Towson men's basketball coach Pat Skerry is the recipient of the 2017 Gene Bartow Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the game. After enduring a 1-31 record in his first season, Skerry has led Towson to a 93-75 record the past five seasons, including a 54-35 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. Four years ago he and Texas Christian assistant Tom Herrion started Coaches Powering Forwards, an annual autism awareness weekend during which hundreds of coaches and media members wear a blue pin on their lapel. During the 2016-17 season more than 400 people participated across all levels of basketball.
Game vs. Northwestern shifted from a Friday night to a Saturday
Maryland's version of "Friday Night Lights" will have to wait. The school was informed last week that the Big Ten moved its home football game against Northwestern from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, according to an athletic department spokesman. Northwestern's game two weeks later against Michigan State has also been moved back a day. The time of the Maryland-Northwestern game has not been announced. When the Big Ten announced last fall that it would start playing some games on Friday nights, there was pushback from some schools because of potential conflicts with high school games or with fans traveling to see their team.
Men's college lacrosse: Jackson Morrill had four goals and Ben Reeves added two goals and four assists to lead No. 17 Yale (6-3) to a 23-7 victory over host St. John's (1-9). ... Joe French had four goals and one assist to help No.12 Virginia (7-4) win, 20-7, over visiting Cleveland State (3-8). ... Brandon Watson scored five goals and Kyle D'Onofrio (Fallston) had four to lead host Stevenson (6-3, 3-0 Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth) to a 22-8 win over Lycoming (3-6, 1-2). ... ... Loyola Maryland sophomore attackman Pat Spencer was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week. Navy senior Brady Dove was Faceoff Specialist of the Week, and Midshipmen senior long-stick midfielder Matt Rees (Boys' Latin) received honorable mention. ... Johns Hopkins senior attackman Kyle Marr was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. Maryland midfielder Jared Bernhardt was named Co-Freshman of the Week.
Women's college lacrosse: Sarah Phillips scored two of her game-high four goals to start a 9-0 run as No. 8 Cornell (8-1) won, 17-3, against visiting Binghamton (5-6). Renee Poullott made seven saves in her eighth win. ... Maryland sophomore goalie Megan Taylor (Glenelg) was named Inside LacrosseWomen/Alpha Lacrosse National Defensive Player of the Week after making a career-high 20 saves against No. 3 Florida last Wednesday while holding them to eight goals; she also made six saves and allowed just two goals in 30 minutes against Michigan last Saturday. Taylor was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. The conference also honored Maryland senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg (Marriotts Ridge) and Penn State sophomore attacker Madison Carter (South River) as Co-Offensive Players of the Week and Maryland freshman attacker Brindi Griffin (McDonogh) as Freshman of the Week. ... Loyola Maryland sophomore Taylor VanThof was selected Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week. Greyhounds sophomore attacker Hannah Powers and Navy junior midfielder Jenna Collins (River Hill) received honorable mention.
Varsity boys basketball: Mount Saint Joseph senior guard and Maryland commit Darryl Morsell will play in the Boys Regional Game at the Jordan Brand Classic next week. The game, scheduled for April 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., will be Morsell's second all-star showcase in less than a week. On Saturday, he and Bruno Fernando, the other member of Maryland's Class of 2017, will compete in the Capital Classic at Washington's Verizon Center.
Major Arena Soccer League: Blast goalie William Vanzela was named to the All-MASL second team. He started every game for the team this season and led the league in goals-allowed average at 3.34. His save percentage was .728.
Baseball: The Washington Nationals agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Aaron Barrett. ... Nationals Triple-A infielder Emmanuel Burriss was among eight players suspended under the sport's minor league drug program. Burriss, 32, was suspended for 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
—From Sun staff and news services