End of season is worst of the pain for Curran

Mount lacrosse player talks to Terps' Dixon after March 13 accident

College Lacrosse

Women's notebook

March 28, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When Mount St. Mary's senior midfielder Colleen Curran suffered a fractured pelvis and a bruised kidney in an automobile accident on March 13, she was most upset about one thing.

"It's hard because my lacrosse season's over. That's what made me cry the most," said Curran, "but I feel lucky to be alive. Being in this situation makes you appreciate the little things in life. It's given me time to read, to catch up on my studies and for introspection. I'll be so much stronger after this experience."

The John Carroll graduate didn't take long to gain that perspective. She drew added inspiration from an unexpected source - Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon.

Dixon has made three calls to Curran, the latest after Sunday's win over Connecticut that sent the Terrapins back to the Final Four.

"It's just amazing talking to him," said Curran. "I have so much respect for him, and it helped me pick my head up. I want to recover and play lacrosse again. He beat the odds, he beat the critics, and I can beat these odds. The doctors say I won't be able to do anything for six months. I said, `We'll see.' I'll listen, but I'm bull-headed. I'm a lacrosse player."

She said Dixon probably found out about her accident from a teacher at his alma mater, Calvert Hall, where her father, Patrick Curran, is dean of students.

Colleen Curran continues to recuperate at home in Abingdon, where she returned after three days in the hospital following the accident that occurred as she tried to drive across Route 15 in Emmitsburg, headed for Knott Arena to catch a bus for an away game.

The only one in her car, Curran, also suffered minor cuts to her feet and arms and a few more bruises, including one from her seatbelt. "It's amazing I didn't have any other injuries, especially on my face. The windshield shattered and the car just crumpled around me."

Curran, who plans to return to classes at Mount St. Mary's in about two weeks, hopes to be granted medical redshirt status so she can play next season.

In sync

Lacrosse players Erin Sturgis and Angela Ruocco have brought a double dose of record-breaking to their senior year at the College of Notre Dame.

Earlier this month, Sturgis broke the school record for career assists, while Ruocco, her favorite target, set a mark for career goals. The two are neck-and-neck in the race to finish as the Gators' all-time points leader.

"They're the two strongest players on the team," said coach Melissa Falen, in her 13th season at the college. "Neither one is a selfish player, and I think they look for each other. I've had players who are just as talented, but I don't know that I've ever had two that worked together quite so well, so in that sense, they're the best tandem pair we've ever had."

Sturgis, an Arundel graduate, has 15 goals and 19 assists this season, boosting her career assists mark to 73 and her career point total to 235. Her eye for her teammates isn't limited to the lacrosse field. In soccer, she also holds school records for assists in a season (18) and career assists (36).

Ruocco, a Loch Raven graduate, has 27 goals and 2 assists, bringing her career goal record to 201. She has 240 career points and could soon surpass the record of 248 set by Tinah Houck (Westminster) in 1997.

Locals take honors

Local players dominated weekly honors in the ACC, the Big East and the Ivy League.

Maryland midfielder Sonia Judd and Virginia defender Tiffany Schummer (St. Mary's) shared the ACC Player of the Week award.

At unbeaten and No. 1 Georgetown, attacker Wick Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep) and goalie Chandler Vicchio (Mount de Sales) shared Big East honors.

In the Ivy League, Princeton's Kim Smith (Bryn Mawr) earned the Offensive Player of the Week nod and Cornell's Jaimee Reynolds (Towson) was defensive Player of the Week for the second straight time.

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