The college women's lacrosse season is still quite young, but Ohio State University's Alayna Markwordt is making her mark. Just four games in, the senior from Glenelg has become Ohio State's all-time leading scorer and its all-time points scorer.
Alayna now has 247 points on 151 goals and 96 assists, improving on the points mark set by Kelly Haggerty during the 2007-10 seasons. In addition, Alayna has extended her goal-scoring streak to 26 games and her point-scoring streak to 52-consecutive games, dating back to March 1, 2009, the fourth game of her freshman season.
Alayna broke the previous career goal record (143) in a 14-10 win against Stanford and the points record in a 21-7 win over Louisville Feb. 19.
"It is certainly exciting to break the (points) record," Alayna said in a press release. "I knew it was coming because it had been mentioned in the last week, but I have been concentrating more on what we needed to do to win both games this weekend. Louisville is a great team and they came out very strong.
"As a team, we were really just focused on coming out and winning and breaking the record was just part of that. I'm very grateful to have been able to play here for four years and remain healthy to get to this point. We have so much more to accomplish this season though."
The Buckeyes, ranked 18th in the nation, are off to a 4-0 start on the season.
Alayna joins Mt. Hebron graduate Ashley Bruns, who plays for the University of Florida, on the Tewaaraton Watch List. The Tewaaraton Award goes to the best male and female college player in the country. The watch list will be pared down in April and then five finalists announced in early May.
Nominations being accepted
The committee that selects the Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame is looking for more nominations. If you know anybody who you think has contributed significantly to the county's recreation and sports programs, I urge you to get a nomination form and submit that person's name.
The form can be found on the Howard County Recreation and Parks Department's website. If you have trouble getting a form, contact me and I will make sure you get one. Nominations must be in by April 15.
I have been told by many people that they have just the right person for this prestigious award, but few ever follow through and put in a nomination. So submit the name and let the committee do its job in selecting the next class.
Three of the 18 new members in the Maryland Slowpitch Softball Association's Hall of Fame are from Howard County — Ed Hamel, Jim Price and Andy Zitnay. All three have been involved for decades in slowpitch softball and each has been a strong proponent of the sport as a player, manager, sponsor or advocate.
An induction banquet will be held March 11 at the UAW Hall, 1010 S. Oldham Street, Baltimore. Tickets are available by calling 410-960-3877.
The mighty Lions
The Mount Airy Christian School wrestling team, which is only three years old, participated in the Maryland Independent School Wrestling Tournament last weekend at McDonogh.
The team is made up of four students (two freshmen and two seniors) which made it to the quarterfinals and finished fourth in the team standings. This is a small program with very little funding compared to the other schools at the tournament.
The Lions' girls basketball team has again been invited to the NACA National Championship tournament. The team finished third in 2010, second last year and hope to bring home the championship trophy from this year's tournament in Dayton, Tenn.