Wolff, Fostik spark UMBC teams


April 27, 1994|By BILL FREE

Amy Wolff and Dani Fostik, who were synonymous with Liberty High sports the past four years, now are helping pump excitement into UMBC's softball and women's lacrosse programs, respectively.

Wolff, a freshman outfielder, has helped the Retrievers go from a 10-29 record last season to a 25-21 mark, entering the final two games of the year.

The 25-21 record is the best ever for a UMBC softball team.

Fostik, a freshman goalie, has started every game for UMBC and played a major role in the team's 9-5 record, which is the best for the team in seven years at the Division I level.

She had a save percentage of 54.2 and allowed an average of 10.8 goals a game. The latter is not a bad figure for the high-scoring game of women's lacrosse.

Wolff has had a few problems adjusting to the higher level of competition in the Division I Big South Conference, but she seemed to come of age in last weekend's Big South tournament.

The Retrievers entered the tournament seeded sixth but upset third-seeded UNC-Greensboro, second-seeded Coastal Carolina, and top-seeded Campbell in succession to make it to the championship round of the double-elimination tournament.

Unbeaten UMBC had two opportunities to win the one game it needed for the championship. bBut the Retrievers lost two straight to once-beaten UNC-Greensboro.

Wolff scored what proved to be the winning run in the opening-round 3-2 victory when she tripled in the fifth inning and scored on a groundout.

In the 2-1 upset over top-seeded Campbell, Wolff drove in the winning run in the eighth inning with an infield chopper off the plate.

She also made her presence felt in a 3-2 loss to UNC-Greensboro in the championship round, getting two singles.

Wolff began the season as the starting center fielder and was moved to left field in the final weeks. She started every game when she was healthy, missing 14 games with the recurrence of an ankle injury from high school.

In those 32 games, Wolff hit .253, had 14 RBIs, scored 11 runs, and stole six bases out of seven attempts.

"Amy Wolff is one of the reasons we had a record-breaking season," said UMBC coach Joy Figueredo. "We really expect super things from her in the future."

Fostik turned a lot of heads with her ability and determination, as she made the transition from the relatively new girls lacrosse program at Liberty to the Division I level.

Making her job even tougher was the fact that she was playing the pressure-filled position of goalkeeper.

Owl flies at UMBC

Another Carroll County product, Westminster High's Todd Dorsey, enters the final weeks of the UMBC season with a .310 batting average to go along with seven doubles and 14 runs scored.

The .310 average is the team's fourth best.

Dorsey, a freshman, has been considered a real find by the UMBC baseball program and is expected to be part of the team's future success after what has been considered an off year for the Retrievers (12-18) this season.

He was joined at UMBC this season by his Owls' teammate, left-handed pitcher Chris Archambault, also a freshman.

Archambault has not seen that much action this season, pitching 18 innings, posting an 0-2 record and a 6.27 earned run average. He has struck out 12 and walked just five.

Holcombe hits .329 at TSU

First baseman Chris Holcombe, who lives in Westminster but attended Calvert Hall, is hitting .329 with four doubles and four home runs for Towson State this season.

Holcombe, a senior, transferred to Towson State after two seasons at Stanford.

Cavs keep seeing top pitchers

Moments after his South Carroll Cavaliers had been shut out by Centennial's hard-throwing Dave Hudson, 1-0, Monday, coach Joe Foltz called his players into a huddle and told them they could take solace in the fact that other teams save their best pitchers for them.

"It never ends," said Foltz. "We see Hudson today, we'll probably see Mike Anders [Thomas Johnson ace] Wednesday and North Carroll's Mike Huller [Panthers' best] the next time we play them. That's a tribute to our good record and reputation."

South Carroll was 8-6 after the loss to Centennial but is still in a fight for the 3A regionals.

Speaking of Foltz, it was surprising to see him -- a mild-mannered coach -- tossed from last Wednesday's game against Westminster.

He said his team was getting the short end of ball and strike calls.

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