Mawrtians' Kirr makes lacrosse U-19 team

She's picked despite right collarbone injury


May 30, 2007|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporters

After breaking her right collarbone on April 24, Jordy Kirr had every reason to doubt that she would make the final cut a month later for the U.S. Under-19 women's lacrosse team, but the Bryn Mawr senior's positive attitude never wavered.

Last weekend at the U.S. Lacrosse Women's Division Tournament in Bethlehem, Pa., Kirr participated in practices with the team, who took it a bit easy on her, but she couldn't play in games.

Still, her skills were strong enough to earn a berth on the team that will play at the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations Under-19 World Championships on Aug. 4-12 in Peterborough, Ontario.

She got the news from her father's BlackBerry while shopping in Pennsylvania on Sunday night.

"I was speechless," Kirr said, "and I just wanted to go hug the rest of my teammates."

Those include Bryn Mawr teammate Katie Janian as well as John Carroll's Allyson Carey, Mount Hebron's Bria Eulitt, Broadneck's Karri Ellen Johnson and Severn's Josie Owen.

Kirr, who is left-handed on the lacrosse field, suffered the break in a game when she fell lunging for a ball headed out of bounds. She needed surgery to repair the bone April 26 -- exactly a month before the final Under-19 training weekend.

After surgery, she was moving her arm. Two weeks later, the sling was gone. In three weeks, she was on the elliptical machine. Last week, she was running and playing non-contact.

"It feels great," Kirr said. "It gets a little sore after practices, so I ice it. I'll be back to playing full contact in about two weeks."

Pointers' pride

Before the season, coach Tim Dodge said his Sparrows Point boys lacrosse team set a goal "to win the first regional championship in school history."

The Pointers did that, and much more.

On the way to winning their fourth straight Baltimore County Division II title as well as the Class 2A-1A North region crown, the Pointers won 17 straight games.

The Pointers' season ended with a 12-5 loss to eventual state champion Winters Mill (19-0) in Sparrows Point's first-ever state semifinal game.

"The entire season, we had our sights set on Joppatowne in the regional tournament -- we just weren't sure when we would run into them," said Dodge, a second-year coach whose Pointers avenged last year's loss with a 12-9 win over Joppatowne. "We had lost to them last year on our home field, which left a sour taste in our mouths."

The Pointers' top scorers this season were senior Chris Dicea (56 goals, 49 assists), junior Kurt Lingenfelder (28, 47) and senior Kevin Murphy (33, six) on attack, and senior Dustin McVey (34, 29) and junior Josh Greer (26, 23) at midfield. Greer won 75 percent of his faceoffs.

Goalie Alex Hornberger and defenders Steve Jarrard and Josh Green anchored the defense.

"We had a great showing from our fans," said Dodge, whose Pointers were 13-1 last season. "Not bad for one of the smallest schools in Baltimore County."

Compton's big day

Gilman's Makura Compton won the 400-meter dash and was runner-up in the 200 meters, long jump and 100-meter high hurdles at the recent Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association track and field championships.

The Greyhounds' 1,600-meter relay team of Chris Sheridan, Ben Jarso, Evan Bryant and Jabulani Blyden also placed first.

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