College Lacrosse

Digest (Feb. 1): Northwestern's Amonte Hiller to coach U.S. women's U19 lacrosse team

Former Maryland standout Kelly Amonte Hiller, a three-time U.S. Women's World Cup team member and a nine-time NCAA champion as a player and coach, has been named as the head coach for the U.S. women's team that will compete in the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse Women's U19 World Championship in Peterborough, Ontario. In 16 seasons at Northwestern, Amonte Hiller has a 265-67 record, winning seven national championships, including five straight from 2005 to 2009. Amonte Hiller will be looking to return the United States to the top of the world rankings after Canada upset the Americans, 9-8, in the gold-medal game at the 2015 FIL Women's U19 World Championship in Scotland. That ended a string of four straight U.S. world championships (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011) since Australia had won the inaugural U19 world championship in 1995. Amonte Hiller was a four-time All-American in lacrosse at Maryland (she also played soccer), and was the Atlantic Coast Conference Female Athlete of the Year in 1996. Tryouts for the 2019 U.S. team will be held in August (applications will be available in March. Applications for the assistant coaching and support staff will be posted today on Feb. 2, 2018 and reamin open through Feb. 12.

College football


Jarren Jasper recoveringwell from heart transplant

Jarren Jasper, the son of Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, is recovering nicely two days after a heart transplant and doctors at Children's National Medical Center are encouraged by his progress, the family reports. Jarren underwent the transplant in the wee hours Tuesday morning and made it through the initial 24-hour recovery period with no complications. Doctors told the Jasper family those first 24 hours are critical to transplant patients in terms of determining whether the body accepts or rejects the new organ. Donna Jasper sat bedside with her 14-year-old son throughout the first night in the intensive care unit, and doctors were extremely pleased that his new heart was beating on its own with no problems. Ivin Jasper reported Thursday that his son was no longer heavily sedated.


— Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Maryland coaching: Coach DJ Durkin has made two more additions to his staff, including former Terps wide receiver Jafar Williams. Durkin announced in a news release Thursday that Williams, a 2003 Maryland graduate, will coach the running backs and Dave Bucar will coach the tight ends. Also Thursday, Sports Illustrated confirmed that former Maryland football special teams coordinator and recently named special teams coach Pete Lembo is leaving to become Rice's special teams coordinator and associate head coach. Lembo confirmed the move on his Twitter bio. Lembo, 47, who also served as an associate head coach for the Terps, was a strong candidate in December for Fordham's head coaching vacancy, according to Football Scoop, before the position went to Yale offensive coordinator Joe Conlin. Williams, whose 20.07 yards-per-catch average in 2002 was the third-highest in program history, coached wide receivers at Rutgers the past two seasons and previously coached running backs at Purdue beginning in 2013 and at Kent State (2012). Bucar served as an offensive analyst last season at LSU under newly hired Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Bucar also served two stints as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh, working with the offensive line.

— Don Markus and Jonas Shaffer

Terp honored: The DC Touchdown Club will honor wide receiver DJ Moore as the Washington Metro College Player of the Year at their annual awards banquet at Congressional Country Club on April 12.


D.C. United finalizes sitesfor first two home games

D.C. United and Major League Soccer announced that the two venues for United's home matches on March 17 and April 14. United are scheduled to play the Houston Dynamo at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds on March 17 at 1:30 p.m. D.C. will host the Columbus Crew SC at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 14 at 7 p.m. Single-game tickets for the two matches go on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m. at United will open their new stadium, Audi Field, on July 14 against the Vancouver Whitecaps at 7 p.m.

College wrestling: Pat Downey (North County) was denied a waiver by the NCAA to wrestle this season for Iowa . Downey, who is enrolled as a graduate student, had planned to take to the mat for the Hawkeyes, but the 184-pounder told the Des Moines Register on Monday evening that won't be happening. Since leaving North County, the two-time state champ has attended Nebraska, Iowa Community College and Iowa State.


From Sun staff and news services