College Postcards


April 20, 2005|By BILL FREE

Emily Pavesich dares to be different and is playing golf, not lacrosse, at Penn State. Even if it seems like half of Baltimore (11 players) is on the Nittany Lions women's lacrosse team.

"Golf is unique," said Pavesich, a freshman from Maryvale Prep. "I like it for the social aspect and the idea that girls can play against boys. I gave up lacrosse and basketball for golf."

Pavesich has found some instant success for Penn State, being one of six women out of 15 on the team being chosen to compete in the Big Ten golf championships the last weekend in April at the University of Michigan.

She shot a 1-under-par 71 in the final round of the Lady Dukes Invitational at James Madison University, and came close to posting an even more impressive 3-under 69 when she missed by 2 inches from sinking birdie putts on holes 17 and 18.

"I had never been under par in any tournament in my entire life," Pavesich said. "It was an exciting day for me. I never could have predicted this much success this soon."

Pavesich had six birdies and five bogeys in her career-best round of 38-33.

It's a golf career that began early at the age of 3 when, Pavesich said, "I used to chase around after my father [Bruce] on the golf course [Hunt Valley]."

"I think my enthusiasm and attitude played a part in our coach [Denise St. Pierre] choosing me for the Big Ten championships," Pavesich said.

Silver on roll for Denison

Freshman shortstop Ali Silver (Kenwood) is the third-leading hitter on the Denison University softball team with a .341 batting average, and she leads the team with seven stolen bases.

Silver has hit the only home run for Denison (18-10) this season, and she is second on the Division III squad in RBIs and stolen bases with 17 in each category. Silver has started all 28 games.

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It's a clean lacrosse scoring sweep for the Baltimore area at Division II Queens University of Charlotte (N.C). The top four scorers on the 10-5 squad are all from the Baltimore area, with sophomore midfielder Kristin Sann (Arundel) leading the way with 46 goals and 13 assists. She is followed by three freshmen: Sarah Hannon (Liberty), who has 30 goals and 14 assists; Christina Yow (Liberty), who has scored 29 goals and has 11 assists; and Mandy Mahle (Bryn Mawr), who is fourth with 22 goals and 14 assists.

George Washington freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Garman (Friends) was selected the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week after making seven saves in a 9-8 victory over St. Bonaventure and four saves in the second half of an 11-10 win over Longwood.

Michael Kruger (Calvert Hall) was chosen the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Week for making six saves in the fourth quarter of Fairfield University's upset of then-10th-ranked Hobart.

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