Lefty Cox's goals helping Terps get right

Women's notebook

April 10, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Maryland freshman Delia Cox has all the attributes coach Cindy Timchal looks for in an attacking midfielder - speed, skill and the kind of athleticism and game smarts that come from playing multiple sports.

There's also a bonus - she's left-handed.

"We've been looking for a lefty since Allison Comito graduated," said Timchal, referring to the two-time All American who scored the Terrapins' game-winning overtime goal in the 2001 national championship game.

Cox scored some big goals last week - four in a 13-10 win at No. 6 Georgetown that helped earn her Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week honors.

"From the beginning, she was an impact player, in terms of being able to score in big games," Timchal said. "She's got great speed, and that first step is just incredible. She's playing great."

A two-time high school All-American who also played soccer at Gov. Dummer Academy in Newbury, Mass, Cox stands third on the team in goals with 20. She leads the No. 2 Terps and is third in the ACC with 39 ground balls. She also ranks among the Terps' leaders in draw controls and caused turnovers.

Salisbury is No. 10

Salisbury has taken a giant leap - from No. 18 in the preseason poll to No. 10 - with its 7-1 start.

A new comfort level has taken hold in coach Jim Nestor's second season, and the Sea Gulls are off to their best start since a 10-1 beginning propelled them to the 2001's Division III final four.

"There's a little bit better understanding of what my expectations are, especially at practice," said Nestor, whose team was 9-6 last season. "We have more experience, and they're more comfortable playing with each other."

The Sea Gulls have been especially impressive on defense, where a unit led by Melissa Dugan (Centennial), Alicia Groveston (Southern-AA) and Kelly Murphy (Magruder) and anchored by goalies Dena Glisan (Oakland Mills) and Ali Goetz (Fallston) allows just 6.5 goals a game.

Freshman Lynsey Bateman (Severna Park) has added punch to an attack that graduated two of the most prolific scorers in school history. With 25 goals and six assists, Bateman leads the Capital Athletic Conference with 3.13 goals a game.

Filling a void

When Syracuse midfielder Carrie Soults graduated last spring second on the Orangewomen's all-time career scoring list, coach Lisa Miller wasn't sure who could fill her dual role of scorer and stopper.

It didn't take long for Monica Joines to put those concerns to rest.

The sophomore North Harford graduate is second on the team in scoring with 20 goals and five assists as the No. 8 Orangewomen (8-2) are off to one of the best starts in their program's six-year history.

"Monica has been one of the keys to that success," Miller said. "Her game has matured in so many ways. She has always been a great athlete and a sort of instinctive leader, but her understanding of the game has matured. She recognizes when we need a goal, and she's consistently stopping the momentum of the other team."

With a win Saturday at No. 13 Dartmouth, the Orangewomen will match their best start. Their only losses this season have been to No. 2 Maryland, 8-7, and No. 6 Georgetown, 13-3. They opened with a 12-11 overtime upset of then-No. 3 Virginia.

Joines has joined third-team All-American Leigh-Ann Zimmer as Syracuse's go-to players. The two account for 49 of the team's 96 goals.

The Orangewomen, who have been to the NCAA Division I tournament three straight times, have extra incentive to reach this season's finals since they are being played May 16-18 at the Carrier Dome.

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