River Hill lacrosse awash in victory with 4-0 start

But rainouts give Hawks `game experience' drought

Girls roundup

April 19, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

River Hill's girls lacrosse team is off to a 4-0 start, but it hasn't come without some frustration.

The Hawks have seen four of their games washed out because of rain, including their originally scheduled county opener against Glenelg. That game will be played Monday.

Last Wednesday, in the middle of spring break, the Hawks lost two games when the Kenwood Tournament was rained out. A day later, River Hill traveled to Seton Keough for an afternoon game. However, Seton Keough's athletic director had called off the game the night before because of the rain but was unable to reach anyone from River Hill.

"We showed up to the field and they weren't there," said River Hill coach Mike Senisi. "We were very disappointed and frustrated."

River Hill athletic director Don Van Deusen said that Seton Keough is on its spring break this week, but he hopes to reschedule the game.

"I felt bad for the families who gave up their vacations," Senisi said.

River Hill (4-0 overall, 3-0 league) defeated Wilde Lake yesterday, 19-1. The Hawks haven't been tested yet in the county, having defeated Long Reach, 14-1, and Oakland Mills, 21-8.

"We haven't trailed in a game yet, so we haven't determined our abilities when we're down," Senisi said.

Senisi added that the missed games have "hurt us because we need game experience. On the other side, the practices have been upbeat and I'm pleased with the way they've been working. Everyone is pushing each other to become better."

Softball

Howard ended River Hill's five-game win streak with a 2-1, eight-inning victory yesterday at Howard.

The Hawks (7-4 overall, 5-4 league) tied the game on a two-out error by shortstop Beth Myers in the top of the seventh, then were able to retire Howard (8-1, 8-1) in the bottom of the inning after the Lions had runners on second and third and one out.

In the top of the eighth, Shannon Jackson started at second base and was sacrificed to third. Howard pitcher Kristin Gormus caught a hard line drive by Megan Mitchell for the second out and struck out Nicole Mele to end the inning.

Toni DeAngelis started at second base for the Lions in the eighth and was sacrificed to third by Jamie Wolfe. Myers hit a sacrifice fly to center to score DeAngelis.

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