Navy kick returner Marcus Thomas was named the FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week after returning five kickoffs for 137 yards in a 38-34 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. Thomas finished the game with 162 all-purpose yards.
More football: After a 32-31 loss to Delaware on Saturday, Towson (8-2, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association) dropped to No. 13 in the Football Championship Subdivision rankings by the Sports Network. ... Johns Hopkins (8-0, 7-0 Centennial Conference) jumped to No. 8 in the American Football Coaches Assocation Division III poll, matching its highest ranking ever, and senior Joe DiTrolio was selected as the conference's Defensive Player of the Week after a 24-18 win over Ursinus on Saturday.
Navy women's soccer earns multiple conference awards
Navy junior forward Morgan Dankanich was named the Patriot League women's soccer Offensive Player of the Year, while junior defender Jade Seabrook earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Year and senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner was chosen as Goalkeeper of the Year. Dankanich led the conference with 12 goals, while Seabrook and Hoerner anchored a defense that posted 13 shutouts this season.
More women's soccer: Salisbury goalkeeper Michelle Conrad was named Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after recording two penalty-kick saves against Frostburg State on Saturday, helping the Sea Gulls advance to the CAC semifinals with a 4-3 win on penalty kicks.
Men's soccer: Navy sophomore defender Derek Vogel was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after scoring the winning goal in Navy's 2-1 win over Loyola on Saturday to clinch the regular-season title. After the win, Navy (12-3-2, 8-0) was ranked No. 24 by TopDrawerSoccer.com. ... Loyola Maryland sophomore Larry Ndjock earned Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors after he scored twice, including the game-winner, and had an assist in Loyola's 3-1 win over American on Wednesday, leading the Greyhounds to their first-ever Patriot League victory. His assist on junior Connor Thompson's goal in the 72nd minute marked his 50th career point. Ndjock also scored in the loss to Navy. ... UMBC senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall) was named America East Conference Player of the Week. He made four saves as UMBC blanked host UMass Lowell, 2-0, on Saturday. ... Salisbury sophomore Cy McNeill was selected as the CAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Field hockey: Salisbury junior Mallory Elliott earned CAC Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring twice, including the game-winner, and recording an assist in a 3-2 win over Wesley on Wednesday.
Women's volleyball: Coppin State sophomore Denali Sturgeon was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week after posting a career-high 16 kills in a 3-0 victory at Delaware State on Friday and adding 16 kills in a 3-0 win at UMES on Sunday. In the two games, she averaged 5.33 kills and 1.67 digs per set and recorded a .519 hitting percentage. ... Johns Hopkins junior Meagan Donohoe was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week after averaging 4.50 kills per set and hitting .346 in wins over Gettysburg and Dickinson last week. ... UMES freshman Sonia Rosales earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors.
Men's swimming and diving: Loyola Maryland senior diver Michael Brown (Calvert Hall) was named the Patriot League Diver of the Week after breaking his own record in the 3-meter diving event Friday at the Thomas Murphy Invite. Brown won the event with a score of 299.40 to top his previous mark of 275.03 from 2011.
Women's cross country: Johns Hopkins senior Holly Clarke was chosen as the Centennial Conference Runner of the Week after finishing first at the conference championship with a time of 22 minutes, 22 seconds en route to the program's sixth title.
Men's basketball: Coppin State senior Michael Murray was named to the MEAC preseason All-Conference first team, and the Eagles were selected to finish ninth in the preseason poll. Murray led the Eagles last season with 12.4 points and a conference-leading 8.9 rebounds per game.
Boys' Latin defenseman Gaines commits to Denver
Boys' Latin junior defenseman Dylan Gaines has committed orally to play lacrosse at Denver. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound recruit plays club for the Baltimore Crabs and is also a defensive end for the Lakers football team.
More men's recruiting: Arundel midfielder Billy Nolan has committed orally to UMBC. The 5-11, 180-pound junior started last year as a sophomore and plays club for the Annapolis Hawks and SoCo.
Men's tournament: Tickets are on sale for the 2014 NCAA quarterfinals at Hofstra and Delaware. Tickets for the two games May 18 in Newark can be purchased at the Delaware ticket office at the Bob Carpenter Center, by telephone at 302-831-2257 or online at bluehens.com.
Women: Northwestern announced Monday that it will face Southern California at Wrigley Field next season April 26. The game — part of a marketing partnership announced by Northwestern and baseball's Chicago Cubs earlier this year — will be played at 8 p.m. and be televised by the Big Ten Network. The matchup pits Northwestern coach Kelly Amonte Hiller (Maryland), who has guided the Wildcats to seven national titles, against one of her most successful former players, Trojans coach Lindsey Munday.
Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera has been named the NHL's "Third Star" of the Week. Chimera tied for the NHL lead with six points in three games last week, helping the Capitals pick up four out of a possible six points. He registered a goal and an assist against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 28. Chimera then posted a career-high four points in a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.
—From Sun staff and news services