The Washington Mystics have fired coach and general manager Trudi Lacey, President and Managing Partner Sheila C. Johnson announced on Monday.In two seasons under Lacey's direction, the Mystics posted a combined 11-57 record, including a WNBA worst 5-29 mark in the just completed campaign. Washington ended the 2012 season Saturday with a loss at Chicago, the team's 13th consecutive defeat. In addition to establishing a franchise-worst losing streak, the Mystics had only one victory in 15 post-Olympic break games and just one win away from the Verizon Center this season."Everyone in our organization recognizes how frustrating the season has been and would like to thank our fans for their support," Johnson said. "We thank Trudi for her dedicated work and wish her well in her future endeavors. Lacey joined the Mystics initially as an assistant coach under Julie Plank in 2009 before taking over the head coaching reigns from Plank and the player personnel duties from Angela Taylor after the 2010 campaign. In two seasons with Plank on the sideline, the Mystics reached the postseason twice, including winning the Eastern Conference regular season title in 2010.After not renewing Taylor's contract, Mystics ownership attempted to have Plank take on both roles. When those talks broke down, out went Plank and in came Lacey, who previously served as the coach and general manager for the now-defunct Charlotte Sting.Washington overhauled the roster entering the 2012 season with seven newfaces joining the 11-player roster. Expect more changes during the offseason with the team needing an interior presence opposite forward and leading scorer Crystal Langhorne, a true pass-first point guard and additional perimeter shooting.The Mystics enter Wednesday's draft lottery with the best odds among the four non-playoff teams. Baylor's All-American enter Britney Griner is projected as the top overall pick in the 2013 draft.We are looking forward to a fresh start with our core returning players, a high draft pick that will yield an impact player and a new direction in basketball operations, Johnson said.In addition to Laceys departure, the Mystics also announced they would not retain the team's assistant coaches.
Nationals minor league pitcher Taylor Jordan, a veteran of three MLB seasons, underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm. It was the second time Jordan has had the procedure.
The 27-year-old went under the knife after making three starts for Triple-A Syracuse this season. He held a 1.72 ERA across 15 2/3 total innings.
Jordan also had the surgery back in 2011 and made a full recovery to debut with the Nationals in 2013. In 18 total MLB games he has a 4.48 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 94 1/3 innings. Last season Jordan gave up 10 earned runs in four appearances in the big leagues.
The Nationals took Jordan in the ninth round of the 2009 draft out of high school. Dr. James Andrews performed his Tommy John surgery. The rehab process is generally 12 to 18 months.
The Maryland men's lacrosse program is once again spending Memorial Day Weekend attempting to get the monkey off its back.
The trip to Lincoln Finanical Field in Philadelphia, Penn., will mark the Terps' fifth Final Four appearance since 2011, but each of the previous trips have yielded zero national championships.
In fact, the Terps (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten) have advanced to three national championship games since 2011, but are still looking for the program's first title since 1975.
The Terps entered the 2016 NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed for the first time since 1987 and find themselves once again a part of championship weekend thanks to victories over Quinnipiac (13-6) and No. 8 seed Syracuse (13-7).
But in order to reach another national championship game, the Terps will have to get past No. 5 seed Brown, the champions of the Ivy League and top-ranked team in the country according to the Laxpower.comindex.
Brown (16-2, 6-1 Ivy) defeated Johns Hopkins 17-6 and Navy 11-10 en route to the program's first Final Four appearance since 1994.
The Terps will have their work cut out for them despite the absence of Brown's top points leader, junior attackman Dylan Molloy, who suffered a broken foot in the win against Johns Hopkins.
The Bears will call upon senior attackman Kylor Bellestri, a product of the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., to carry the offensive load, and the powerful dodger is more than capable, evident by his 62 goals and 28 assists this season. Aiding Bellestri is senior Henry Blynn, who enters the Final Four with 50 goals to his name.
While Brown does have arguably the most prolific scoring offense in the country, the Terps boast the most efficient defense in the country, and have a talented and experienced goalie in Kyle Bernlohr at the helm.
Bernlohr was tabbed as a first-team preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse magazine and has backed it up thanks to an eighth best 7.88 GAA in 2016.
The Akron, Ohio native tallied 22 saves to just 13 goals in the Terps first two NCAA Tournament games, but will be facing his most difficult test of the season on Saturday afternoon.
But the Terps are more than just an efficient defensive team. The junior attack trio of Matt Rambo, Colin Heacock and Dylan Maltz are as dynamic a trio as ther is in the country, and wreaked havoc on a stout Syracuse team in the quarterfinals. Rambo finished with four goals and two assists, with Maltz scoring three times and Heacock assisting on two goals.
Opposing teams are forced to exert extra pressure to the Terp' attack, allowing midfielders Henry West, Connor Kelley and Bryan Cole to find time and room up front. Cole has five assists and three goals to his name in the previous two tournament games, with Kelly adding three assists and West three goals.
A victory over Brown will not be easy, but losing is not some the Terps are accustomed to, having won 12 consecutive games since dropping back-to-back losses to Yale and Notre Dame to start the season.
The winner of Maryland vs. Brown will take on the winner of No. 7 Loyola (MD) vs. North Carolina on Monday, May 30 at 1 p.m. ET.
Maryland has added four-star class of 2016 forward Justin Jackson to its roster, the program made official in a release on Friday evening.
By doing so, head coach Mark Turgeon is allowed to comment publicly for the first time on the commitment that was reported Thursday.
“Justin has played at the highest level of high school and grassroots basketball and is prepared to make an immediate contribution to our program,” the coach said in a statement. “He is a versatile player who is a skilled scorer, good passer and has the ability to create mismatches on the offensive end.
"Defensively, Justin can guard multiple positions and overall has a great feel for the game."
In a frontcourt thinned by NBA defections -- Jake Layman, Robert Carter, and Diamond Stone -- Turgeon had to look late in the spring signing period for a fix.
Coaching changes at UNLV caused the 6-7 Jackson to rescind his pledge to the Rebels and reopen his recruitment. Turgeon and assistant coach Bino Ranson led the way in bringing Jackson to College Park.
"I felt like I immediately fit in with the student body. They were all very welcoming and I just enjoyed being a part of the university," Jackson said in a release. "The team is filled with great and funny personalities. But when it is time to work and get serious – they can really buckle down and work hard."
With Jackson in the fold, Maryland has one remaining open scholarship for the 2016-17 season. Read more in a roster breakdown here.