Two Glenelg girls accept field hockey scholarships

Narron, Schmidt will face each other next season

O'Connor opts for lacrosse


April 01, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Three players from Glenelg's Howard County championship field hockey team have earned college scholarships, but one has decided to play lacrosse.

Elizabeth Narron and Jessica Schmidt will play field hockey at Appalachian State and Louisville, respectively. Kelly O'Connor has decided to play lacrosse at Delaware.

Narron, a two-time All-County forward who is Glenelg's all-time point leader (28 goals, 19 assists), selected Appalachian State over Kent State.

Narron said she "felt at home" when she took her official visit in January to the Boone, N.C., university. "The coach and the girls were really nice. It reminded me a lot of the Glenelg team."

Schmidt, a two-time All-County defender, said she wasn't planning to go so far away from home. However, she said the Louisville program "is up and coming" and that "the team was really cool and I liked the coaches. They made me feel like I fit in."

As fate would have it, Louisville and Appalachian State play each other next season.

"That's going to be so exciting," Narron said.

O'Connor, a two-time All-County field hockey selection who had 10 goals and four assists last season, went with her heart.

"Lacrosse has always been my first love," said O'Connor, who had 40 goals and nine assists last season and was named second-team All-County. "I knew I wouldn't be happy if I wasn't playing lacrosse."

O'Connor added that she "absolutely loved" the campus, and that "it's not too far away, so my parents can watch me play. The coaches were great, and I know I'll be able to play there."

Girls lacrosse

Two Howard players will be playing on scholarships next year. Lindsay Frank will be at Davidson (N.C.) College and Sophie Dress will attend Longwood (Va.) College.

Frank, a second-team All-County selection last season who had 34 goals and 26 assists, said, "I wanted to go where I was wanted, and Davidson wanted me the most. I know I'm going to have to work hard academically and athletically, but I need a challenge and that's where I'm going to get it."

Dress, who had 30 goals and 19 assists last season, said Longwood had been recruiting her since her sophomore year.

"I really liked the coach, and it has a wonderful physical education program," Dress said. "I want to major in PE and minor in either coaching or health."


Two-time defending county champion Atholton and Howard are unbeaten through the first week of the season. They are scheduled to meet Wednesday at Howard.

The Raiders have outscored opponents 51-2 in four games. On the flip side, Oakland Mills has been outscored 79-2, its two runs coming against the Atholton.

Here are the current standings: Atholton 4-0; Howard 4-0; Centennial 2-2; Glenelg 2-2; Mount Hebron 2-2; Hammond 1-3; Long Reach 1-3; Oakland Mills 0-4; River Hill 2-2; Wilde Lake 2-2.

Chapelgate, which plays in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference, is 3-1.


The River Hill and Hammond boys teams and Glenelg and Mount Hebron girls teams remain unbeaten. That will change for two of those teams Wednesday, when Hammond travels to River Hill and Mount Hebron plays host to Glenelg.

Glenelg and Centennial were the only county teams to play Friday (Centennial took the boys' match, 3-2, and Glenelg the girls' match, 4-1). The rest of the matches will be made up this week.

Here are the current county standings:

Boys: Hammond 4-0; River Hill 4-0; Centennial 4-1; Mount Hebron 2-2; Oakland Mills 2-2; Wilde Lake 2-2; Atholton 1-3; Glenelg 1-4; Howard 1-3; Long Reach 0-4.

Girls: Glenelg 5-0; Mount Hebron 4-0; River Hill 3-1; Wilde Lake 3-1; Centennial 3-2; Atholton 1-3; Hammond 1-3; Oakland Mills 1-3; Howard 0-4; Long Reach 0-4.

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