Loyola's Vizcarrondo: 2 years, 2 broken collarbones

On Colleges

March 19, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Two injuries for Todd Vizcarrondo in two seasons at Loyola College must have the sophomore attackman questioning his luck.

Vizcarrondo, a former All-Metro midfielder at St. Mary's, missed the final six games of his freshman season with the Greyhounds after breaking his left collarbone. And minutes into his second game this year, it happened again, but on the opposite side.

He had one goal and one assist in Loyola's opener, a 14-7 victory at Notre Dame. But he went down after a hard check in the Greyhounds' first offensive series against North Carolina two weekends ago and could be out the rest of the season.

Vizcarrondo, who moved up from midfield to attack after getting 14 goals and nine assists last spring, had surgery March 9 at St. Joseph's Hospital and returned to his Davidsonville home. Coach Dave Cottle said he will be out at least six to eight weeks, and it's up to the family whether he tries to come back this season or redshirts.

"He's our most skilled offensive player, and this will force some guys to switch positions," Cottle said. "He's such a good extra-man player and unsettled player, I don't think we can replace him."

Vizcarrondo broke the collarbone in four places. Last year, he broke it in eight. Maybe that's a sign that his luck is improving.

More Salisbury success

Salisbury State's men's lacrosse team won its second consecutive NCAA Division III championship last spring, but that wasn't the Sea Gulls' only success story just the most publicized.

The baseball and softball teams won a combined 47 games and secured Capital Athletic Conference titles. And don't expect either program to taper off this season.

The baseball team returns 19 players, including just one senior, from a group that went 22-15, its first winning record since 1989.

"We cut players that easily would have made the ballclub a few years ago," said coach Deane Deshon, who began his 33rd season with a 509-416-12 record.

The softball team started out ranked No. 24 in the nation. The Sea Gulls were 25-16 last spring, and return eight players, including sophomore third baseman Jen Dodson, who batted .471 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in a tournament earlier this month at Methodist College.

Mount rookie makes impact

Though her season ended March 9 with an eight-point loss to St. Francis (Pa.) in the Northeast Conference final, it's worth taking one more look at Mount St. Mary's freshman forward Megan Gardiner.

Gardiner led the Mount in scoring (16.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.3), and became the first rookie chosen to the All-NEC first team. The Delaware native also is the first freshman to lead the conference in scoring.

She scored 63 points in three NEC tournament games, including 30 in an opening-round blowout of Long Island.

"My teammates are penetrating, getting the defense to pick them up and then kicking the ball out to me for the open shot," she said before the St. Francis game. "It's nothing that I'm doing."

Gardiner did plenty this year.

Miscellaneous

Goucher junior Mike Raley, the CAC Men's Swimmer of the Year, would have been a high seed in three events at the NCAA Division III championships, but was scratched because of a broken foot. . . . Sixteen swimmers from Johns Hopkins were selected for the NCAA Division III championships in Atlanta, including 11 on the men's side who will compete in 14 events Thursday through Saturday. . . . Frostburg State's women's basketball team won its last eight games and 11 of 13 to finish 17-7, but was snubbed by the NCAA and ECAC selection committees. . . . Salisbury State forward Amy Fenzel will depart as the school's second all-time leading scorer (1,477 points) and third-leading rebounder (991), and ranking eighth in assists (145). . . . The women's basketball team at Johns Hopkins set 14 school records this season while reaching the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Angie Arnold broke four of them, and Julie Anderson, Lori Leonard and Kristen McKee each eclipsed three.

Pub Date: 3/19/96

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