Digest: United's Pontius, ex-Terp Zusi make MLS Best XI

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United's Pontius, ex-Terp Zusi make MLS Best XI

D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius was named to the MLS Best XI side. Pontius, United's longest-tenured player, set career highs in goals (12), games (31), games started (26), minutes (2,339), shots (71) and shots on goal (29). Six of his 12 goals were game-winners, Steve Rammel tied for third in MLS. The honor is voted on by players, club management and media. Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi (Maryland) also made the team.

More D.C. United: Midfielder Nick DeLeon is among the finalists for MLS Rookie of the Year. Ben Olsen is a finalist for Coach of the Year, and Pontius is up for Comeback Player of the Year.

College swimming: The Johns Hopkins men's and women's teams are both ranked No. 1. The men jumped from third to first in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25. The Blue Jays have 26.2 points after starting the season with a 4-0 record and a fourth-place finish in the Division I-heavy Frank Elm Invitational. Hopkins is the top team in Division III for the first time since winning the NCAA title in 1979. The women, who are 4-1, jumped from fourth and are No. 1 for the first time in program history. This is just the second time a Blue Jays women's team has been ranked No. 1, joining the women's cross country team. ... Johns Hopkins junior swimmer Taylor Kitayama was named the Counsilman-Hunsaker National Swimmer of the Week for Division III for the fourth time in her career.

Men's college basketball: Delaware junior guard Devon Saddler (Aberdeen) was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. ... Coppin State freshman point guard Patrick Cole was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, and junior teammate Michael Murray, a shooting forward, was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week. ... Bowie State senior Byron Westmorland (Mervo, Baltimore City Community College) was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week. ... Johns Hopkins sophomore forward George Bugarinovic was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week. ... Salisbury senior guard Travon Vann and St. Mary's Jeff Haus were named Capital Athletic Conference Players of the Week.

Women's college basketball: Navy junior forward Jade Geif was named Patriot League Player of the Week. ... Washington College junior forward Erin Fitzgerald was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week.

College field hockey: Washington College senior forward Gabby Tarbert (C. Milton Wright) was named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship team for fall sports.

Baseball: Infielder Ryan Normoyle, a 2012 Washington College graduate, signed with the Roswell Invaders of the Pecos League.


Varsity girls basketball: The Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference will hold the 2nd Annual IAAM-WCAC Basketball Challenge on Saturday and Sunday at St. Vincent Pallotti in Laurel. Admission is $8; adults 65 and over will be charged $3, and children under 10 will be admitted free. The schedule is: Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Seton Keough vs. Elizabeth Seton; Saturday, 3:30 p.m., St. Mary's Ryken vs. John Carroll; Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Mercy vs. St. Mary's (Annapolis); Sunday, noon, St. Frances vs Archbishop Carroll; Sunday, 2 p.m., Roland Park Country vs. St. John's D.C.; Sunday, 4 p.m., Pallotti vs Bishop McNamara; Sunday, 6 p.m., McDonogh vs. Good Counsel.


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