Knee injury blocks path to the end zone for Bucknell's Marrow

After a brief return, ex-Calvert Hall standout sees career hit an end

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October 31, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Around Lewisburg, Pa., where they produce no-nonsense, tough-as-nails football players, they are still talking about a thunderous hit Bucknell senior fullback Jason Marrow put on a Towson linebacker earlier this month in a 51-10 Bison victory.

Marrow, a former Calvert Hall standout, pancaked the linebacker en route to the end zone on a quick dive play. No one seemed to care that the touchdown was called back by a holding penalty.

Marrow, 6 feet 3, 215 pounds, had shown that he could hand out punishment that would make any coal-mining Pennsylvanian or anybody else proud. Marrow was celebrating his return to the Bucknell lineup after more than a year's absence because of a fractured fibula, and he would later score the 31st touchdown of his career on a 3-yard run.

Needless to say, Marrow was the center of attention in the Bucknell locker room after the game. But the cheering stopped a week later in the fourth quarter against Lafayette when the tough-luck Baltimorean tore the medial collateral ligament in his knee, ending Marrow's collegiate career.

"He's a punishing blocker," said Bucknell coach Tom Gadd after the Towson game. "He's as good as we've had here. Our sideline crescendoed when he first went in the game. We feel if we're near the goal line on third- or fourth-and-short and he's in the game, we're going to make it every time."

Marrow's 31 career touchdowns place him fourth on the Bucknell all-time list.

Cole, Virginia face Terps

The 1998 All-Metro Soccer Player of the Year Jon Cole and his unbeaten Virginia soccer teammates will play Maryland in an Atlantic Coast Conference game Sunday in College Park.

Cole, a junior who played at McDonogh, has two goals and one assist as the starting center defender for the Cavaliers. Virginia is ranked second in the nation.

Cole has started every game as a sophomore and junior after playing in 19 of 24 games as a freshman.

Persistent at Pitt

Allison White never stopped dreaming, and now she has at least realized a small part of her dream.

White (Friends School) refused to take no for an answer when she asked if she could try out for the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team this season. When White was told by Pitt coach Traci Waites that the team was set and she wasn't looking for any more players, White persisted and was finally told she could be on the team as a practice player. But Waites is not allowing White to dress for games as of now.

Et cetera

Alison West (Long Reach) is a freshman reserve on the William and Mary women's soccer team, playing in eight games and contributing one assist. William and Mary is 7-7-1 overall and 3-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Lynsey Bateman (Severna Park) has played in four games for the Richmond field hockey team, scoring one goal against Virginia Commonwealth. Richmond is 9-9 entering the Atlantic-10 tournament.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania soccer goalkeeper LaToya Wallace (CCBC-Catonsville) has allowed only 14 goals in 1,435 minutes. She has eight shutouts, one shared shutout, and 101 saves.

The Sunbury (Pa.) Daily Item contributed to this article.

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