Pioneers hope men's lacrosse path leads to nationals Anne Arundel CC notebook

April 29, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

With one game remaining in the regular season, Anne Arundel Community College's men's lacrosse team still is in contention for a berth in next week's national tournament in Corning, N.Y.

The Pioneers (8-5) are ranked fifth in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, and the top four teams receive bids to the tournament. Anne Arundel trails Harford for the last spot, but could advance with a win tomorrow night against Montgomery-Rockville and a Harford loss to Nassau.

"We've played good lacrosse all year long," said coach Clayton "Buddy" Beardmore. "The guys have done a great job, and we sure look forward to getting into that tournament."

The Pioneers grabbed a much-needed win Tuesday, 15-8, over Catonsville. Arundel graduate Steven Phipps, a midfielder, was moved to attack in the second half and wound up with five goals and two assists.Duncan Greene added three goals and four assists, and Mike McClellan (St. Mary's) had two goals and three assists.

Steve Griner (Southern) scored three times, and Cory Turner (Arundel) and Mike Layden (South River) had one goal each. Todd McFarlane and John Spoerer were credited with one assist apiece.

Chris Stauder (Annapolis) made 20 saves for Anne Arundel.

The Pioneers began the week three points behind Harford. The teams split two games this season.

Softball

Anne Arundel CC's softball team lost its last game of the regular season Saturday, but it will be either the first or second seed in this weekend's Region XX tournament at Harford.

The Pioneers (15-3) gave up an unearned run in the third inning and fell to Catonsville and former North County pitcher Karen Hay-Jones, 1-0. Anne Arundel's only hits came from Amy Fichter and St. Mary's graduate Kathy Green.

Hay-Jones struck out three and walked three. Anne Arundel pitcher Stacy Reynolds (14-3), a Northeast graduate, yielded four hits and struck out four.

"Maybe we were a little intimidated by Karen at first," said coach Jim Hendricks, "but now they know she's not unhittable."

The Pioneers will play either Cecil or Harford in tomorrow's opening round of the single-elimination tournament.

Golf

With Anne Arundel's team down to three players because of injuries, individuals' play is receiving more attention.

The Pioneers' Kevin Richardson, a graduate of South River, shot an 83 against Frederick on Tuesday at the rain-soaked Holly Hills course. Captain Chris Haag turned in an 84, and North County graduate John Lowden, 89.

"These guys are doing everything I've asked of them," said coach Cal Peterson, who lost his Nos. 4 and 5 golfers.

Among the golfers that Peterson has recruited for next season is Annapolis' Brian Jones, "who shoots in the 70s."

Baseball

Anne Arundel's baseball team fell one hit short of its season high in Tuesday's 14-2 romp over visiting Chesapeake.

The Pioneers (14-10) had 16 hits in their final home game. They travel to Baltimore City tomorrow, Catonsville on Monday and Dundalk on Wednesday, and play Essex at Memorial Stadium on Sunday, after the Bowie Baysox game.

Right-hander Mark Fearing (3-2), a graduate of Annapolis, benefited from Tuesday's offensive fireworks. He went the first seven innings, giving up five hits, walking three and striking out six. Dave Ryder (Chesapeake) pitched the last two innings, giving up two hits and striking out four.

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