Digest: Rising sophomore O'Connell orally commits to Terps men's lax

Maryland men's lacrosse

Rising sophomore O'Connell orally commits to Terps

Rising sophomore midfielder Thomas O'Connell of Chaminade (N.Y.) High has orally committed to Maryland. A 6-foot, 165-pound three-sport athlete, O'Connell plays for the Long Island Jr. Lizards and FCA, attending Nike Blue Chip, Lehigh LaxFest, Tri-State, Long Island LaxFest and the under-15 national championships in Orlando, Fla. He also considered North Carolina, Yale, Michigan and Army.

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Towson gives AD Waddell one-year contract extension

Towson announced that athletic director Mike Waddell has received a one-year contract extension. Waddell, whose contract now runs to October 2014, was named athletic director Sept. 29, 2010. The extension comes on the heels of the Tigers' Colonial Athletic Association championships in football and women's lacrosse in 2011-12. The turnaround in football from 1-10 in 2010 to 9-3 in 2011 catapulted the team into the NCAA playoffs for the first time at the FCS level and garnered head coach Rob Ambrose National Coach of the Year accolades and freshman running back Terrance West the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the nation.


College baseball: UMES announced that former Orioles outfielder Pedro Swann is its new baseball coach, taking over for Will Gardner, who leaves after six years. Swann played professionally from 1991 to 2007, including three years in the major leagues after being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 26th round in 1991. Swann went on to play for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 and the Orioles in 2003; he hit .214 in 25 career games. He also played with the Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.

Men's college soccer: No. 3 Maryland scored two late goals for a 3-1 win over visiting UMBC (2-1-2). Patrick Mullins and Jake Pace tallied for the Terps (4-0-1), who benefited from an own goal in the first half. ... Freshman Larry Ndjock scored his fourth goal of the season and Connor Thompson added a penalty kick goal to lead visiting Loyola (3-1-1) to a 2-0 win over Towson (2-3).

Women's college basketball: UMES announced its 27-game regular-season schedule, which begins at George Mason on Nov. 13. Another highlight is the Terrapin Classic; the Hawks will tip off against Hartford at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 28 and either tournament host Maryland or Brown at either 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. the next day.

College field hockey: Maryland junior Ali McEvoy was named Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week.

Men's college cross country: St. Mary's senior Dan Swain (Calvert Hall) collected his third career selection as the Capital Athletic Conference Runner of the Week.

Media: Maryland's Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism will host a panel discussion, "Penn State: Aftermath of a Scandal," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Knight Hall in College Park. Former Penn State and Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington will be among the panelists. Admission is free. For more information, email bmechum@umd.edu. ... Maryland Public Television will broadcast select Stevenson games through March. The broadcasts are produced by the university and air on the statewide secondary digital channel known as MPT2. The games include: Sept. 29, women's soccer (1 p.m.) and men's soccer (3 p.m.) vs. Messiah; Oct. 20, football vs. Wilkes, noon; Feb.9, women's ice hockey vs. Connecticut College, 5:30 p.m.; and March 20, men's lacrosse vs. Lynchburg, 7 p.m.

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