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Maryland OL Conaboy named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

Posted on 08 July 2014 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK, N.Y. – University of Maryland senior offensive lineman Sal Conaboy has been named to the 2014 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List as announced Tuesday by The Rimington Trophy Committee.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.5 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The 15-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $100 million for research.

Conaboy joins Melvin Fowler (2001), Kyle Schmit (2003 and 2004) and Edwin Williams (2008) as Maryland players who have been named to the watch list.

Last season, Conaboy started all 13 games at center for the Terps and served as the offensive line’s representative on the team’s leadership council. An All-Academic ACC selection as a junior, Conaboy anchored a unit that helped the Terps’ rush for over 100 yards in each of their first four games including a 312-yard performance against Old Dominion.

The Clarks Summit, Pa., native also helped Maryland’s offense pass for 3,231 yards in 2013, which marked the first time a Terrapin team eclipsed the 3,000-yard plateau since 1994.

In addition, Conaboy received the Public Service Award at the team banquet at the end of the season. Conaboy is the president of Maryland’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes, which works to raise awareness and money for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman.

The Rimington Trophy is awarded to the center who receives the most first-place votes from the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy Committee.

The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.

For more information on the Rimington Trophy, visit rimingtontrophy.com.

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Maryland WR Diggs named to Maxwell, Hornung Award watch lists

Posted on 07 July 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been named to the 2014 Maxwell Award Watch List and the 2014 Paul Hornung Award Watch List as announced Monday by the Maxwell Football Club and Louisville Sports Commission, respectively.

Diggs is one of 19 wide outs included on the 74-man watch list for the Maxwell Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate football player. The junior is also one of 10 players from the Big Ten to be selected to the watch list.

The Gaithersburg, Md., native is one of 47 players to be named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, which is given to the most versatile player in major college football, and one of 10 players from the Big Ten.

Diggs finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards last season despite missing the last five games with a leg injury. In seven games, Diggs had 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 83.9 yards receiving per game.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Nov. 3, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 24. The winner of the 2014 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 11. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala on March 6, 2015.

Fan voting will factor into the Paul Hornung Award finalists and winner. Voting will run through the regular season and again during the bowl season. Fan voting will open in late September.

The winner will be honored at the official Paul Hornung Award Banquet held at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in Louisville, Ky., in late January-2015.

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Wrestler Myers added to Maryland football roster

Posted on 02 July 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Randy Edsall announced the addition of former Pennsylvania defensive player of the year Spencer Myers to the 2014 Maryland football roster Wednesday.

Myers, a senior from Selinsgrove, Pa., has been a member of the Maryland wrestling team the past four seasons and will continue to wrestle in conjunction to playing football. Myers will join the team as a defensive lineman.

“This is something I have been contemplating since coming to Maryland,” said Myers. “It was one of the best decisions in my life to wrestle. But an opportunity arose to get a scholarship to play football and it’s something I’ve really wanted to do. It’s a great opportunity for me. I love both sports and I didn’t want to give up one for the other. Luckily, I was able to work it out.”

In his time with the Maryland wrestling team, Myers has won the ACC heavyweight title twice (2011 and 2012) and earned All-American status as a freshman with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

A three-sport star in high school, Myers was named the Pennsylvania wrestler of the year and football defensive player of the year as a senior, while also becoming a state finalist in discuss. That same year, Myers won the state wrestling championship at 215 pounds and helped lead Selinsgrove High School to a state title in football.

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Maryland announces 2015 Big Ten lacrosse schedule

Posted on 01 July 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Big Ten Conference announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as the league’s 27th and 28th sports nearly 13 months ago and on Tuesday, July 1 it is official. Also on Tuesday, the Big Ten announced the sites and weekends of the 2015 men’s and women’s lacrosse conference schedules.

The announcement on Tuesday corresponds with the formal inclusion of Maryland and Rutgers as full-time members as the 13th and 14th Big Ten institutions. Both are lacrosse playing schools in men’s and women’s lacrosse along with Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan. Johns Hopkins joins the men’s contingent as a sport-affiliate member, while Northwestern rounds out the women’s lineup.

The 2015 conference schedule for each team was announced with action kicking off the weekend of March 27-29. The Maryland men host Michigan for the first time that weekend before welcoming Penn State to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium (April 3-5) for the first time since the first round of the 2005 NCAA tournament.

The Terps play at fellow Big Ten newcomer Rutgers (April 10-12) for first time since 1998 and at Ohio State for the first time on the weekend of April 17-19.

Maryland’s first Big Ten regular-season concludes the weekend of April 24-26 when it welcomes Johns Hopkins to College Park for the 112th meeting of Lacrosse’ Greatest Rivalry.

The first Big Ten men’s lacrosse tournament will be held at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium from April 30 to May 20 with the top four teams competing for the title.

On the women’s side, the Terrapins will play five conference games, including three at home and two on the road. Maryland’s inaugural Big Ten season will commence with a trip to Northwestern the weekend of March 26. The Terps and the Wildcats have combined to win 19 of 34 NCAA titles since the sport was official recognized by the NCAA in 1982.

Maryland hosts its first conference matchup against Rutgers the following weekend. The Terps will then play at Ohio State before finishing up with home games vs. Michigan and Penn State.

The 2015 Big Ten women’s tournament will be held at Rutgers April 30-May 3 with all six teams competing.

The Big Ten men’s lacrosse conference boasts an impressive number of NCAA Tournament appearances (94), NCAA Tournament victories (123), NCAA semifinal appearances (51) and championships (11) among the six members. This past season, Maryland reached the semifinals and Hopkins the quarterfinals, while in 2013 Ohio State, Maryland and Penn State all received national seeds.

MARYLAND MEN’S LACROSSE 2015 BIG TEN SCHEDULE
March 27-29 vs. MICHIGAN
April 3-5 vs. PENN STATE
April 10-12 at Rutgers
April 17-19 at Ohio State
April 24-26 vs. JOHNS HOPKINS
April 30-May 2 Big Ten Tournament (hosted by Maryland)

MARYLAND WOMEN’S LACROSSE 2015 BIG TEN SCHEDULE
March 26-29 at Northwestern
April 2-5 vs. RUTGERS
April 9-12 at Ohio State
April 16-19 vs. MICHIGAN
April 23-26 vs. PENN STATE
April 30-May 3 at Big Ten Tournament (hosted by Rutgers)

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Maryland officially becomes member of Big Ten conference

Posted on 01 July 2014 by WNST Staff

ROSEMONT, Ill. -

The University of Maryland and Rutgers University became official members of the Big Ten Conference today, increasing the Big Ten’s membership to 14 institutions. In addition, Johns Hopkins University officially became a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse.

The Big Ten now has more than 520,000 total students and 5.7 million living alumni. The conference’s broad-based athletic programs will feature almost 9,500 student-athletes for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports, including 28 official Big Ten sports. Maryland and Rutgers are already members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), an academic consortium of Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago that is a highly regarded model for effective and voluntary collaboration among top research universities. In 2012, CIC institutions produced over $10 billion in research expenditures.

Maryland and Rutgers will take part in their first Big Ten event as official members of the conference at the 2014 Football Media Days and 43rd annual Kickoff Luncheon. This year’s event will be held on Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29, at the Hilton Chicago. The Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon feature all 14 head coaches and some of the nation’s top returning players.

The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights will each take part in their first athletic competition as members of the Big Ten Conference with a pair of women’s soccer games on August 22, when Maryland visits UCLA and Rutgers hosts Stony Brook. The two institutions open Big Ten competition on September 12 when Maryland hosts Rutgers in women’s soccer. That same day in men’s soccer, Maryland visits Michigan and Rutgers travels to Wisconsin. The 2014 cross country, field hockey, golf, tennis and volleyball seasons will begin in late August and early September.

The Rutgers football team begins its first season as a Big Ten program on August 28 at Washington State. Two days later, Maryland’s football squad will do the same with a home game against James Madison. The Scarlet Knights will make their debut in Big Ten action at home against Penn State on September 13. The Terrapins will open conference play at Indiana on Sept. 27, before hosting Ohio State in their first Big Ten home game on Oct. 4. The conference’s two newest members will meet on November 29 at Maryland in the final week of the regular season.

The 2014 football season will feature new division alignments, with Maryland and Rutgers joined by Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State in the East Division. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin will play in the West Division. A representative from each division will play in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Dec. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with the winner earning the Big Ten Championship.

The cross country teams from Maryland and Rutgers will have the first opportunity to compete in a Big Ten Championship, with both schools taking part in the 2014 Big Ten Cross Country Championships to be hosted by Iowa on Nov. 2.

The inaugural season of Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin in 2015, with Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers playing both sports, Johns Hopkins participating in men’s lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women’s lacrosse. The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights will host their first Big Ten Tournaments beginning in April, with the inaugural men’s tournament held from April 30 to May 2 at Maryland and the first women’s event hosted by Rutgers from April 30 to May 3.

Since the announcement to add Maryland and Rutgers in November 2012, the Big Ten has made a series of announcements highlighting the conference’s increased presence on the East Coast. Last June, the Big Ten announced an agreement to take part in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, sending conference football teams to play at Yankee Stadium on an annual basis. In April, the Big Ten announced that it would open a second office in New York City while securing access to satellite office space in Washington, D.C. In May, the conference unveiled plans to take part in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season men’s basketball series with the Big East named in honor of Dave Gavitt, and announced that the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Also in May, BTN confirmed that the network had reached deals with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision for broad distribution to their subscribers in the New York/New Jersey television markets. In June, BTN confirmed that a similar agreement was reached with Comcast for broad distribution in Maryland and New Jersey.

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Maryland marks official move to Big Ten with Baltimore event

Posted on 30 June 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Fans lined South President Street in front of the Under Armour Brand House to celebrate the beginning of a new era for the University of Maryland Monday afternoon.

Maryland kicked off its transition into the Big Ten Conference flanked by the Mighty Sound of Maryland, Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Maryland coaches and Under Armour executives.

Following an address from Nick Carparelli of Under Armour to begin the festivities, Anderson greeted the crowd and commended the conference for its commitment to the Mid-Atlantic region.

“Over the last 18 months we’ve been asked to be a partner and a member of the Big Ten and tomorrow it will be official,” said Anderson. “One thing I like to say about this whole process is that my colleagues in the Big Ten and Commissioner Delany have accepted us and welcomed us from the very beginning. We’ve never felt like we were an outsider. We’ve always been a part of the participation of becoming a true member of the Big Ten.”

Delany followed Anderson and expressed excitement about Maryland officially joining the conference Tuesday.

“The last 18 months has just been a terrific experience, getting to know Maryland leaders, faculty, athletic directors and coaches,” said Delany. “We’ve worked awfully hard over those 18 months to make tomorrow a day that everyone can feel great about.

“The Big Ten has been a great conference, established in 1896, and it’s a greater conference after tomorrow with Maryland as our newest member.”

At the conclusion of the event, attendees were given a first look at newly released Maryland/Big Ten merchandise inside the Brand House, while media in attendance gathered to speak with Anderson, Delany and Maryland coaches.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 30 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Golf: PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from White Sulphur Springs, WV); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Ohio Machine (Friday 4pm from Columbus live on CBS Sports Network)

10. Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration (Friday 7pm Inner Harbor); 4th of July Parades (Friday various times Arbutus, Kingsville, Towson, Bel Air, Dundalk, Catonsville, Glyndon, etc.) Joan Rivers (Wednesday 7:30pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Tammy” out in theaters (Wednesday)

When you watch “The Sandlot” Friday, please tag me in your photos. You WILL watch “The Sandlot” Friday.

9. Beyonce & Jay-Z (Monday 8pm M&T Bank Stadium); Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry (Saturday 6:45pm Jiffy Lube Live); Crosby, Stills & Nash (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Counting Crows/Toad The Wet Sprocket (Saturday 7pm Wolf Trap); Neko Case (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Ed Sheeran (Tuesday 5pm Power Plant Live); Juicy J (Thursday 10pm Echostage); A Capitol Fourth feat. Frankie Valli, Phillip Phillips, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Jordin Sparks (Friday 8pm from US Capitol live on PBS); Old Crow Medicine Show “Remedy” available (Tuesday)

I mean, Beyonce could perform…OR…they could just show the “Partition” video on the screens at the stadium…

Speaking of Mrs. Carter, Ed Sheeran does a pretty solid Mrs. Carter.

Remember how good the Goo Goo Dolls used to be?

Almost as good as the Counting Crows.

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Former Hopkins, UMBC, Maryland stars make US lacrosse roster for Worlds

Posted on 30 June 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — At the conclusion of a tryout process that included 98 players and spanned 11 months, US Lacrosse has named the U.S. Men’s National Team final 23-man roster for the FIL World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, July 10-19 in Commerce City, Colo.

The team was selected from a 31-player roster that attended training camp last week in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and competed in Thursday’s MLL All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass.

Four players return from the gold medal-winning 2010 FIL World Championship squad that defeated Canada 12-10 in Manchester, England, to earn the United States’ ninth world title. Returners include attackmen Ned Crotty and Brendan Mundorf (All-World) as well as midfielders Paul Rabil (MVP and All-World) and Max Seibald (All-World).

Team USA will next head to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a final training camp July 6-9 before beginning its world title defense in Denver on July 10.

“These men were selected from a group of 52 that participated in Orlando and 31 that participated this past week, so we feel this is a very solid team that will represent our country well in Denver,” said Team USA head coach Richie Meade. “Several of the men who have been part of this process distinguished themselves, but weren’t chosen for this team. We’re very humbled to represent our country and endeavor to do so to the best of our collective ability.”

The 23-man roster by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:

Attack
Ned Crotty, New York Lizards, Duke*
Marcus Holman, Ohio Machine, North Carolina
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Brendan Mundorf, Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC*
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell
Garrett Thul, Florida Launch/Philadelphia Wings, Army

Midfield
Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons, Ohio State
Dan Burns, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Kyle Harrison, Ohio Machine, Johns Hopkins^
David Lawson, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons, Johns Hopkins*
Max Seibald, New York Lizards/Philadelphia Wings, Cornell*

Defense
Mitch Belisle, Boston Cannons, Cornell
Jesse Bernhardt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Tucker Durkin, Florida Launch, Johns Hopkins
Michael Evans, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Kyle Hartzell, New York Lizards, Salisbury
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland

Goalie
Drew Adams, New York Lizards, Penn State
Jesse Schwartzman, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins

Faceoff
Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate
Greg Gurenlian, New York Lizards, Penn State

* 2010 U.S. men’s national team member
^ 2006 U.S. men’s national team member

Two alternates were selected to travel with the team to Colorado Springs and Denver, and will be added to the active roster only in the instance of injury. Per FIL policy, no changes to the active roster may be made after Wednesday, July 9.

Alternates
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Steele Stanwick, Ohio Machine, Virginia

For more information on the U.S. men’s national team, visit uslacrosse.org/usmen. Follow the team on Facebook at fb.com/uslacrosse, on Twitter and Instagram at @uslacrosse and use #USAMLAX.

The World Champion U.S. Men’s National Teams train and play using best-in-class products provided by Nike (apparel and footwear), STX (equipment) and Cascade (helmets). Nationwide and Marriott International are official sponsors of Team USA.

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Maryland F Thomas named ACC Female Athlete of the Year

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C.– Maryland women’s basketball All-American and three-time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas has been named ACC Female Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 academic year, as voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

Florida State football Heisman Trophy winner and baseball pitcher Jameis Winston was named ACC Male Athlete of the Year.

“What a tremendous honor for Alyssa to close out her career being named athlete of the year in the ACC,” said head coach Brenda Frese. “There were so many memorable games and highlites in her career that she demonstrated what it took to perform at the highest level each and every night.  She was a special player that impacted everyone.  She is a player that will be  remembered forever.”

Thomas claimed the 24th Mary Garber Award as the conference’s finest female athlete after becoming the second player in conference history to be voted the ACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for a third straight season and leading the Terrapins to the 2014 NCAA Final Four.

“It’s quite an honor to be named ACC Female Athlete of the Year,” Thomas said. “I was grateful to be athlete of the year in my sport and this is just amazing. I want to thank everyone at Maryland for helping me get better and better all four years. They helped me achieve some of my biggest goals and I couldn’t be more proud to be a Terp.”

Maryland’s Thomas led her team in scoring with 19.0 points per game and in rebounding with 10.9 per contest as the Terrapins posted a 28-7 record. In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Thomas passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading basketball scorer (male or female). She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school’s leading career rebounder with 1,235.

The 6-foot 2 Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 games played in 2013-14 and led 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. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native also ranked fifth among ACC players in assists (4.1 per game) and shot 51.3 percent from the floor.

In April, Thomas  was selected fourth overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft and traded to the Connecticut Sun minutes later in a blockbuster deal.

Thomas received 15 votes in the Garber Award balloting. Virginia soccer All-American Morgan Brian placed second with 10 votes, and Duke golf All-American Celine Boutier was named on eight ballots.

The awards are given in memory of distinguished journalists from the region. McKevlin was a sports editor in Raleigh, N.C., and Garber, of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, was a pioneer as one of the first female sports journalists in the nation.

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Maryland WR Diggs gets preseason All-Big Ten recognition from Sporting News

Posted on 25 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been selected to Sporting News 2014 preseason All-Big Ten team, the publication announced Wednesday. Diggs earned first team honors at wide receiver.

Diggs has received numerous preseason accolades recently. The junior wideout was tabbed by Athlon Sports as a second team All-American and a first team All-Big Ten honoree. Phil Steele named Diggs a third team All-American and first team All-Big Ten.

Last season, Diggs finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards despite missing the last five games with a leg injury. In seven games, Diggs had 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 83.9 yards receiving per game.

To see the full All-Big Ten team from Sporting News, visit sportingnews.com.

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