College Basketball

Digest: UMBC, Loyola men win first-round basketball games

Host UMBC (19-12) won its first postseason NCAA Division I tournament game, 88-83, over Fairfield (16-15) in the opening round of the College Insider Tournament on Wednesday night. Jairus Lyles had 20 points and moved into third place on the Retrievers' single-season list of top scorers with 572 points. Will Darley (Dulaney) had 17 points for UMBC. The victory tied the 1988-89 team for the third most wins in 30 seasons of Division I competition. The Retrievers will find out their second-round opponent after the first round is completed tonight.

More men's college basketball: Visiting Loyola Maryland (16-16) held host George Mason (20-14) to its lowest shooting percentage all season and won, 73-58, in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. The Patriots shot 33.3 percent from the field, and the Greyhounds were led by Cam Gregory with 16 points and James Fives and Jarred Jones (John Carroll) with 14 points each. Loyola will face Coastal Carolina (17-17) in Monday's quarterfinals.


Baseball: Just 31/2 months after trading for Derek Norris and penciling him in as their starting catcher, the Washington Nationals released him Wednesday. Norris became expendable in February, when the Nationals signed four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters, previously with the Orioles. By releasing Norris ahead of a deadline later this week, the Nationals owe him $688,525 in termination pay, instead of his full $4.2 million salary for 2017. Had the club released him later in spring training, the termination pay would have increased to $1,032,787. Originally a first-round draft pick by Washington in 2007, Norris was reacquired by the team in December via a trade with the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila. Norris batted .186 with 14 homers and 42 RBIs with San Diego last season.

Women's college lacrosse: Molly Hendrick had four goals to lead No. 2 North Carolina (7-1) to a 15-5 victory over No. 14 Elon (6-2) on Tuesday night. The host Tar Heels led 10-2 at halftime. North Carolina goalie Caylee Waters made nine saves. ... The Big Ten Conference honored three Maryland players: junior attacker Megan Whittle (McDonogh) as Offensive Player of the Week, sophomore goalkeeper Megan Taylor (Glenelg) as Defensive Player of the Week and midfielder Kali Hartshorn as Freshman of the Week. ... Salisbury (4-2) moved up one spot to No. 10 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III poll and four spots to No. 15 in the US Lacrosse Magazine poll.


Varsity girls lacrosse: McDonogh opened its season Wednesday night with its 156th straight victory, 19-3, over Vero Beach on a spring break trip to Florida. The Eagles took a 7-0 lead and ran it to 10-0, kicking in the running clock with just under 10 minutes left in the first half. The Fighting Indians (10-1) never got closer. Maddie Jenner and Kayla Abernathy dominated the draws for the Eagles, who have beaten the Indians in all five meetings over the past six years. Andie Aldave scored three times in the first 4:04. After a goal by Catie May, Julia Hoffman scored three straight for a 7-0 lead in less than seven minutes before the Indians finally got on the board. Andie Aldave and Julia Hoffman scored four goals each. The eight-time defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champion Eagles are ranked No. 1 in the country. They continue their southern swing Friday when they play Milton, Ga. (6-0). The Eagles beat Milton, 12-2, last season.

— Katherine Dunn

Varsity boys lacrosse: Boys' Latin scored three straight goals in a 1:52 span early in the fourth quarter to beat host St. Andrew's, 11-7, on Tuesday night in Boca Raton. The Lakers, ranked seventh in the nation by Nike/US Lacrosse, improved to 2-0, including Saturday's 14-9 win over Oxbridge Academy. The Scots, coached by former Johns Hopkins and Towson University coach Tony Seaman, fell to 11-2. Boys' Latin senior attackman Luke Shilling, who will play at John Hopkins next year and is one of 13 Lakers Division I commits, led the team with four goals.

—Wells Dusenbury, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Varsity girls basketball: No. 1 St. Frances received a bid Wednesday to play in the Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals tournament this month in New York. Coach Jerome Shelton's Panthers won their second straight IAAM A Conference title last month, then won the Bishop Walsh Girls Invitational Tournament. They are 30-0, the best record in program history. Ranked No. 11 in USA Today's Super 25, St. Frances will play No. 8 Hamilton Heights Christian from Chattanooga, Tenn. No. 4 Miami Country Day (Fla.) is the No. 1 seed and will play No. 15 Seton Catholic (Ariz.) in the first round. The tournament will be March 30-April 1 at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, N.Y.

—Katherine Dunn

College baseball: The Patriot League named Navy junior outfielder Logan Knowles Player of the Week and Navy freshman left fielder-second baseman Zach Biggers Rookie of the Week. Navy sophomore pitcher Noah Song and Bucknell junior third baseman Keifer Rawlings (St. Paul's) received honorable mention.

Baseball: The Houston Astros reassigned former Orioles pitcher Ashur Tolliver to minor league camp.


Arena Football League: The Washington Valor named Benji McDowell, Cos Dematteo and Steve Thonn assistant coaches.