Young Towns wastes no time proving value to Westminster

October 21, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

When Becky Towns cut into the middle of the field with the ball dancing at her stick, raced past two North Carroll defenders and sent a perfect pass to Carrie Herb for a good shot at the end of a Westminster fast break, it was obvious she was no ordinary field hockey player.

Only a freshman, she was playing in her first varsity game against then eighth-ranked North Carroll just two weeks ago. She showed nerves of steel for a 14-year-old rookie, displayed super stickwork and agility and appeared always under control, even though going at full speed.

Towns was in the middle of almost everything good that happened that night for Westminster, which finished with a 2-0 victory.

Even though Herb didn't convert on that scintillating fast break, Towns came back to get an assist on Westminster's second goal.

"It's so awesome playing field hockey in Carroll County," said Towns, who attended school in Seaford, Del., until last year, when she transferred to East Middle School in Westminster for the eighth grade.

"The coaches here at Westminster are great. The technique is so different from Delaware and they teach us how to work as a team.

"Everybody is so close and so supportive."

While Towns was making a superb varsity debut, her junior varsity teammates watched proudly and told anybody who would listen how good she is.

But how did a freshman even get on the field for veteran Owls co-coaches Sue Hooper and Brenda Baker?

These two old-guard coaches normally don't even play sophomores, preferring to go with well-tested seniors and juniors.

However, Hooper admitted they could not ignore the junior varsity scoring feats by Towns and decided to call her up.

"She scored so many goals [13 in seven games] on the JVs and we needed some scoring punch," said Hooper. "Plus the fact that Jen Medura had an ankle injury and we weren't sure how well she would be able to play against North Carroll. It wasn't going to hurt us."

Towns, a link, seemed to light a spark for the Owls' offense and meshed perfectly with the varsity players against North Carroll.

"I think she was able to fit right in because our varsity and JVs do everything the same in practice and in games," said Hooper. "We never show any preference for our varsity players over our JVs.

"She's aggressive and likes to play the game. Becky is a team player and will pass off. She's a very coachable kid."

Hooper and Baker also are co-coaches for the junior varsity. Hooper even missed a varsity game against Dulaney on the road to coach the JVs at home.

Towns said she learned how to be an aggressive player by competing against boys in soccer before she turned to field hockey.

"You have to be sure of yourself or you'll be gone," said Towns.

She is part of an athletic family that includes her twin brother Matt, who plays on the Westminster JV soccer team, and two other brothers, David, 12, and Brad, 18, who also play soccer. Brad attends Carroll Community College.

Next spring, Becky plans to compete on the Westminster track and field team, running sprints and hurdles and high jumping.

But it is field hockey that Towns hopes will take her to a college scholarship.

"That's my dream," she said.

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