Women's lacrosse team eager to start

March 31, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

When Jim Shuck, the women's lacrosse coach at Anne Arundel Community College, says he's "itching to get a game in," it's easy to understand why. Tomorrow's opener at Harford CC can't come soon enough.

The Pioneers' 17-player roster is loaded with former high school All-County selections. And assuming everyone can stay healthy -- which didn't happen during last year's injury-filled debacle -- Shuck says "they have the potential to be extremely good."

They looked both "bad and good" last week during a series of scrimmages in St. Petersburg, Fla. "We played six Division I teams and nobody beat us, so to speak. We were one of the stronger teams there," Shuck said.

Playing well shouldn't be much of a problem. The core of returning players includes goalkeeper Wendy Baxter (Broadneck), midfielders Heather Riley (South River), Kristy Moltz (South River) and Emily Chones (Annapolis) and defender Jennie Young (Southern).

Moltz had 22 goals and 11 assists last season. Young added 21 goals and eight assists, Chones had 10 goals and five assists, and Riley contributed seven goals and four assists -- an indication that the Pioneers won't depend on their attack unit to provide all the scoring.

Angie Burnett (Annapolis) has returned to the program for her VTC last year of eligibility. She led Anne Arundel in scoring four years ago and is "an extremely talented player," Shuck said.

He can say the same about his newcomers, which include goalkeeper Brandee Snyder (Severna Park), attacker/midfielder Karen Chesley (Broadneck), attack wing Heather Knutson (Annapolis), defender Nicole Merzendorf (Chesapeake), attacker Robin Quinton (Severn) and center Denise Perrone (Chesapeake).

Baseball

It appears that the only way to slow down Anne Arundel's baseball team is to rain on it.

The Pioneers' game Tuesday with Catonsville was postponed until yesterday because of the inclement weather. They owned a 14-1 record, including a doubleheader sweep of Frederick CC over the weekend.

In the opening game, sophomore left-hander John Degen allowed just two hits in a 1-0 victory, raising his record to 3-0 and lowering his ERA to 0.90. And in the nightcap, the Pioneers' offense came to life in a 13-4 win.

Jimmy Taylor led the Pioneers in hitting with a .453 average going into yesterday's game. K.C. Murphy was batting .400 with a team-leading 16 RBIs, followed by Craig Everett (.368), Rich Spiegel (.355), Chris Durocher (.309) and John Young (.304). Everett had four home runs and was tied with Spiegel (three home runs) with 15 RBIs.

Softball

Coming off a difficult weekend in South Carolina where it was swept in two doubleheaders, Anne Arundel's softball team hopes to get back on track today in a doubleheader with Dundalk CC.

Included in its lost weekend were 2-0 and 3-1 defeats to Spartansburg, the No. 3-ranked junior college team in the nation that returns its entire lineup from last season, when it went 36-2.

"Either one of those games could have gone either way," said coach Jim Hendricks.

Kristen Meade went 3-5 in the two games and scored Anne Arundel's lone run. Sarah Storrs, who leads the team with a .417 average, doubled twice in the second game.

In 1-0 and 5-2 losses to Anderson College, "we just weren't hitting the ball well at all," Hendricks said. They haven't been fielding well, either, allowing 40 unearned runs.

Pitcher Stacy Reynolds is 5-3 with a 0.62 ERA. She has 35 strikeouts in 50 innings.

Ericka Shade hasn't been as fortunate, going 1-4 despite a respectable 2.25 ERA.

The Pioneers are 6-7 overall, 4-2 in the JuCo conference.

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