Beers gets his chance to climb in Ivy League



May 15, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

How did senior midfielder Galen Beers go from the backroads of high school lacrosse to a major collegiate lacrosse school that has climbed back into the NCAA championship picture? Certainly no self-respecting big-time college coach ever finds his way to little North Harford High or Kent County High on the Eastern Shore, where Beers played.

So Beers went to the Top 205 Camp at Loyola College four years ago and was discovered by then-Cornell University assistant Jeff Tambroni, who is now the Big Red head coach.

"We watched him in that camp and liked the way he can create offense off the dive," said Tambroni. "At an Ivy League school which has no scholarships, it's hard to find a player like that these days. Schools like Towson and UMBC showed no interest in him."

Beers was a first-team All-Ivy League selection this season after scoring 18 goals and contributing four assists in the regular season. He added a goal last week in an opening-round, 12-3 victory over Stony Brook.

So now Beers is coming to town this Sunday for an NCAA quarterfinal date at 3 p.m. with Virginia (10-3) at Homewood Field.

Beers enters the Virginia game as the Cornell career leader in goals (54) and points (68).

Bowman has good run

Senior Chris Bowman (McDonogh) has completed a strong four-year run in lacrosse, swimming and water polo at Villanova.

He has lettered in all three sports for four years, with lacrosse headlining his career.

Bowman was a four-year starter on close defense for the Wildcats, being chosen the Most Valuable Player on the team his senior year after being selected the Rookie of the Year his freshman season.

Witmer is strong

Tara Witmer (Broadneck) finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles for Shippensburg University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference track and field championships last Saturday.

Witmer, a junior, was timed in a season-best 1:04.19. She also anchored the 1,600-meter relay team that took second at 3:54.02.

Two weeks ago, she won the 400-meter hurdles in 1:04.56 at the Lock Haven Last Chance Qualifier meet.

Et cetera

Junior field hockey and lacrosse standout Linda Jack (South River) has been chosen Lynchburg College's Female Athlete of the Year.

Senior attack Leslie Hunt (Towson) was a first-team choice for Roanoke College (11-6) on the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference women's lacrosse team.

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