Dress' success gives Howard girls lift

Howard notebook

April 30, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Sophie Dress was nervous. Very nervous.

"My knees were shaking so hard," said the Howard sophomore.

With one minute left in regulation and the scored tie at 8 between visiting Long Reach and Howard, Dress stood on the 8-meter arc.

"I was so nervous because I knew I had to make it for the team," Dress said.

She made the free-position shot, giving Howard a 9-8 victory and thwarting an inspired rally by the Lightning.

After making the shot, Dress jumped skyward.

"Just about 5 feet," she said of her leap. "I couldn't believe I made the shot. It was unbelievable."

Dress said it was the first 8-meter shot she has made in a varsity game. Howard coach Missy Lazzari was confident Dress would make it.

"If anybody had to take it, I was glad it was her," Lazzari said. "When we practice, she usually has one of the better shots. She's good at placing it and has a hard shot."

Howard (3-8 overall, 0-5 league) got goals from Dress, Jennie Pribble, Katie McNulty, Rachel Lenzo and two from Lorin Cahill to take a 6-3 halftime lead. Trailing 7-3, Long Reach (3-8, 1-5) got two goals from Jessica Burkhardt and single scores from Jay Lance, Alexis Matusewich and Kai Freeman to tie the game at 8 with 10 minutes left.

Howard also got a 17-save effort from goalie Tyrra Brady, a senior who had never played lacrosse before this year.

"She's definitely come a long way," Lazzari said of Brady. "I've really been pleased with her performances the last couple of games."

Long Reach goalie Bridgette Burkhardt (10 saves) also played well.

Lauren Traber scored two minutes into sudden-death overtime to give Hammond a 10-9 victory at Oakland Mills. Katie Fink and Traber each had four goals for Hammond (5-4, 4-2), and Dawn Christensen had five for Oakland Mills (3-6, 1-5). Scorpions' goalie Meghan Greene had 33 saves.

Softball

Mount Hebron defeated Long Reach, 6-5, on Wednesday, but not before an umpire nullified a seventh-inning, two-run double that appeared to give the Lightning the lead.

Long Reach took advantage of a two-out infield error to score once in the top of the seventh and had Tina Rezaiyan on third and Kristen Schaper on second with Sheree Gross at the plate.

Gross hit a hard shot to right-center field, scoring Rezaiyan and Schaper. But when Gross stopped at second base, the field umpire said Gross had missed first base and called her out. The runs did not count, and the game was over.

This was the second time Gross missed first base in a game against Mount Hebron. On March 6, Gross hit a home run over the fence at Long Reach but was called out for missing the bag.

Schaper was hit on the right ankle by a line drive off the bat of Jenilee Hodges in the first inning and it appeared to hurt her performance. Although she struck out nine, Schaper walked eight, and threw consecutive wild pitches in a four-run fifth inning that brought home the game's deciding run.

Meanwhile, Mount Hebron, which was 3-14 in the league last season, improved to 6-7 with the victory over Long Reach.

"We're putting the ball in play more and making teams play against us," said Mount Hebron coach Tina Maddox. "We're very excited. We're much farther than we were."

Seniors Heather Phipps and Julia Kurisch, Hodges, a junior, and freshman Jessica Lewis have been solid at bat.

People updates

Kristen Dinisio, last year's county girls lacrosse Player of the Year from Centennial, has played in 15 of 16 regular-season games for fifth-ranked James Madison University.

Dinisio has eight goals, having scored against Loyola, Temple, Old Dominion, Delaware, twice against George Mason, Richmond and American. JMU finished the regular season 12-4 and was the Colonial Athletic Association champion (6-0). The NCAA tournament begins next week.

Shana Wyant, last year's county softball Player of the Year from Glenelg, has played in 44 of 47 games and started 42 at second base for Campbell (N.C.) University. Wyant has 22 hits, 12 RBIs and 11 runs. She is batting .175. Campbell, which plays its regular-season finale tomorrow, is 15-32 overall and 5-7 in the Trans America Athletic Conference. The conference tournament begins next weekend.

Pub Date: 4/30/99

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