Lindsay Lawson has plenty of reasons to be excited about her transfer last spring from Elon College to Salisbury University, even though it meant a drop from Division I to Division III volleyball.
Elon is located in a remote area of North Carolina and has just 4,100 students. Salisbury sits just 30 miles from Ocean City and it has 6,000 students. Plus, Salisbury is about 280 miles closer to Lawson's home near Dulaney High in Baltimore County.
And she's playing for one of the hottest volleyball teams around.
"I'm a lot happier," said the 5-foot-9 junior outside hitter. "Coach [Margie] Knight helps me push myself and she has taught me so much in a short time. I feel so comfortable with my teammates. I know we can beat all the teams in this conference [Capital Athletic]. We just need to continue to push each other."
The Sea Gulls (17-6) were on a seven-match winning streak entering last night's CAC match with St. Mary's, and they were locked in a three-way tie for second place in the conference with a 3-1 record.
"I was ecstatic when she [Lawson] decided to come here," said Knight of the team's leader in kills (225) and kills per game (2.85). "We lose a lot of kids to Division I and Division II schools. Lindsay coming here has made a major impact. She has tremendous court sense and makes very few mistakes."
Knight, who first recruited Lawson at Dulaney, said, "Her whole demeanor on the floor, at practice, and in games, is tremendous. She is a great fit for our team."
Lawson is second on the team in hitting percentage (.253) and second in service aces (47), as well as fifth in digs (156). Her 225 kills rank eighth in CAC.
Goucher goal bash
Goucher's women's soccer team has already held two goal-scoring parties this season, with both resulting in more goals in one game (12) than the team scored all last season (10).
The first 12-goal run came in a shutout of Hood College, and the second was a 12-1 rout over Gallaudet.
Goucher (5-4-2) has scored 38 goals in 11 games in a turnaround from last season's 0-16-2 record, which included 11 shutouts.
One of three freshmen starters, Katie Miller, leads the team in scoring (eight goals) and 11 players have scored at least one goal. Anne Calinger is second in scoring with seven goals after leading the squad with four last season.
Calinger tied the school record for assists with four in a 6-0 victory over College of Notre Dame last week.
Navy senior soccer forward Stacy Finley became the Mids' all-time leading scorer Tuesday night in a driving rainstorm, scoring three goals to run her career total to 116 points.
Finley has 49 goals and 18 assists.
However, American University continued its dominance of the Mids, winning, 5-4, in overtime. AU is 3-0-1 against Navy in Patriot action over the past three years. Finley moved past Justine Fisher (114 points from 1998-2001) into first place.
Junior Sarah Miller's two service aces in Friday night's victory over UNC-Wilmington gave her 197, making her Towson University's career leader in that statistic. Miller also had nine digs and 15 kills in the match. Then, on Saturday, the Tigers ran their winning streak to 11 by defeating William & Mary behind the outstanding play of Liz Goubeaux and April Hoffman. Towson (15-4) is 5-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
McDaniel College goalkeeper Becky Arnold tied Jen Testa for the school's career shutout lead Tuesday, weaving a 3-0 field hockey shutout over Franklin & Marshall. It was Arnold's 19th shutout for the Green Terror.
Goucher College freshman Andrew Danos became only the second tennis player in school history to advance to the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Atlantic South regional, before being ousted by Washington & Lee's Paul McClure, 6-3, 6-3, in the round of eight. Danos finished with a 7-2 record this fall, followed by three other freshmen who had winning records: Brandon Harris and David Sands (both 5-2) and Devin Visciano (4-3).