Purcell, Weller earn America East honors

Boston, Hartford players are lacrosse, softball picks



April 04, 2001|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Boston University women's lacrosse team has a boatload of talent from the Baltimore area, and, for the second week in a row, some of that talent has been recognized by the America East conference

Freshman attacker Polly Purcell of Mount Hebron was named America East Rookie of the Week for the week ending March 25. During that week, Purcell registered 10 points to lead the Terriers, who fell to Dartmouth, 9-8, in triple overtime, but rebounded to beat Drexel, 12-1, and Vanderbilt, 15-7. The Terriers are now 5-2, 1-0 in the conference.

Purcell's teammate, Chrissy Lombard, also a Mount Hebron graduate, won the America East Player of the Week award the previous week.

Purcell started the week with a goal and two assists in Boston's loss to Dartmouth. She followed that with a two-goal and one-assist performance against Drexel and a four-goal game against Vanderbilt.

The Ellicott City resident, who has a .345 shooting percentage, is second on the Terriers in scoring with 18 points on 10 goals and eight assists. She leads the team in free-position shots with eight.

After going 7-for-14 at the plate in a four-game series against Delaware, softball player Bryn Weller of Broadneck was named the America East Rookie of the Week. The University of Hartford catcher is batting .370 in the leadoff position and leads the team with 10 runs scored and four stolen bases.

Weller has started all eight games for the Hawks, who are off to their best start in recent years at 5-3, 3-1 in America East.

Jon-Marc Haden of Lutheran has been a force for the Eastern College men's lacrosse team.

The senior attacker, who led the team last year with 24 goals, has scored 11 times in the Eagles' first four games this season.

Matt Thawley of Franklin made seven saves in Shenandoah University's 20-3 loss to the University of Scranton. The Hornets are now 1-3 for the season. For the Shenandoah women's lacrosse team, freshman Sharon Sparwasser of Kenwood scored the team's only goal in the Hornets' season-opening loss to Bridgewater.

Jessica Mentz of Centennial was named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors' first-team All-State basketball squad. The Ellicott City native averaged 20.7 points, good for second in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and 20th in the nation, for the Washington and Lee women's team.

The junior forward also had 10.1 rebounds a game, and contributed 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals a contest. Mentz, the Generals' all-time leading scorer with 1,223 points and second all-time leading rebounder with 666, shot 83 percent from the line and 52 percent from the field en route to becoming Washington and Lee's first first-team all-conference selection.

Dundalk grad LaRhonda Garrett averaged 11.3 points and 10.7 rebounds for the Mitchell College women's team. The Lady Pequots finished fourth in the NJCAA Division II national championships, held at Hagerstown Community College.

Overall, Mitchell, which is in New London, Conn., compiled a 24-7 record. According to the college's athletic department, several Division I and II schools in the New England region have been recruiting Garrett, a forward.

Freshman Abby Pyzik of Westminster was a major part of Lynchburg College's women's basketball team, which for the first time in eight seasons gained the Old Dominion Athletic Conference playoffs.

The 5-foot-7 guard led the team with 28 three-pointers, 205 total points, 67 assists and a free-throw percentage of 80. She also had 39 steals and 110 rebounds.

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