Striker Kotofski goal-oriented for Frostburg

Mount women triumph at G. Mason Invitational

State notebook

Colleges

October 10, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The Karen Kotofski show is now playing twice a week on any soccer field where the Frostburg State women's team plays.

Bobcats coach Brian Parker sometimes gets caught up in the excitement of watching her play.

"Karen turned on a ball 20 yards from the goal against La Roche Tuesday and buried it upper 90 in the net left-footed," the first-year coach said. "It was a quality shot at any level. The goalkeeper never had a chance."

Kotofski, a sophomore striker from Northeast High in Anne Arundel County, is accomplishing amazing scoring feats at the Division III school in Western Maryland.

She scored eight goals in her first three games, after missing the first five with a pulled quadriceps. Four of those goals came Sept. 21 in a 8-0 romp over Pitt-Bradford.

That was showtime.

Kotofski also loves crunch time.

Villa Julie discovered that Oct. 3 in a 2-1 double overtime loss to Frostburg (5-5-4).

Kotofski scored a goal to tie the game with 3:07 left in regulation and came back with another goal with 2:41 remaining in the second overtime to win it.

She has 11 goals and one assist in nine games after establishing single-season school records with 21 goals and 49 points last year as a freshman. Her 32 goals are just 16 short of Amy Foote's Frostburg career mark of 48.

"Karen's as strong as any player at this level, the way she can shield the ball from as many as four defenders at a time," Parker said. "She has good technical speed, a nose for the goal ... and is tuned into what we're doing."

Mount runners first

Five Mount St. Mary's women's cross country runners finished in the top 20 last weekend, enabling the Emmitsburg school to win the George Mason Invitational at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Va.

Agnus Kipkuna captured fourth place out of 72 runners in the 6-kilometer race to lead the Mount.

She was followed by Kari McCarty (seventh), Brynn Dutcher (11th), Leanne Haslbeck (15th) and Brittany McCann (17th).

Navy's Kovach No. 10

Navy senior wrestling captain Steve Kovach is ranked No. 10 in the country for the preseason in the heavyweight division.

Kovach was 35-8 last year and finished one win short of earning All-America honors at the NCAA championships.

Et cetera

The UMES volleyball team (7-7) has been led by team captain Dari Ganoza and freshmen Jana Milin and Eriel Jeffery ... .. "Midnight Mayhem" returns to Loyola College tomorrow night as the men's and women's basketball teams open practice. There will be three-point contests, half-court shots, relay races, a slam-dunk contest, a drawing for airline tickets and free books available.

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