Bastinelli a big part of Vandbilt's Md. connection



April 30, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Ashley Bastinelli isn't satisfied living on the fringe of the elite teams in women's collegiate lacrosse.

Sure, the sophomore Vanderbilt goalkeeper from Friends School was elated April 2 when her 14 saves carried the No. 15 Commodores to the biggest women's lacrosse victory in school history, an 8-6 upset of No. 2 Duke in Nashville, Tenn.

However, Bastinelli wants more.

"We have the talent and potential to be better," she said from Nashville on Monday night of the 7-7 Vanderbilt squad. "Our coach [Cathy Swezey] is very familiar with the Baltimore area [10 starters from area schools and 16 players overall]. She is from New Jersey and has recruited the North very hard. She missed out this year on some very good private and public school players from Maryland and New Jersey."

Bastinelli has a 10.48 goals-against average and a 44 percent save percentage but scaled new heights in the Duke upset.

"I was seeing the ball well that day, and my confidence grew after the first couple of saves," said Bastinelli.

Swezey said: "Ashley's athleticism has been outstanding for two years, making almost all the big saves when the game is on the line. We're looking forward to two more outstanding seasons from her."

Vanderbilt's top two scorers are from Baltimore, and the lineup is stacked with area talent.

Junior attack Michelle Allen (Liberty) transferred from Cornell to Vanderbilt and leads the team in scoring (27 goals, 22 assists) and ground balls.

Junior attack Lauren Peck (Broadneck) is a transfer from Loyola College, and she is first on the team in goals (34) and second in points (36).

The other seven starters are junior midfielders Jess Roguski (Liberty), Mary McCeney (Roland Park), junior attack Kelly Devlin (Maryvale Prep), Bridget Morris (Notre Dame Prep), Joanna Mooney (Roland Park), senior defense Rebecca Ferrell (Mount Hebron) and senior midfielder Erin Flaherty (Mount de Sales).

The rest of the Baltimore-area contingent is freshman attack Kate Hickman (Severna Park), senior attack Colleen Morris (Notre Dame Prep), junior defense Lindsey Nauman (Severna Park), sophomore midfielder Meg Spies (St. Paul's), senior attack Jessica Mundt (Severna Park) and freshman defense Lauren O'Hearn (McDonogh).

Boles hot

Brian Boles (St. Frances) just completed a torrid baseball season for Elizabeth City State, leading the team in batting average (.442), slugging percentage (.779) and on-base percentage (.547).

The junior first baseman/outfielder, who transferred to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association school from Chesapeake (Md.) Community College, was chosen the CIAA Player of the Week for a five-game span in late March.

He went 10-for-13, had eight RBIs, two doubles, two home runs and five walks, leading to a spot on the All-CIAA team.

McGregor rolls

Middlebury senior faceoff specialist Brian McGregor (McDonogh) has controlled 174 of 267 faceoffs (65.2 percent) for the Division III power this season.

McGregor is tri-captain of the team that has played in four consecutive Division III title games, winning the past three.

Et cetera

Senior Rutgers tennis co-captain Jennifer Hellier (Broadneck) teamed with freshman Ketevan Shmakova to capture the only doubles match, 8-6, for Rutgers (No. 2 doubles) in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament last weekend against Virginia Tech. Hellier played No. 3 singles and was beaten, 6-3, 6-1.

Sophomore Mercyhurst attack Dara Liberati (Hammond) had 15 goals and 11 assists, and senior midfielder Katherine Stoddard (Arundel) scored 15 goals for the Division II school.

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