Cornell's Reynolds wears variety of hats

Ex-Towson High defender does it all for Big Red

Sliger nears assists mark

Women's notebook

College Lacrosse

April 27, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

As an All-Metro player at Towson High School, Jaimee Reynolds was known as one of the best defenders around.

At Cornell, she has become known more for her versatility.

Twice chosen third-team All-America and first-team All-Ivy League, the junior midfielder leads the Big Red in ground balls, interceptions, stick checks, draw controls, drawn charges and caused turnovers. She is also second on the team in scoring with 21 goals and nine assists.

"Her defense has been the cornerstone of her game," said Cornell coach Jenny Graap. "Since she's been here, her offensive contribution has markedly improved. When she came out of Towson High, they had her way in the backfield ... but she's so talented offensively. We discovered we could utilize her height (5 feet 11) and her stick skills in the midfield and in the offense."

As a result, Reynolds has scored at least one point in every game she has played for the No. 12 Big Red (9-3). Her streak now extends to 44 straight games.

Last year, she led Cornell in scoring and now has 45 goals and 12 assists for her career.

Reynolds, The Sun's Female Athlete of the Year in 1998, is also versatile off the lacrosse field, starting as middle blocker for the Big Red's volleyball team.

Record-setting pace

If No. 5 Salisbury State receives a likely at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament, Christine Sliger could end up breaking the division record for single-season assists.

The junior North Harford graduate had three assists in the Sea Gulls' regular-season-ending, 17-8 victory over Washington College Tuesday to boost her season total to 74. The all-time Division III record is 79, set by Frostburg State's Maggie Murphy in 1991.

Sliger, a role player on last year's Final Four team, enjoyed a breakout season with 121 points - the fifth-best single-season points total in Division III history. Averaging 7.56 points per game, she ranks second in the division in scoring and leads the nation in total assists.

Sea Gulls senior All-American Jen Mezzadra improved her school records for career goals to 240 (eighth in Division III) and career points to 305. She is only the 16th player in Division III history to total more than 300 career points.

The Parkville graduate, who has 76 goals and 107 points this season, is third in Division III in scoring with 6.68 points per game.

Sliger and Mezzadra helped the Capital Athletic Conference-champion Sea Gulls, who led Division III in offense a year ago, end this season second, averaging 16.9 goals per game.

News and notes

Senior attacker Jen Testrake was honored as Loyola College's top female senior student-athlete at the annual athletic awards banquet Monday night. ... Jen Jefferson (Annapolis) leads Temple in goals scored with 25 as the Owls (8-5) remain unbeaten in Atlantic-10 play. ... Boston College's Lauren Miller (Roland Park) earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring six goals in each of three games last week, including a 19-4 upset of No. 20 Stanford in which she also contributed five assists. ... James Madison goalie Jen Corradini (St. Mary's) earned Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week honors after making 12 saves in the No. 11 Dukes' 6-5 tournament-final victory over then-No. 2 Loyola Sunday. The CAA tournament MVP helped the Dukes win the first automatic bid to this season's NCAA tournament.

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