Montgomery College seeking to replace successful soccer coach
After coaching the Montgomery College-Rockville women’s soccer team to a national championship last fall, Kelly Wakeman has resigned. The school is in the process of hiring her replacement.
Montgomery College spokesperson Marcus Rosano said Wakeman is moving back to her native Pennsylvania and will pursue other opportunities. In addition to coaching at MC-Rockville, Wakeman was an English teacher at Wheaton High School.
She guided the Knights for five seasons, compiling a record of 64-22-1. Last fall the team went 17-3, finishing with a 4-0 win against Monroe College (N.Y.) in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III championship game. Wakeman was named the NJCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Basketball players move on
Montgomery College men’s basketball coach James Bryson said Silver Spring resident Eric Cottonham will finish his college basketball career at Husson College in Maine. Cottonham averaged 7.2 points per game and hit 41 percent from 3-point range last season for Montgomery College-Rockville.
Erick Satchell (14.1 ppg last year at MC-Rockville) is headed to New York Tech. Alim Stewart, a 6-foot-3 guard who led MC-Rockville in scoring (16.4 ppg) is considering offers from Virginia State and Nyack College.
Lacrosse awardsThe second and third rounds of the U.S. Lacrosse boys high school All-Americans were recently released and five players from Montgomery County made the list: Winston Churchill’s Matt Leonard, Thomas S. Wootton’s Curt Brooks, Richard Montgomery’s Calum McClelland, Quince Orchard’s Marty Heyn and Walter Johnson’s Gerritt Molloy.
Also announced were the second and third groups of the All-Academic team, where Quince Orchard’s Andrew Johnson and Northwest’s Christopher McPherson were named to the team.
Queen earns top-10 finish at Junior Slalom World Championships
Darnestown native Caroline Queen placed ninth at the International Canoe Federation Junior/U-23 Slalom World Championships held last Wednesday through Sunday in Wausau, Wis.
It was first-time Olympian’s last competition before heading to London where she will compete in the women’s slalom kayaking competition at the Olympic Games, which begin July 27.
“I’m happy to have made the final and gained some good experience,” Queen said in a news release.
Germantown native Ashley Nee, who was a close runner-up to Queen in the Olympic selection process, finished 17th in Saturday’s semifinal run.
Real Maryland earns playoff berth
The Real Maryland Monarchs secured their first berth in the United Soccer Leagues’ Premier Development League postseason on Sunday with a 2-2 draw against visiting West Virginia.
Real Maryland (8-4-4, 28 points) finished second in the Eastern Conference’s South Atlantic Division and traveled to division champion Carolina (Greensboro, N.C.) on Tuesday night. The result was not available at press time.
The Monarchs won just one game during a season opening six-game road trip, but rallied to earn points in nine of their final 10 contests.
“This means a lot for the franchise,” coach Silvino Gonzalo said. “We work to win the division, but we finish second place and go to the playoffs. It is mission accomplished.”
D.C. United Women finish undefeated, host playoffs
The D.C. United Women finished an undefeated regular season with a 3-0 win at Virginia Beach Saturday.
The Black-and-Red finished with the best record in the W-League Eastern Conference and are scheduled to host the four-team conference playoffs Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds.
The second-seeded Fredericksburg Impact and No. 3 Virginia Beach Piranhas will play in the first semifinal Saturday at 3 p.m.
The top-seeded United Women will play at 6 p.m. Saturday against an opponent that had not been determined at press time. The conference final is set for 4 p.m. Sunday.
— Compiles from staff reports