Howard CC women make JuCo soccer final four

State notebook


November 07, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Kate Seagroves knew her slow-starting Howard Community College women's soccer team had a chance to accomplish something special this season when the Lady Dragons pulled off a 2-0 shutout victory over Louisburg (N.C.) College in September.

Louisburg was ranked No. 9 at the time in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, and Howard had lost twice in seven starts.

"I could see us coming together in that game, and I thought something good might happen for us," said Seagroves, whose team has won 11 straight games and is the nation's No. 1-ranked Division III junior college team.

That is quite a billing for Howard to live up to tomorrow and Sunday in Batavia, N.Y., as one of the final four competing for the D-III national JuCo championship.

Howard (14-2) will meet Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) Community College (15-2) in one semifinal, and Nassau (N.Y.) Community College (11-1) will face College of DuPage (Ill.) (9-9-2) in the other semifinal tomorrow.

"We're clicking and jelling at the right time," said Seagroves, who has built around sophomore goalkeeper Sandy Bass (fourth nationally with a 0.63 goals-against-average). "This is a team that spends a lot of time together on and off the field."

Seagroves said her deep team doesn't depend on one or two players to score or make big defensive plays before the ball gets to Bass.

But she conceded that sophomore forward Christen Pena-Ariat, sophomore defender Hannah Bray and freshman forward Jen Snyder have been clutch performers all season.

Snyder, Kate Leonard, Kari Filipowicz, and Maggie Angle scored Saturday in a 4-1 District championship victory over Camden County (N.J.) Community College at Catonsville, sending Howard to Batavia.

Howard Community College's men's soccer team also was playing for a trip to the four-team National JuCo Division III championships Monday at Catonsville, where the Dragons put their 16-0 record and No. 1 D-III ranking on the line against Union County (N.J.) College.

Howard was eliminated from the tournament by Union, 1-0.

Kane Player of Year

Thomas Kane, McDaniel College junior midfielder, has been chosen the Centennial Conference men's soccer Player of the Year after scoring 16 goals and contributing six assists for 38 points this season.

Kane had four game-winning goals in an offensive season that was the school's third-best all-time effort. David Long of McDaniel (13-6-1) was a second-team pick, and Leon Mach and Todd Knepper were honorable mention selections.

Et cetera

High-scoring junior forward Derek McElligott (15 goals, two assists) leads top seed UMBC (10-2-5) against Northeastern (9-7-3) in the semifinals of the America East soccer tournament at 1 p.m. tomorrow at UMBC Stadium.

Towson University's volleyball team ran its school-record winning streak to 18 matches with a 3-0 victory over UMBC on Tuesday in the final match of the season at the Towson Center. Sophomore hitter April Hoffman (13 kills) and junior setter Mary Clare Coghlan (28 assists) continued their heroics for the Tigers (22-4 overall, 11-0 Colonial Athletic Association).

Senior Chad Tarabolous, a soccer forward, is third on the all-time Johns Hopkins' goal-scoring list (55) and career points chart (130). His 20 assists place him in a sixth-place tie on the all-time list.

Loyola College will be adding women's outdoor track next spring, giving the school 17 Division I sports.

Amy Levak, Kelly McGlynn, Sara Beegle, Cassie Ann Slentz, and Leona Dalton were on the Washington College "A" boat that finished third overall and first of any collegiate boat in the Occoquan Chase in Lorton, Va.

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