Healthy Vitrano leads William & Mary attack

Alumni Report


William and Mary junior lacrosse attackman Emily Vitrano said she was "stubborn" and wouldn't give in, even if the opponent was a pelvis broken in eight places and a spine broken in three.

Those were the obstacles facing the former Maryvale standout 20 months ago after a car ran a red light and hit her vehicle on the driver's side as she was turning left onto Padonia Road.

Vitrano's car spun around after that July 21, 2004, collision and came to a halt on the opposite side of the street.

"I don't really remember it, but my car definitely spun and completely turned around," she said. "I was in Shock Trauma three days and Kernan rehab 12 more days."

Next came an incredible recovery.

Vitrano followed her rehabilitation schedule perfectly, returned to school in September, and began light jogging in December. She was even ready to return to the team last spring.

"Anybody who knows me wasn't all that surprised," Vitrano said. "I'm very determined. I was pretty beat up last year and had this constant tightness in my muscles along with lower back pain. I couldn't get up and down the field like I did my freshman year. I wasn't as quick and fast, so I was switched to attack from midfield."

Vitrano, 5 feet 8, scored 20 goals and had five assists in 16 games at attack in 2005, and she has remained at the position this spring for William and Mary (6-4), which was ranked No. 14 in the nation before a 13-11 loss to Towson on Sunday.

"My role is to show leadership this season and set the pace for the attack," she said. "I know I can have an impact on this team."

That is something of an understatement, since Vitrano already scored a career-high five goals scoring in a 14-12 upset of then-No. 7 Penn State this season, as well as scoring several other big goals.

She is second on the team in scoring with 26 points (20 goals, six assists), has two game-winning goals, 12 ground balls, and 16 draw controls. Three other Baltimore-area players are also producing for the Tribe, with senior attacker La Nolan (Maryvale) third in scoring with 21 points, junior midfielder Kara Parker (Dulaney) fifth with 12, and junior midfielder Lizzy Bayly (Spalding) contributing 22 ground balls and three draw controls in 10 starts.

Nolan scored the game-winner Friday in a 9-8 win over Delaware.

Basketball honors

Two of the more decorated Division III women's basketball players this season, Gettysburg senior Jennifer Bengel (Roland Park) and Lebanon Valley junior Monica Johnson (Randallstown), have been selected to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Southern Region All-Star team. Bengel was a first-team choice; Johnson second-team.

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