AACC's Tobin planning to close the book on sports Coach says she could play at Division I school

May 02, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

When Anne Arundel Community women's lacrosse team's season ends, Tracy Tobin will exchange her lacrosse stick for beaches, sunny skies and a chance to major in nutrition and fitness at Florida State University, starting next fall.

Tobin, also a standout AACC women's soccer player, will leave her athletic skills behind at the Arnold school.

AACC women's lacrosse and soccer coach Jim Shuck said FTC Tobin possesses Division I potential as a four-year college lacrosse player.

But Tobin, 20, never seriously considered playing lacrosse or soccer at a four-year school after a standout career at AACC.

Tobin excelled in the classroom, posting a 3.85 grade-point average, and she would like to make academics her top priority after transferring. She was never crazy about cold weather because it makes her feel miserable.

"I have thought about it," Tobin said of playing women's soccer and lacrosse at a four-year school. "But I think if I went to a school to play a sport, I would put too much stress on myself, and it would take the enjoyment out of playing. Th main reason you play is because you like it.

"They have a program that's not offered at any college in Maryland. If a Maryland school had a program in nutrition and fitness, then I would have considered staying around here. And I would have considered playing sports more."

Last season, Tobin led AACC to a 17-5 record, registering 42 goals and six assists while playing attack and midfield. She ranked second in scoring and earned team MVP honors in the South tournament.

This season, however, has been a different story. The 1990 St. Mary's graduate played defense, midfield, attack and one game in goal because of a thigh bruise and a lingering knee injury.

Contributing to Tobin's shifting of positions has been injuries to other team members and AACC's shortage of players.

Despite the constant shifting, Tobin still ranks among the team leaders in scoring with 18 goals and 15 assists, helping AACC to a 6-3 mark. Tobin tallied hat tricks against Notre Dame, Harford CC, Army and Loyola club, and played defense against Essex CC twice and Mount St. Mary's down the stretch.

"There haven't been any games where she has been 100 percent healthy," Shuck said. "Some of her injuries have come because she is so aggressive. She has all the skills you want all the girls to see.

"She has all the moves of a top-notch lacrosse player: catching, cradling and passing. I know what Division I players look like [Shuck's daughters, Leann and Jenn, played at Maryland] and in my opinion, if she wanted to, she could walk on any Division I team and start."

Shuck named Tobin MVP of the women's soccer team last fall after she finished as the Pioneers' second-leading scorer, tallying 12 goals and eight assists.

In high school, Tobin was the Anne Arundel County Sun's 1989 Player of the Year, and garnered All-Metro honors for two seasons. Tobin finished as St. Mary's all-time leading scorer, and led the Saints in scoring for four seasons.

In four years of playing soccer on the varsity for her father, Jerry Tobin, she amassed 48 goals and 27 assists.

"Tracy is one of the top athletes," Jerry Tobin said of his daughter, who transferred to AACC after attending Randolph Macon for one year, where she didn't play any sports. "There is no better or intense competitor that steps on the field."

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