Transfer puts crimp in Gaels' grand plan


Mount St. Joe's loses half of 1-2 cross country punch

High Schools

September 06, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Mount St. Joseph's cross country team appeared to have an overwhelming 1-2 combination returning in senior Chris Wright and junior Ron Kirchner. Then came the news that Kirchner would transfer to a school in Pennsylvania rather than face the 90-minute daily commute from his parents' new home.

In the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association last season, Kirchner lost only to Wright, the two-time Baltimore-City/County Runner of the Year, and to Spalding senior Dusty Lieb, the All-Metro Runner of the Year.

"It's a devastating loss," said Gaels assistant coach Gene Constantine. "If you have a guy like Chris Wright who, in my opinion, won't lose a race all year and you have a guy [Kirchner] who beat him five times last year, you're going to finish 1-2. You only need one more runner in the top five and nobody can beat you."

However, Constantine and Gaels head coach Jack Peach still have enough good runners and enough depth to be optimistic about their season, which begins Saturday at the Mount St. Mary's Peter Geraghty Invitational.

Senior Dan Anacker and sophomores Bruce Dulski, Pat Burnette, Ryan Audy, Josh Barnett and Chris Hendricks are vying for the No. 2 spot. Together, they should keep the Gaels at or near the top of the MIAA, where they have run unbeaten through the regular season for two straight years.

"We'll be all right. We'll be in [The Sun's] Top 10 within two weeks," said Constantine.

Ups ...

Towson's No. 9 field hockey team made its 2001 debut with a 1-1 tie Tuesday at No. 2 Bryn Mawr, the four-time defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland champ. Julia Perciasepe provided the early lead for the Mawrtians. Generals' sophomore Ashley Chambers evened things with a second-half goal assisted by Whitney Mershon.

Perry Hall Christian School junior Mike Lacey scored all five goals in the Panthers' 5-3 boys soccer win at Calvary Baptist on Tuesday.

... and downs

Fourth-ranked Notre Dame Prep ended up on the wrong side of a 2-0 girls soccer decision Tuesday in its opener against unranked Westminster.

Backup keeper Heather McArthur made 15 saves filling for second-team All-Metro pick Lauren Stone, who has been sidelined with a separated shoulder.

The fourth-year goalie was hurt in the Blazers' first play-day action when she got bumped in the side as she leaped for a corner kick. Stone said she hopes to return to Friday when the Blazers play host to No. 5 John Carroll at 4 p.m.

Cougars catch

Notre Dame Prep graduate and former high school All-America lacrosse midfielder Tricia Cummings will take over the Mount Carmel girls lacrosse program in the spring. Cummings, who played at James Madison and North Carolina, was the Tar Heels' fifth-leading scorer as a senior in 1998.

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