Mount Hebron lacrosse star Foster picks Duke Howard notebook

October 03, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Call it a dream come true.

"Ever since I was in middle school I wanted to go to Duke," said Mount Hebron senior Kristen Foster. "It's really a great school."

Next fall, it will be her school.

Foster, the Vikings' All-Howard County lacrosse goalie, orally committed to a scholarship offer Sunday after her official visit at the Durham, N.C., campus.

"It's great academically," said Foster, who also visited Princeton and was looking at Dartmouth and Georgetown. "I really liked the players, and the coaching staff was great." Foster, Mount Hebron's Student Government Association president, has a 3.65 cumulative grade-point average and scored 1,360 on her SAT. She is not sure of her college major. "Maybe something in business," she said.

Duke, coached by Kerstin Kimel, will be starting its third lacrosse season in the spring. The Blue Devils were 3-12 in their opening season and improved to 8-8 last year.

"They're definitely looking to bring in top playes to build their program," said Foster, who received very close to a full scholarship. "Their goal is to be in the final four as soon as possible."

Duke has a scholarship goalie now in sophomore Shannon Chaney (Severna Park). But Foster said the position would be open when she arrives. "They said they'll put the best person in the cage," Foster said.

Foster missed some games last season because of injuries (ankle, thumb) but came up big in the Class 3A-4A state championship with a record-setting 12 saves in the 8-6 victory over Severna Park. Foster's strengths include her clearing passes and her athleticism outside the goal area.

Foster plans to sign during the early signing period in November.

"I'm glad to get it done, but I'm really excited about my choice," Foster said. "I feel really lucky that I got to go where I wanted."

Playing for first place

No. 13-ranked Oakland Mills travels to No. 14 River Hill today for a 3: 15 p.m. first-place showdown in girls soccer. The Scorpions (5-2-1 overall) and Hawks (5-1) are the last unbeaten teams (3-0) in the county race.

River Hill needed overtime to beat Glenelg, 2-1, last Monday. Oakland Mills beat Centennial, 1-0, for the first time since 1990.

River Hill has scored 28 goals and allowed just two. The Scorpions, who have played a tougher schedule that includes three top 10 teams, have scored 13 goals and given up six. Against a common opponent, River Hill beat Wilde Lake, 7-0, and Oakland Mills downed the Wildecats, 1-0.

The Hawks are without senior Caitlin Bair. The All-County performer injured a knee and ankle against Wilde Lake Sept. 24. River Hill coach Cynthia Odell said the ankle injury is what will keep Bair out indefinitely.

Wildecats end streak

Wilde Lake's field hockey had gone 20 straight regular-season games against county teams without a victory until Nina Weiss' penalty stroke goal gave the Wildecats a 1-0 victory Monday over Howard.

Wilde Lake then made it two consecutive wins with a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Long Reach. Sophomore Julie Bergin, who has been playing well, had both goals and sophomore goalie Annie Troutman had 20 saves.

"After the Oakland Mills game [a 1-0 loss] Katie Troutman gave the team a pep talk, and some people realized it needed to come from their heart," said Wilde Lake coach Karen Doerrler, whose team plays at Mount Hebron today. "I think that's what happened. They're playing with more conviction. They seem more sure of themselves."

Katie Troutman's goal in double overtime against Atholton earned the Wildecats their only county win in 1994. They lost their last three county games that season, then went 0-6-1 in 1995 and 0-7-2 last year.

McLaughlin serves 15-0

Hammond's eighth-ranked volleyball team defeated Long Reach in four games last week. That included 15-0 in the second game, in which junior setter Monica McLaughlin served every point.

McLaughlin had four aces in the game and finished the match connecting on all 38 serves. For the season, McLaughlin is serving 141 of 144. The Golden Bears have won 101 points on her serves.

Heading into today's matches Hammond (4-0) is leading its division, followed by Oakland Mills (3-1), Howard (2-3), Atholton (1-3) and Long Reach (0-4).

In the other division, top-ranked Centennial (4-0) leads the way, followed by River Hill (3-1), Glenelg (2-2), Mount Hebron (2-3) and Wilde Lake (0-4). The two division winners will meet for the county championship Oct. 29.

Obst saves, then scores

Freshman Jessica Obst is Atholton's starting girls soccer goalkeeper, but she enjoys playing the field, too.

Atholton coach Wendell Thomas, with his team trailing 2-0 at Howard Monday, put Obst on offense in the last 15 minutes, and within five minutes, she scored her team's only goal.

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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