Soccer standout Pace agrees to play at UM

River Hill junior is first-team All-Metro and Player of Year

May 28, 2008|By GLENN GRAHAM

River Hill junior Jake Pace, a first-team All-Metro soccer player and the county's Player of the Year, has made an oral commitment to play at the University of Maryland.

Pace led the Hawks to the Class 2A state championship, scoring a header in overtime to give the team a 3-2 victory over Loch Raven in the title game.

Possessing size, strength and ball skills, Pace played on defense, midfield and up front for the Hawks and finished the season with nine goals and nine assists.

"We're real happy for Jake and he's real happy - it's real big for the program," River Hill coach Matt Shagogue said. "Maryland is a Top 10 program every year, and you can't get any better than the [Atlantic Coast Conference]. Jake is one of the hardest-working kids I've been around, and he'll be pushed by top-level players, which will really help him."

*Glenelg lacrosseThe two state lacrosse championships won by Glenelg on May 20 made for twice as much fun at the Selfridge household. Senior goalie Jon Selfridge made 16 saves to help the boys claim a 7-4 victory over Southern-Anne Arundel in the Class 2A-1A final, while twin sister Kate, the top defender for the girls team, played a major role in the Gladiators' 17-11 win over Loch Raven. Both players were captains of their teams. It was the second straight state title for the Glenelg boys. The two played back-to-back games at UMBC, with the girls title game at 4 p.m. and the boys at 6. It enabled Jon to watch the second half of Kate's game, and then Kate was able to cheer on her brother. "It was awesome for us both to be able to win state titles in our senior year, and the whole family was real happy," said Jon, who said the family plans to celebrate after graduation next week. The two will go their separate ways next year, with Jon headed for Lynchburg College and Kate set to play at Clemson.

*Lacrosse All-America GamesSenior midfielder Kristy Black and Mount Hebron senior attack Alicia Krause will play in the Under Armour All-America Games, representing the South on July 12 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. In leading Glenelg to the Class 2A-1A state championship, Black scored 70 goals and 58 assists and became the program's all-time leading scorer with 315 points in her four years. Krause missed her senior season with a knee injury suffered during basketball season.

*Chapelgate Christian golfSenior Michael Lovaas was one of three to receive a $2,000 scholarship awarded by the George E. Sonnefeld Foundation. The scholarships are awarded to college-bound seniors from the Baltimore area who love golf. Lovaas, a Columbia resident, was a member of the golf, soccer and basketball teams at Chapelgate and will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.

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