College notebook: NC grad Bach back in NCAA tourney

Although senior Caitlin Bach fell just short of winning four Commonwealth Conference championships during her career with the Lebanon Valley College women's basketball team, she found perfection in a bigger category.

Despite losing to Messiah in the league finals, the Dutchmen earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament for the team's fifth straight berth. Bach, a North Carroll graduate, will finish her career 4 for 4 in terms of NCAA tourney appearances.

LVC posted a 21-6 record to secure the bid and will face Baldwin Wallace (20-6) in the opening round Friday at 5 p.m.

The Dutchmen made their seventh straight appearance in the Commonwealth championship game Saturday, but saw their run of league titles snapped at three.

Bach has been critical to Lebanon Valley's success this year, as she leads the team with 11.2 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per contest. Before being held to six points and nine rebounds in the Commonwealth finals, she had scored in double figures in five straight games, recording three double-doubles in the process.

WORKING FOR NO. 2: Two former county players suit up for one of the best women's lacrosse teams in the nation.

Sophomore defender Alice Mercer (Century) and senior midfielder Amalie Trentzsch (Winters Mill) have helped the University of Maryland enter Wednesday with an unblemished 6-0 record and ranked second in the nation.

Mercer has played a key role, recording eight ground balls, eight caused turnovers, five draw controls and an assist in starting the first six games for the Terrapins. Trentzsch has not appeared in a contest.

Making Maryland's start all the more impressive is that it includes decisive victories over No. 6 Duke and No. 7 Penn State.

CARROLL TIGERS: The Towson University men's lacrosse team is on an upswing since dropping two of its first three games, winning two straight to improve to 3-2.

Three locals have helped that cause - freshman attack Ryan Drenner (Westminster), sophomore midfielder Dan Livingston (Westminster) and sophomore midfielder Ben McCarty (South Carroll).

Drenner has stood out in his first season with the Tigers, ranking fourth on the team with eight points in starting each of the first five games. He stands second on the squad with five assists to go with his three goals.

McCarty has added two goals in two games off the bench while Livingston has appeared in three games as a reserve.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior goaltender Kaitlin Pentz (Century) of the Robert Morris University women's lacrosse team was named Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Colonials improve to 3-0 on the season.

Pentz became RMU's winningest goaltender in the 10-year history of the program after winning twice last weekend. During those two victories, she posted a 9.61 goals-against average and made 13 saves for a .419 save percentage.

Against Howard, Pentz allowed just four goals and made six saves. She then made seven saves in a 15-14 overtime win over Oregon.

Overall, she has a 10.98 goals-against average and .380 save percentage during the best start in program history.

Freshman defender Megan Gold (South Carroll) also plays for RMU and has appeared in one game as a reserve.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK II: Sophomore Marty Windisch (Manchester Valley) of the McDaniel College baseball team earned Centennial Conference Player of the Week honors for Feb. 24-March 2.

Windisch led the Green Terror (2-3) during a 1-2 week, hitting .545, including 5 for 5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored in a 10-5 win Saturday at St. Mary's.

Overall this season, he is hitting .389, having also allowed one earned run in six innings as a pitcher.

ON TO NATIONALS: One year after finishing second at regionals, sophomore Ryan O'Boyle is headed back to the NCAA Division III wrestling championship after claiming his first East Regional crown Sunday.

Freshman Alvontae Drummond added a fourth-place finish for the Green Terror, who finished 12th at the 17-team regional.

O'Boyle will compete at the national championship, which will be held March 14-15 at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

O'Boyle, the top seed at 133 pounds, earned three straight decisions after opening with a bye to become the program's first regional champion. O'Boyle beat Stevens' Ryan Wilson 6-4, Delaware Valley's Conor Kirkegard 4-2 in the semis and second-seeded Myzar Mendoza (Winters Mill) 12-5 in the championship bout.

O'Boyle will head to nationals with a 28-1 record this season.