Terps' Schwarzmann, Aust, Cummings receive year-end honors
Synapse Sports honored three Maryland women's lacrosse players with annual awards: Katie Schwarzmann (Century) is Midfielder of the Year, Alex Aust is Attacker of the Year and Taylor Cummings (McDonogh) is Rookie of the Year. Other winners were Florida's Mikey Meagher (Goalie of the Year), Syracuse's Becca Block (Defender of the Year), Northwestern's Christy Turner (Unsung Hero of the Year) and Stony Brook's Joe Spallina (Coach of the Year). Schwarzmann, Aust and Cummings were joined on the 16-player All-America first team by fellow Terp Iliana Sanza (St. Paul's). The second team included Johns Hopkins' Taylor D'Amore and Loyola's Marlee Paton; the third team included Navy's Jasmine DePompeo and Loyola's Taryn VanThof; and the rookie team included Cummings, Maryland's Alice Mercer (Century); Hopkins' Dene DiMartino; and Loyola's Maddy Lesher. ... Elon's 26-player roster for the program's inaugural season in 2014 will include attackers Emily Bishop (Garrison Forest), Sloane Kessler (McDonogh) and Olivia Rabbitt (Culver); goalie Alexa DiPeso (John Carroll); defenders Rowan Drake (Mount Hebron), Bridget Graef (Howard) and Erin Murnane (Broadneck); and midfielders Sydney Hesselbein (Maryvale), Ally Kozel (John Carroll) and Paige Lorton (River Hill).
Coast Guard lacrosse: The U.S. Coast Guard announced this week that it will elevate its men's and women's club teams to Division III varsity status effective with the 2014-2015 academic year. The teams will compete in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference in the spring of 2015. The men's team, which began play in 1984, just advanced to the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association national championship tournament for the first time. The women's team debuted in the spring of 2005.
Women's basketball: UMBC signed guard Abbie Hein (Twin Cities, Minn./Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran), forward-center Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) and 3-point specialist Marissa Somerville (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) for 2013-14.
Baseball: UMBC (17-28) scored four runs in the seventh to rally past Georgetown (25-25) for a 6-5 win in the Retrievers' home finale.
Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal was a near-unanimous choice for the NBA All-Rookie first team. Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, the Rookie of the Year, was the lone unanimous selection after receiving 29 votes. Beal and Anthony Davis, the top choice of the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, each received 28 out of a possible 29 first-place votes. Dion Waiters of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes also made the first team. Beal became the seventh player in NBA history — and first in the past five years — to be a teenager when he made the first team. The others are Tony Parker, Darius Miles, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic), Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant. Beal averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He finished third among rookies in scoring and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.386).
—Michael Lee, The Washington Post
Surfing: Ocean City's Tyler Clazey placed fourth in the Under Armour Junior men's division, and his father, Delmarva District co-director Dave Clazey, was sixth in the masters longboard at the Mid-Atlantic Regional last weekend in Ocean City. Teddy Smith took first in the Masters division, while Delmarva District co-director Chris Makibbin placed second in masters. Makibbin also took second in men's longboard and second in open bodyboard. Travis Knight came in second for the men's division, and Danton Boulanger took sixth in boys. Longtime Ocean City surfers Bill Helmuth placed fifth in the legends division, and Dave Hartman was first in grand legends. Delmarva's Laurel Harrington won the women's division. Ocean City's Simon Hetrick won the Junior Iron Man Award. Hetrick also placed first in Menehune bodyboard, third in open bodyboard, fourth in Menehune longboard and fifth in boys.
NHL: The Washington Capitals announced that captain Alex Ovechkin will represent Russia at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Helsinki and Stockholm, which began May 3 and runs through Sunday. The Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs Monday.
—From Sun staff and news services