Scoring ability sticks with Hostetler

Freshman pacing offense for GW women's lacrosse



April 08, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Laura Hostetler seems destined to go down as George Washington University's first nationally renowned women's lacrosse player.

The 5-foot-10 freshman midfielder from River Hill High School, niece of former Washington Redskins and New York Giants quarterback Jeff Hostetler, has amassed a team-leading 27 goals and 11 assists in her first 10 games.

"She has a quick step and outstanding stick skills," said George Washington coach Jennifer Morris. "It's hard to see the ball coming out of her stick because of her deceptive motion. She is the best player as a freshman I've coached."

George Washington is fielding a women's lacrosse team for just the third year and scored a breakthrough 8-7 Atlantic 10 victory over No. 19 Richmond on Friday, the Colonials' first win over a ranked opponent. Hostetler had a team-high three goals, including the game-winner late in the fourth quarter.

The Colonials (5-5, 1-0 league) then posted a 12-8 win over Longwood University on Tuesday behind a three-goal effort by Hostetler.

Hostetler already has four of the first six Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week awards. She has already established the school record for goals and points in a game, with six goals and four assists (10 points) in a 25-7 romp past Howard.

Hostetler also leads the team in draw controls (20) and is second in assists (11).

Other Baltimore-area contributors at GW are junior midfielder Meghan McDonough (Annapolis), junior attack Rebecca Valle (Wilde Lake) and freshman midfielder Susan Seborg (Severna Park).

Grasu sparkles

Richmond freshman Beatrice Grasu, The Sun's 2003 All-Metro Tennis Player of the Year from Franklin High, led the Spiders to a 5-2 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Grasu, who is playing No. 1 singles and doubles, turned back Anat Elazari, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6, in singles and teamed with Lindsay Cox to also win in doubles, 8-4.

Grasu is 5-12 in singles and 9-4 in doubles for Richmond (10-8).

Tiesi almost perfect

Hard-throwing Shippensburg sophomore pitcher Kelley Tiesi (Catholic) continues to dominate Division II opponents, striking out 169 batters in 97 1/3 innings and not allowing an earned run all season.

Tiesi is 15-1 for the No. 7 Lady Raiders (29-2), with the lone loss coming on an unearned run in a 1-0 setback to Northern Kentucky.

Providing offensive support for Tiesi are Sarah Costa (Atholton) and Amanda Collins (Spalding). Costa is hitting .344 with a team-leading 12 doubles, and Collins is batting .457 with 17 RBIs, four doubles and one home run while sharing right field with Mary Key.

Et cetera

Catholic University junior third baseman/designated hitter Jason Funk (Spalding) leads the team in RBIs (26), is tied for the home run lead with two and has nine doubles. He is second on the team in hitting (.388) and slugging percentage (.565), has a .475 on-base percentage and a .939 fielding percentage for Catholic (20-10-1, 5-4 Capital Athletic Conference).

Cornell freshman Stan Feldman (Gilman) and Colorado State freshman Dan Lafferman (McDonogh) will be competing in the National Intercollegiate Polo championships this week at the University of Virginia. Cornell is the No. 1 seed.

Muhlenberg senior midfielder Candice Coffman (Loch Raven) has one goal and one assist this season for the Mules (3-5). She also has 10 caused turnovers, 17 ground balls and six draw controls.

Cabrini College freshman Megan Farrell (John Carroll) has four goals and one assist for the Division III Lady Cavs (5-1).

Freshman outfielder Matt Lewis (Broadneck) is hitting .222 in nine games (five starts) for Penn State (12-11, 2-2 Big Ten). Senior right-handed pitcher Arin Gelletly (River Hill) has made one appearance for the Nittany Lions, allowing three hits and two runs (one earned) in 1 2/3 innings.

Freshman infielder Andrew Bechta (Centennial) has one hit in five at-bats this season for the University of Pennsylvania (6-14, 3-5 Ivy League).

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