Baltimore's best vs. D.C.'s?

HOWARD NOTEBOOK

April 02, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Tomorrow's girls lacrosse tournament at Mount Hebron could conclude with the top two teams from the Washington and Baltimore areas meeting in the championship game.

Mount Hebron entered the season No. 3 in The Sun's poll. The Vikings opened with a 9-5 win last week over then-No. 2 Bryn Mawr, then topped No. 1 Roland Park, 9-8, on Tuesday.

Mount Hebron hasn't held the No. 1 ranking since 1993, when it went undefeated. But the second-ranked Vikings have proven their superiority on the field and should be rewarded when the new poll comes out Tuesday.

Mount Hebron will play West Chester Henderson of West Chester, Pa., at 10 a.m. in the first tournament game. West Chester was No. 2 in the country last year.

St. Mary's of Annapolis, ranked No. 7 in The Sun, will play St. Stephen's-St. Agnes (4-0), the Washington area's No. 1 team, at 11: 30 a.m. St. Mary's is 5-2 following a 13-12 loss Wednesday against fourth-ranked Notre Dame Prep.

The consolation game is scheduled for 1: 30 p.m. and the championship at 3 p.m.

Long Reach also is having a tournament tomorrow. The Lightning will play Howard, and Atholton takes on Oakland Mills at 10 a.m. The consolation and championship games start at 1 p.m.

The Lightning, which went winless its first two seasons, defeated Meade, 13-2, in its season opener. Jessica Burkhardt had five goals, and Kai Freeman and Alexis Matusewitch had two each.

Three Mount Hebron alumnae are helping Boston University to its best start since the school began women's lacrosse 12 years ago. The Terriers are 7-0 and ranked 13th in the country.

Sophomore Chrissy Lombard has a team-high 19 goals and six assists for a team-best 25 points. Lombard scored four times in Wednesday's 17-7 win at New Hampshire.

Freshman Katie Nordhoff added four goals against New Hampshire and now has 17 for the season. She also has one assist.

Sophomore Kyle Rutkowski had three goals against New Hampshire and has nine for the season along with three assists.

BU is to play at Towson University at 3: 30 p.m. April 16.

Another Vikings product, freshman Lauren Dutch, earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors in mid-March, when she helped Duquesne University to three opening-season victories in California.

Dutch had four goals against UC-Davis and netted two goals and an assist against both Stanford and Cal.

Dutch had three goals yesterday in her team's 19-10 victory at LaSalle. Dutch has 22 goals to lead the Atlantic 10 Conference and 25 points. Duquesne, in its third season of Division I lacrosse, is 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the Atlantic 10.

Softball

No. 11 Wilde Lake, No. 14 River Hill and No. 15 Atholton were the only county teams to get through the first week of action without a loss.

The Wildecats (3-0), behind the pitching of Jen Babish, defeated Oakland Mills 16-6, Long Reach 2-0, and Mount Hebron 5-0.

Babish has allowed one earned run in 20 innings for a 0.35 ERA. The senior has struck out 20 and walked two.

River Hill trailed Long Reach, 6-2, after four innings in the season opener but scored three in the fifth and two in the six to win, 7-6. Two days later, the Hawks beat Glenelg, 5-4, in eight innings. River Hill trailed 4-2 after five but scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to send the game into extra innings.

The new extra-inning rule means that each team starts with a runner on second base. Long Reach couldn't advance its runner in the top half of the eighth. River Hill started with Aneesha Griffin on second. Amanda Bile bunted, and an error on the play allowed Griffin to score the winning run.

River Hill also won its tournament Tuesday, defeating Hammond and Wheaton's Good Counsel. Sophomore pitcher Shannon Jackson has given up 17 hits, 22 walks and has struck out 16 in 24 innings. She has a 2.04 ERA. Kelli Myers is batting .588 with a team-high 10 hits.

Atholton freshman pitcher Katie Zitnay has made an immediate impact. She threw a one-hitter in her debut, leading the Raiders to a 1-0 win over Mount Hebron. She helped the Raiders to a 5-4 come-from-behind win at Howard, then threw a no-hitter in a 19-1 win over Hammond.

Zitnay has given up nine hits, four walks and has struck out 18 in 19 innings. Her ERA is 0.738. She has hit three triples and is hitting .777.

"[Zitnay] makes them a much better team than they were last year," said Howard coach Dave Vezzi.

Atholton got key two-out hits by Aubrey Barrett in the sixth and Stacy DeFino in the seventh to beat the Lions.

Tiffany Mathis is batting .888 for the Raiders and has five RBIs.

Long Reach junior pitcher Kristen Schaper was a hard-luck loser when Wilde Lake defeated the Lightning, 2-0, last week.

Schaper allowed one hit, struck out 13 and didn't walk a batter. She allowed only two runners to reach base, but both scored in the fourth inning. After a single and Long Reach error that allowed a second runner, the Wildecats scored both runs on ground-ball outs.

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