Frande lifts game, hopes for Terps slot

Howard notebook

Mount Hebron senior turns down grant offers

May 09, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Bridget Frande could have taken the money. Instead, she went with her heart.

A senior midfielder on Mount Hebron's No. 1-ranked girls lacrosse team, Frande turned down partial scholarship offers from Duquesne University and Towson University. She decided to attend the University of Maryland, College Park -- the nation's top-ranked program -- with no guarantee of scholarship money or playing time.

Frande made her decision in February, and it puzzled some people, including Mount Hebron head coach Chris Robinson.

"At the time, I didn't think it was that great of a decision," Robinson said. "I thought she would really struggle to play. But as the season's gone on, she's become one of the best midfielders in the Baltimore area, and I think she'll be able to play a role down there. So I can see the decision not being as bad as I first thought it would be."

Frande wrote to Maryland during last year's lacrosse season, and the response wasn't exactly overwhelming.

"They didn't take any notice," Frande said.

Things changed, however, in September.

"They contacted me and said they were interested," Frande said. "I was thrilled. That would be my dream."

She made official visits to Duquesne and Towson before visiting College Park in February. She "knew automatically" after that trip where she wanted to go.

She turned her back to the money.

"I'm a recruited walk-on," Frande said. "They know I'm coming, and I've been recruited. I just wasn't offered an athletic scholarship."

Was she disappointed not to receive some money?

"Not really," Frande said. "I'm absolutely thrilled to go there, money or not. Hopefully I'll work hard and maybe get some money in the future."

The oldest of five children to John and Mary Frande, Frande wanted to stay close to home. "It's really important to me," said Frande, who will turn 18 on July 31.

She also wanted a challenge.

"This is probably the biggest challenge I've ever faced, knowing that I'm going to play for the No. 1 team in the nation," Frande said. "I know I'm going to have to work hard and push myself and play the best I can."

She will be surrounded by players who are better. She knows that will improve her skills but also might limit her playing time.

Frande accepts that and will be ready.

"It's all about how hard I work this summer and how dedicated I am," she said. "I think anything is possible. I think that I have the confidence in myself to go out there and show them that I can play."

Frande said Duquesne offered "a lot of money," which made the decision-making process tougher. But with her parents' support, she chose what was right for her.

"I just saw myself being so much happier [at Maryland]," said Frande. "The girls are so nice. The coaching staff was awesome, and I just want to keep improving and play with the best. I'm happy -- very happy."

Girls lacrosse

County standings: Mount Hebron 8-0, Centennial 7-1, Glenelg 6-2, Hammond 6-2, River Hill 5-3, Atholton 3-5, Oakland Mills 2-6, Howard 1-7, Wilde Lake 1-7, Long Reach 1-7.

Glenelg ends the regular-season Tuesday at Centennial with a chance to move into a second-place tie with the Eagles. Hammond, tied with Glenelg for third place, plays host to fifth-place River Hill.

Top-ranked Mount Hebron (13-0 overall, 8-0 league) has 11 players who have scored 10 goals or more this season. The top point leaders are: Polly Purcell (31 goals, 27 assists -- 58 points), Lauren Kickham (34-18 -- 52), Alyssa Trocher (25-26 -- 51), Bridget Frande (33-6 -- 39) and Annie Collins (22-17 -- 39).

Softball

County standings: Atholton 16-1, Wilde Lake 14-3, River Hill 12-5, Howard 11-6, Long Reach 10-6, Centennial 7-10, Glenelg 6-11, Mount Hebron 6-11, Oakland Mills 1-15, Hammond 1-16.

Centennial (7-10) played Friday in its third extra-inning game this spring and won this time. The Eagles, who have lost six one-run games, scored four times in the eighth for a 5-1 victory.

Atholton's 7-0 victory Friday over River Hill earned the Raiders the county championship. Atholton won its only other softball title in 1973.

Tennis

County standings: Wilde Lake 17-0, Centennial 15-2, Mount Hebron 12-5, River Hill 12-5, Glenelg 7-10, Long Reach 6-10, Atholton 6-11, Hammond 5-12, Howard 4-13, Oakland Mills 0-16.

With a victory at Howard tomorrow, county champion Wilde Lake will become the first team since Centennial in 1996 to have an undefeated regular season.

The seeding meeting for this week's county tournament will be tomorrow night. The county tournament runs Thursday through Saturday at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club.

People

Twins Krista and Karla Killian, first-team All-County soccer selections from River Hill, will attend Bucknell University.

"It was a really difficult decision," said Karla, adding that she and her sister also considered Davidson and Brown. "We went back and forth."

That the two will attend the same college "just kind of happened," Karla said, adding that they will not room together.

Two more countians who will continue soccer careers in college are Howard's Jevne Reid, who will attend Radford University, and Hammond's Monica Serianni, who has decided on Mount St. Mary's.

At Radford, Reid will join former Oakland Mills goalkeeper Nyiesha Ford.

Boston University sophomore Chrissy Lombard (Mount Hebron) has been named America East Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year.

Lombard and another Mount Hebron product, sophomore Kyle Rutowski, were both first-team America East All-Conference selections. Lombard is the league's top scorer (44 goals, 19 assists). Rutowski is second on her team and 12th in the conference in scoring (30, 9).

Yet another Mount Hebron graduate, freshman Katie Nordoff, is fourth on the team in scoring (32, 2).

Pub Date: 5/09/99

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