Digest: Loyola's Graduation Success Rate tied for third best in nation

Loyola Maryland ranked tied for third out of 351 NCAA Division I schools in the organization's latest Graduation Success Rate report published Tuesday, and the Greyhounds again had the highest rate among schools in Maryland. Eleven Greyhounds teams — men's cross country, men's golf, men's lacrosse, men's soccer, men's swimming and diving, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's lacrosse, women's rowing, women's soccer and women's tennis — recorded scores of 100 percent in the report as Loyola cumulatively achieved a 98 percent GSR score for the 2006-2009 cohorts that make up this year's report. All 15 of the Greyhounds' included programs were at or above the national GSR of 86 percent. The Greyhounds have been ranked in the top 25 nationally of the overall GSR in each of the report's 12 years; this year's 98 percent mark is tied for the highest Loyola has scored on the report, matching the Greyhounds' 2003 rate. Among schools that do not sponsor football at the NCAA Division I level — institutions that are classified as I-AAA — Loyola ranked second behind Loyola Chicago.

Maryland: The University of Maryland earned a GSR of 85 percent; it's the seventh time Maryland has been above 80 percent. Maryland's FGR was reported at 70 percent, 4 percent higher than the overall NCAA Division I average of 66 percent. The football program posted a mark of 78 percent, the highest mark in program history and higher than the NCAA FBS average of 74 percent. The men's basketball program earned a GSR score of 83 percent, its third highest in program history, and higher than the NCAA Division I average of 76 percent. Women's basketball posted a GSR of 89 percent; the Division I average was 87 percent. Overall, Maryland's GSR rate of 85 percent is higher than the NCAA Division I average of 84 percent.


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JHU's Jack Toner receives Centennial defensive honor


Johns Hopkins senior defensive back Jack Toner was named Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Teammate Jack Campbell, a senior linebacker, was named Scholar Athlete of the Year, and Jim Margraff was Coach of the Year for the fourth time in six years. The first team included Toner, Campbell, senior offensive lineman Chantz Anderson, junior tight end Brett Caggiano, junior defensive lineman Keonte Henson (Broadneck), senior defensive back Dan Johnson (Westminster), sophomore offensive lineman Cameron Little and senior wide receiver Bradley Munday. The second team included senior defensive lineman Kyle Bonci, junior offensive lineman Anthony Campanile, junior running back Ryan Cary, senior wide receiver Quinn Donaldson, senior quarterback Jonathan Germano, senior defensive back Marcus Spearman and linebacker senior Garrett Spek. The second team also included Gettysburg senior offensive lineman Cordell Boggs (Francis Scott Key) and McDaniel senior linebacker Claude Richardson.

More college football: Navy senior quarterback Will Worth was named a Manning Award Star of the Week and a Davey O'Brien "Great 8" honoree.

Men's college basketball: Boston College (1-1) ended a 20-game losing streak, getting 16 points from Jerome Robinson and 13 rebounds from Mo Jeffers to earn a 73-57 victory over visiting UMES (0-3). The Eagles had not won since Dec. 30. Bakari Copeland scored 14 points for the Hawks.

Women's college basketball: Casey Smith made the winning layup with five seconds left in overtime to lift host Fairfield (1-1) to a 58-57 victory over Loyola Maryland (1-2). Bri Betz-White (23 points and 11 rebounds) gave the Greyhounds a 57-56 lead with seven seconds left in overtime. Loyola's Molly Taylor hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 46 and force overtime. ... Caroline Hummell had a career-high 28 points and 15 rebounds to lift host Mount St. Mary's (1-1) to a 65-50 victory over Morgan State (0-1). Hummell had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Braennan Farrar led the Bears with 14 points.

Women's college volleyball: Maryland outside hitter Gia Milana was selected Big Ten Freshman of the Week. ... Stevenson junior outside hitter Annika Schwartz was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-America second team.

Women's college lacrosse: Syracuse named Halle Majorana (Maryland) women's undergraduate student assistant coach. ... Washington College named senior defender Anna Inserra, midfielder Cara Pascarella and goalie Haylee Solomon captains.

NHL: Nineteen-year-old rookie Zach Werensky tied the game late in the third and Cam Atkinson scored 37 seconds into overtime to give Columbus a 2-1 victory over Washington for the Blue Jackets' sixth straight win at home. Atkinson buried a wrist shot off a faceoff from the right circle past Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer to win it. Werenski scored the tying goal with just under seven minutes remaining, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots. Nicklas Backstrom scored late in the second period for Washington, and Grubauer finished with 20 saves.

NFL: The Buffalo Bills signed former Ravens safety James Ihedigbo, 32, who started eight games for the Detroit Lions last season.


Major League Lacrosse: The Chesapeake Bayhawks' home opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will be April 22 against the New York Lizards. MLL released its schedules Tuesday. The Bayhawks' regular season will end Aug. 3 against the visiting Denver Outlaws.

Symposium: John Skipper, the ESPN president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will headline the 11th annual Shirley Povich Symposium tonight. "The Future of Sports on TV" starts at 7 p.m. in the Colony Ballroom of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Joining Skipper and Delany are David Aldridge (reporter, Turner Sports), Andrea Kremer (chief correspondent, NFL Network and HBO Real Sports contributor), Jimmy Roberts '79 (broadcaster, NBC Sports and the Golf Channel) and Scott Van Pelt (host, ESPN's SportsCenter). Television host Maury Povich, son of the late Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich for whom the symposium is named, will moderate the panel.