The Class of 1990 was a landmark group for the women's lacrosse program at Loyola College, which reached the NCAA semifinals last year. But coach Diane Aikens goes to lengths to point out that last year's seniors have nothing on this year's freshmen.
"In terms of numbers and quality, this is the best freshmen class Loyola's ever had," Aikens said. "Some of them came in thinking they were going to conquer the world, and they haven't changed their minds."
Loyola is 3-3 overall, the losses coming to No. 1 Penn State, No. 5 Lafayette and No. 9 James Madison. Saturday (11 a.m.) at Curley Field the Greyhounds get No. 3 William & Mary. The last week of the regular season Loyola plays at No. 2 Virginia and No. 4 Maryland, but Aikens hopes her young team can keep improving and land one of the six NCAA playoff berths.
At least seven freshmen are playing regularly for Aikens.
Betsy Given, The Evening Sun Athlete of the Year at Broadneck High a year ago, was given Loyola's all-important center position a month ago, and hasn't disappointed. She's now teamed with Erika Mawhorr and Gina Roberts, who helped Severna Park dominate the state Class 4A tournament in recent years.
The Loyola goalie is Mount Hebron grad Linda Ohrin, and one of the starters in front of her is another freshman, Tricia Grant of Charlottesville, Va. Tara Kramer, from Phoenixville, Pa., is the fourth-leading scorer, and Centennial's Kerry Carlson is another freshman regular.
The Greyhounds' top scorer is Colleen Anderson, a senior from McDonogh who has 21 goals and seven assists. Anderson was also named to the National Academic Field Hockey team.
* When Towson State threw a scare into Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament March 15, the Tigers' cause was hindered by a technical foul given assistant coach Mike Hunt during a TV timeout. Hunt was at the scorer's table, his back to the floor, when he said "All we want is a fair shake."
Showing incredible hearing, the nearest official nailed Hunt, and Towson State surrendered possession and two free throws.
The ref? Pete Pavia, the same official who ejected Dean Smith from the semis last Saturday, and has also run Billy Tubbs and John Thompson.
Towson State, incidentally, expected word today on its application to the North Atlantic Conference. The league's leaders are meeting in Boston, and the Tigers' request is on the agenda.
* The UMES Invitational Saturday (9 a.m.) will include track and field teams from most of the schools in the region, including Maryland, Morgan State, Coppin State, Towson State and Bowie State. Lincoln, the defending men's champion in Division III, stacks up nicely against the Division I schools.
Maryland senior Jennifer Van Horn qualified for the NCAAs in the 10,000, winning the Raleigh Relays in 34:59.7. George Mason's Shirl Dorsey, a senior from Westminster, won the shot put in the same meet.
It's Army-Navy weekend for track in Annapolis, with the women's meet going tomorrow (3 p.m.) and the men's Saturday (11 a.m.).
* Johns Hopkins senior Andy Enfield, a third-team All-American on the court and first-team Academic All-American, received a $6,000 post-graduate scholarship from Champion Products . . . Loyola golfer Tom Graminga, a junior from Haddonfield, N.J., won invitationals at Navy and West Chester . . . Four of the top five lacrosse scorers for unbeaten Salisbury State (8-0) are from New York, the well-traveled Rusty Pritzlaff being the exception.