After securing her fifth NCAA Division I championship and her 300th career win, Maryland’s Cathy Reese was named Thursday by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association as the organization’s National Coach of the Year.
Reese guided the Terps to a 22-1 record and their 15th overall national title after defeating Boston College, 12-10, on May 26. She earned the IWLCA’s top honor in 2010, 2014 and 2015 after Maryland secured the crown in those years.
Reese, who was honored as the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season, became the school’s all-time winningest lacrosse coach with a 270-22 record and picked up the 300th victory of her career in a win against Northwestern in the NCAA tournament semifinals on May 24.
Reese has now had a hand in 12 of the Terps’ 15 national titles, winning four as a player, three as an assistant coach and five as a head coach.
Golf: Davis Lamb, a 21-year-old University of Notre Dame senior, sank a 6-foot par putt on the 18th green to wrap up a three-day total of 212 and the championship of the 98th Maryland State Open at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana.
Lamb, a Congressional CC member, finished with a 1-under-par round of 70, highlighted by two birdies and seven successive pars on his closing nine. The effort enabled him to squeeze past earlier co-leaders Peter Knade (66-213), Talbot CC, and Nick Sorkin (70-213), Lakewood CC. Benton Weinberg, from TPC Potomac, finished fourth (67-214).
Women’s college soccer: Three incoming freshmen, including two from Iceland, will join the Loyola Maryland program this fall to complete the Greyhounds’ Class of 2023.
Lea Kristjánsdóttir and Arín Sigfúsdóttir will come to the Evergreen campus from Iceland, while another, Paige Sim, joins the program from the Valley of the Sun in Phoenix, Ariz.
Horse racing: Due to forecasts calling for excessive heat with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, the Maryland Jockey Club has decided to cancel its live racing programs Saturday and Sunday.
Laurel will remain open for simulcasting and offer full LARC wagering with 13 races from Chile on Saturday and 12 races from Peru on Sunday.
Live racing continues at Laurel with nine races Friday, featuring the first two legs of the $100,000 guaranteed national Stronach 5 wager.
* Apprentice jockeys were the rule and not the exception at Laurel Park on Thursday, winning six of eight races led by Julio Correa’s three-win afternoon.
A 25-year-old native of Caguas, Puerto Rico who came to the U.S. in 2017 after graduating from the famed Escuela Vocacional Hipica jockey school that also produced Hall of Famer John Velazquez and Eclipse Award-winning brothers Jose and Irad Ortiz Jr., Correa completed his hat trick aboard Stroll Smokin ($9) in Race 8.
Correa, who rides with a five-pound weight allowance, kicked off the card with a victory on Confusion Baby Boy ($27.80) in Thursday’s opener, and began the late daily double by winning Race 7 with City Gold ($7).
It was the second career three-win day for Correa, who has 64 victories from 423 lifetime mounts, including six of his last 12 at Laurel dating back to July 12. He ranks first in the rider standings at the current summer stand with 101 starts and second with 15 wins, three behind multiple meet and year-end champion Trevor McCarthy.
Seven-pound apprentice Victor Rosales had two winners Thursday, aboard Rage Away ($7.80) in Race 2 and Miss Guided ($4) in Race 4, while 19-year-old Kentucky native Avery Whisman, who also rides with a seven-pound allowance, captured Race 6 on Barbsgray Lion ($26.40).
Rosales has 10 wins from 93 mounts at the summer meet while Whisman, who ranked second to McCarthy at the preceding Preakness Meet at Pimlico, is nine-for-60.
NBA: NBC Sports Washington has named Justin Kutcher its Washington Wizards play-by-play announcer, and former Wizard Drew Gooden game analyst.
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Kutcher, who has 13 years of play-by-play experience for national networks, including FOX Sports and ESPN, and 14-year NBA veteran Gooden, will serve alongside longtime courtside reporter Chris Miller to lead NBCSW’s live-game coverage of the Wizards, beginning with the 2019-20 NBA season.