Valentino gets her turn, makes most of it at Loyola

April 07, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

As a freshman last year at Loyola College, Allison Valentino did not see a whole lot of playing time, but she is making up for that now.

The Atholton graduate is second in scoring for the 7-2 Greyhounds women's lacrosse team with 14 goals and 10 assists.

In Saturday's 9-8 loss to William & Mary, the second home led the Greyhounds with three goals and an assist. She added two more goals in Wednesday's 9-8 loss at Old Dominion.

With nine seniors on last year's Greyhounds roster, Valentino had to wait her turn to step into the starting lineup. She played in 11 games last year and scored a goal and two assists.

Now, she is a key cog in the Greyhounds' attack especially as their top feeder.

"Allison has come leaps and bounds since last year," said assistant coach Nora Maguire.

"She's one of the smartest players we've got on the field. Mentally, she's very, very focused. She runs the field better than she ever has and she's playing great team defense. We just need her to take it to the goal a little bit more even than she has because she's a great finisher."

Valentino's Greyhounds, ranked sixth in the nation, have only one more home game in the second half of their schedule, Tuesday against George Mason.

Top guns

Erica Hensley scored nine goals in Howard's 19-9 win at Bel Air last week.

The junior also had two assists as the Lions remained unbeaten in their first three games.

Hensley leads the team in scoring with 15 goals and eight assists, but senior Laura Foerster is right behind with 15 goals and seven assists. Foerster had seven goals and two assists in a 17-8 win over Atholton.

Becca Armiger accumulated 12 points -- half on goals -- in No. 14 Centennial's 20-7 romp over Westminster last week. The Eagles were also unbeaten in their first three games.

More than just sports

In one last look back to basketball season, Hammond coach Joe Russo still can't get over the support and encouragement he has received while recovering from serious injuries suffered in a fall from a 16-foot ladder earlier this year.

Almost every county team sent cards. Mount Hebron captains Alisha Mosley and Erin McGinnis visited Russo during his stay at Howard County General Hospital after surgery to reconstruct a shattered lower leg.

"I thought it was nice that the kids and the coaches were concerned enough to wish me well," said Russo.

"Athletics teaches more than competition and I think this shows zTC character. This is something really positive that kids learn. It's a good thing for Howard County sports."

Russo, who also coaches football at Hammond, has four more weeks to spend in a cumbersome graphite brace attached to the bone by several metal rods.

After surgery to remove the brace, Russo said, he will continue physical therapy until he can put weight on the leg.

Volleyball gathering

The Columbia Volleyball Club will play host to an Atlantic Power Rim League tournament Saturday at the Volleyball House in Columbia and Goucher College in Towson. Competition gets under way at 9 a.m. and should last until about 8:30 p.m.

The tournament showcases some of the top young players on the East Coast with teams from Long Island to Richmond competing.

4 The Columbia club has four teams in competition.

The 18-and-under Comets and Rockets will compete at Goucher while the 16-and-under Lightning and Thunder will play at the Volleyball House.

Southbound

Centennial's Marcie Kunkel has signed a letter of intent to attend Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., next fall.

A starter on both the Eagles' volleyball and softball teams, Kunkel will play both sports at the Division II school where she plans to major in secondary education.

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