Towson's Lears named Academic All-American

Brown swim captain finishes 2nd in Ivy 400 IM



March 28, 2001|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Brown swim team captain Jennifer Lears (Towson), a senior, was named to the 2000-2001 Verizon Academic All-America District I women's fall/winter at-large team last week. Lears was one of 20 athletes selected by College Sports Information Directors of America from a 70-person ballot.

Lears competed in all of Brown's meets this season, including a second-place finish in the 400 individual medley at the Ivy League championships, which helped the Bears to a runner-up finish. Lears had season bests of 4 minutes, 58.92 seconds in the 500 freestyle, 10:21.10 in the 1,000 freestyle, 17:02.19 in the 1,650 freestyle and 2:05.20 in the 200 IM.

It did not take long for Devin Karcesky, a 2000 graduate of Northern High School (Calvert County), to get acclimated to the collegiate level.

In her first start for the Rider University softball team, Karcesky, a dean's list student, pitched the Broncs to a 3-0 victory over Robert Morris with a complete-game no-hitter.

Karcesky is 2-0 in four appearances for Rider, which is off to a 7-3 start. In 19 innings, she has allowed 11 hits and two earned runs, while striking out 15. Her earned-run average is an impressive 0.74, and opponents are batting .159 against her.

Ryan Kyle (Calvert Hall) threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in St. John's 8-3 victory over Connecticut. In the process, Kyle, from Kingsville, earned his first collegiate win.

Freshman Miles Whitman (Bryn Mawr) was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after her performance for the Yale women's lacrosse team.

In a 10-2 win over Pennsylvania, Whitman scored six goals. All told, the Baltimore native amassed nine goals in three games last week, and is tied for fourth in the Ivy League in scoring. Whitman is a member of the Under-19 World Cup championship team.

Bucknell sophomore goalie Justin Sussman (Friends) played a huge role in the Bison's 14-10 victory over Mount St. Mary's last Wednesday.

The Towson native made seven saves and scooped up seven ground balls. His two biggest saves occurred early in the fourth quarter when the Mountaineers were looking to make a comeback.

Two local players were a part of a King's College women's basketball team that went 19-7 on its way to a Mid-American Conference Freedom Division title and an automatic NCAA tournament bid.

Sophomore center Katie Harrison (Severna Park) led the team in blocks with nine and averaged two rebounds a game. Freshman forward Jennie Orellin played both guard and forward in 10 games for the Lady Monarchs.

Garrison Forest grad Meghan Erwin had a solid game in Ohio Wesleyan's recent 17-7 loss to Wheaton College. The senior attacker had a goal and an assist for the Bishops, who started the season 1-1. Erwin is second on the team in scoring with three goals and one assist.

Two local players have established themselves in the Gettysburg College softball team's pitching rotation. Freshman Erin Taylor (Chesapeake) picked up the complete-game win in the Bullets' season-opening 10-4 win over Lindsey Wilson College. Taylor, who is 3-0 with two complete games, also registered a win in Gettysburg's 14-5 triumph over Marian.

Sarah Stokes (Towson) is 1-0 for the Bullets. She worked six innings and surrendered one run in Gettysburg's 6-2 victory over Lee University.

Senior center Nick Carso (Easton) played a huge role in the UMass-Lowell hockey team's 2-1 upset of New Hampshire in the last game of a best-of-three series in the Hockey East tournament quarterfinal.

Carso assisted on Jeff Boulanger's first-period goal, which tied the game at 1. Then, with 8:25 to play in the game, Carso again found Boulanger, who connected for the game-winner.

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