Millon fields new challenge

As coach, former Terps All-American aims to return Roland Park girls lacrosse to elite

Charm City Challenge draws near

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March 29, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN AND LEM SATTERFIELD | KATHERINE DUNN AND LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTERS

The timing was just right for Erin Millon when Roland Park needed a new girls lacrosse coach this spring.

Millon, formerly known as Erin Brown, had been a stay-at-home mom since her son Mcabe was born two years ago, but she was ready to try something new. Coaching a high school team is about the only thing she hasn't done in lacrosse.

A Fallston graduate and former Maryland All-American, Millon played in two World Cups, helping the United States win championships in 1997 and 2001. She then served as the women's division director for US Lacrosse from 1998-2004.

"The route that I took as far as lacrosse was on the business side," Millon said, "but I always coached summer camps because I had to get my fix of coaching. Getting back to high school and under-aged kids, that's where the future of the game is, so it doesn't feel foreign at all."

The Reds, who have had three coaches in less than a year, won their first game for Millon, a 10-8 victory over Mount de Sales last week.

Runners-up in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament in 2004, the Reds are looking to break back into the top 15, where they were regulars until finishing 4-11 a year ago after losing eight games by a one goal.

Millon is optimistic about what she's seen on the field. She certainly has the talent - eight seniors are headed to play Division I lacrosse next year.

"They're hungry, they're all very good and they're so eager," Millon said. "I'm in a new position, never having really coached a high school team. I've coached high school kids in camps and clinics, but I've never had a team to start with and grow and peak. I have a lot of cool stuff I think about and I'm anxious to teach."

Lewnes still winning

If Mack Lewnes has learned one thing over his four years of wrestling dominance in a Mount St. Joseph uniform, it is that if he keeps trying, sooner or later, he can break down just about any rival.

Lewnes' perseverance paid off yet again on Sunday night, when the senior overcame a 1-0 second-period deficit to defeat Pennsylvania state champion, Brian Fiorito, 3-1, in overtime of their 160-pound bout of the Dapper Dan Classic at the University of Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald Center.

The victory was the 190th in the career of Lewnes, whose 53-1 record this season includes having won his fourth straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Maryland Independent Schools titles, as well as his second National Prep crown.

Lewnes was coming off two wins in the March 9 Maryland Senior All-Star Classic, during which he scored a technical-fall victory over Class 4A-3A state champion Brad Katzenberger of Damascus High in Montgomery County.

Ranked No. 1 in the nation at 160 pounds, Lewnes was favored over Fiorito, who had lost to National Prep runner-up Chris Heinrich of Philadelphia's Germantown Academy and Ohio state champion Dave Rella of Walsh Jesuit - two wrestlers Lewnes had already beaten.

"I was in the finals at tournaments where he finished third and fourth, but I'm not sure that he watched my matches and had developed a game plan or not, although, that would make sense," said Lewnes, who is headed for Cornell University. "He was an excellent defensive wrestler, and I wasn't finishing my shots well. But even though I was down 1-0 in the second period, I tied it quickly in the third period and I felt like I was in control the whole time."

Lewnes, who suffered his lone loss to a Maryland wrestler during his freshman season, will next compete in Saturday's Dream Team Classic in Williamstown, N.J. The event matches the nation's top wrestlers against New Jersey's top seniors.

Charm City Challenge

Mount St. Joseph's Louis Birdsong, The Sun's 2005-06 All-Metro Player of The Year, and two-time All-Metro selections DaJuan Summers of McDonogh, Rodney Spruill of Walbrook and Jamal Barney of Southwestern are among the local members of the Baltimore All-Stars squad that will participate in the sixth annual Charm City Challenge on Sunday at Towson Center.

They will face a team comprised of college-bound U.S. senior all-stars from around the nation. The event starts at 3 p.m.

For more information, call 410-605-9381, or visit www.charmcitychallenge.com.

Top-notch squash

Bryn Mawr's squash team completed another banner season, winning the Mid-Atlantic A Division and finishing 10th at the high school national tournament.

The Mawrtians finished 14-10, but six of those losses were to boys teams. Three wins also came over all-boys teams.

Four of coach Joe Lacy Jr.'s Mawrtians plan to move on to play in college. Sarah Gilarsky is headed to Haverford, while Jackie Childs, Sarah Hemmendinger and Libbey Brown remain undecided.

Brown, who is No. 15 nationally in the U.S. Squash Racquets Association girls under-19, won the consolation match at the All-Ivy tournament in New York last month. Hemmendinger is No. 34 nationally, while Childs is No. 39.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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