Digest: Terps' Thomas named 1st-team All-American

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Terps' Thomas named 1st-team All-American

Maryland sophomore Alyssa Thomas is one of five players named to the Associated Press All-America first team, announced Tuesday. Thomas, the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, is joined by Baylor's Brittney Griner, Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, Stanford's Nneka Ogwumike and Delaware's Elena Delle Donne. Thomas is the Terps' fourth AP All-American. Crystal Langhorne (2006, 2007, 2008), Kristi Toliver (2008, 2009) and Marissa Coleman (2009) all earned the honor at least once in their careers. Thomas leads the ACC in scoring with 17.2 points per game and is among the best in the league in rebounds (8.0 per game), assists (3.2), free-throw percentage (.801) and defensive rebounds (5.5). Thomas is just the second underclassman ever to be named ACC Player of the Year.


UMBC's Jackson honored after setting track records

UMBC freshman Mercedes Jackson was named America East Track Performer of the Week after breaking school records in the 100-meter dash (11.81 seconds) and 200 dash (24.05) at the team's initial outdoor meet of the season last weekend in South Carolina.

More women's outdoor track and field: Hood sophomore Chelsea Young was selected as the Capital Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week.

Women's lacrosse: Virginia senior attacker Josie Owen (Severn) was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week. ... Boston College freshman goalkeeper Emily Mata (Severna Park) was selected as the ACC Defensive Player of the Week. ... American University junior midfielder Emily Burton (Mount de Sales) was named Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week for the second time this season. ... Salisbury remained in the No. 2 spot for the third week in a row in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Top 20 coaches poll.

Men's lacrosse: Towson freshman midfielder Justin Mabus was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week. ... Mount St. Mary's junior Andrew Scalley (Archbishop Spalding) was selected by the Northeast Conference as the Offensive Player of the Week. ... Goucher sophomore Pierce Ingram earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Landmark Conference.

Baseball: Host Mount St. Mary's lost to UMBC, 7-3. Brian Klukowicz hit a three-run homer in the top of the fifth to give the Retrievers (7-12) a 5-1 advantage. Michael Foster and Nick Walker each hit solo home runs in the loss for the Mount (6-19). ... No. 26 Virginia (16-8-1) cruised to an 8-0 nonconference win over visiting Towson (12-11). ... Senior Chris Connor hit a three-run home run to right field to highlight a six-run eighth inning and freshman Brett Collacchi threw six innings of three-hit ball as host Salisbury (18-3, 10-2 CAC) completed a sweep of St. Mary's (13-11, 5-7) with a 9-1 win. Earlier Tuesday, the Sea Gulls moved to No. 5 in both the American Baseball Coaches Association Division III poll and the D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 25 poll.

Women's bowling: Bowie State placed third overall at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships, beating Virginia State and Northern Division champion Elizabeth City State before falling to eventual CIAA champion of Fayetteville State and Virginia State.

Women's volleyball: UMES freshman outside hitter Saitaua Iosia was named the winner of the inaugural Russell HBCU Female MVP of the Year award after a fan vote. She received the honor at the HBCU Buzz Awards at Howard University's Armour J. Blackburn University Center.

Et cetera

MISL regular season to grow to 26 games

The Major Indoor Soccer League Board of Governors has voted to increase each team's number of regular-season games from 24 to 26 beginning with the 2012-13 season. Each MISL club will host 13 games, with the 2012-13 season set to start Nov. 2 and conclude March 3. The calendar length of the regular season will remain the same.

Capitals: Left wing Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL's Third Star for the week. ... Free-agent defenseman Cameron Schilling signed a two-year entry-level contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

D.C. United: With the United States eliminated from the Olympic qualifying tournament, goalkeeper Bill Hamid and midfielder Perry Kitchen are scheduled to rejoin United today. Hamid left Monday's 3-3 draw with El Salvador late in the first half with an ankle injury. Coach Ben Olsen said he has received second-half updates and that the injury is "nothing crazy. I'm sure it's a sprain or a bruise. We don't know to what severity." Between the injury and Hamid's long absence, Joe Willis seems likely to start against FC Dallas on Friday night at RFK Stadium.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Wizards: The team is set to have a reunion with Cartier Martin and sign him to a 10-day contract in advance of its game Thursday against the Indiana Pacers, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Martin is averaging 18.3 points for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. He spent part of the past two seasons with the Wizards and played in summer league games with John Wall in 2010. Martin averaged 4.0 points and shot 39.4 percent from beyond the 3-point line in 52 games for the Wizards last season but suffered a stress fracture in his left foot after earlier missing action with a strained right patella tendon. Martin is expected to replace Edwin Ubiles, who averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in four games.

Michael Lee, The Washington Post

Mystics: The two-game preseason schedule consists of a game at the Chicago Sky on May 10 at 8 p.m. and a game at Verizon Center against the Connecticut Sun on May 14 at 7 p.m. The regular season starts May 19 against the Sky.

Youth ice hockey: The American Icebirds spring/summer under-16 team is looking for players for all positions in the following states: Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. Email icebirds@inbox.com or call 336-422-3376 for more information.

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