Digest (April) 10: Goalie Philipp Grubauer gets starting assignment from Capitals

Philipp Grubauer will start Washington's playoff opener against Columbus, the first Capitals goaltender not named Braden Holtby to start a postseason series since 2011. The 26-year-old German started 10 of the final 16 games of the regular season, going 7-3-0 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Grubauer's 2.06 GAA and .933 save percentage are the best among NHL goalies since Oct. 27. "I just think that Grubi deserves the opportunity," coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday, a day after telling Grubauer of his decision. "It sort of evolved all year. There wasn't a date or anything like that. It just evolved and Grubi got more games and a bigger body of work." Grubauer called it a privilege to start after spending the past three full seasons as the backup to Holtby, who won the 2016 Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender. It could be a short-lived privilege if he struggles because Trotz said his decision is only for Game 1 on Thursday night and the Capitals are going "game by game." The opener will be Grubauer's second career start in the Stanley Cup playoffs . Grubauer started a game against the New York Islanders in the first round in 2015 when Holtby was sick and entered in relief once in 2017.

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Hensch's last-minute goal lifts Terps in women's lax

Taylor Hensh (Marriotts Ridge) scored on a free position with 46 seconds left as No. 3 Maryland (13-1) won 11-10 in a come-from-behind women's lacrosse victory over host Princeton (6-5) on Tuesday night. Hensh also scored on a previous free position for a 10-9 lead with 3:44 remaining. The Tigers tied the score with 1:31 left before Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley) won the draw control for Maryland. Terps' Megan Whittle (McDonogh) scored three goals and tied Jen Adams' career scoring record with 267 career goals.


Men's college lacrosse: Stevenson junior JT Thelen tied program records for goals (nine) and points (12) in a game as the Mustangs defeated host Lycoming, 21-9, Tuesday in MAC Commonwealth action. Stevenson (5-6, 3-0 MAC Commonwealth) won for the fifth time in six games. ... Maryland attackman Logan Wisnauskas (Boys' Latin) was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after three-goal performance in the Terps' win at Penn State last Sunday. ... Caelahn Bullen made a career-high 14 saves to anchor the Big Red defense as No. 9 Cornell (8-3) won 13-8 over No. 7 Syracuse (6-4). ... Jimmy Perkins had three goals to lead No. 19 Robert Morris (8-3) to an 11-9 victory over host Canisius (5-6).

College baseball: Junior infielder Aaron Barclay (Archbishop Spalding) tied his career-high in RBIs with five and hit his first home run in over two years as visiting Washington College (19-9) downed Haverford, 13-6.

Men's college track: Following Navy's victories in the Army-Navy outdoor star series meet, the Midshipmen had three earn weekly honors. Cedric Williams was named Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week, while John Barber was tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Freshman Chelsey Edwards was selected as the Naval Academy Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. ... Mount St. Mary's earned four Northeast Conference weekly honors. Senior D.J. Workcuff is men's Field Athlete of the Week, junior Erin Sample is women's Field Athlete of the Week and freshman Kayla Barnes is women's Track Athlete and Rookie of the Week.

Boys lacrosse camps: Boys' Latin is hosting three youth lacrosse camps this summer. Quint Kessenich's goalie camp, which is for boys and girls ages 10 through 17, will take place form June 3-6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each day. The school's beginner camp, for boys ages 5 through 11, is scheduled for June 10-14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each day. The Boys' Latin Ten-Star Camp, for boys ages 9 through 13, is set for June 11-15 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For the Ten-Star and beginner camps, the staff will be under the direction of Boys' Latin varsity coach Brian Farrell. For information, contact Farrell at 410-377-5192 or or former BL coach Bob Shriver at 410-804-6206 or

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