Loch Raven senior DeJuliis scores goals, fills other roles Player of the Year 1993 ALL-BALTIMORE CITY/COUNTY GIRLS LACROSSE TEAM

June 02, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Think of Loch Raven's Michele DeJuliis, and most folks think of just one thing -- offense.

DeJuliis surely knows how to put the ball into the cage. In four years, she has scored 261 goals and assisted on 54. A smart shooter with sensational moves, the senior third home scored 101 points this season, 76 on goals.

But DeJuliis, The Baltimore Sun's Baltimore City/County Player of the Year, never has been one-dimensional. She has the defense to match her offensive skills, and that puts her a step ahead of the competition.

"Michele is such a hustler," said Loch Raven coach Wendy Galinn. "She's always the one going to double-team the ball down low. Most attack players would sit back and let someone else do the defensive work, but Michele takes it upon herself to go after the ball. She's so unselfish and unlazy."

The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year in 1992, DeJuliis has been a starter since her freshman season. Since then, she has played lacrosse at every opportunity and attended as many summer camps as her schedule would permit.

"To me, she's a special player because of her work ethic," said Galinn. "This kid is lacrosse. She eats, sleeps, drinks lacrosse. And she has that intensity all the time, not just in the state championship, but in a game against Sparrows Point, a game against Fallston, in practice, all the time."

About the only thing she couldn't do was bring the state title back to Loch Raven, where the crown had been during her freshman and sophomore years. DeJuliis scored two goals in the Class 1A-2A championship game, but the Raiders (17-1) fell for ++ the second straight year, this time, 9-7, to Mount Hebron.

DeJuliis, an All-Baltimore County 1A-2A selection for three years, has excelled in national competition as well. Last weekend, she led the South I schoolgirl team in scoring at the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association's national tournament at Ohio Wesleyan. She had 13 goals in four games.

Perhaps the most highly recruited player ever to come out of Loch Raven, DeJuliis opted for a scholarship from Penn State over a host of full-scholarship offers from other schools.

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