Chumley on her game every minute

Goalie powers St. Mary's to 9-1 start, No. 9 ranking

Women's notebook


April 12, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

At Bel Air High School last spring, Jen Chumley split time in the goal. This season at St. Mary's College, she has played every minute of every game and has been the key to the Seahawks' turnaround and the fastest start ever.

The Seahawks - 7-9 a year ago - are 9-1 and ranked No. 9 in the nation.

Chumley stands seventh in Division III in goals against average (6.07) and save percentage (.608).

"Jen Chumley has been the whole difference in our season," said Seahawks coach Robert Bray Jr. "She's been the backbone of our team. Without her in the goal, we wouldn't be anywhere near where we are today."

One of her best performances came in last month's 9-7 victory over Salisbury State, a final four team last year. She made 10 saves in that game, which showed just how far the Seahawks have come. Last year, they lost twice to the Sea Gulls, 26-5 during the regular season and 23-6 in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.

The Seahawks are 4-0 in the conference with only Saturday's game at Mary Washington remaining before the tournament starts Tuesday.

Chumley hasn't been the only newcomer to shine. Bray has 12 freshmen on the team. Six of them start - Chumley, Meg McFall (Broadneck), Carol Schmoeller (Catonsville), Kate Story (Mount Hebron), Stacy Mann (Dulaney) and Mia Oliver.

Oliver, Schmoeller and senior Trisha Taylor (John Carroll) have combined with Chumley to form a defensive unit that has not allowed any opponent to score in double figures.

Senior Sue Welsh is the top scorer with 24 goals and 15 assists followed by McFall (30, 3) and Story (18, 6). Junior Kathy Holmes (Bel Air) is the team leader in ground balls (53) and already holds the all-time school record.

Out of the shadows

Maryland's Allison Comito has come on strong over the past two weeks, contributing 13 goals in the past five games and 26 points in the past seven as the No. 1 and six-time defending champion Terps (11-0) remain unbeaten in their last 31 outings.

Despite playing in the shadow of two-time Player of the Year Jen Adams, who holds every Terrrapins career and single-season scoring record, Comito continues to rise on the Terps scoring charts.

Second on the team with 40 points this season, Comito has moved to fifth on the Terps' career lists for points (232) and goals (155). In the last two weeks, she has surpassed such notables as Cathy Nelson, Sascha Newmarch and Christie Jenkins.

Mawrtians in the Ivy League

Princeton junior Kim Smith earned her second Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honors this season after scoring 10 goals in a week that ended with the Tigers in sole possession of first place in the league.

The Bryn Mawr graduate, the Tigers' leader in goals with 21, scored game-winners against Delaware and Yale. She scored six goals in a 13-8 win Saturday over No. 7 Yale as the No. 3 Tigers improved to 8-1 and 3-0 in the league.

Against Yale, Smith faced another former Mawrtian, Miles Whitman, who also leads her team in scoring. Whitman, a freshman, ranks third in the Ivy League in scoring with 27 points and second in goals with 25.

She scored twice in the Princeton game, a loss that ended an eight-game winning streak and dropped the Bulldogs to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the Ivy League.

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