Ellicott City's Capra entered in Australian Open qualifier


Howard County's Capra entered in Australian qualifier

Ellicott City's Beatrice Capra, 18, who reached the third round of the U.S. Open as a qualifier, will participate in an Australian Open wild-card playoff Friday through Sunday in Atlanta. The winner of the eight-player U.S. Tennis Association event among Capra, Lauren Davis, Irina Falconi, Jamie Hampton, Krista Hardebeck, Madison Keys, Shelby Rogers and U.S. Fed Cup team member Coco Vandeweghe will advance to the first major of the 2011 season. Vandeweghe won last year's wild-card event.

Major League Lacrosse

Bayhawks draft McClay in 1st round, bring back Nadelen

The defending-champion Chesapeake Bayhawks selected defenseman Ryan McClay (Cornell 2003) sixth overall in the supplemental draft. McClay, an All-Star in 2005, 2006 and 2010, is fourth in MLL history in ground balls with 371. In the sixth round, the Bayhawks brought back defenseman Shawn Nadelen (Johns Hopkins 2001), the franchise leader in games (94) and a two-time All-Star. Others drafted were midfielder Brett Manney (Delaware '08), 12th overall; midfielder Mark Kovler (Princeton '09), 18th; defenseman Stephen Bauer (Georgetown '09), 24th; defender Jake Deane (Massachusetts '06), 30th; goalie Joey Kemp (Notre Dame '08), 42nd; midfielder Nick Tintle (North Carolina '08), 48th; attackman Brendan Cannon (Georgetown '08) 54th; defenseman Chris O'Dougherty (Rutgers '09), 60th; midfielder Joe Murray (Denver '09), 66th; and attackman Joel Dalgerno (Ohio State '09), 72nd.

College basketball

UMBC men fall to 0-10 with 66-53 home loss to American

American (6-3) missed 11 of its first 12 field-goal attempts but earned a 66-53 victory at UMBC (0-10). The Retrievers trailed 35-16 at the half but narrowed the gap to 56-47 with 1:27 remaining on five straight points by Travis King, who finished with a team-high 20. Chris De La Rosa added 18.

More men: Paul Reynolds scored eight points in a 16-1 run midway through the second half to lead host Wesley (4-4, 2-1 Capital Athletic Conference) to a 74-63 victory over Stevenson (3-6, 1-3 CAC). Andrew Bishop (Southern) led the Mustangs with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Women: Wesley (3-3, 2-1 CAC) cruised to a 64-39 win over Stevenson (0-7, 0-4 CAC), which got 14 points from JaQuelia Conley.


Terps get commitment from Quince Orchard linebacker

Quince Orchard senior linebacker Alex Twine committed to Maryland, which extended him a scholarship offer — his first from a Football Bowl Subdivision program — last week. Twine earned Washington Post first-team All-Met honors this fall and was named Montgomery County's Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year after serving as a backup in 2009. Read about his rise to prominence in Matt Bracken's blog post at baltimoresun.com/recruitingreport.

Women's lacrosse: Towson senior attacker Jess Dunn (Fallston), senior defender MaryEllen Elie, senior defender Megan Fitzgerald (Archbishop Spalding) and senior midfielder Ali Lathroum were named captains.

Cross country: Towson captain Brandi Gervais, a senior majoring in biology and pre-dentistry, was named a Colonial Athletic Association scholar-athlete.

Baseball: Washington College junior pitcher-first baseman Shane Mattingly (Centennial) will join the Southern Maryland Nationals of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League next summer.

Softball: Three UMBC seniors — second baseman Lauren Brummell, center fielder Julia Culotta (North Harford) and designated player Lauren O'Malley (Archbishop Spalding) — were named co-captains.

Et cetera

River Hill's Rosburg named state's best in volleyball

River Hill senior outside hitter Megan Rosburg was named the Gatorade Maryland Volleyball Player of the Year for her athletic excellence, academic achievement and character. She had 217 kills, 201 digs and 31 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .520 and leading the Hawks (17-2) to the Class 3A East championship match. Rosburg has a 3.95 grade-point average and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the River Hill High Athletic Leadership Council and the Young Life Club.

Major League Soccer: Maryland sophomore defender Ethan White signed to play for D.C. United. White , a U.S. Youth National Team member, was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team selection and led the Terps to back-to-back NCAA quarterfinal appearances.

Baseball: Pinch hitter Matt Stairs agreed to a nonguaranteed minor league contract with the Washington Nationals, who have invited him to major league camp. Stairs, 42, had four pinch-hit home runs last season for the San Diego Padres and holds the career record with 23, which is 15 more than any other active player. He has played for 12 big league teams and homered for 11, both tied for the career record. Last season, he batted .232 with six homers and 16 RBIs in 99 at-bats.

—From Sun staff and news services

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