`Knack for the goal' carries GW's Hostetler past 100 points

Women's notebook

College Lacrosse

April 06, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Laura Hostetler is only a sophomore, but she already has inscribed her name all over the George Washington record book.

The midfielder became the fourth player in the Colonials' four-year varsity history to score her 100th career point when she had six goals in Sunday's 9-7 win over Denver. That boosted her career totals to 76 goals and 26 assists. She reached the milestone in only 26 games.

"Her knack for the goal is something you can't always teach," said Colonials first-year coach Chrissy Lombard. "A lot of teams have tried to mark her out. Denver tried to mark her out and she scored six goals."

Lombard, who played at Mount Hebron, knows all about that instinct for scoring. She had it, too. The 2001 Boston University graduate holds Terriers records for career goals (180) and career points (242).

Big numbers are a way of life for Hostetler, who set River Hill career records for goals (165), assists (103) and points.

Last season, she set Colonials' single-season records for points (62) and goals (45) and tied the record for assists (17). She also set single-game records for most points (10) and most goals (seven). The Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, she was also named first team all-conference.

That's a tough act to follow as a sophomore, but Hostetler hasn't slowed down. She has scored more than twice as many points as any of her teammates this season with 40. Her 31 goals account for 33 percent of the team total.

"Laura just brings a competitive edge," said Lombard. "She wants to do the best she can and she's a perfectionist, so no matter how well she does she always wants to do better. Her skill and drive are pretty substantial. Sometimes she can just take a game."

Terps aim for consistency

As No. 9 Maryland heads to Georgetown for this afternoon's 4 p.m. match, the Terrapins aim to break a pattern of playing two completely different halves in the same game.

For most of the season, the Terps (7-4) have played inconsistently, enjoying one blistering half and struggling through the other. Most of the time, the Terps have started off slowly and then come on strong in the second half when they have outscored the opposition, 72-41.

The Terps scored 12 points in the second half to beat Old Dominion and 14 in the second half of a win over Brown. They also rallied against Duke and Virginia, but could not overcome six-point halftime deficits to both.

But the Terps also have had a few hot starts, most notably a 10-6 first-half lead against Penn State. That, however, fizzled to a 13-12 loss.

The No. 4 Hoyas (6-2) have been just the opposite - a model of consistency, scoring 49 of their 101 goals in the first half and 51 in the second with one in overtime. They also have allowed just about the same number of goals in each half - 31 in the first and 30 in the second with a pair in overtime.

The Terps hold a 13-2 lead in the series, but Georgetown has won two of the past four meetings.

Neither rain nor ...

Salisbury, the No. 1 team in Division III, continued to roll over the weekend, overcoming not only Frostburg State but some difficult weather conditions in Western Maryland to remain unbeaten at 8-0.

The Sea Gulls didn't have much trouble with the Bobcats, taking a 20-1 victory driven by seven goals from Kate Scott (Broadneck). But the pouring rain and gusting wind were another matter. The game had to be called with 11:48 left when the rain made the field a swamp.

Quick hits

Duke's Caline McHenry (Roland Park) has 25 caused turnovers, including four against Virginia in Saturday's 16-12 Blue Devils victory. ... Maryland's Annie Collins (Mount Hebron) has scored at least five points in each of the past three games. ... Freshman Kadie Stamper (C. Milton Wright) has 24 draw controls for Johns Hopkins, which is winning 57 percent of the draws. ... Lindsey Biles (Severn) leads Princeton with 23 goals, including one in sudden death to nip Ivy League foe Cornell, 9-8, Sunday. ... Michelle DeChant (Annapolis) scored the game-winner as Stanford edged Cal, 11-10, Friday to remain unbeaten in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. ... Freshman Jen May (South River) had five goals and two assists as first-year program Oregon won its first road game at Davidson, 16-6, Saturday.

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