Trumbo comes out scoring for Towson

`Unbelievable fire' puts freshman in Tigers' books

Women's notebook

College Lacrosse

April 24, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Towson freshman Becky Trumbo scored the first goal of her college career 49 seconds into her first game, and she has been leading the Tigers on attack ever since.

The Liberty graduate already has become the leading freshman scorer in Towson history. And her 44 points and 36 goals are the best on the Tigers this season.

"We needed a girl who could go to the goal and put the ball in the net, and she's done that," said Tigers coach Linda Ohrin. "Our expectations of her as a top-notch recruit and freshman definitely have been fulfilled."

Last week, Trumbo scored the game-winner in a 10-9 victory for Towson (7-7, 1-6) over UMBC and earned her second Colonial Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honor. She finished the week with seven goals, one assist and four draw controls in the win over UMBC and a 14-8 loss to CAA foe Old Dominion.

Her first CAA award came after one week in a Tigers uniform. She scored seven goals in the season-opening, 17-16 win over American - just two shy of the Tigers' single-game record.

A two-time Carroll County Player of the Year and All-Metro midfielder, Trumbo left Liberty last year as the county's all-time leading scorer with 379 points.

"She has unbelievable fire about her," said Ohrin. "Her competitive edge has really brought a different light to this team."

Shot stoppers

At the beginning of the season, Loyola's coaches could not decide who was the better goalie, junior Kim Lawton or freshman Cindy Nicolaus. They still can't decide.

Lawton and Nicolaus, who have split time all season, have posted the nation's best goal-keeping stats while keeping the No. 1 Greyhounds rolling at 13-0. They've allowed only one opponent more than eight goals.

"We kept taking it game by game," said Greyhounds associate head coach Kerri Johnson of the decision to have Lawton play the first half and Nicolaus take over in the second. "That's been our philosophy the entire year, and we only have three [regular-season] games left, so it's still working."

Lawton, a Severna Park graduate, has allowed just 5.38 goals a game - the best average in Division I. Nicolaus, from Mount Hebron, leads the nation with a .650 save percentage; Lawton ranks second at .632. Nicolaus' 6.2 goals-against average is third in the country.

They each bring something different to the game, so opponents have some adjusting to do at halftime.

"Kim is very conservative and Cindy plays a little bit more risky, but both work well in our defensive unit," said Johnson. "It's amazing to see their team unity. They're always supporting each other and that's important because it allows each of them to get better. With both of them being so good, they push each other to be stronger."

All-ACC Terps

Maryland took two of the top three honors on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, with Kelly Coppedge named Player of Year and Cindy Timchal Coach of the Year.

Coppedge, a St. Mary's graduate, ranks first in the conference in goals per game with 3.31 and second in scoring with 4.44 points.

Timchal guided the No. 2 Terrapins (15-1) to an ACC sweep after going 1-4 against conference opponents a year ago. The Terps won their fifth ACC tournament, 11-6, at No. 3 Virginia on Sunday.

Duke's Katie Chrest (Maryvale) earned Rookie of the Year honors after leading the No. 4 Blue Devils in scoring.

Terps Sonia Judd, Julie Shank (Severna Park) and goalie Alexis Venechanos were named to the All-ACC team along with Coppedge, Virginia's Lauren Aumiller (Notre Dame Prep), Tiffany Schummer (St. Mary's), Amy Appelt and Lauri Kenis, Duke's Kate Kaiser (Notre Dame Prep), Meghan Walters and Lauren Gallagher and North Carolina's Andy Fortino.

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