Ex-Wildecat stars in goal for Davidson



October 12, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Label this another Howard County soccer success story.

Sarah Hobart needed only 12 games to post more shutouts (four) than any other freshman goalkeeper in the history of Davidson (N.C.) College. The four shutouts by the Wilde Lake alumna have led a 5-1 Wildcats surge since an 0-6 start by the Southern Conference team, which faced during that period, among others, perennial powers Duke and South Carolina.

Three of Hobart's shutouts came in one week, earning her honors as Southern Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 2. The first-team All-Howard County choice in 2000 has 63 saves in 12 games.

"I love it down here," said Hobart. "I'm having a lot of fun playing soccer and going to school. Our team is really taking off now. The game is a lot more physical in college than it was in high school. The girls are four years older."

Hobart said she is expected to take charge in the goal even though she is a freshman. In the preseason, she was involved in a three-way battle for the starting spot, and now Hobart has eclipsed the field to play all but eight minutes of the 12 games.

Et cetera

Ithaca College (N.Y.) sophomore Mike Styczynski (River Hill) finished first in the 10-team Hamilton Invitational cross country meet on Saturday. He finished in 25 minutes, 57.4 seconds.

Speedy running back Tanardo Sharps (Meade) has sputtered a bit in the early season for the Temple University (1-3) football team. The 5-foot-9, 174-pound junior has gained just 105 yards on 51 carries in three games, but he has caught seven passes for 65 yards. Sharps was an All-Metro choice in high school before he entered prep school at Fork Union, Va.

Jennifer Hellier (Broadneck) is playing No. 1 singles as a junior for the Rutgers University tennis team this fall. The former Anne Arundel County Player of the Year has a 1-3 record in singles and is 0-1 in doubles as the team competes in tournaments instead of regular match play that will begin in the spring. In her sophomore year, Hellier was primarily a No. 2 singles player but played six matches at No. 1. Her overall singles record was 9-22 with a 14-19 mark in doubles.

Lesley Dotson (Franklin) has injected a "welcome fresh spirit" into the Immaculata College (Pa.) tennis team this fall, said her coach Trisha Garwood. "Even as a freshman, she is showing leadership on the court and will undoubtedly be a major factor in the team's success during her years at Immaculata," Garwood said. Dotson is playing No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles and is 5-4 in singles and 4-5 in doubles. She was the Baltimore County doubles champion as a junior and had a 10-1 doubles record her senior year at Franklin.

Former Calvert Hall standout Zack Walman turned in his top time of the season (28:39) for Lynchburg College to finish 13th in The Citadel Invitational cross country meet Saturday in Charleston, S.C. Lynchburg won the seven-team meet. Walman is a junior.

Junior Gretchen Hause (Severna Park) helped the Lycoming College (Pa.) volleyball team to two wins in three matches last week by leading in blocks with 34 and adding 21 kills.

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