Joppatowne attackman aids team's turnaround

Junior Grudzien led Mariners in scoring


May 27, 2007|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun reporter

Joppatowne boys lacrosse coach Ryan Arist said his junior attackman Dane Grudzien is "going to be a good one next year."

Actually, he was quite good this year.

Grudzien had 43 goals and 38 assists to lead the Mariners (14-2), who made it to the 2A-1A South regional final, in scoring.

Grudzien scored one goal and had three assists in the regional final, a 12-9 loss to Sparrows Point, which rallied from an 8-7 deficit after three quarters.

"Dane's a player," Arist said. "He's the quarterback of our team."

It's a high-scoring, attack-oriented team that has gone 10-6 and 14-2 in two seasons under Arist after going 0-13 the year before he arrived.

Regarding the turnaround, Arist said he hasn't done anything special other than to set high goals, which the players have achieved.

"I'm happy," he said. "I concentrate on fundamentals on offense and positioning on defense. I don't have volumes of players or any big feeder programs."

Grudzien was one of four attackmen on the team to score 30 or more goals this season, with seniors Nick Reese, Mark Hagley and Aaron Williams the others.

Senior goalkeeper Chris Feathers has a .730 save percentage in front of two senior defenseman (Chad Fike and Steve Kalambihis) and a sophomore (Matt Woods). Those tough defenders allowed only 3.2 goals a game.

Bel Air hits roadblock

The Bel Air softball team was riding high after a 9-2 victory over Annapolis in the opening round of the Class 3A East regionals, but a talented Northeast squad ended the Bobcats' season in the second round with a 5-0 win.

Senior pitcher Katie Boyce led Bel Air (8-12) on the mound and at the plate this season, with a 5-8 record and 1.62 ERA while striking out 185 and walking 48. She hit .407 and scored 12 runs.

Other top hitters were freshman third baseman Carlie Andrews (.304) and junior center-fielder Caitlyn Remus (.302). Also contributing to the Bobcats' cause this season were senior shortstop Valerie Jennings and junior pitcher Sarah Cooley.

Cooley went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the regional victory over Annapolis.

`Relentless' N. Harford

An inspired North Harford girls lacrosse team came close to pulling off a major upset Tuesday night at UMBC over No. 1 Mount Hebron before losing, 7-6, to the national power.

The No. 9 Hawks (17-2), who played all season with the tag "relentless." They lived up to that Tuesday night with a 5-3 lead in the first half and held a 5-4 advantage at halftime.

The "relentless" theme was in memory of a Hofstra lacrosse player, Nick Colleluori, who died last year after fighting cancer. Colleluori was a friend of North Harford coach Tara Buecker, who attended Hofstra and played lacrosse there.

"He never gave up through his fight against the illness as he would have never given up on the lacrosse field," Buecker said.

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