Less than a week after signing a consensus Top 20 recruiting class, Maryland football coach DJ Durkin has filled a position of need on his staff. According to a source with knowledge of the move, Jimmy Brumbaugh will be introduced today as the team's new defensive line coach. Brumbaugh, who worked the past four seasons at Kentucky, replaces Mike London, who left last month to become the head coach at Howard. London, the former head coach at Richmond and Virginia, was also associate head coach under Durkin. It was also reported by 247InsideMDsports.com that Brumbaugh will serve as co-defensive coordinator with Andy Buh. The two worked together at Kentucky in 2015 when Buh was the team's special teams coordinator.
Navy women cruise in lacrosse opener, 20-3
The Navy women's lacrosse team did not disappoint in its season opener as the Mids defeated Longwood, 20-3, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. "We had a strong fall ball and preseason leading up to today, so I am proud of our players and how they carried through the hard work we put in the offseason to start off our season," Navy coach Cindy Timchal said. "There is still a lot of work to do, but this was a good way to start off 2017." The Mids (1-0) held advantages in shots, (39-10), shots on goal (30-7), ground balls (24-9), clear opportunities (18-for-22 to 10-for-14) and turnovers (10-23). The Mids tied their single-game high in free-position goals with six. Freshman attacker Kelly Larkin had a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists. Senior co-captain Morgan Young (Towson High) and junior attacker Julia Collins each scored a hat trick as Collins had four goals and two assists and Young had three goals and one assist. Navy will travel to No. 10 Duke on Sunday at 11 a.m.
More women's college lacrosse: No. 10 Duke scored six of the game's final seven goals for a 9-7 victory over visiting Drexel in the season opener for both teams. Olivia Jenner (McDonogh) had two goals and an assist while Kyra Harney and Ellie Majure also recorded two goals each. Nadia Pelham-Lacey scored two goal for the Dragons. … With the game tied at 9, No. 9 Northwestern scored four straight goals and held off a late rally for a 14-13 win over host No. 8 Notre Dame (0-1). Selena Lasota scored four goals and Christina Esposito and Megan Kinna each added three for the Wildcats (2-0). Savannah Buchanan had four goals for the Fighting Irish, who trailed 8-2 with 14:47 left in the first half.
Men's college lacrosse: Goalkeeper Paxton Boyer had 14 saves and midfielder Nick Hruby scored four goals to lead visiting No. 17 Air Force to an 11-10 win over No. 10 Duke. Trailing 8-6 midway through the third quarter, the Falcons scored five straight goals to claim an 11-8 advantage on Andrew Tien's goal with 8:52 remaining in the game. Less than two minutes later, the Blue Devils' Justin Guterding scored twice in a 41-second span to pull Duke within one goal, but Air Force held on over the final seven minutes to win the season opener for both teams.
Women's college basketball: College of Charleston scored 21 of the game's final 27 points for a 59-54 win over visiting Towson (11-11, 4-7 Colonial Athletic Association). Raven Bankston scored 17 points for the second straight game to lead the Tigers. The Cougars (8-14, 5-6) were led by 20 points from Breanna Bolden.
NHL: The Washington Capitals returned forward Jakub Vrana to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Vrana was recalled ahead of the team's trip to Montreal on Friday night. Vrana, the team's 2014 first-round draft pick, scored one goal and had two assists in 12 games with the Capitals this season.
Horse racing: If there were any questions about the re-emergence of thoroughbred racing in Maryland and Laurel Park, they were answered Saturday when 3-year-olds coming out of races at Laurel won three graded stakes around the country, including two major preps for the Kentucky Derby. In the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park, a major prep for the $1 million Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby, Isabelle de Tomaso's Irish War Cry beat a field of seven including champion juvenile Classic Empire. Laurel-based El Areeb, who won the James Lewis on Nov. 19 for owner M M G Stables, won his fourth consecutive race and second graded stakes by winning the $250,000 Withers (G3) at Aqueduct. On the distaff side, Dorothy Alexander Matz's Tequilita, who made an impressive 3-year-old debut at Gulfstream by winning the $200,000 Forward Gal (G2). Sine Wave, who broke her maiden at Laurel on Dec. 10, won the $51,000 optional allowance feature at Parx.