End hurts, but Rutgers' Gulotta has reason to smile



May 01, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Rutgers senior goalkeeper Lauren Gulotta shouldn't be believed when she says she wasn't much more than an average goalie with a super defense in front of her.

Gulotta (Annapolis) has walked away from the college game with an impressive list of credentials, including third place on her school's all-time saves list with 582.

"I guess that wasn't too bad," she said yesterday from Piscataway, N.J., two days after finishing her career with 10 saves and five ground balls in a 9-2 loss to No. 10 Notre Dame.

Gulotta had both highs and lows in compiling a 35-29 record in four years.

The highest of the highs came her sophomore season when Rutgers went 14-3 and made the NCAA tournament, losing to always-strong James Madison in the opening round.

One of the lows was the setback to Notre Dame that ended her career.

"But I had no major disappointments here," said the daughter of Peter Gulotta, the public relations director for the Baltimore FBI. "Playing lacrosse is a whole lot more than winning and losing. We had a close-knit team that made me feel like a loss wasn't my fault."

Turner highlights

Senior Courtney Turner (Wilde Lake) was disappointed with her career-ending, 33rd-place finish in floor exercise in the NCAA national gymnastics championships, but it didn't diminish the fact she was the first Rutgers gymnast in the 26-year history of the program to advance to the national championship.

Turner earned the coveted NCAA trip by finishing in a three-way tie for first in the Northeast regionals at Penn State, where she scored a 9.900 on floor.

Earlier in the season, she became the first Rutgers gymnast to earn a perfect 10.00 score on floor. It was only the second perfect score in Rutgers history.

Malarkey starts strong

Freshman Brittany Malarkey (Mount de Sales) had an outstanding first season as the leadoff hitter for the York (Pa.) College softball team.

Malarkey started every game and led the team in hits (36), runs (30) and RBIs (21), and she stole 17 bases in 17 attempts. She hit .298 and was one of three York players named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference team.

Hereford spreads wealth

When sophomore defender Rob Bateman (Hereford) had two goals and an assist last Saturday in Penn State's upset victory over Virginia, it was another sign of the quality of the Bulls' program.

Bateman is one of five former Hereford standouts playing the game at out-of-state schools this season, and one of 14 overall playing at the collegiate level.

Et cetera

Page Heath (C. Milton Wright) broke the Shippensburg (Pa.) women's lacrosse record for assists in a season when she recorded three to go with four goals in her team's 17-14 overtime loss to Lock Haven on Saturday. Heath's season total of 24 broke the mark set by Danielle Argento in 1997.

Senior defender Brooke Thomas (North Harford) has enjoyed an outstanding lacrosse season for the Old Dominion women's team, which is ranked No. 11 in the country. She was a team captain in her junior and senior years and will graduate with a 3.66 grade-point average.

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