Centennial soccer star Molinaro out indefinitely with injury to her back

September 27, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Centennial's Lauren Molinaro, twice an All-Metro soccer selection and two-time county Player of the Year, is out indefinitely with a back injury.

Molinaro, a senior, went to her doctor Tuesday after school because of the pain in her lower back. She rested at home Wednesday and yesterday and was scheduled to visit her doctor again this morning.

"I wish the doctor would tell me what to do to make it better" immediately instead of recommending staying in bed, said Molinaro. "It's really frustrating."

Molinaro is not the only starter that seventh-ranked Centennial (0-1) will be missing against visiting, 15th-ranked Wilde Lake (1-2) today as league play begins.

Starting stopper Cara Pulliam, a sophomore, injured a toe in a recent club game and is out for a week, said co-coach Mike Senisi. Also, Senisi said junior fullback Sherry Jankiewicz, one of the first players off the bench, is out six to eight weeks with a badly sprained right ankle.

Alexia Vogler, the Eagles' starting right midfielder, will move to the middle in Molinaro's absence. Kristen Dinisio will start at stopper.

"We'll cut and paste with what we have," Senisi said. "We have a good team with people [who] can play a lot of positions, so I think we can fill in nicely."

Molinaro said her doctor will be doing more tests to determine the nature of her injury. Meanwhile, she has been resting in bed, taking medication, and expects to begin physical therapy.

"Back injuries in adolescents are much less common than in adults," said Molinaro's doctor, William Launder of Maryland Orthopedics, P.A. "It is something that you take very seriously. Most of the time it is a simple muscle sprain, but not always."

Molinaro doesn't know how or when she injured her back, or when she'll return.

"I didn't get hit or fall on it. It just happened," said Molinaro, who could miss the prestigious Washington Area Girls Soccer tournament the weekend of Oct. 12. "Right now, I have no idea when I'll be able to play."

Centennial, the defending county champion, hasn't played since two weeks ago, when it lost 2-1 against Harford County's C. Milton Wright.

"We're ready to play. This will be a good test for us," Senisi said of Wilde Lake, which finished second in the county last year.

XTC The Wildecats are coming off a disappointing 6-0 loss Wednesday against No. 13 Fallston.

Chapelgate undefeated

During the day, Chris Moxley is Chapelgate Christian Academy's bookkeeper. In the afternoon, however, she puts down the books and has a little fun.

"This is the greatest thing I've done in 10 years," said Moxley. "I love it, every minute of it."

And what is it that has brightened Moxley's life?

Volleyball, of course.

Moxley is a first-year coach at Chapelgate, and things couldn't be better. The Flames are 9-0 entering today's home game against Carroll Christian.

"My kids told me we've never beaten them," Moxley said.

Which means today's match should be a good one.

"My girls play as hard as the other team makes them play," Moxley said. "But that's OK. I'd rather them play tough against tough teams."

Speaking of tough, the Flames played a doubleheader Tuesday, defeating the Christian Home Educators Network team 3-1 in the first match and then, 3-0.

"I really didn't want to play two matches back to back, but it was on the schedule," Moxley said. "The other coach and I decided we wouldn't start the second match after 5 o'clock, but the first match was over in plenty of time."

Sophomore Jennie Van Ness and junior Devon Jancuska are the team's top servers, with 23 and 20 aces, respectively. Van Ness also has 32 kills.

Senior outside hitter Heather Davison leads the team in kills with 45, and has 21 aces. Sophomore setter Stephanie Kunkel has done a good job in the 4-2 rotation, Moxley said, and she has contributed 34 kills.

Amy Sackville, also a sophomore setter, has become one of the leaders on the team.

"If there is a person that pulls together the team, it's Amy," said Moxley. "She really plays with her heart. I count on her. She works the team and picks up the girls. She has the perfect personality of a setter. She always wants to help."

Chapelgate plays in the Christian School Athletic Association and is 6-0 in the league. Moxley said next year the team is hoping to move to a new league -- the Association of Independent Schools.

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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