Elliotts spark Salisbury's field hockey title run

State notebook


November 28, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Lindsey Elliott has always been a special player for the new national champion Salisbury University field hockey team.

The senior from little Delmar High in Delaware has twice been an NCAA Division III first-team All-American and twice the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

However, she became even more driven to succeed when her younger sister, Brittany, joined the Sea Gulls two years ago.

"They feed off each other," said Salisbury coach Dawn Chamberlin. "We're going to have to find a way to keep that going for Brittany for two more years."

No problem, Lindsey said earlier this week.

"I plan on being around here next year helping out with the program," Lindsey said. "It's a fun thing Brittany and I had going on. If she would score a goal, I would say something like, `OK, we're even now' or `I only need one to catch you.' It was all in jest. There is no rivalry."

The sisters finished tied in goals (18), with Lindsey scoring in a 1-0 semifinal victory over the College of New Jersey and getting one goal in the 4-1 championship game romp over Middlebury.

Brittany scored twice against Middlebury. It was a win that ended Salisbury's 17-year quest for a second national title.

"This team won because everybody stayed focused on the task that was immediately in front of them," Chamberlin said.

Not to mention the Elliott and Delmar High factors.

Brittany was the team's points leader (51) and set a school record for assists in a single season (15).

Lindsey (44 points) broke her mother Susan's career record of 26 assists with 30 feeds.

Tiny Delmar High?

It produced the national champs' top four scorers: the Elliotts, junior Erin Budd (37 points) and freshman Tracey Lloyd (21).

A good run

Towson University's Chris Riley has been named the Colonial Athletic Association's Coach of the Year for volleyball. The Tigers' Mary Clare Coghlan was selected the CAA Setter of the Year, and Coghlan joined teammates Liz Goubeaux and Sarah Miller on the six-person first team.

Towson -- which had a 19-match winning streak en route to a 26-5 overall record -- was upset by Hofstra in the CAA tournament semifinals, but its 14-0 regular-season record was the first perfect league mark since George Mason went 6-0 in 1996.

Two straight for Bachman

College of Notre Dame senior Julia Bachman made the CoSIDA Academic All-America College Division Women's Soccer first team for a second consecutive year. With a 3.98 grade point average in biology, she had career highs of 15 points, six goals and three assists from her defensive position.

Et cetera

Villa Julie's Dawn McFarland finished her four-year career as the leader in eight of nine offensive categories after starting all 76 field hockey games: most career goals (41), most in a season (15), most in a game (five), most career assists (22), most in a season (seven), most career points (104), most in a season (35) and most in a game (10).

Coppin State's Renee' Jamison averaged 179.9 over 10 games to finish seventh at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference bowling championships.

Johns Hopkins sophomore John Witzenbocker completed an unseeded run to the 125-pound-class championship with a 4-1 victory over teammate Jim Van Daniker in the Oneonta State Red Dragon Invitational wrestling tournament. Hopkins senior Karol Gryczynski won at 285 pounds as a top seed.

Sophomore Lucy Gilmore will compete for the College of Notre Dame this weekend at the USA Paralympic Last Chance Meet in an effort to qualify for the 2004 Paralympic Games. The Last Chance Meet is for some of the best swimmers with disabilities in the United States.

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