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Terps' freshman Megan Whittle added to Tewaaraton Watch List

Terps' freshman Megan Whittle added to Tewaaraton Watch List
Maryland's Megan Whittle scores against North Carolina. (Baltimore Sun)

Maryland freshman attacker Megan Whittle was one of three women's lacrosse players added to the Tewaaraton Award watch list on Thursday. The McDonogh graduate, who is second on the Terps team with 25 goals, is the only freshman on the list.

Last year's All-Metro Player of the Year, as well as the U.S. Lacrosse's national player of the year, Whittle was the top-rated player in this year's freshman class according to Inside Lacrosse. She was the youngest player invited to try out for the U.S. national team last summer.

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In her four years at McDonogh, she led the Eagles to an 80-0 record, their national-record 112th straight win, their sixth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship and their fifth straight national No. 1 ranking.

Whittle joins last year's Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings (McDonogh) and finalist Megan Douty as well as three other Terps teammates -- Brooke Griffin (South River), Alice Mercer (Century) and Kelly McPartland – on the 53-player watch list.

Also added Thursday were Penn's Tory Benson and Albany's Rachel Bowles.

A second round of additions will be made to the Watch List on April 9 before the field is narrowed to 25 on April 23 and five on May 7. The winner, the best player in the women's college game, will be announced on May 28 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian along with the men's winner.

Stony Brook gives coach great gift after daughter's birth

Stony Brook's 12-11 upset of No. 7 Florida Tuesday was pretty big all by itself, but for Seawolves coach Joe Spallina, it was just half of a whirlwind three days.

After flying to Florida for the Seawolves' 13-4 win over Jacksonville Sunday, the coach learned that his wife Mary Beth was in labor with their fifth child, so he returned to Long Island in time for the birth of daughter Olivia Meredith on Monday. Then, he hopped a plane Tuesday morning and headed back to Gainesville for the 6:30 p.m. game.

He was sure glad he did as his No. 14 Seawolves earned a statement win. A rapidly rising program over the last few years, the Seawolves had never beaten a Top 10 team. They've reached the NCAA second round twice, falling to Maryland in 2013 and Syracuse in 2014 with a combined record over those two years of 34-7.

This season, they're off to their best start at 6-0 after rallying from three goals down in the first half to beat the Gators for the first time. Freshman Kylie Ohlmiller led the Seawolves with five goals and an assists.

Stanwick, Rix vying for BC career scoring lead

At the end of this season, Boston College will have a new career goal scoring leader, but it might take until the very last game to decide who it will be.

As of now, Covie Stanwick has the lead, but fellow senior Mikaela Rix could end up in the top spot. Last week, both passed the Eagles' previous career leader, Kristin Igoe, who scored 168 goals between 2008 and 2012.

Stanwick, a Notre Dame Prep graduate, has a slight edge on Rix's 169 goals.

The Baltimore native is also nearing the career points record of 272, set by Lauren Miller (Roland Park) in 2002. Stanwick needs just four points to break it.

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Locals open conference seasons

Loyola and Navy opened their Patriot League conference schedules with wins over Lafayette and Bucknell.

The defending Patriots League champion Greyhounds used their March 11 overtime win at No. 10 Virginia to springboard to a 16-6 win over Lafayette and a 15-7 win over Bucknell. Those three wins boosted them to 4-4 for the season. No. 17 Loyola heads to Lehigh Saturday.

The Midshipmen are 9-1 after a third conference win, 11-5 over American Wednesday. Next up is Boston University, which beat them twice last season, including in the conference semifinals, Saturday in Boston.

Defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Towson dropped its first conference game to Delaware, 6-5, Wednesday and doesn't play its next CAA game until April.

No. 1 Maryland, UMBC and Mount St. Mary's have yet to open conference play. Maryland debuts in the Big Ten with Thursday's game at No. 6 Northwestern. UMBC opens its America East schedule Saturday at home against Binghamton. The Mountaineers don't play a Northeast Conference game until they host Wagner on April 3.

Quick hits

Maryland has won 18 straight games…Jacksonville's Erica Brager (Roland Park) leads Division I in ground balls with 31…Navy's Loren Generi is first in points with 49…Virginia Tech's Megan Will (C. Milton Wright) is second in goals with 33…Navy's Annie Foky ranks fourth in goals against average at 5.84…Robert Morris' Jessica Karwacki (Hereford) is first in draw controls with 13.67 per game…Elon's Stephanie Asher (Glenelg) is the top scoring freshman in the country with 25 goals and 30 points…Six Division I teams remain undefeated — Maryland, Duke, Boston College, Stony Brook, Masschusetts and Stanford.

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