Women's lacrosse beset by injuries AACC notebook

April 08, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel Community College women's lacrosse coach Jim Shuck believes if his team were healthy, it could rate among the best the school has ever seen.

Instead, it could rank among the most unfortunate.

Shuck's 13-member squad has shrunk to nine, and many of those AACC players are injured.

In a 15-7 loss to Army on Sunday, the Pioneers (2-1) had sophomore midfielder Cheryl Criswell (St. Mary's) in goal and keeper Wendy Baxter (Broadneck) in the field. Baxter is hobbled by a knee injury, but she's in better shape than some of her teammates, like freshman Rachel Gladwell (Southern), who is out for the season after damaging her knee during a scrimmage in Florida.

"She turned to change direction, and [the knee] went," Shuck said.

Tracy Tobin (St. Mary's), a sophomore attacker/midfielder, played in Sunday's game despite a bad knee and had three goals and two assists. She was the Pioneers' second-leading scorer last year with 42 goals and six assists.

"I think we would have prevailed if we had one more player," said Shuck, whose team trailed 6-3 at halftime and was behind by two goals with 15 minutes remaining. "We were knocking the whole time. But they had 25 people, and they kept flushing in five at a time. They ran us out of gas."

Arundel graduate Amy Henske was added to the team recently, and she pulled a muscle in Friday's 13-6 win over Loyola's club team and sat out Sunday's defeat. Henske is a cross country runner who never played lacrosse until this season.

Anne Arundel was down to nine players against Notre Dame on Tuesday but won, 10-6, behind three goals and four assists from Tobin. South River grad Kristy Moltz added three goals, Southern's Jennie Young had two, and Annapolis' Emily Chones and Severna Park's Lisa Cope had one each. Baxter returned to the nets and made 11 saves.

"They never quit," Shuck said of his players.

Yesterday's scheduled home game against Hood College was postponed because the visiting team was short-handed.

Shuck said Anne Arundel should have 12 players available next week.

Softball

The team has more than doubled last year's victory total after sweeping Tuesday's doubleheader from Hagerstown, 4-3 in eight innings and 8-4.

Northeast graduate Stacy Reynolds pitched both games for the Pioneers (7-1), who were 3-17 last season. She gave up three hits and one earned run and struck out two in the opener and allowed seven hits and one earned run, with one strikeout, in the nightcap.

"I talked to her between games and told her I didn't want her to go until she couldn't go any further," said first-year coach Jim Hendricks. "But Stacy wanted to stay in there. She got into a rhythm and let her defense do the work for her."

Anne Arundel fell behind in the first game 3-0 before Dora Taylor (Glen Burnie) doubled in two runs, and Kathy Green (St. Mary's) tied the score with a single. Taylor singled in the game-winning run in the eighth inning, and finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

In the second game, the Pioneers scored in every inning except the fourth and sixth. Amy Fichter went 2-for-3 and tripled in two runs in the second inning. Reynolds was 2-for-4 with a triple and one RBI, and Kim Horney (North County) had two hits, including a triple, and two RBI.

Anne Arundel, which is off until Monday, nipped Catonsville, 6-5, Saturday. The score was tied at 5 in the seventh inning when Reynolds lined an RBI double to right-center. Holly Hladycz (Broadneck) had a three-run double in the first inning.

Reynolds (6-1) gave up seven hits and two earned runs.

The Pioneers are batting .435 this season. Taylor leads the team with a .600 average and 15 RBI. Reynolds is batting .545, followed by Fichter (.478, 12 steals) and South River's Kristen Meade (.478, 13 steals).

Baseball

The team doubled its pleasure against Harford on Tuesday, winning 6-3 and 8-3. The Pioneers had 11 hits in the two games, and they continue to receive good pitching.

Freshman Sean Sesney (Chesapeake) picked up his second win by throwing the last 2 1/3 innings. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out three. Starter Mark Fearing (Annapolis), who threw 35 pitches Sunday, gave up five hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings.

"He ran out of gas," coach Clayton Jacobson said of Fearing. "We're not too deep, so we've got to use them even if they're a little tired. But we won't risk injury."

Harford led 3-1 in the fourth when Anne Arundel's Chris Durocher (Arundel) hit a grand slam. The Pioneers (9-3) have three home runs this season, and all have come with the bases loaded. K. C. Murphy (Northeast) has the other two.

Men's lacrosse

The team doesn't have far to go this week, with three home games scheduled because of recent postponements. The Pioneers got off on the wrong foot Monday with an 11-5 loss to third-ranked Nassau.

The Pioneers were behind 4-2 at halftime, but allowed six straight goals in the third quarter.

"Lacrosse is such a mental game," said Anne Arundel coach Buddy Beardmore. "We lost our concentration at halftime, and by the time we got it back, they had fired in six unanswered goals."

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