Succeeding with a fresh approach Newcomers surprise at Western Maryland

April 25, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Western Maryland College women's lacrosse coach Kim Easterday looked at this as a rebuilding season.

Coming off an 8-2 season in which the Green Terrors reached the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs, the Green Terrors came into 1993 with five freshman starters, including three -- Danielle Miller, Amy Eggers and Marcie Delahoz -- from Carroll County.

Western Maryland is 6-2 this season after last Saturday's win against the College of Notre Dame and Friday's 12-8 win over Dickinson.

Instead of the .500 season Easterday and the squad set as a goal going into the season, the Green Terrors again are in a

prime position to qualify for the MAC playoffs.

"With freshmen, you don't really know what to expect. I most definitely thought it would be a rebuilding year," Easterday said.

"But they've really come together and adjusted well to the college level. We're really excited about the way the team has come together."

Easterday had a pretty good idea what she was getting in Miller and Eggers -- solid attackers from North Carroll.

The biggest surprise has been Delahoz, a South Carroll graduate who played little in goal in high school, but who has played every minute there this season.

"I did not recruit Marcie," Easterday said. "She came to me in the fall and said she wanted to play and had a little experience from South Carroll. I said, 'Great.' "

It's the second straight year the Green Terrors have come up with a novice goalie. Last year, they used Libby Bieling, a senior who never had played lacrosse.

"We had some recruits this year who just didn't come and we got stuck. It happens. Often we have to pull a field player," Easterday said.

Graduate assistant Kathy Railey worked closely with Delahoz entering the season. She said the freshman's attitude and work habits have been the keys to her success.

"We immediately saw how quick she was and she was really enthused about getting in the cage," Railey said. "From Day 1, we had her in goalie equipment catching and throwing. She knew nothing about the goalie position, and we had her looking at game films and goalie instruction videos.

"She has just picked everything up very well and has done a fantastic job. She just keeps getting better and better and better. I can see her being a super goalie in the next few years."

Going into Saturday's game, Delahoz was allowing 12 goals a game and had come up with 63 saves.

Miller and Eggers also have started from Day 1 and have played significant roles up front.

"Both have a real good sense of the game and know where to go with the ball," Easterday said.

Miller, the leading scorer in the county last season at North Carroll, has seven goals and four assists this year.

"There's a big adjustment to college from high school. It's a faster and more physical game with more skilled teams out there," Easterday said.

"Danielle is learning that she has to stay on her toes a lot more. It's not very often you can take the ball and run it all the way down the field and score. She has a really good left-handed shot."

Eggers also did her share of scoring at North Carroll and has nine goals and three assists as a Green Terror.

"She's a very deceptive player in that she doesn't have a lot of size," said Easterday. "She has the ability to get free and be at the right place at the right time. And when she has a shot, she places it well."

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