Gilman faces Landon crucible today

April 30, 1999|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Gilman coach Dave Allen expects a lacrosse game as difficult as any in this spring's topsy-turvy Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference when his third-ranked Greyhounds visit Landon at 4: 15 p.m. today.

Gilman beat Landon (14-1), the Washington area's top-ranked team, 9-3 last season, the teams' first meeting. Then, the Greyhounds peppered goalie Danny McCormick, Washington's All-Metro Player of the Year.

Landon mauled then-No. 1 St. Mary's, 12-4, earlier this season, when the Saints were top-ranked by The Sun. In beating the Saints -- twice a one-goal winner against Gilman this season -- Landon defeated a No. 1-ranked Baltimore team for the first time.

Landon, in Bethesda, is 3-1 against Baltimore teams this season, having beaten Loyola, Mount St. Joseph and St. Mary's. The Bears have a 14-game winning streak since their season-opening 13-5 loss to St. Paul's.

Knights rolling again

City's girls lacrosse team continues to roll through the Baltimore City league for a second straight season. After yesterday's 19-6 win over Patterson, the Knights are 11-0 overall, 5-0 in the city and 9-0 in an informal league that includes all city teams and four from Baltimore County.

In three years under former Mount Hebron coach P. J. Kesmodel, the Knights have improved from 2-9 to 10-3 to 11-0 now, the best record in school history.

Kesmodel is taking aim at more out-of-league teams. The Knights won the Northeast Tournament before Easter with wins over Northeast and Meade. They round out the regular season with night games at Glen Burnie Thursday and Catonsville on May 10.

"Glen Burnie is our barometer for how much we've improved," said Kesmodel, who guided Mount Hebron to four state titles. "The first year, we lost by 11. Last year, we lost by three. This year, we're hopeful we can beat them."

Averaging 16 goals a game, the Knights boast three players with more than 30 goals -- Erika Brown (61 goals, 13 assists), Synister Washington (35, 6) and Jessica Shipley (32, 9).

Brown, named last year's city Player of the Year by U.S. Lacrosse as a sophomore, already has 149 career goals and 31 assists. She set the school record for most goals in a game, eight, earlier this year.

The Knights' defense has played just as well, allowing only three goals a game, led by goalie Krystin Weaver, and line defenders Monique Harris, Diamonte Brown and Carmen Brown. More speed in the midfield -- Susanna Blair, Erin Cunningham, Laura Kinne, Lauren Jones and Rosie Hicks -- also has improved transition.

Lakers clinch

Brian Nee scored five goals to lead Boys' Latin (13-3, 6-3 league) past host Calvert Hall (9-5, 2-5) in a 17-10 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference win Tuesday. Chris Edwards and Dan Lamonica added four and two goals, respectively, for Boys' Latin, which made the playoffs.

Gaines wins award

Roland Park's Betsy Gaines has been named the local Sportsgirl of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation. Gaines was honored Sunday for her athletic, academic, leadership and community service achievements.

Over the past four sports seasons, Gaines has earned first-team All-Metro status twice in basketball and once each in lacrosse and field hockey. The honor-roll student, who writes for the school newspaper and is an officer in the Reds athletic association, will attend North Carolina and play lacrosse.

Proud papa

Playing in his first varsity game in Monday's 12-4 rout of Gilman, Loyola's Adam Schlenoff, son of Poly baseball coach Mark Schlenoff, went 2-for-2 with four RBIs, including a 400-foot home run.

Bieneman returns

Catholic High senior Becky Bieneman is back after missing nearly a year to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Although still not 100 percent, Bieneman has played eight games and leads the Cubs (4-6) in goals with 34. She and teammate Maria Battaglia, the Cubs' leading scorer with 23 goals and 21 assists, have formed a potent combination; 19 of Battaglia's assists been feeds to Bieneman.

Bieneman, the All-Metro Soccer Player of the Year in 1997, tore the ACL in a club soccer game and missed all of the last soccer season. However, she will play soccer this fall at Loyola.

Eagles flying

Owings Mills' baseball team is 10-2 primarily behind the play of designated hitter Matt Summerlin and pitcher Russell Berger.

Summerlin hit two home runs in the same inning last week vs. Franklin, including a grand slam. Berger is 4-0 with a 1.11 ERA and has 29 strikeouts in 26 innings with only one walk.

Pub Date: 4/30/99

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