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Posted on 02 March 2015 by Luke Jones
Only a few months after being voted 10th in the Big Ten’s preseason poll, Maryland has earned the No. 10 spot in the entire country in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday afternoon.
Coming off home wins over No. 5 Wisconsin and Michigan this past week, the Terrapins (24-5, 12-4) have cracked the AP’s top 10 for the first time since the 2002-2003 season and finished a perfect 9-0 home mark in Big Ten play, an impressive feat for their first season in their new conference. Many currently project Maryland to be a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, which would be quite an accomplishment for a program that hasn’t made the “Big Dance” since 2010.
After suffering a number of transfers last offseason and failing to make the tournament in his first three seasons in College Park, head coach Mark Turgeon was feeling pressure from an unhappy fan base before senior Dez Wells, junior Jake Layman, and freshman sensation Melo Trimble formed one of the more productive trios in all of college basketball this year. Maryland has won five straight games and concludes the regular season this week with trips to Rutgers on Tuesday and Nebraska on Sunday.
The Terps currently sit second in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin and could clinch a share of the conference title with two wins and the Badgers falling on the road to Minnesota and Ohio State this week.
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Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was one of five players in the country to be named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press Tuesday. Thomas made the AP’s First Team as a sophomore in 2012 and Second Team in 2013.
Thomas is joined on the AP’s First Team by Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).
Thomas, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was honored as an All-American by the USBWA for the third straight year as well Monday.
She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.
Thomas leads the Terrapins (27-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she scored 13 points to surpass Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,320 career points and scored a career-high 33 in the Terps’ 73-62 win over top-seeded Tennessee Sunday.
Thomas has an ACC-best 27 double-doubles in 33 games played this year and leads the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.
Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on third-seeded Louisville (33-4) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Elite Eight at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. The Terps-Cardinals matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com.
For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.
In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.
This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 24-8 (.750).
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Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff
Ralph D. Russo | The Associated Press
Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and fellow Walter Payton Award finalist Terrance West of Towson have been selected to The Associated Press FCS All-America team.
Garoppolo passed for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns and won the Payton award as the top player in FCS. The senior led Eastern Illinois (12-2) to the quarterfinals of the NCAA playoffs.
West has run for 2,295 yards and tied an FCS record with 39 touchdowns to help Towson (12-2) reach this weekend’s semifinals after it eliminated Eastern Illinois last week.
Montana State defensive end Brad Daly, who won the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in FCS, was selected to the first-team defense, along with cornerback Marcus Williams of two-time defending national champion North Dakota State.
|QB||Jimmy Garoppolo||Eastern Illinois||Sr.|
|RB||Zach Zenner||South Dakota State||Sr.|
|OL||Billy Turner||North Dakota State||Sr.|
|OL||Ashton Miller||Eastern Washington||Sr.|
|WR||Erik Lora||Eastern Illinois||Sr.|
|WR||Cooper Kupp||Eastern Washington||Redshirt Fr.|
|TE||MyCole Pruitt||Southern Illinois||Jr.|
|K||Seth Sebastien||Southeastern Louisiana||Sr.|
|DL||Brad Daly||Montana State||Sr.|
|DL||Sullivan Grosz||Cal Poly||Sr.|
|LB||Stephon Robertson||James Madison||Sr.|
|DB||Daniel Fitzpatrick||Tennessee State||Jr.|
|DB||Marcus Williams||North Dakota State||Sr.|
|DB||Caleb Schaffitzel||Missouri State||Jr.|
|DB||Jerome Couplin||William & Mary||Sr.|
|P||Kyle Loomis||Portland State||Jr.|
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Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff
TOWSON EARNS FIRST-EVER VOTE IN AP MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL
Tigers listed among ‘others receiving votes’ in this week’s poll
BALTIMORE, Md. – For the first time in school history, the Towson University men’s basketball team earned a vote in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, which was released on Monday.
The Tigers, who are the Preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) favorites, are coming off a 72-45 rout of Navy in their season opener on Friday. The 27-point margin of victory was the largest for Towson against a Division I school in a home opener and largest against any program in an opener since 1984.
Coach Pat Skerry’s squad returns its top five scorers from last year’s team that went 18-13 en route to setting the largest single-season turnaround in NCAA Division I history.
Kentucky was ranked No. 1 for the second straight week as the Wildcats received 28 first place votes. Michigan State, Louisville, Duke and Kansas round out the Top 5 teams in this week’s poll.
Towson was in the ‘others receiving votes’ category just outside the Top 25. In that category were: Creighton 148, Tennessee 138, Indiana 78, Iowa 54, Harvard 46, Boise State 24, Colorado 18, Villanova 14, Arizona State 11, LSU 8, Washington 8, UNLV 6, Pittsburgh 6, Georgetown 4, Stanford 3, Saint Louis 3, Missouri 3, Cincinnati 2 and Towson 1.
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Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Coming off its first bye week of the season, the Maryland football team opens its Atlantic Coast Conference slate in Tallahassee against the eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles Saturday from Doak S. Campbell Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 12:01 p.m. The Terps are riding a four-game winning streak and are off to their best start since the 2001 season when they won their first seven games en route to the ACC Championship. On Sunday, Maryland debuted in the The Associated Press Top 25 Poll at No. 25 making its first first appearance in the rankings since finishing 23rd in the final poll of the 2010 season.
LIVE Coverage on the ESPN & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN at noon. Dave Pasch (pbp). Brian Griese (color) and Tom Luginbill (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 91 and XM Radio Channel 91, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.
• Maryland’s defense stifled the Mountaineers at a rain-soaked M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Terps held WVU’s offense to 175 total yards, the lowest output by a West Virginia team since the Terps held WVU to 156 total yards in a 34-7 victory in College Park on Sept. 20, 2003. It is the second time this season Maryland has held an opponent under 200 yards of total offense (FIU, 8/31; 171 yards) and the first time the Terps held an opponent scoreless since beating Wake Forest, 26-0, on Oct. 18, 2008. In the win, Maryland forced six West Virginia turnovers, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions, the most created by the Terps since turning Georgia Tech over six times in a 20-17 overtime win in Atlanta on Oct. 11, 2001.
• With starting defensive backs Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle sidelined due to injury, defensive back A.J. Hendy turned in a superb performance with an interception and two fumble recoveries to earn the defensive game ball. Hendy’s interception put the Terps up 14-0 after the junior returned it 28 yards for the second Maryland touchdown of the game. Hendy’s interception was the second of his career with both being returned for touchdowns. The Bowie, Md., native picked off his first career pass against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011, an interception he returned 32 yards for a score. For his efforts, Hendy became the first Maryland player to be named The Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. He also garnered ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors, and was named Jim Thorpe Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week and College Football Performance Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week.
• The Terps tallied two sacks against the Mountaineers to increase their season total to 17, which is tied for the lead in all of FBS. Defensive linemen Roman Braglio and Darius Kilgo each recorded a sack, while linebacker L.A. Goree led the team with nine tackles, five solo, including one tackle for loss. On the day, Maryland finished with eight tackles for loss led by Kilgo’s two. Adding to the Terps’ turnover total, defensive back Sean Davis and linebacker Matt Robinson each recovered a fumble, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil intercepted his first career pass.
• Despite being held to under 500 yards of total offense for the first time this season, quarterback C.J. Brown and the Maryland offense continued to run up the point total. The Terps have totaled 30 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time since the 2002 season. Brown threw for 210 yards (17-of-26) and passed for a touchdown and ran for another. Brown connected with tight end Dave Stinebaugh for the opening score of the game marking Stinebaugh’s first career touchdown reception. Wide receiver Deon Long led the Terps with six catches for 98 yards and running back Brandon Ross rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown.
• Place kicker Brad Craddock connected on all three of his field goal attempts against WVU including a season-long 50 yarder. Craddock, who was named College Football Performance National Placekicker of the Week, leads the ACC with 10 made FGs and is averaging a conference-best 2.5 field goals a game. His lone miss this season came from 52 yards at Connecticut (9/14), which would have tied his career long.
• Maryland’s 37-0 shutout victory over West Virginia is the Terps’ first shutout since blanking Wake Forest, 26-0, on Oct. 18, 2008, and is the first time the Terps shutout the Mountaineers since defeating them 33-0 in 1999. Of Maryland’s 22 victories over the Mountaineers, the Terps have held WVU scoreless in five of the contests.
• The Terps stifled the WVU offense holding the Mountaineers to 175 total yards marking the second time in four games the Maryland defense has held its opponent under 200 yards of total offense. In its season opener, Maryland held FIU to 171 total yards (8/31) and now has two of the top-25 defensive performances in terms of yardage. The 171-yard output by the Panthers is the 20th-lowest total nationally amongst FBS schools, while the 175 yards by WVU is the 25th lowest.
• Additionally, after holding West Virginia to 175 yards of total offense, Maryland has now recorded two of the top-10 defensive performances in school history since the 2000 season. FIU’s 171 total yards in the team’s season opener (8/31) is the seventh-lowest total since 2000, while WVU’s 175 total yards is the eighth-lowest total.
• A stout passing defense has keyed the early season success for the Terps. Maryland has held two of their opponents below 100 yards passing this season with the performance against WVU ranking as one of the best in the country. The Terps held West Virginia to 62 passing yards, which is the 19th fewest allowed, and opened the season by holding FIU (Aug. 31) to 80 yards passing.
• The defense has been extremely successfully in getting off the field and getting the ball in the offense’s hands. Maryland ranks ninth nationally in third-down defense holding opponents to a 25.4 percent success rate and has forced 26 three-and-outs. Maryland is averaging 6.5 three-and-outs per game, which is tied for seventh nationally and has forced the opposing offense off the field in three plays or less in 45.6 percent of its defensive possessions, which is the 11th-highest percentage nationally.
• With a string of strong defensive performances to open the season, Maryland is the third-ranked scoring defense in the country holding opponents to 10.3 points per game. That mark is the lowest average for a Maryland defense through four games since the 1980 season when the Terps held their first four opponents to an average of 9.3 points per game (Villianova, 3; Vanderbilt, 6; West Virginia, 11; North Carolina, 17).
• With six takeaways against West Virginia, the Terps increased their season total to 13, which is tied for fifth nationally with four other schools and their eight interceptions are tied for eighth. Maryland has at least two takeaways in every game this season and dating back to last year has recorded at least one takeaway in nine straight games. The six takeaways against the Mountaineers marks the most since the Terps recovered three fumbles and intercepted three passes against Georgia Tech on Oct. 11, 2001.
• Defensive back A.J. Hendy’s 28-yard interception return for a touchdown against West Virginia was Maryland’s second non-offensive touchdown in as many games. The last time Maryland scored a non-offensive touchdown in consecutive games came in 2010. Tony Logan returned a punt for a touchdown against FIU on Sept. 25, and added another punt return for a touchdown the following week against Duke (Oct. 2).
• Hendy and fellow defensive back Dexter McDougle have each returned an interception for a touchdown this season. Since 2009, the Terps have 19 non-offensive touchdowns, that total is the most in the ACC.
• With 37 points against the Mountaineers, the Terps have scored 30 or more points in all four contests this season. The last time the Terps scored 30 or points in four or more consecutive games came in 2002. Maryland topped 30 points in six consecutive games starting with Eastern Michigan (45, 9/21/02) and ending at North Carolina (59, 11/2/02). Maryland is averaging 39.8 points per game placing the Terps in a tie for the 28th-highest scoring offense in the country.
• Quarterback C.J. Brown and the Maryland offense has been attacking defenses down the field. The Terps are averaging 15.3 yards per completion, the 10th-highest total in the country, and Brown is averaging 15.8, best in the ACC and seventh nationally. The 15.3 yards per completion is the highest average for a Maryland offense since 1980.
• Brown’s primary threat downfield has been wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Diggs is averaging a league-high 22.2 yards per catch and for his career is averaging 17.3 yards per reception, the third-highest average among active players in the ACC with a minimum of 30 receptions. In addition, his 22.2 yards per catch average is the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 15 or more catches.
• With 236 yards of total offense against WVU, Brown passed Al Neville (2,734) for 22nd all-time for total offensive yards in a career in Maryland history with 2,754 yards. Brown leads the ACC with 331.5 yards of total offense per game and ranks 12th nationally.
Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (offense), linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (defense), and long snapper Joe Marchese (special teams).
Flag Bearers: Defensive lineman Keith Bowers will carry the American flag, and running back Kenneth Goins will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.
Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Florida State game are running back Brandon Ross (offense), defensive back Anthony Nixon (defense), and linebacker Matt Robinson (special teams).
• Saturday will mark Maryland’s 24th all-time meeting between Maryland and Florida State. The Terrapins trail the all-time series with Seminoles, 2-21, and are 0-11 at Doak S. Campbell Stadium.
• Florida State has won six straight in the series including its defeat of the Terps, 41-14, in College Park last season.
•.Maryland’s last victory over the Seminoles came in 2006. The Terps defeated FSU, 27-24, at Byrd Stadium.
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Posted on 02 April 2013 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Alyssa Thomas and senior Tianna Hawkins of the Maryland women’s basketball team were named to the Associated Press All-America Team Tuesday. Thomas was named to the Second Team and is honored for the second straight year. Hawkins earned All-America Honorable Mention honors.
Thomas, who was named ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season, averaged 18.8 points per game, 10.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists on the season. She is the only player in the country to rank in the top 50 of all three stats. She led the ACC in all three and recorded two triple-doubles this year.
Thomas is also the first Terrapin to be named ACC Player of the Year twice and the first – male or female – to notch two triple-doubles.
Thomas was named to the AP First Team last year. She is the fourth Terrapin to earn AP All-America honors, behind Crystal Langhorne, Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman. Langhorne was honored three times (2006, 2007, 2008), Toliver was honored twice (2008, 2009) and Coleman once (2009).
Hawkins, a First Team All-ACC honoree, ended her career No. 11 on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with 1,595 points and No. 3 in rebounds with 1,086. She is the third Terrapin in history to break 1,000 rebounds, behind only Langhorne and Coleman. She scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games this season and notched 17 double-doubles. She was No. 2 in the ACC in scoring (18.0) and rebounding (9.7).
In Saturday’s Sweet Sixteen matchup, the fourth-seeded Terrapins hung with top-seeded Connecticut early, but a spurt to start the second half put the Huskies in front to advance to the Elite Eight, 76-50.
Thomas finished the season with 640 points, 349 rebounds and 181 assists. She is the only Terrapin to hit 600 points, 300 rebounds and 150 assists in a season. Coleman notched 653 points, 309 rebounds and 120 assists in the 2008-09 season.
The Terrapins went 26-8 on the year, finished second in the ACC and advanced to their fifth Sweet Sixteen in head coach Brenda Frese’s 11 years.
Frese has led the Terrapins to nine NCAA Tournament appearances four Elite Eights, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. She’s 21-8 (.724) with Maryland in the Tournament.
Frese was named WBCA Regional Coach of the Year earlier this week and Thomas was named a finalist for the prestigious State Farm Wade Trophy. Frese is one of eight Regional Coaches of the Year and is a finalist for WBCA National Coach of the Year.
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Posted on 02 April 2013 by WNST Staff
BENIMON NAMED AP HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN
Towson Junior Listed Among the Nation’s Best Players
TOWSON, Md. – Towson University junior forward Jerrelle Benimon added to his list of postseason accomplishments on Tuesday when he was selected as an Honorable Mention All-American by The Associated Press.
The All-America honor is the first of Benimon’s career, while he is the third Tiger to earn the accolade. Towson standout Devin Boyd earned AP All-America status in 1991, a year after Kurk Lee was honored.
Benimon, who was also recently named a Lou Henson All-American, ranked second in the nation with 20 double-doubles. The 6-8 forward was the fourth leading scorer in the Colonial Athletic Association with 17.1 points per game and reached double figures in 27 of 31 outings.
The 2013 CAA Player of the Year, Benimon led the conference and ranked third in the nation with 11.2 rebounds per game and his 346 rebounds set a Towson single-season record. It was the sixth-highest rebound total in a season in CAA history. Showing his all-around game, Benimon was also third in the conference in blocked shots (1.9 bpg) and fourth in field goal percentage (53.3 percent) while leading Towson with 79 assists.
Led by Benimon and head coach Pat Skerry, Towson is coming off its most successful season since 1993. The Tigers, who went 18-13 overall and finished second in the CAA, recorded the largest single-season turnaround in NCAA history during the 2012-13 season. Towson returns four of five starters next season, including Benimon.
2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
Trey Burke, Michigan
Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Shane Larkin, Miami
Ben McLemore, Kansas
2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State
Jeff Withey, Kansas
Russ Smith, Louisville
Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION
Kyle Barone, Idaho; Jerrelle Benimon, Towson; Anthony Bennett, UNLV; Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook; Sherwood Brown, Florida Gulf Coast; Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia; Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse; Ian Clark, Belmont; Jake Cohen, Davidson; Jack Cooley, Notre Dame; D.J. Cooper, Ohio; Allen Crabbe, California; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Seth Curry, Duke; Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary’s; Gorgui Dieng, Louisville; James Ennis, Long Beach State; Chris Flores, NJIT; Jamal Franklin, San Diego State; Ian Hummer, Princeton; Colton Iverson, Colorado State; Joe Jackson, Memphis; Kareem Jamar, Montana; Lamont Jones, Iona; Ray McCallum, Detroit; Rodney McGruder, Kansas State; Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA; Erik Murphy, Florida (1 first-team vote); Mike Muscala, Bucknell; Stan Okoye, VMI; Jamal Olasewere, LIU Brooklyn; Phil Pressey, Missouri; Augustine Rubit, South Alabama; Peyton Siva, Louisville (1); Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin; Omar Strong, Texas Southern; Kendall Williams, New Mexico; Pendarvis Williams, Norfolk State; Khalif Wyatt, Temple.
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Posted on 31 October 2012 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior forward Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was named to the Associated Press Preseason All-American Team, released this week. The team was voted on by a panel of national media members.
Thomas led the ACC in scoring last year with 17.2 points per game and was named ACC Player of the Year. She was just the second sophomore to earn the league’s top individual honor. She finished the year among the best in the league with 8.0 rebounds per game, assists (3.2), free throw percentage (80.1) and defensive rebounds (5.5).
At the end of the 2011-12 season, she was named an AP First Team All-American, WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-American and a USBWA All-American.
Thomas is joined on the AP’s Preseason All-American Team with Brittney Griner (Baylor), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), and Odyssey Sims (Baylor).
Maryland is ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press preseason poll, released Saturday, as well as in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches’ poll. The Terps have started the season ranked in each of the last eight years.
The Terrapins, who return four of five starters from last year’s ACC Championship squad, ended the 2012-13 season ranked No. 5 in the AP poll. The Terps went 31-5 last year and went to the NCAA Elite Eight.
The Terrapins were picked to finish second in the ACC this year. 2012 ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas, senior Tianna Hawkins and junior Laurin Mincy were all named to the 10-member Preseason All-ACC Team. Thomas was also voted the Preseason Player of the Year.
Incoming freshman Malina Howard was named to the ACC’s Newcomer Watch List. Howard, a native of Twinsburg, Ohio, was the No. 1 post player in the country in this year’s freshman class.
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Posted on 30 August 2012 by WNST Staff
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A former University of Virginia lacrosse player has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for the alcohol-fueled beating death of his ex-girlfriend.
George W. Huguely V was sentenced Thursday in Charlottesville for the slaying of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old suburban Baltimore woman who was found face down in her blood-soaked pillow on May 3, 2010. Authorities said the 24-year-old defendant left his on-again, off-again girlfriend to die after he kicked a hole in her bedroom door and physically confronted her about their sputtering two-year relationship. Police said he had been drinking heavily that day.
Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire reduced the jury’s recommended sentence by three years. The jury found the Chevy Chase, Md., man guilty in February of second-degree murder and grand larceny. The defense sought a 14-year sentence.