Our county has produced more than its share of athletes who have gone on from high school to excel in college and beyond. Alexandra Mundy has to be on the top of any list that records sports achievement. Alex, a 2006 Glenelg High School graduate and an Under Armour lacrosse All-American, has been selected as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Yale University.
Her athletic and academic record at Vanderbilt University is nothing short of remarkable. She was a four year member of Vanderbilt's women lacrosse team where she served as captain. She was also a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, the lacrosse equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. In college, she was an all-america, all-region and all-conference selectee. Alex is also a dean's list student, who a double major in economics and political science with a minor concentration in managerial studies-corporate strategy.
Alex Mundy is what we like to call a true scholar-athlete. The only thing missing from her résumé is the title "head lacrosse coach" and I expect that she will reach that goal in the not too distant future.
There's fun in this fundraiser
I must give a shout out to both the Reservoir and Loch Reach field hockey teams for recognizing the debilitating effects of Lou Gehrig's disease and breast cancer. The two teams will be hosting a 5k race and Mommy Trot Sept. 24 at Reservoir. It's called the Storm in the Swamp 5k, a name that plays on both schools' mascots — the Lightning and the Gators.
Long Reach held a race last fall, but over the summer Long Reach coach Rashmi Bhanot and Reservoir coach Melissa Frye decided to combine forces. "It's going to be a lot of fun," Rashmi told sports editor Carol Gralia.
Registration for the 5k is $15 and includes a T-shirt until Sept. 16 and $17 after with T-shirts available while they last.
The Mommy Trot is one lap of the Reservoir track and is a fun run/walk for parents and children age 5 and under. (Strollers are not permitted). All participants will receive a prize.
Proceeds from the event will be split by the two schools. Reservoir's share will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundationi; Long Reach will direct its share to the ALS Foundation. Rashmi explained that a grandfather of one of her players suffers from ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Both of these diseases are going to require lots of funding if either is to be cured and the students at both schools should be commended for thinking of others.
Local athletes make it big
I've watched some pretty good players from our area make it to the biggest stage before, but I must say, now is as exciting a time as ever before to watch Howard County athletes excelling at the next level.
On Sept. 6, second baseman Steven Lombardozzi (Atholton '07) was called up to the Washington Nationals.
The night before, fellow Raiders alum Matt Robinson ('10) started at safety for the University of Maryland, making 10 total tackles as the Terps beat Miami, 32-24, in a prime-time game telecast nationally onESPN.
On Sept. 3, Wake Forest sophomore receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill '09) caught a career-high seven passes for 80 yards and his first career touchdown reception, and led the Demon Deacons with 46 return yards in a 36-29 loss to Syracuse.
Finally, North Carolina senior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake '06) led the Tar Heels with six tackles including a sack in a 42-10 win over James Madison, also Sept. 3. He is being projected as a first-round pick in next year's NFL draft by many prognosticators.