Fetting-Smith has marquee plan for Heels

National field hockey title her goal in final UNC act



September 22, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Carey Fetting-Smith was a smash hit last fall when she played an out-of-control housewife at the Playmakers Theater on the North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill.

Her Tar Heels field hockey teammates lined the front row of the theater and were slightly in awe of her emotional performance in a Neil Simon farce called Rumors.

Much applause, lots of laughter and some tears filled the theater.

It was one of many roles the high school All-American from Bryn Mawr has played in her more than three years at the Atlantic Coast Conference school.

She serves on the Student Athlete Council, is a member of the Mentors for the Durham Scholars Program, played on the 2004 U.S. Under-21 field hockey team and has received numerous academic and leadership awards.

Now Fetting-Smith wants to perform one final act in her senior year.

"I want to win a national championship," said the team's co-captain, who has been a starter since her freshman season. "No one in my class has ever won it. We finished fourth last year and have everybody back."

Fetting-Smith, The Sun's 2000 All-Metro Player of the Year, is a back/midfielder for the No. 3 Tar Heels, who are 8-0 with five shutouts.

The 5-foot-7 Fetting-Smith has played a major role in those shutouts, according to her coach, Karen Shelton.

"She is strong on defense and attacking, but more importantly for our team, Carey is very vocal on the field and a leader," Shelton said.

Fetting-Smith said Shelton has instilled the perfect combination of fun and discipline to a team that keeps "improving and hasn't peaked yet."

"We have great chemistry and our coach [Shelton] told us we're one of five schools that could win a national championship," Fetting-Smith said. The other four are Wake Forest, Michigan State, Duke and Maryland.

"It's great to have all those ACC schools fighting for a championship," said the Baltimorean. "My biggest moment here came last year when we beat Duke under the lights on a Friday night with Fever [a cheerleading group] here."

Fetting-Smith scored a goal that night, one of eight she had last season, along with four assists. She has one assist this season.

Another Baltimore-area player, second-year freshman backup goalkeeper Marie Bounds (Wilde Lake), has played 37 minutes in three games for the Tar Heels and made three saves.

"Marie preserved our shutout over Virginia by making a save off a hard shot in the final minutes," Shelton said.

R. Johnson a dual threat

Senior Virginia Tech flanker Richard Johnson (Milford Mill) not only did his job Saturday in a 41-17 rout of Duke in the school's first ACC football game, but he showed he also could pass the ball.

Johnson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass and threw a 34-yard scoring pass on his only attempt of the day.

In three games for the 2-1 Hokies, he has caught five passes for 70 yards and one touchdown.

Also, senior Virginia Tech safety Vincent Fuller (Woodlawn) has 13 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in three games. He recovered the fumble against Duke and had three assisted tackles against the Blue Devils.

Another Baltimore-area player, Jason Murphy (Edmondson), is a fourth-year guard for the Hokies.

Kupec pulling them in

Junior tight end Chris Kupec (River Hill) has caught five passes for 93 yards in three games this season for Southern Illinois (2-1). The I-AA Salukis will meet Delaware State in Dover on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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