UMES' Boozer, Brown among HOF candidates
Former running back Emerson Boozer and lineman Roger Brown of Maryland State, now UMES, are among 25 finalists for the Black College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Tuesday. The finalists were selected from more than 125 nominees. A committee will meet again in the coming weeks to select six players and one coach/contributor to be inducted as the Class of 2014, which will be announced Oct. 23. The selections will be part of the fifth annual enshrinement ceremony, hosted by the Atlanta Falcons on March 1.
Division II football: Bowie State junior Keith Brown was selected as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Offensive Back of the Week. Brown rushed for a career-best 149 yards, which included a 72-yard touchdown, to help guide the Bulldogs to a 16-10 win over Concord on Saturday.
Men's soccer: Sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski (Loyola) scored for the third straight game and Navy (3-3-2) earned a 2-0 win over host Virginia Tech (3-2-2). The Midshipmen will host Boston University on Saturday at 7 p.m. in their Patriot League opener. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network. ... Maryland senior forward Patrick Mullins has been named Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer Player of the Week after his two-goal performance in the Terps' 3-1 road win over then-13th-ranked and previously unbeaten Clemson on Saturday. He has four goals and three assists this season and shares the team lead in scoring with 11 points. ... UMBC (7-0-0) is ranked No. 11 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, surpassing its previous mark of No.14 in 2000.
Men's golf: Junior Ben Warnquist led Maryland by shooting 3-under par at the 54-hole Golf Galaxy VCU Shootout at Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va. He finished tied for fifth on the leader board with a combined score of 213 (74-70-69). The Terps finished sixth as a team.
Field hockey: St. Mary's junior captain Olivia Edwards was chosen as the Capital Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Women's volleyball: McDaniel sophomore Kloe Martin was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Co-Player of the Week.
O's home series a scheduling concern for men's final four
The 2014 NCAA men's lacrosse Championship Weekend at M&T; Bank Stadium will have some competition right next door. The Orioles' newly released 2014 schedule has home dates against the Cleveland Indians over Memorial Day weekend, as first noted by the Baltimore Business Journal. The Orioles and Indians meet at Camden Yards on May22-25; the Division I lacrosse semifinals are set for May 24, the Division II and III finals for the 25th and the Division I championship for the 26th. The stadiums share a parking lot, and scheduling conflicts in the Baltimore area are nothing new. The Grand Prix of Baltimore has been canceled for 2014 and 2015 because of an Ohio State-Navy football game at M&T; Bank Stadium and an American Legion convention over the next two Labor Day weekends, respectively, and the Ravens were forced to open this season in Denver because of a home Orioles game. "I am sure we will have discussions at the appropriate time as to how they will best be able to work around our schedule," the Baltimore Business Journal quotes Orioles vice president for communications and marketing Greg Bader as saying. A Ravens representative said the team will work with the Orioles and Maryland Stadium Authority to address the challenges. The NCAA is looking to combat a downturn in championship attendance. This year's Championship Weekend in Philadelphia brought 79,179 to Lincoln Financial Field — the sixth straight decline in attendance. Baltimore last hosted the final four in 2011 (98,786 total attendance) and 2010 (102,219).
Division III: The NCAA men's and women's tournaments will grow for next season, the NCAA said in a release. The men's tournament will expand from 29 to 30 teams, while the women's will increase from 32 to 36. The additional bid will be an automatic qualifier in Pool A, Nazareth coach and selection committee member Rob Randall confirmed in an email Monday, which will be the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Keuka won the league last season with a 7-0 conference record. Pool B and Pool C will remain the same. The Championship Committee had asked for the men's tournament to include 31 teams as a result of the overall growth of the game but settled on 30; an even-numbered bracket has cost benefits.
4-0 start puts Curley at No. 24 in state football poll
After getting off to a 4-0 start this season, Archbishop Curley debuted at No. 24 in this week's Maryland High School Football Media state poll. The Friars defeated Caravel (Del.), 49-35, on Friday and also beat Loyola, 39-7, earlier this month. Gilman remained the highest-ranked team in the Baltimore area as the Greyhounds stayed at No. 2 after routing Anacostia (D.C.), 56-6. DeMatha held onto the top-ranked spot with a 26-21 win over St. John's. Meade took the biggest tumble of any local team, falling from No. 9 to No. 16 after losing to Anne Arundel County rival Old Mill, 30-20. Old Mill stayed at No. 6. Also in the Top 10, McDonogh remained at No. 8 and River Hill moved up a spot to No. 10. Calvert Hall also fell one spot to No. 18, Arundel remained No. 19, Dunbar rose from No. 22 to 21 and St.Paul's jumped two spots to No. 22. Franklin and Howard received votes.
Boys soccer: Former Calvert Hall soccer coach Bill Karpovich will be honored during halftime of the school's home game against Mount St. Joseph on Friday. A pregame reception will take place in the Paul Angelo Russo Dining Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the game will begin at 7p.m. Karpovich coached at Calvert Hall from 1967 to 1997 and finished with a 422-85-33 career record and 19 championships in the Maryland Scholastic Association and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. Karpovich, a Patterson and Johns Hopkins graduate, was a math teacher at Calvert Hall from 1967 to 2001 and the department chair from 1968 to 1987. In his entire coaching and teaching career, Karpovich never missed a day of school or practice, according to a news release from Calvert Hall.
Media: Maryland's Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism begins its fall schedule with a panel titled "Covering the Hot Story" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. next Wednesday at Knight Hall's Eaton Theater. Kevin Blackistone (Merrill College visiting professor, ESPN's "Around the Horn"), USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, Diamondback sports editor Daniel Gallen, Washington Post columnist Mike Wise and Dave Zirin of The Nation will discuss topics that will include whether the Washington Redskins should change their mascot name. George Solomon, director of the center, will moderate the event, which is free. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 301-405-4605 or visit povichcenter.org.
—From Sun staff and news services