St. Mary's soars with ranking high-five

Highest poll ever is nice, but 9-1 team aims higher

Women's notebook

April 09, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

With almost every game this season, St. Mary's is rewriting its record book.

Team and individual milestones have become the norm, but the most significant may be the Seahawks' No. 5 ranking in the Division III coaches' poll. They have never been ranked higher.

After qualifying for the NCAA tournament for the first time last year, coach Laura Biggs' Seahawks (9-1) now have their sights set on the Final Four.

They have lost only to No. 2 Middlebury, the 1997 national champ, 13-12 in double overtime. Wednesday, they beat Gettysburg, 15-10, behind five goals from Gia Trionfo (Loch Raven) and four from Kelly Fetter (Catonsville).

Trionfo, despite missing four games this season with a quad pull, now ranks as the Seahawks' all-time leader in career goals (158), assists (52) and points. A second-team All-America, she stands third in points this season with 27 goals and six assists.

Fetter has 31 goals and 13 assists, second behind Melissa Moore's 35 and 12. Moore, an All-America field hockey player from Bowie, is playing only her second season of organized lacrosse.

Most of the defense also hails from the Baltimore area. Goalie Tara Jensen (Broadneck), second in Division III last year in goals-against average and a second-team All-America, has a .567 save percentage. Nairem Moran (Meade), a regional All-America, and Tricia Taylor (John Carroll) anchor the line defense.

Freshman center Kathy Holmes (Bel Air) leads the team in draw controls (48) and ground balls (43) and has added 17 goals and 13 assists. Wing Mary Davies (St. Paul's) has scored 19 goals.

By the numbers

Six of the top eight point-getters in Division I women's lacrosse have local connections.

In statistics released earlier this week by the NCAA, James Madison's Megan Riley (South River) led the nation with a 5.78 average, followed by Dartmouth's Jacque Weitzel (Garrison Forest) and Virginia Tech's Dawn Will (Dulaney), tied at 5.60. Denver's Nicole Wittelsberger (Dulaney) was sixth at 5.56, with Maryland's Jen Adams seventh at 5.2 and Villanova's Meghan Doyle (Maryvale) eighth at 5.00.

Wittelsberger led the nation in goal average with 4.67, followed by Will with 4.6. Riley ranked second in assist average with 2.56.

Also of note

North Carolina's Meghann Mohler (Catonsville) tied a school record for points in a game with eight as the Tar Heels defeated Virginia Tech, 18-5, Wednesday. The junior midfielder had three goals and five assists. Kellie Thompson (St. Mary's) also had a career-high four goals in the game.

Goalie Bettina Guevara (Loch Raven) tied a George Mason school record with 20 saves in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to No. 9 Loyola at Curley Field.

Weitzel scored her 100th career goal for Dartmouth last week.

Pub Date: 4/09/99

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