Tigers' Trumbo leaves mark

Loss today would end career of Towson's record-setting star

May 05, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN | KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER

Becky Trumbo never thought this day would come, the day that might be the last of her college lacrosse career.

The Towson senior could get an extension with a couple of upsets this weekend in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. By successfully defending their title, the Tigers would clinch a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Otherwise, the prolific career of one of the best players in Towson history could come to a close with today's CAA semifinal at James Madison.

"When I was a freshman, the senior class told me that it's going to fly, that the four years go by the fastest ever in your whole life. "I was like, `No way,' but it really does. It's like a blur. I can't believe if we don't win [today], it's over."

When Trumbo walks off the field for the last time, she will leave her name all over the Towson record books.

A third-team All-American last season, Trumbo is second on the Tigers' all-time scoring list with 256 points. She holds the school record with 79 career assists.

A year ago, she led Towson to its first NCAA tournament, scoring five goals in an 18-15 CAA final upset of Hofstra to earn the automatic bid.

"She has developed into an all-around total attacker and that's what separates her from the pack," said Hofstra coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe.

"When you're scouting, you're looking for tendencies in a player to tell your defense how to take away her strengths. Becky has developed her game into reacting to the defense. She's really able to see the game, draw the defense to her and react."

Trumbo, who has 41 goals and 20 assists this season, was an All-Metro midfielder at Liberty who scored 249 goals and set the Carroll County high school scoring record with 379 points.

As a freshman, Trumbo led Towson with 39 goals and was CAA Rookie of the Year. A year later, she helped the Tigers post the best record in school history, 14-4. Last season, they earned their first national ranking, as high as No. 16, and finished 13-6.

Trumbo deflects credit to the team and to coach Missy Holmes, who arrived two years ago, but many feel Trumbo deserves a large share of that credit.

"She's been a big part of Towson's rise," Klaes-Bawcombe said. "Becky was a top recruit that year and to see her stay home and go to Towson and be successful, I think, opens up doors to other successful high school kids. In that sense, I do think she could be considered a franchise player."

When she opted for Towson over more successful programs at North Carolina, Loyola, James Madison and George Mason, Trumbo had a plan.

"I wanted to go to a program that was up-and-coming and I felt like Towson was on their way," Trumbo said. "I wanted to play ... because I would be miserable sitting on the bench."

She has started every game and scored at least a point in all but one.

"Because of her competitiveness, her skills get better, her shot gets better," Holmes said. "When you have a kid that just wants to win and is not scared of anything ... she plays so aggressively and so confidently that her skills [get] better."

Trumbo, 22, followed in the footsteps of her parents, Dave and Fran, in going to Towson and plans to follow them into teaching. She would like to become a coach like her father but isn't sure if she will be a referee like her mother.

She will student-teach in the fall and graduate in December. Her ultimate goal is to become a Division I lacrosse coach.

There is one big adjustment she will have to make to become a coach - watching others make the critical plays.

"That might be the toughest thing I've ever done in my life," said Trumbo, who wants the ball in the clutch and is struggling with the young Tigers' 7-9 record.

"Of course winning isn't everything," she said, then hesitated and laughed. "But, it is for me."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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