Pioneers stick out on the field as both lacrosse teams shine

April 07, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

This one wasn't even close.

Most of them haven't been.

Anne Arundel Community College's men's lacrosse team had no trouble disposing of Gettysburg's club team Tuesday, winning 19-0. Jamison Miller scored six goals, Norm Tucker added four and Dave Livingston had one goal and five assists.

Chris Brown made five saves, as Anne Arundel raised its record to 7-1, the only blemish a 12-11 double-overtime loss to Essex CC last week.

"We're playing pretty good," said coach Buddy Beardmore. "We still need to polish up a few things as far as our six-on-six offense, and some other things. But with the bad weather and the deterrents we've had, it's hard to get any continuity going."

Anne Arundel had better be ready this weekend, when it travels to Nassau (N.Y.).

"Nassau, year in and year out, is one of the best teams in the country. It's going to be quite a test for us," Beardmore said.

So far, with the exception of one game, Anne Arundel has been up to the task.

"We knew in the fall we had a pretty good ballclub. We knew we had some good athletes. Not all of them are performing up to par, but they will," Beardmore said.

"I don't want to put too many glowing terms on them now, but it's going pretty good. We've just got to put it all together against these tougher teams."

Women's lacrosse

South River graduate Kristy Moltz is off to a fast start for Anne Arundel's women's lacrosse team, scoring 10 goals in two games -- both victories.

She had five goals in Anne Arundel's 18-3 season-opening victory over Harford CC last week, and equaled that output Tuesday in a 21-6 rout of Essex CC.

"She's doing great. The whole attack is doing well. They probably called four goals back for crease violations," said coach Jim Shuck.

Broadneck graduate Karen Chesley also scored five goals Tuesday, and Michele Credno and Robin Quinton each had four. Quinton, who attended Severn School, also had four assists. Brandee Snyder (Severna Park) made 12 saves.

What began as a tightly contested game -- Anne Arundel led, 5-4 -- became a blowout.

"It was close for a while, but that was strictly because of unforced turnovers," Shuck said. "I switched Emily Chones to Noel Mitchell, a girl from New York who's playing for Essex, after she had scored two goals, and Emily shut her out big time. [Mitchell] barely touched the ball the whole game. She denied her and did a Division I defensive job on her.

"It wasn't the same two teams in the second half. We just broke Essex, we broke their spirit."

Anne Arundel's defense has put together two strong efforts, holding Harford to nine shots on goal and then stifling Essex.

"Jennie Young is doing a great job on defense. She and Emily anchor the defense. And Nicole Merzendorf and Heather Riley did a super job," Shuck said.

"I brought Angie Burnett back to defense to start the game. I wanted to get my 12 strongest players on the field. Since we're loaded on attack, I had to bring an attack player back. She handled it very well."


Anne Arundel's baseball team confronted its first slump of the season, losing four in a row after a 14-1 start. But the Pioneers reacted the way that coach Clayton Jacobson had hoped, regrouping in time to defeat Harford CC, 9-4, Tuesday night.

"Our offense had left town," Jacobson said, explaining the slump. "We just didn't play very well. When our offense went dead, we didn't play so well in the field, either. You end up taking [the offensive problems] out on the field with you. But we had a couple of team meetings and reassessed ourselves, and we played very well [Tuesday], in all respects."

Anne Arundel took a 9-0 lead into the last inning, before Harford staged a futile rally.

Brian Sands pitched the first six innings, allowing "just one or two hits," Jacobson said. Sands' only problem was going too deep into the count on the hitters, and when he reached 100 pitches, Jacobson went to his bullpen.

Rich Spiegel homered for Anne Arundel, and K. C. Murphy delivered run-scoring hits in his first three at-bats.

"We had our hitting shoes on and we got some timely hits," Jacobson said.


"Catonsville was ready to play, we weren't."

That was Anne Arundel softball coach Jim Hendricks' explanation for Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Cardinals, which lowered his team's record to 9-8 (6-3 in JuCo conference).

Ericka Shade took the loss, her fifth in seven decisions. But she gave up just two earned runs and didn't walk a batter. Her ERA this season is 1.77.

Left fielder Kristie Rhinehart went 2-for-3 and drove in both runs.

"Five of our eight losses shouldn't be losses," Hendricks said. "We lack intensity at times and it's killing us."

Anne Arundel was coming off of a 5-0 victory over Corning (N.Y.) on Monday, when Stacy Reynolds gave up just five hits, struck out four and didn't issue a walk. It was her third shutout.

In 67 innings, Reynolds has struck out 46 and walked five. She is 7-3 with a 0.62 ERA.

Six different Pioneers had hits Monday, and five of them drove in runs. Amy Fichter had an RBI triple in the third inning, and Alicia Conine led off the sixth with a home run.

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