West, 5 others chosen as ECAC All-Stars
Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern) leads a group of six Towson players named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I All-Star team for the Football Championship Subdivision. West, who leads college football with an FCS record 2,410 rushing yards and an FCS record 41 touchdowns, was honored as the ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year. A consensus first-team All-American, West broke the FCS single-season rushing record held by Jamaal Branch of Colgate when the Tigers beat Eastern Washington last week in the NCAA semifinals. Senior tackle Eric Pike, senior tackle Randall Harris, senior linebacker Telvion Clark, senior cornerback Jordan Love and junior defensive end Ryan Delaire also were named to the All-ECAC team. Towson led all FCS schools with six selections; Fordham was second with four.
2 stakes Saturday; Juvenile Filly Championship off
Laurel Park will showcase two $100,000 stakes Saturday, the Maryland Juvenile Championship for 2-year-olds and the Willa On The Move for fillies and mares. When entries closed for Saturday's program, the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, the sister race to the Maryland Juvenile Championship, had failed to attract a sufficient number of starters and will not be held this year. Maryland Million Nursery winner It's A Bang is the 6-5 program favorite in the Maryland Juvenile. The son of Great Notion followed his Nursery win with a third-place finish in the James F. Lewis Stakes. Donald Barr trains It's A Bang, and Richard Monterrey has the mount. Joint Custody figures to be his stiffest competitor. The John Robb trainee has won three of five starts, most recently a gate-to-wire triumph in the Marylander Stakes. Previously, the son of Outflanker finished second to It's A Bang in the Maryland Million Nursery and five lengths behind him in the James F. Lewis. Wesley Ho is his regular rider. Robb is in the midst of a banner meeting, saddling winners at a remarkable rate of 43 percent this fall. Robb had named Maryland Million Lassie winner Jonesin For Jerry to the Juvenile Filly Championship, but the race had only six nominees when entries closed Dec. 19. Saturday's other stakes, the Willa On The Move, attracted nine runners who will race six furlongs. The leading money earner of this band is the Mike Trombetta-trained Strike The Moon (3-1). The daughter of Malibu Moon has raced exclusively in stakes in 2013, with her only win coming at Charles Town, W.Va., in October. She followed that with a hard-luck trip in a seven-furlong stakes at Woodbine. Sheldon Russell has the mount. Five Star Momma has the second-largest bankroll in this field and comes to Maryland off a front-running victory in the Lady In Waiting Stakes at Penn National. Based at Belmont Park, N.Y., in the care of Jena Antonnucci, Five Star Momma will be ridden by Victory Carrasco.
Nine sign to play for UMBC women's lacrosse in 2015
The UMBC women's lacrosse team signed nine players to national letters of intent for the 2015 season: attacker Gabrielle Cardina (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township), attacker Kalyn Crocetti (Maryvale Prep), midfielder Marissa Davey (Marriotts Ridge), goalkeeper Kelsey Major (Liberty), attacker-midfielder Miranda McCoy (McDonogh), attacker-midfielder Caitlin Miller (Frederick/Tuscarora), midfielder Laura Osborne (Chesapeake Beach/Huntingtown), defender Sarah Turco (Mercy) and defender-midfielder Tianna Wallpher (Mount Hebron).
Women's basketball: St. Mary's senior Marche Pearson (Laurel) received her first Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week award. The forward from Baltimore led the Seahawks to their first two wins in a row this season at the Puerto Rico Division III Classic. Pearson averaged 16.5 points, 5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
—From Sun staff and news services