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Maryland quarterback O'Brien is ACC Rookie of the Week

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Maryland quarterback O'Brien is ACC Rookie of the Week

For the third time this season, Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien has been voted the Atlantic Coast Conference's Rookie of the Week. The redshirt freshman from North Carolina completed 13 of 20 passes for 168 yards and a career-best four touchdowns in Maryland's 62-14 win over Wake Forest. O'Brien, who threw no interceptions, had an efficiency rating of 201.56 — the eighth best mark for a Football Bowl Subdivision freshman this season. In the past two games, O'Brien has passed for seven touchdowns and no interceptions. O'Brien, who didn't start until the fourth game of Maryland's season, has thrown for 13 touchdown passes — tied for second in the country among freshmen. He is 4-1 as a starter for the 6-2 Terps, and his 4.33-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio is the best in the country for freshmen.

More Maryland: The ACC announced that Maryland's game at Virginia on Nov. 13 will start at 3:30 p.m. and be shown online on ESPN3.com.

More Division I: Towson freshman linebacker Kyle Polk was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week after recording a game-high 13 tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for losses, in a 30-20 loss to Rhode Island on Saturday.

Division III: Salisbury freshman punter Matt Elsasser was named Atlantic Central Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. Sea Gulls defensive back Andre Carter was named Rookie of the Week.

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Mount men eliminated from NEC playoff chase with loss

Saint Francis (Pa.) (10-5-1, 6-2-1) scored in the 107th minute to edge visiting Mount St. Mary's, 1-0, in double overtime, eliminating the Mountaineers (7-10-0, 4-5-0) from Northeast Conference playoff contention. Sean O'Reilly served a long ball to Owen Gombami, who tipped into the lower right netting to hand the Red Flash the victory. Winning goalkeeper Daniel Valcicak made five saves; Chris Davis had five saves in the loss.

More Division I men's soccer: Loyola senior Glenn Leitch was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week after a seven-point week. … UMBC senior forward Levi Houapeu was named America East Player of the Week after scoring three goals in a playoff-clinching 3-1 victory over Vermont on Oct. 27. … Navy freshman goalkeeper Aaron Dupere was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the third time in the past four weeks.

Women's soccer: Hood senior goalkeeper Rachelle Buhrman was named Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week and the Hood College Athlete of the Week. … St. Mary's sophomore forward Tori Eskay was named Capital Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. … Wilmington sophomore forward Brittany Rhodes (Eastern Tech) was named to the All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference first team. Senior defender Danielle Niccoli (Kenwood) and sophomore forward Molly Taylor (Fallston) were named to the second team.

Field hockey: Salisbury senior goalkeeper Anna Cooke was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Women's volleyball: UMES freshman Maline Vaitai was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. … Salisbury sophomore setter Carley Todd was named CAC Player of the Week.

Women's basketball: Maryland will host Gallaudet in an exhibition tonight at 7 at Comcast Center. The Terps are ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll, which came out last week. The Terps will play host to District of Columbia on Sunday at 2 p.m. in a second exhibition match.

Facilities: Hood's board of trustees last week approved the building of an athletic facility for intercollegiate, recreational and intramural activities that will be home to the school's men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams. The building, which will be adjacent to the one-year-old turf field, is expected to be completed in time for the 2011-12 basketball season. The cost is estimated at $8 million to $10 million.

Basketball: The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association voted unanimously on a three-year extension that will keep its men's and women's tournament in Charlotte through 2014.

Et cetera

Citing costs, WNBA's Mystics combine coach, GM jobs

The Washington Mystics made Trudi Lacey their general manager and head coach in a money-saving move Monday, after cutting ties with the pair of people who held those two jobs during the most successful season in team history. Lacey succeeds GM Angela Taylor, whose departure was announced a month ago, and coach Julie Plank. Owner Sheila Johnson said on a conference call that having one person hold both positions was a decision "about business. … We have been in a recession, and … everyone is fully aware that we have to make decisions — business decisions … to keep our league alive and keep the Mystics alive." The Mystics went a franchise-best 22-12 in the 2010 regular season to finish with the top record in the Eastern Conference and earn a No. 1 seeding for the playoffs. They lost in the first round. Lacey joined the Mystics in 2009 as an assistant coach, then was promoted to director of basketball operations in 2010. Johnson said Monday that she then tried to persuade Plank to stay on as coach-GM but that she only wanted to coach.

Varsity: Gov. Thomas Johnson's Ben Wright was named Ravens High School Coach of the Week after the Frederick-based school ended Linganore's 21-game winning streak with a 27-14 victory.

Minor league baseball: The Single-A Hagerstown Suns promoted assistant general manager Bill Farley, 31, a former Loyola College golfer, to GM.

—From Sun staff and news services

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