Edelen relishes Middlebury's unbeaten title run



May 19, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Want to know how Claire Edelen and her unbeaten Middlebury College teammates celebrated Sunday afternoon's NCAA Division III women's lacrosse championship overtime victory over the College of New Jersey?

Don't ask.

"That's a secret," said Edelen who was still on cloud nine after the team's fifth national championship in the past eight years.

Not to mention a 70-1 record over the past four seasons and a 131-7 mark in the past eight years.

It was Edelen, a freshman attacker from St. Paul's, who set up the game-winning goal in the first overtime of a 13-11 victory.

Edelen found sophomore attacker Michele Bergofsky behind the net, and Bergofsky charged around the cage to beat goalie Megan Marquardt for a 12-11 lead. Middlebury then added a final score by Channing Weymouth as time ran out in the second three-minute overtime, finishing the season 19-0.

"We never gave up and we had to overcome a New Jersey team that had a lot of speed and skill," Edelen said. "It's pretty amazing what this team has accomplished with all those wins. That was one of the reasons I came here."

The game-winning assist was one of two in the game for Edelen, who had scored two goals in a 13-9 semifinal victory over defending Division III champion Amherst on Saturday.

It was the third win of the season over Amherst.

"We were glad to get Amherst out of the way," she said.

Edelen finished the season sixth on the team in scoring with 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points.

Martin decorated

Although Amherst (16-3) couldn't find a way to beat Middlebury in three tries this season, senior tri-captain Elizabeth Martin (Bryn Mawr) finished with impressive numbers.

Martin scored two goals in the loss to Middlebury, becoming Amherst's all-time leading goal scorer with 185 in just three seasons.

Martin scored 85 goals as a freshman at Goucher, giving her 270 for fifth all time in the NCAA. She is 11th in career points with 338.

Also, Martin had 14 goals in this season's NCAA Division III tournament, giving her 34 in her career and tying her for seventh on the all-time list.

This season, Martin was second on the team in scoring with 66 goals and 24 assists while sophomore attack Scotty Hanley (Hereford) had 13 goals and 11 assists.

Hanley added one goal in the semifinal loss to Middlebury.

Sheridan sizzles

East Carolina sophomore shortstop Christine Sheridan (Archbishop Spalding) completed another solid season Saturday.

Sheridan, 5 feet 2, doubled and scored in a 2-1 season-ending loss to DePaul in the Conference USA tournament.

Sheridan was first or second on the team in 11 offensive categories, leading in batting average (.382), hits (76), walks (47), doubles (14), triples (four) and on-base percentage (.500). She was second in RBIs (37), slugging percentage (.538), home runs (three), runs (46) and stolen bases (37).

Et cetera

Four former Baltimore-area standouts had superb seasons for the Penn State women's lacrosse team. Kristen Burke (Severna Park) was the second-leading scorer with 29 goals and six assists; Katie Hartman (Annapolis) added 10 goals and 11 assists; Kate Jeschke (Mount Hebron) scored 17 goals and had three assists; and Stephanie Curnoles (Parkville) had nine goals, two assists, 27 draw controls and 27 ground balls.

Clark University sophomore swimmer Jesse Bausell (Loch Raven) has completed a season marked by personal-best times in the 500-yard freestyle (5 minutes, 19.18 seconds) and the 1,650 free (18:44.86).

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