Rovegno's breakout leading Loyola's breakthrough

State notebook


October 09, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The women's cross country season at Loyola College used to create little more than a few yawns and was something to pass the time while waiting for the lacrosse season to start.

That was before freshman Andrea Rovegno arrived from Ramapo High in Franklin Lakes, N.J., this past summer and became an overnight phenom.

In an amazing four-week span, Rovegno has captured three meet championships and finished fourth in the prestigious Great American Cross Country Festival at North Carolina State.

The latest Rovegno success came Saturday at Salisbury University, where she took first in the Maryland Collegiate Cross Country championships. Rovegno's winning time of 21 minutes, 30 seconds was the second fastest 6K women's time in school history.

Although Rovegno had never run cross country, she was an accomplished track athlete at Ramapo and holds school records in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters.

In Salisbury, Rovegno was followed by junior Jackie Truncellito (second place), seniors Grace Wetzel (fourth) and Gretchen Schuller (fifth), and sophomore Caitlin Dunne (seventh).

The Loyola women won the team title with 19 points, and they remain tied for the No. 13 ranking in the Mid-Atlantic Regional poll. It is the first time in the 15-year history of the Loyola women's cross country program that the Greyhounds have been ranked regionally.

Unitas dedication

Towson University president Robert L. Caret called John Unitas "one of Baltimore's most admired and missed figures" this week as the school prepared to honor the Hall of Fame quarterback Saturday at halftime of the Holy Cross game.

The newly refurbished stadium will officially be named Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Dedication Day ceremonies that will include tributes to Unitas from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, and former Baltimore Colts star Tom Matte.

Sandra Unitas, widow of the former Colts quarterback, took the role of community liaison at Towson after her husband's death in September 2002. John Unitas had started in the same position three weeks before he died.

"This was Sandra's vision and it truly warms my heart that it will become a reality," Caret said.

Strong start at Navy

Navy sophomore soccer midfielder Doug Kurz scored the first two goals of his collegiate career in grand style last week.

After scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 upset of American on Sept. 30, Kurz (McDonogh) came back Saturday to knock in a header for the first goal in a 2-1 win over Holy Cross. Kurz was named the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Week.

Tigers volleyball sizzles

Towson ran its volleyball match winning streak to nine last weekend with road victories over Colonial Athletic Association foes James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth.

The Tigers are 13-4 overall and 3-0 in the CAA. Junior Sarah Miller had 23 kills in the victory over VCU.

Et cetera

Derek McElligott (Greater Grace) has seven goals in the past three games for UMBC's soccer team, raising his career total to 36. He's third on the school's all-time list, behind Ray Ford (51 from 1977 to '81) and Giuliano Celenza (41 from 1999 to 2000). McElligott, a junior, has 12 goals in 11 games and leads the South Atlantic region in goals and points (25).

Morgan State bowler Sherita Johnson averaged 194 pins a game as the Bears opened their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Division season with victories over Coppin State and Hampton and a loss to Howard. Johnson, a sophomore, also turned in a high game of 236 and a high three-game series of 622.

Navy senior Billy Hurley was tied for No. 61 in the world, according to the mid-September Golfweek/Titleist men's amateur rankings. Hurley teamed with Rocky Novellino on Sept. 27 to defeat the Army team of Pete Phipps and Mark Erwin, 3 and 2, as Navy captured its sixth straight Star Meet against Army, 6 1/2 to 4 1/2 .

Loyola senior volleyball captain Megan Maguire is seventh in the country this week in digs with 4.95 a game.

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