UNC wins McCarthy's lacrosse services

Hebron's 2-time All-Met also considered Maryland

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October 09, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's Melissa McCarthy, a two-time Sun All-Metro selection in lacrosse, announced yesterday that she has orally committed to play for the University of North Carolina next year.

McCarthy, a first-team Greater Baltimore regional All-American, scored 54 goals and had 18 assists last season as a junior despite a bout with walking pneumonia early in the season. A multi-dimensional midfielder, McCarthy scored a team-high four goals to lead the Vikings' 19-6 victory over South River for the Class 3A-2A state championship.

McCarthy narrowed her choices to North Carolina, Maryland and Princeton. She took official visits to North Carolina and Maryland last month.

"I feel like lacrosse is getting me into school, but it won't necessarily get me out," said McCarthy, who has a 3.73 GPA. "The business school [at North Carolina] is one of the best in the country, and academics is very important to me."

Basking in accomplishment

Atholton's 3-2 victory over Wilde Lake's girls soccer team last Friday wasn't just your run-of-the-mill upset. According to Raiders coach Chuck Teal, when you consider that Wilde Lake had just beaten then-No. 2 River, it was his program's biggest win in two years.

"At our captains' breakfast that morning, I told our girls, in college football, when a team knocks off a big team, they're primed for an upset," Teal said. "That's what happened. We just came out and really took it to them."

The Raiders (2-2 in county, 4-3-1 overall) took control of the game by scoring three times over a 25-minute span in the first half -- goals by Mandy Pena-Ariet, Jessica Bejm and Christen Pena-Ariet -- and played excellent defense despite not having starting sweeper Haley Boring, who was out with a knee injury.

However, as Wilde Lake fought its way back into the game, play got heated and rough. Atholton midfielder Katlin Kelly came out of the game for six minutes after being shaken up, and in her absence, Wilde Lake's Kelly Thomas scored two goals to pull within one.

"It was just an incredible game," Teal said. "They really stuck it down out throats in the second half, but we adjusted and moved our leading scorer, Tessa Liadig, back on defense because she's got a lot of speed. She got most of the loose balls and we hung on to win. I'm extremely proud of our team."

All-around day

Centennial's Pat Davis had perhaps the most complete all-around game of any Howard County football player this season in the Eagles' 26-13 win over Mount Hebron Saturday. The junior running back caught three passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns, one from 21 yards , the other from 41. From his defensive end position, Davis made six tackes, forced two fumbles and had two sacks. And on special teams, Davis kicked two field goals, (a 29-yarder and a school-record 43-yarder), averaged 36 yards on three punts and booted three kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

Galindo's return imminent

Mount Hebron girls cross country coach Mark Reedy said he expects sophomore Jessica Galindo to train with the team for the first time this week and that she could race against Long Reach this Wednesday. The Vikings' top runner has been sidelined with a hip injury.

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