Baltimore-area captains give Bucknell women boost

Ashley Evans, Kari Evans solidify lacrosse team



March 14, 2001|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Bucknell women's lacrosse team enters the season with reason for optimism. After a 5-8 record in 1999, the Bison fell just one win shy of the .500 mark last season. With the return of several talented players from the Baltimore area, coach Barb Jordan and the Bison are looking to have a winning season.

Making up the backbone of the team are senior captains Ashley Evans and Kari Evans. Ashley (Severna Park) had a career-high 35 goals last season and is the Bison's leading returning scorer. With another productive season, Ashley, who has 63 career goals, is primed to break into the top five in Bucknell's all-time scoring list. Kari Evans (Liberty) started all 13 games last season, registering eight goals and four assists.

Other local players on the Bucknell roster include: Allison Berry (Maryvale Prep), Stephanie Yezek and Amy Hafets (Hammond), Tara Markowski (Roland Park) and sophomore goalie Nicole Kallis (St. Mary's). Kallis was a second-team All-Patriot League selection last year.

For the second straight year, Mervo grad Marcus Hatten received postseason accolades. Hatten, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard for the Tallahassee Community College Eagles, was named the Panhandle Conference (PC) Player of the Year.

Hatten, who claimed Freshman of the Year honors last season, averaged 24 points and five rebounds a game for the PC champion Eagles. The Eagles finished the regular season with a 29-1 record after defeating Chipola Junior College, 111-96, in overtime. Hatten was the star in that game, scoring a career-high 40 points, including 10 in overtime.

Kellie Evans (Glen Burnie) had a huge week both on the mound and at the plate for the Kutztown University softball team, which started the Catawba Tournament at 2-0. The North Country resident earned two wins on the mound against Pfeiffer (N.C.) and Charleston (W.Va.), not allowing a run in 9 2/3 innings of work.

Evans struck out five in the Golden Bears' 13-0 win over Pfeiffer, but was even more impressive in Kutztown's 8-3 win over Charleston. Entering the game in the second, Evans combined with Jessica Balchikonis for an unconventional no-hitter, as Kutztown fought back from a three-run deficit for the win.

At the plate, Evans was 4-for-8, with four runs scored and two RBIs in the first two games.

After a 1-1 inaugural season, the Susquehanna men's lacrosse team is looking to improve. Keys to that improvement are two local players.

Junior Travis Wyczawski, (Carver A&T) will be looked at to give the Crusaders some scoring and leadership. The Cockeysville native started 11 games last year, scooping 43 ground balls and adding two goals and three assists. Freshman Mike Buhite (St. Paul's School) will also give Susquehanna some depth and size in the midfield.

Two local swimmers were instrumental in helping the West Chester University (Pa.) women's swimming team to the conference championship. Junior Meredith Eyler (Bel Air) took first in the 1,650-yard freestyle, second in the 1000-yard freestyle and third in the 200-yard individual medley. Sophomore Megan Straehle (Francis Scott Key) won the 400-yard IM, and finished second in both the 200-yard IM and 200-yard butterfly. Straehle also swam on the winning 200- and 400-yard medley relays and the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays.

Both Eyler and Straehle have qualified in several events for the Division II national championships to be held at Ashland University in Canton, Ohio, on March 21-24.

Jen O'Reilly (Aberdeen) helped the Rider University women's swimming team to a 15th-place finish at the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships. O'Reilly, a senior, placed 15th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.89.

Two local athletes are excelling at Washington and Lee University. Junior baseball player Matt Kozora (Glenelg) is second on the team with a .381 batting average. The Ellicott City resident has a .471 slugging percentage and a .421 on-base percentage, and has seven runs and six RBIs. The third baseman has gotten a hit in eight of the last nine games for the Generals, including a 2-for-3 effort in the Generals' 7-0 win over Southern Virginia last Wednesday.

Senior goalie Wes Hays (Loyola) has gotten off to a great start for the third-ranked Generals lacrosse team, accumulating a .842 save percentage and a 1.71 goals-against average after two games. Those numbers included a 12-save performance in the Generals' 4-2 win over Washington College. The two goals were the least by a Shoremen squad since 1995.

Hays, a preseason, second-team All-American selection, has played 105 minutes, allowing only three goals.

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