Goalkeeper William Vanzela was named the Points-Against Average Champion of the Major Indoor Soccer League after a standout regular season for the playoff-bound Blast. Vanzela, the 2013 MISL Championship Series Most Valuable Player, set a current-era league record with a 5.30 points-against average as he helped the Blast claim the regular-season championship. Vanzela's mark was almost half that of his nearest rival, the Milwaukee Wave's Marcel Feenstra (10.06), and he recorded a pair of shutouts in 15 appearances. Vanzela and the defending MISL champion Blast open their playoff series against the Syracuse Silver Knights on Friday night.
Loyola Md.'s Cormier gets All-Patriot League honors
Despite missing the second half of conference play with a broken hand, Loyola Maryland senior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) was named third-team All-Patriot League by the conference's coaches. Cormier was 14th in the NCAA in scoring (21.2 points per game) — and first in the Patriot League, by more than three points per game — before his Feb. 1 injury. Among conference players, he also was first in offensive rebounds (3.0), second in steals (2.2) and sixth in total rebounds (5.8) per game.
More Division I men: Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. It's the second straight such award for Benimon, who has earned the honor four times this season and eight times over the past two years. Benimon averaged 24.5 points and 16.0 rebounds as Towson went 2-0 last week. After doubledoubles in wins against James Madison and William & Mary, the senior forward now has an NCAA-best 20.
Division I women: After scoring a career-high 25 points in a win Sunday, Towson junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen was named CAA Player of the Week. Hines-Allen also had a season-high 14 rebounds to go along with two assists and three steals as the Tigers beat the College of Charleston, 75-63, in their home finale.
Three Loyola Md. men's players win weekly awards
Loyola Maryland senior short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi, junior attackman Nikko Pontrello and senior goalkeeper Jack Runkel earned weekly Patriot League awards for their play in the Greyhounds' 14-7 win over Lehigh on Saturday. Laconi, the Defensive Player of the Week, scored a career-high two goals, caused a turnover and was part of a Loyola defense that held Lehigh to 29 shots and only 20 on goal. Pontrello, the Offensive Player of the Week, scored four goals, his fourth straight game with three or more. Runkel, the Goalkeeper of the Week, had 13 saves and allowed seven goals.
Division I women: Mount St. Mary's freshman midfielder Kelly Maloney (River Hill) was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week after finishing with a career-high three goals and two assists in an 18-3 win Saturday over Delaware State.
UM's Stinnett a Louisville Slugger Player of the Week
Maryland senior right-hander Jake Stinnett was named a national Louisville Slugger Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after throwing a no-hitter Saturday against Massachusetts. Stinnett also was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second straight time. Stinnett's no-hitter was Maryland's first since 2008 and featured nine strikeouts. … The Terps' game scheduled for 3 p.m. today against VCU has been moved to 3 p.m. Wednesday because of inclement weather. Maryland's game against Rider, originally slated for Wednesday, has been canceled. A makeup date has not yet been scheduled.
Redskins place franchise tag on pass rusher Orakpo
The Washington Redskins used their franchise player tag on outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. The announcement came about 21/2 hours before the 4 p.m. league-wide deadline Monday for teams to use the franchise designation. The move all but ensures that Orakpo, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who led the team with 10 sacks last season, will remain with the Redskins. The team used the nonexclusive franchise tag on Orakpo, the team announced. He remains eligible for free agency when it begins March 11, but the Redskins have the right to retain him by matching any offer by another team. The Redskins will receive two first-round draft picks from his new club if they allow him to depart.
—Mark Maske and Mike Jones, The Washington Post
Division III football: Salisbury and Frostburg State will join the New Jersey Athletic Conference in football, beginning in 2015. Along with the three other Capital Athletic Conference members and the five existing NJAC teams, they will create a 10-team league.
—From Sun staff and news services