College postcards

October 30, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Roland Park alum 'Woman' finalist

Catherine Sharkey, a 1988 graduate of Roland Park Country (( School who's a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, England, is one of the 10 finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Sharkey was the state of Connecticut's representative on the early list of 52 regional winners. She left Yale last spring with an economics degree, a 3.9 cumulative grade-point average and summa cum laude honors.

Sharkey will return to the United States for the NCAA Woman of the Year Awards program Nov. 16 in Chicago. The award, sponsored by Champion Products, balances academic achievement, athletic accomplishment and community service, and Sharkey fulfilled the middle of those requirements on the lacrosse field.

She was a four-year letter-winner as Yale's goalie, earning second-team Ivy League all-star honors as a sophomore and junior, and honorable mention as a senior. In 1991, she was a member of the U.S. National squad, and this year she made second-team on the GTE Academic All-America at-large team.

Men's soccer

Chris Williams and Chris Love, who were high school rivals in Columbia, are finishing their soccer careers at the University of Hartford on a positive note.

Williams, a defensive midfielder out of Wilde Lake, and Love, a marking back who went to Oakland Mills, are four-year starters for Hartford, which is the hottest team in New England. Both have scored one goal. Williams has made the North Atlantic Conference Academic Honor Roll.

The Hawks, 7-0-3 in their past 10 matches and ranked No. 20 in the nation, are headed back to the NAC tournament, which they won last year to advance to the NCAA Division I tournament for the first time. In the round of 16, they took eventual champion Virginia into overtime.

Dan Sherman, a graduate of Howard High and a contemporary of Love and Williams, is finishing his career at Ithaca (N.Y.). A senior midfielder, Sherman is the team's second-leading point-getter. He's a three-year starter, and last year he helped Ithaca win its first Empire Athletic Association title since 1983 and gain a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Swimming

James Madison, looking to defend its Colonial Athletic Association championship, again is led by sophomore Mark Gabriele, a 1991 graduate of Calvert Hall.

Gabriele was the CAA champion in the 100 butterfly last season, when he set James Madison records in the 200 individual medley (1 minute, 52.81 seconds) and 200 backstroke (1:52.11). In a season-opening victory over Virginia Tech, he joined Mike Powell, a freshman out of Catonsville High, on a 200-medley relay that lowered the Dukes' school record to 1:36.19.

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