UMBC's Caringi receives national, conference honors
UMBC senior forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall) was named the NCAA Division I Men's Disney Soccer/National Soccer Coaches Association of America Player of the Week. He also earned Player of the Week honors from the America East Conference and was selected to Teams of the Week in both Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News. The 2012 America East Striker of the Year scored two goals each in 3-1 victories over Seattle and Nevada-Las Vegas and was named Most Valuable Player of the Springhill Suites Arundel Mills BWI Kick-Off Classic.
More college men: Loyola senior Jamie Libby was selected as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. Junior Connor Thompson received honorable mention. ... McDaniel junior Shane McCracken (Liberty) was named the Division III Men's Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week, as well as Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week. It is the first time a Green Terror player has earned the national honor.
College women: Maryland senior forward Hayley Brock was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Co-Player of the Week and also chosen to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Week. She had five goals and one assist in a 3-0 week for the Terps.
Indoor: The defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion Blast will open its season Nov.23 when it hosts the Milwaukee Wave at Baltimore Arena. Each of the seven MISL clubs will play 20 games, 10 home and 10 away, with the season to end March 2. Two new teams will debut this season: the Pennsylvania Roar and the St. Louis Ambush. The playoffs will begin with the semifinals March 7-9; they will feature the Nos. 1 and 4 seeds and the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds meeting in home-and-home series, with a mini-game to decide the series after the second game if needed.
2 charged with murder of Wheeling Jesuit senior attackman
Two men have been charged with murdering a Wheeling Jesuit men's lacrosse player early Saturday morning. Kevin Figaniak, a 21-year-old senior attackman and business major from Perkasie, Pa., and a friend were attacked about 1:45 a.m. as they walked back to the West Virginia campus, police said. Craig Tyler Peacock, 22, of Clewiston, Fla., and Jarrett Mathis Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La., were arraigned Tuesday morning on $1 million cash bond. Police said more charges are possible. The friend, who has not been identified, survived the attack. The university released the following statement: "Today is a difficult day for our campus as we mourn the loss of a member of the Wheeling Jesuit family. It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that Kevin Michael Figaniak, WJU class of 2014, passed from this life quietly and peacefully surrounded by his family and friends," said the Rev. James Fleming, the university's president. Figaniak was admitted to Wheeling Hospital early Saturday morning with severe head trauma and later transferred to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Presbyterian. He played in 16 games (starting 12) last season and had 14 goals and eight assists for the Cardinals, who compete in NCAA Division II. He also was a member of the university's club hockey team.
Inside Lacrosse and Tribune Newspapers contributed.
More college men: Division II Tampa announced that sophomore attackman Mike Morris has transferred from Johns Hopkins. Morris played in four games last season for the Blue Jays and did not record a point. The Oakville, Ontario, native was a named a 2012 US Lacrosse High School All-American and was just the third Canadian selected to play in the Under Armour All-America game.
Team USA men: After a three-day tryout at Goucher, 52 players were named to the U.S. training roster for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships. At the Champion Challenge on Jan. 24-26 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 46 will vie for 23 spots on the final world championships roster; the roster stands at 52 to account for injuries. The reigning world champion U.S. team will compete for a record 10th title from July 10-19, 2014, in Commerce City, Colo. For the full roster, see Scoreboard at left.
Flacco footballs to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic
Nikco Sports Memorabilia is selling limited-edition full-sized Joe Flacco Rawlings footballs to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Each of the 2,013 footballs that will be produced comes with a certificate of authenticity. The balls honoring the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player have three panels, one with the Ravens' logo and franchise and stadium history; one with a color photo of the quarterback and a listing of his accomplishments; and one with a panoramic color photo of M&T; Bank Stadium. Each football and display case costs $99. For information, call 1-800-345-2868 or go to nikcosports.com. Make-A-Wish Foundation helps grant wishes to youths who have life-threatening medical conditions.
Varsity girls basketball: Seven girls basketball teams that finished in The Baltimore Sun's Top 15 last winter, as well as some of the top high school teams from around the Mid-Atlantic region, will compete in the Beast of the East Showcase at Roland Park the second weekend in December. No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, No. 2 Aberdeen, No. 3 McDonogh, No. 6 Milford Mill, No. 7 Roland Park, No. 10 St. Frances and No. 11 Seton Keough are scheduled to play in the showcase, which features 21 games. According to the Beast of the East website, the showcase is the largest girls high school basketball mixer on the East Coast. It also includes teams from Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Washington. Victoria NITP (National Intensive Training Program) is the first international entrant, coming from Australia.
Varsity field hockey: Roland Park will host the Sally E. Nyborg Invitational tournament Saturday. Teams from Severna Park, Fallston, Westminster, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High and St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School will also take part in the event, which begins at 9 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Women's college volleyball: UMBC senior captain Mallory McIntyre was selected as the America East Setter of the Week. On Saturday, McIntyre led the Retrievers to their first-ever win over Maryland, dishing out 35 assists in a three-set sweep.
Swimming: USA Swimming announced that Katie Ledecky of Bethesda was named to the 112-member roster of the 2013-14 national team.
—From Sun staff and news services