Towson won't have the only men's basketball team with an eagerly awaited freshman debut this fall.
While Tamir Goodman's name has been on the lips of local basketball watchers since last January, UMBC may have staged a coup of its own by signing New Yorker Peter Mulligan last November.
Mulligan wouldn't have made anyone's list of the top high school players in New York when the season began. But after leading Bronx-based St. Raymond's to a school-record 27 wins and a city championship, Mulligan has been racking up awards.
Scoring 21 points a game, Mulligan was named Mr. Basketball for the state of New York.
Earlier this week, he was named the city's Player of the Year by the New York Daily News, beating out the more highly touted Omar Cook (St. John's), Andre Barrett (Seton Hall) and Taliek Brown (Connecticut). UMBC also got an oral commitment from Ronald Yates, who averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists at Forest Hills, N.Y.
Morgan State got an oral commitment from Nile Patrick, a 6-foot-8 basketball forward from Samuel Fels High School, according to Philadelphia news reports. Patrick would join fellow Philadelphians Randy Dukes, Curtis King, Reggie Bullock and Michael Canady at MSU.
Three of kind for Salisbury
Salisbury State picked up three Capital Athletic Conference crowns last weekend.
In addition to the school's sixth-straight championship in men's lacrosse, the 17th-ranked softball team (24-8-1) won its fourth straight title with 8-0 wins over Gallaudet and York. Pitchers Terri Amalfitano and Stacy Slater allowed one hit in the two games.
The baseball team (21-7-1) also won a CAC title, beating St. Mary's and Mary Washington. Sophomore outfielder Jason Ewing had 10 RBIs (and two home runs) against St. Mary's.
Johns Hopkins junior J.R. Taylor earned Player of the Week honors after going 4-for-6 in a doubleheader against Gettysburg. His .459 average leads Hopkins (20-6), which is ranked fifth among Division III teams in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Western Maryland pitchers Brent Fuchs and Amanda Donaldson have had stellar baseball and softball seasons, respectively.
Fuchs (4-2, 1.53 ERA), a senior, earned Centennial Conference honors after striking out 14 Washington Shoremen.
Donaldson (1.53 ERA), a freshman from Millersville (Severna Park), is 11-0 with 10 complete games for the Green Terror, at 16-3 in a three-way tie for first place in the Centennial with Gettysburg and Muhlenberg.
Towson baseball coach Mike Gottlieb received his 300th career victory Sunday, when his team (16-14-1) beat Vermont, 2-1. Gottlieb's teams are 300-307-5 heading into today's home game against Mount St. Mary's.
Loyola's women's tennis team (22-3) is headed to the NCAA Division I tournament for the second straight season after defeating Fairfield, 5-4, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference final last weekend.
At No. 2 singles, Jennifer Steele earned Most Outstanding Player honors for Loyola, which will begin regional play on May 13.
UMBC's men's and women's teams (13-6 and 18-5, respectively), are hoping for success in the Northeast Conference championships this weekend in Kiamesha Lake, N.Y.
No. 4 singles player Anita Pushpanathan (19-3) has the top record for the women, who won last season's NEC title. Oscar Lopez has won 11 straight decisions at No. 1 for the men, who lost to Fairleigh Dickinson last year.
Towson and Coppin State compete in conference tournaments this weekend. Coppin's men (8-12) hope to rebound after five straight losses heading into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference meet in Hampton, Va., but have more wins this season than in the past two.
Towson's men are seeded second in the America East championships at Riverhead, N.Y. Two-time all-league choice Erik Horine (Broadneck) is expected to challenge for the individual title.
Maryland's men's golf team heads for the Atlantic Coast Conference championships at Badin Lake, N.C.-- Maryland's women golfers took fifth in their first ACC championship last weekend. Brooke Bendler's team-best three-round total of 253 was good for 19th place.