Loyola nets North Co. goalie Bloomquist 3 Hurricanes sign letters of intent for basketball

November 12, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham and Katherine Dunn | Glenn P. Graham and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

North County senior Mark Bloomquist has accepted a four-year scholarship to play lacrosse at Loyola College.

The standout goalkeeper, a first-team All-Anne Arundel County selection the past two spring seasons, signed yesterday after considering a number of other Division I schools.

Yesterday was the start of the one-week early signing period for national letters of intent.

Also yesterday, three girls from the state AAU champion Chesapeake Bay Hurricanes basketball team signed national letters of intent.

Milford Mill's Chante Alexander accepted a scholarship from James Madison. The 6-foot-1 forward helped the Millers to their third consecutive Baltimore County title and their first appearance in a state championship game last winter.

Meade's 6-2 center Katie Neatherton signed with Loyola while St. Mary's 6-2 center Felicia Holloway signed with Iona.

Bloomquist said Loyola has everything he wants.

"Loyola had all the components opposed to some of the others that just had a few," said Bloomquist. "I wanted to stay close to home so my mom can always see me play. She's been to all my games and I want to keep it that way."

Bloomquist said other factors included Loyola's fine business program, the coaching staff led by Dave Cottle and the opportunity to always challenge for a national championship.

The Greyhounds went 13-2 last season, advancing to the national semifinals.

Bloomquist, who carries a 3.0 grade-point average, isn't the first goalie from North County to continue his playing career at Loyola. Tim McGeeney, Anne Arundel's Player of the Year as a senior at North County in 1991, went on to become a three-time All-American at Loyola.

"He's one of my mentors," said Bloomquist. "He's one of the first persons I called when I learned Loyola was interested. He told me 'I can't think of a better person to follow up the North County name.' That made me feel good for him to say that."

With the college signing out of the way, Bloomquist plans on enjoying his last season in goal at North County this spring. In his sophomore year, Bloomquist turned back 235 shots and followed that up with 213 more last season as the Knights went 10-6.

"He's very mature and handles himself very well. He's a great kid and I'm glad to see him get this opportunity," said North County coach Paul Shea. "Mark brings a great deal of leadership and remains poised no matter what the score is. He's a very competitive individual who hates to lose and that trickles down on the rest of the team. He also has great hand-eye coordination with great feet."

Pub Date: 11/12/98

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