Sullivan heading back to Mount Hebron as girls lacrosse coach
Trish (Dewart) Sullivan will return to her alma mater as the Mount Hebron girls lacrosse coach this spring, athletic director Jeannie Prevosto announced Tuesday. Sullivan, a two-time All-Howard County defender who played on three state champion Vikings teams in the late 1990s, has coached Reservoir's girls lacrosse team for the past four years, but she couldn't resist the draw of her old school. She takes over for Brooke Kuhl-McClelland, who resigned after last spring and later moved on to St. Paul's. "To me it's like going back home," said Sullivan, a 1998 Mount Hebron graduate. "I feel like this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I'm at a place in my career where I'm really ready for it. I'm really ready to get back to the program that I feel molded me as a player and certainly as a coach. I'm really entering it with a lot of enthusiasm. I'm excited to be back in the community I was brought up in myself." Sullivan, 30, is the fourth coach in the storied history of a Vikings girls lacrosse program that has won a record 15 state championships — including 11 in a row between 1997 and 2007 — and is one of the most successful programs in the nation. Kuhl-McClelland guided the Vikings to six state titles and five national No. 1 rankings in her nine years. Since its first season in 1983, the program has gone 373-35-1 under the guidance of P.J. Kesmodel (now coaching at Cape Henlopen, Del.), Chris Robinson (now at McDonogh) and Kuhl-McClelland. Expectations will be high. "I'm no stranger to that," Sullivan said. "I feel like that's how I was bred. I have high expectations for myself and the program." Sullivan, who played college lacrosse at Ohio State, is a guidance counselor at Reservoir. Her husband Josh Sullivan is the girls varsity lacrosse coach at Reservoir. She said it won't be easy to leave the Reservoir team behind, but she said she believes the players understand why she took the Hebron job. "They understand this would have been a regret for me if I didn't do it," Sullivan said. "I tell them not to leave any regrets on the field and I've got to take my own advice in life. I felt a deep connection there and I felt I had to be there. I knew that I wanted to be at Hebron one day, but I didn't know one day would be as soon as it is."
Midshipmen land in top spot in Lambert Trophy voting
The Navy football team is ranked No. 1 in the East according to the ECAC Lambert Meadowlands Football Bowl Subdivision Poll. The ECAC will release a weekly poll in each of the four divisions (Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and Division III) and the final poll in January will determine the trophy winners. Established in 1936 as the Lambert Trophy to recognize supremacy in Eastern college football, the award has since grown to recognize the best team in the East in the Bowl Subdivision. Navy has won the trophy just five times in the previous 74 years, with the last time coming in 1963, when Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach led the Mids to a 9-2 record and a berth in the Cotton Bowl against Texas. Navy also won the Lambert Trophy in 1960, 1957, 1954 and 1943.
More college football: Bowie State strong safety Sterling Grant-Jones (Edmondson) has been selected to play in the 2010 Russell Athletic HBCU Bowl. Grant-Jones leads the team in total tackles with 71 (45 solo and 26 assisted). He also has 10 tackles for a loss of 43 yards, two sacks, one interception, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The Bulldogs are 11th in the nation in total defense. The Russell Athletic HBCU Bowl features seniors from the historically black colleges and universities throughout the country. The game will be played Dec. 18 at the Georgia Dome.
Terps women picked fourth in ACC preseason poll
The Maryland women's basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year in the league's annual preseason vote. Freshmen Alyssa Thomas and Laurin Mincy were named to the league's Newcomer Watch List. Duke was picked to win the league and received 24 of 33 first-place votes. North Carolina was predicted to finish second, with Florida State picked to rounding out the top three. The Terrapins will open their regular season against Monmouth on Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.
More women's college basketball: Loyola was picked to finish third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Greyhounds received 70 points, behind Marist (100 points) and Iona (90).
Men's college soccer: Loyola goalkeeper Kyle Wittman (Calvert Hall) was named Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. The senior has not been scored on in 349:31 and leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in goals against average (0.97) and shutouts (six). … North Carolina State (7-6-2) scored two goals in a three-minute span in the second half to rally for a 2-1 victory over visiting Navy (7-4-3).
College field hockey: For the second time this season, Cornell freshman Hannah Balleza (Severna Park) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Balleza scored the game-winning goal when the Big Red defeated Brown on Saturday in overtime, 2-1. … Salisbury (12-2, 6-0 Capital Athletic Conference) remained No. 6 in the weekly Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. The Sea Gulls remained just outside of the top five teams despite winning their two games last week by a combined score of 16-2.
Capitals: Washington recalled defenseman Brian Fahey from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Also, the team said it raised more than $35,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through its Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Oct. 23.
Golf: Jenna Albright of Marriotts Ridge and Fallston's Liz Silbernagel are tied for first among girls after the first day of Class 1A-2A competition at the state golf tournament. Both girls shot a 78 on Tuesday at Maryland to tie for the top spot. Albright helped Marriotts Ridge take first place in the team standings — girls can play with boys in the competition — with a score of 315, three shots ahead of North Carroll. Chris Yoo's 74 also gave Marriotts Ridge a boost. He is tied with Pikesville's Matt Oshrine for the lowest score among local boys. Yoo and Oshrine are tied for third, three shots behind. All four classes will finish the tournament today at Maryland.
—From Sun staff and news services