Digest: Navy men ranked No. 5 in Patriot lacrosse poll
The Patriot League released its men's lacrosse preseason poll Wednesday, and Navy is No. 5, trailing (in order) defending champion Bucknell, Army, Colgate and Lehigh. It's the first time in league history that the Midshipmen have been ranked outside the top two in the preseason poll. The team's 4-9 overall record and 2-4 mark in the Patriot League last season influenced the placement; Navy won the regular season outright or shared the title between 2004 and 2008 and captured the tournament crown six consecutive years. For new coach Rick Sowell, who succeeded Richie Meade, the preseason ranking is meaningless. "One thing I don't get myself caught up in is what's being written in January," Sowell said during a conference call arranged Wednesday morning by the Patriot League. "I'm sorry, but at the end of the day, it doesn't mean anything." Sowell pointed out that when he coached Stony Brook in 2010, that team wasn't ranked in the preseason, but almost beat Virginia to advance to the Final Four. The following year, the Seawolves were ranked in the Top 10, but lost to Hartford in the America East tournament final. "So I've been on both sides of it," he said. "At the end of the day, it's not about what's being written. You've got to go out and prove it on the field. … I can't get too caught up in that, and I'm not. My focus has been with my team, preparing them for a challenging season."
Women's college basketball: UMBC senior guard Michelle Kurowski was named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is given to the nation's top female basketball senior who excels in the classroom and makes an impact in her community as well as on the court. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men's and women's basketball head coaches' votes to determine the winner, who will be announced during the Final Four.
Men's college basketball: Bowie State moved up two spots to No. 19 in this week's DivisionII National Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
Mount St. Mary's: Roland Miller (men's lacrosse), Dave Swomley (track and field, soccer), Brian Wall (soccer) and Kia Williams (basketball) will be inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame at Dillon Fieldhouse at 12:30 p.m. Feb.4.
Bowie State: Former women's basketball and volleyball star Diedra Fields will be inducted into the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's John B. McLendon Jr. Hall of Fame at the Charlotte Convention Center at 11 a.m. March 2.
Capitals: Forward Cody Eakin was assigned to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
—From Sun staff and news services
D.C. United: The club announced the signing of Emeliano Dudar, a 6-foot-4 Argentine center back who arrives from one of Switzerland's top clubs, BSC Young Boys. United didn't have to pay a transfer fee. Terms of the contract weren't disclosed. Dudar, 30, suffered a head injury in the fall of 2010 and didn't return until early last year. United put him through a battery of tests in Washington this week before finalizing the deal.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post