No shortage of local interest in Longwood's run

Women's notebook

April 25, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Without a Baltimore team in Division II, it's easy to forget there's such a division in women's lacrosse.

But a lot of folks here are following Division II closely these days because Longwood College of Farmville, Va., is ranked No. 1, and eight Baltimore-area women are members of the Lancers.

With just one game left on their schedule, the Lancers (14-0) are looking for the No. 1 seed in the Division II tournament.

Because there are only 28 teams in Division II, the tournament includes just four teams - the top two from the North and the top two from the South. Last year, the Lancers were ranked No. 4 in the final poll, but they did not get into the tournament.

"That was kind of a kick in the teeth," said senior midfielder Beth Hadrys, a Joppatowne graduate.

"Somehow it just didn't seem fair that teams that got the chance to go were not as high caliber as our team, so this year, we worked three times as hard to achieve something."

What they've already achieved is pretty impressive.

The Lancers, who play a very traditional style, have beaten five Top 10 teams this season and earned their top ranking with a 12-10 upset of then-No. 1 West Chester (Pa.) on March 24.

They have broken all kinds of school records - wins, points (323), goals (207), assists (116) and won-lost record.

"We're having so much fun," said Hadrys. "We laugh a lot. Before a game, when everybody is supposed to be all nervous, we go out there and laugh and get through that. We're so together. We know we don't have to worry about anything because there's so much trust."

Hadrys, with 24 goals and nine assists, ranks sixth in scoring in a balanced attack that boasts seven players with 24 or more points.

Kristy Taylor of Lorton, Va., leads the Lancers with 28 goals and 23 assists.

The other Baltimore-area players all contribute: Tia Richardson (Centennial), Andi Graham (Owings Mills), Becca Woods (Patapsco) and freshmen Heather Crouse (Centennial) Sophie Dress (Howard), Theresa Nauman (Friends) and Shawn Slotke (Roland Park).

One other Lancer also hails from Maryland: freshman Leah Graham (James M. Bennett) of Salisbury.

Heath ties mark

Shippensburg's Page Heath (C. Milton Wright) has tied a school record for assists in a season. Her assist in Tuesday's 15-10 loss to East Stroudsburg gave her 21 for the season, tying the record set in 1997 by Danielle Argento.

Heath, a sophomore attacker, also leads the Raiders in goals with 44, including four on Tuesday.

As a freshman, she led the team with 32 goals and had four assists.

She also earned a 4.0 grade-point average.

New member of 100 club

Jessie Groszkowski (Franklin) last week became the seventh player in women's lacrosse history at the University of New Hampshire to score her 100th career goal.

Groszkowski reached the milestone in a 13-9 America East Conference win over Boston University on April 17.

The junior midfielder had three goals in that game and accumulated 12 goals and an assist during the week, which included wins over Albany and Stanford.

The leading scorer for the No. 20 Wildcats earned her third America East Player of the Week honor.

Last week, she ranked sixth in the nation in goals (3.36 per game), 18th in points (3.79) and 14th in draw controls (2.64).

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