Carolina spurn still burns Hopkins goalie Carcaterra Blue Jays' Bailey to play in his first game of season

College notebook

March 28, 1998|By Jamison Hensley and Katherine Dunn

Do you think Johns Hopkins goalkeeper Brian Carcaterra was hot against Virginia? Just wait until today when the No. 4 Blue Jays play host to No. 11 North Carolina.

As a senior at Yorktown High School in New York, Carcaterra called Tar Heels coach Dave Klarmann in October before signing early with the Blue Jays. He wanted to give his longtime dream of playing at North Carolina a final chance and thought he'd be a perfect fit for the Tar Heels, who had just graduated their starting goalkeeper.

But Klarmann told Carcaterra that he had no interest in recruiting him.

"It kind of broke my heart," said Carcaterra, who made a career-high 21 saves last Saturday to raise his save percentage to .585. "He was brutally honest with me. There's definitely something personal about this game. But I'm glad it worked out this way."

Bailey back for Hopkins

In other Hopkins-related news, senior midfielder A. T. Bailey will play in his first game of the season after being held out for nearly a third of the year by coach Tony Seaman.

Bailey, who has practiced with the team all season, will be inserted onto the second midfield and add some experience to the Hopkins freshmen faceoff corps of Eric Wedin and Conor Denihan. But a lack of experience hasn't been a problem for Wedin, who has won 61 percent of his draws.

"We watch a lot of film, but sometimes I don't even want to know what they like to do when I get out there," said Wedin, who won nine of 10 faceoffs in one stretch against Virginia last week. "Then I'll second guess it. When you start to think what he's

going to do, you become defensive."

Terps title bound?

Maryland is looking for its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in nine years when the No. 2 Terrapins play host to No. 5 Virginia today.

The Terps also are trying to go 7-0 for the first time since 1987, when Maryland won its first 12 games before being defeated by Johns Hopkins. Maryland assistant Scott Marr was on that Blue Jays team.

Navy keying on McCavera

Navy coach Richie Meade won't hesitate to say the key to stopping No. 9 Georgetown is Greg McCavera, the Hoyas' top ball carrier and goal scorer.

The No. 12 Mids (5-2) will match Brent Cower against McCavera, who has single-handedly accounted for 29 percent of Georgetown's goals.

"He's certainly one of the best attackmen out there," Meade said. "The problem has been if you put a big defenseman on him, he'll use his quickness to get right by you. But I think Cower is the right size and he's played him well in the past."

It's a pivotal game for both teams, which are trying to position themselves for a playoff spot.

Georgetown (3-2) has dropped two straight by a combined two goals and is on the verge of dropping out of the top 10. Navy, which has lost four straight to the Hoyas, desperately needs a win over a ranked team to make a push for its first NCAA tournament bid in four years.

"Whoever wins is on its way to having a positive season," Meade said. "Whoever loses is going to have to regroup emotionally to get it back."

Moving on up

Maryland's Cathy Nelson has moved into sixth place on the Terrapins' all-time assist list.

The Mount Hebron graduate had one assist in the No. 4 Terps' 16-7 win over No. 12 Dartmouth Wednesday to run her total to 58. Nelson moved ahead of Pikesville graduate Michele Uhlfelder and now stands just five assists behind former teammate Sarah Forbes.

With 94 career goals, Nelson could be on her way to cracking the Terps' Top 10 in that category, too, but teammate Sascha Newmarch beat her to it. Newmarch's lone goal in the Dartmouth game gave her 110 for her career, tying her for 10th place with Uhlfelder.

Tops in the Ivy League

Princeton's Cristi Samaras was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week last week after scoring seven goals to help the No. 3 Tigers remain unbeaten.

An Annapolis graduate who returned to the Tigers after spending a year training with the U.S. national team, Samaras scored five goals in a 7-5 win over No. 8 William and Mary and two in a 6-5 win over No. 11 Georgetown. A first-team All-American in 1996, she leads the Tigers in scoring with 10 goals and three assists.

Pub Date: 3/28/98

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