Pointers quickly get in step in boys soccer

Dundalk field hockey out to surpass its run of shutouts from last year

Notebook

High Schools

September 11, 2001|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Sparrows Point is off to a 3-0 start in boys soccer that includes the Pointers' 3-2 victory over preseason No. 6-ranked Eastern Tech in the latter's tournament championship game.

The surprising Pointers, who also have defeated Wilde Lake, 4-1, and Patapsco, 2-1, were unranked prior to the weekend, but debut in The Sun's top 15 at No. 11.

Eastern Tech dropped to No. 12.

The Pointers, under coach George Bischoff, return nine starters from last fall's Class 1A state semfinalists.

Lamar Porter has scored three times for the Pointers, and Dave Pusinsky and Tom McCadden, twice each.

Sweeper Sam Nicolette and goalie Adam Volz have played well, particularly against Eastern Tech strikers Powell Cucchiella and Isaiah Ramsey, who combined to score nearly 20 goals last fall.

Owls taking off

Dundalk's field hockey team, out to beat last year's streak of six shutouts, is off to a good start.

The Owls outscored their first three opponents 10-0 last week and won their own Dundalk Tournament on Saturday.

The field defense, led by Becky Berkshire and Megan Andrejczuk, limited the opposition to just nine shots in beating Sparrows Point (3-0), Havre de Grace (5-0) and Eastern Tech (2-0). Sophomore goalie Lauren Bowman made eight saves.

"I'm fairly confident that we're going to keep this up," said Owls coach Danielle Grzebien.

"We only lost two players to graduation and we have our whole starting defense back and our starting offense. Right now, it's just a matter of tweaking things a little bit."

The Owls have shown no lack of scoring power with Jessica Trojan leading the say with four goals and an assist. Megan Katauskas has contributed three goals.

Today, the Owls (3-0, 1-0) face one of their toughest rematches in league foe Eastern Tech (1-2, 0-1). Dundalk beat the Mavericks four times last season and likely will need another sweep if they plan to win Baltimore County's Mallard Division.

Oops ...

In last week's notebook, it was reported that Mount St. Joseph's cross country team had run unbeaten through the last two Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association regular seasons.

The Gaels, however, did lose one regular-season league meet during that stretch - a dual meet with Loyola.

The Gaels' top two runners ran off their own course during that meet and did not make the proper adjustments, said Gaels assistant coach Gene Constantine. The Dons protested, and with the Gaels' top two runners disqualified, Loyola won the meet. The Dons also went on to win the MIAA championship meet.

In yesterday's editions, it was reported that Gilman's football team had not lost two straight games since the 1997 season. In fact, the Greyhounds lost their last two games of the 2000 season.

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