DeJulius takes quick step with her to Penn State

April 01, 1994|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

Michele DeJulius spent four years at Loch Raven High School bombarding opposing defenses on the lacrosse field. DeJulius has not lost a step at Penn State.

In her first college game two weeks ago, DeJulius scored six goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead Penn State to a 12-11 victory over Richmond.

The Lions, who started the season ranked fifth in the country, have slipped to 2-3, but DeJulius has held her own. She is second on the team in scoring with 11 goals and two assists.

DeJulius was The Baltimore Sun's Metro Player of the Year in 1992. Last year as a senior, she scored 101 points.

End of a run

The law of averages finally caught up with Towson State's gymnastics team last week. For the first time since 1986, the Tigers did not win the ECAC championship. Instead, New Hampshire, which had not won the title in eight years, ended the Tigers' run.

Towson State finished with 189.90 points and the Tigers' lowest scores in three weeks. Juniors Karen Sturek, Wendy Chalmers and Joy Rudy led the way for Towson State. Sturek finished second in the parallel bars and third in the beam competition. Chalmers tied for third place on the vault. Rudy tied for second in the bars.

The Tigers will be one of seven teams competing at the NCAA Southeast Regionals at West Virginia University on April 9.

Tigers on softball roll

After a season-opening loss, Towson State's softball team has yet to fail. The Tigers have won nine straight, and have moved into a second-place tie with Campbell in the Big South, a half-game behind league-leading Coastal Carolina.

Sophomore pitcher Jen Weaver (Elkton High School) and junior pitcher Mandy Albrecht (Glen Burnie) have been the sparks for Towson State. After pitching a five-hit shutout against Rider on Saturday, Weaver improved her record to 5-0 and lowered her ERA to 1.06. Weaver also has helped her own cause at the plate, where she is batting .345 with two home runs and 11 RBI.

Albrecht (2-1, 0.76 ERA) has pitched a two-hit shutout at UMBC and a one-hitter against La Salle.

Paasch makes pitch for Terps

Maryland's baseball team is struggling, although senior pitcher Steve Paasch eased the Terrapins' worries a bit last week.

Paasch gave up two earned runs and six hits, and recorded seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings to lead Maryland to a 6-4 victory over top-ranked Florida State. Four days later, he surrendered three earned runs and eight hits, but struck out seven en route to a complete-game, 6-5 victory over second-ranked Georgia Tech.

Those marked Maryland's (4-11) first two victories in the Atlantic Coast Conference, as well as Paasch's first two wins of the year. Paasch (2-3, 4.13 ERA) was named ACC Pitcher of the Week.

UMBC track record

Senior Matt Butts spends the winter playing for UMBC's basketball team. During the spring, he heads outdoors with the Retrievers' track team.

Butts set a school record with a high jump of 6 feet, 9 inches earlier this month. That helped UMBC win a tri-meet against Charleston Southern and the Citadel. Butts came back to win the high jump competition at the non-scoring Clemson Relays last week.

Also at the Clemson Relays, the sprint relay team of freshman David Bobb, juniors Kirk Hewling and Don Augustin (Centennial) and senior Adrian Washington (Oakland Mills) finished second with a school-record time of 3:29.0.

Andersch on tour

Samantha Andersch (Hammond), a freshman at James Madison who is one of the best high school players in the history of soccer-rich Howard County, left last weekend to join the Region I Olympic Development Program team on a 10-day European tour.

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