Salisbury. The two teams swapped spots in this week's rankings with the Sea Gulls rising to second. That loss snapped Stevenson's 12-game winning streak.
Rubenstein entered Wednesday with 15 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers, having appeared in all 15 of the Mustangs' games.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK II: Senior Joe Fiore of the McDaniel College baseball team has been named Centennial Conference Player of the Week for April 14-20.
Fiore led the Green Terror to a 3-1 week, hitting .600 in the four games. He went 9-for-15 with three multi-hit games, including a pair of three-hit outings at Swarthmore on Saturday. Fiore added a team-best eight RBIs to go with a double and two runs scored.
For the season, he entered Tuesday hitting .353 and ranked fourth on the team with 36 hits. His 19 RBIs also rank fourth.
CLOSE ONE: McDaniel's women's lacrosse team endured a 21-20 double-overtime loss to Susquehanna on Wednesday despite eight goals from Julia Jacobs and a game-tying score from Bridget Bopst (South Carroll) in the final minutes.
The Green Terror have clinched a spot in the upcoming Centennial Conference and wrap up the regular season at Washington on Saturday. The winner earns the No. 3 seed in the tourney, while the loser hosts a first-round game Wednesday.