The top-ranked Maryland field hockey team beat 10th-ranked Massachusetts, 3-2, Friday in its season opener at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster, Pa.
Juniors Anna Dessoye, Alyssa Parker and Shari Jones scored for the Terrapins, who won their 18th straight season opener, dating back to 1997.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “It was great to be under a lot of pressure from a very athletic UMass team. They’re very well-coached by (former Terrapin) Carla Tagliente and opportunistic. We were exceedingly brilliant at times. Taking 25 shots should see a team winning. We need to execute more on them, but I give credit to UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino. She had 12 saves and played a great game. It’s nice to get an opener under our belt. Nine months we’ve been working to be in this position.”
As a result of a violation of the University of Maryland’s Student Code of Conduct, Levern Jacobs and A.J. Hendy will not participate with the Maryland football team during the upcoming season.
“I have spoken with Levern and A.J. and expressed my disappointment with their actions,” said head coach Randy Edsall. “They showed poor judgment and failed to uphold the standards of a student-athlete at the University of Maryland. Both Levern and A.J. were regretful and apologetic about their role in this incident and understand that their actions will not allow them to participate in the upcoming football season.”
With the injury to Manny Machado creating some doubt about his future, the O’s have to be strongly consideringresigning JJ after the general consensus was that this would be his last year as an Orioles. The O’s are 76-56 –7 games ahead of the Evil Empire.
Steve Pearce extended his hit streak to 11 with his 1st inning HR.
OLB John Simon
Simon may not have been on the bubble, but he didn’t make much of an impact as a fourth-round rookie last year, and he didn’t flash much in the preseason. That is until Thursday. Simon feasted on the Saints. He finished with three tackles, including two for loss, four quarterback pressures and a sack. The sack ended his night. Simon was getting constant pressure and was stout against the run.
WR Michael Campanaro
Campanaro finally got his chance to shine in the second half and made the most of it. Campanaro hauled in three catches for 55 yards and had another 21-yard snag called back because of a penalty on offensive lineman Ryan Jensen. Campanaro saved a potential interception with a heads-up play, snagging a deflected pass. He was also solid as a returner, averaging 26 yards on kickoff returns and 10 yards on punts. He finished with 153 total yards.
WR Deonte Thompson
Thompson scored his third touchdown of the preseason with a nice 8-yard extended snatch in the back of the end zone in the second quarter. Thompson is known more for his speed than his hands, so it was good to see him make the difficult grab. He had three catches for 25 yards on the night. Neither Thompson nor Campanaro would let the other pull away in the battle at wide receiver.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint
Toussaint finished with 17 carries for 103 yards, an impressive 6.1-yard average. Toussaint ripped off the two longest Ravens runs of the night. He had a 23-yarder in the first quarter, then a 21-yarder in the second quarter. Toussaint showed his speed to get to the outside and was shifty with good vision to cut back between the tackles too. Toussaint has a slew of running backs ahead of him on the depth chart, but Thursday night’s outing put him on the map.
G/C John Urschel
As a fifth-round pick, Urschel was probably safe to make the 53-man roster. But he was competing with Ryan Jensen, a second-year former sixth-round guard, and outshined him. Urschel got the start and played the whole game. He got good push up front in the run game and protected well against the pass. Head Coach John Harbaugh complimented the offensive line’s “dominant” play in the first half, and Urschel was a big part of that.
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Goodell acknowledged as much in the letter.
“At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals,” Goodell wrote. “We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence. … My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values.
Key Points to NFL Initiative
Information from Roger Goodell’s letter to owners and ESPN sources on stepped-up punishment for abuse under NFL’s personal conduct policy:
• Policy applies to all incidents involving physical force, not just domestic violence
• Six-game suspension for first offense (could be longer under certain circumstances)
• Lifetime ban for second offense (can apply for reinstatement after one year)
• Policy applies to all NFL personnel, not just players
• Policy is not retroactive; everyone starts with clean slate
• Those identified as “at risk” for committing offenses offered counseling; refusal could affect future discipline
• Confidential counseling offered to all personnel and families
“I didn’t get it right.”
To be counted as an “offense,” a player would not necessarily have to be convicted in a court of law, but each incident will be judged on its own merits. The updated personal conduct policy had the approval of all 32 owners, Dominik’s source said.
“Our personal conduct policy has long made clear that domestic violence and sexual assault are unacceptable. We clearly must do a better job of addressing these incidents in the NFL. And we will,” the commissioner wrote.
Goodell was affected more by people closer to him, including some owners, than by public reaction, the source told Brandt.
The source told Brandt that Goodell had discussions with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and that lawyers for the league and union also talked, although it was unclear if an agreement was reached between the two sides.
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