Amonte's feats, Terps' success continue going hand in glove

April 04, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

She was at it again Tuesday, scoring goals, distributing the ball and leading her team to another victory -- its 26th in a row.

Kelly Amonte, Maryland's senior All-American, finished with three goals and three assists in the No. 1-ranked Terrapins' 21-3 victory at Towson State. In the process, she increased her school-record career points total to 264 and tied Judy Dougherty for the Maryland record of 107 assists.

Amonte also tied former Terrapin Anysia Fedec with 157 career goals, one behind leader Betsy Elder. Maryland travels to James Madison on Saturday, and once the dust settles, Amonte should stand alone as the most prolific offensive player in school history.

Her achievements stretch beyond College Park, however. Amonte's assist total ranks seventh all-time in Division I, 19 behind leader Lindsay Sheehan of Virginia.

"It hasn't been that important," she said of the records. "My only awareness is from the newspapers and people telling me I'm going to break one. I haven't kept track of statistics. It's more important for me to win games and stuff like that. I want to win another national championship."

Amonte, who also was an All-American in soccer as a freshman, helped Maryland to the NCAA lacrosse title last spring, when she was named the National Defensive Player of the Year. Which facet of her game gives her the most satisfaction?

"As they say, defense wins championships, but you have to score goals, too," she said. "If I play good defense, the offense comes."

So do the records.

Hopes on rise at Towson

Senior Tim Langton's overtime goal Saturday night did more for Towson State than just produce a win over rival Loyola. It also rejuvenated the Tigers' playoff hopes.

A victory this weekend at home against Delaware would even No. 14 Towson State's record at 3-3. The Tigers lead the series, 22-10, and have won the last six, but this is the first time they've played the Blue Hens as a member of the North Atlantic Conference.

"Beating Loyola was definitely a break for us," said coach Carl Runk. "It's been a tough season for Towson State lacrosse. We've had inclement weather and haven't really had a full week of practice. We were really restricted early.

"I was very impressed with our youngsters against Loyola. They've been improving each week."

So has the 6-foot-4 Langton, who has seven goals in the past two games. "It's a shame he's a senior. He's really starting to come on," said Runk, in his 29th season.

"He was always a player who could penetrate, but he hadn't always been able to finish. Now, he's finishing."

More than generous

Still 117 career assists short of the all-time NCAA Division III record, Salisbury State senior attackman Jason Coffman has little chance of catching the leader, Hobart's Rick Gilbert (1971-74).

But he took a big chunk out of the margin between them with a school-record 14 in Saturday's 24-6 rout of Rensselaer.

What put Coffman in such a giving mood that day? "It was really weird. It wasn't something I went into the game saying I wanted to do, but people were so wide-open, I had to throw them the ball," he said.

"I had nine at halftime, and then the [school] record became something to shoot for."

Coffman is pursuing a couple of other Division III marks that are more attainable.

He needs 29 goals and 47 points to become the all-time division leader in both categories. Salisbury has a maximum of eight games left, including three in the postseason.

The Sea Gulls (8-0) are ranked No. 1 and seeking their third consecutive national championship. They've won 41 games in a row, and 59 straight during the regular season.

"Team goals are still more important than records," Coffman said. "I want that third championship. And we're not slacking by any means."

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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