Five members of Anne Arundel Community College's women's lacrosse team will participate in this weekend's South Tournament on the Arnold campus.
Kristy Moltz and Heather Riley of South River, Emily Chones of Annapolis, Christie Griffith of North County and Wendy Baxter of Broadneck will take part in the event, which is "a steppingstone to a possible selection to the U.S. national team," said Pioneers coach Jim Shuck.
Moltz, Chones and Baxter will play on the Maryland College Women's Lacrosse Association Team 1.
There will be 13 to 20 squads consisting of 12 players each. The games, which begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and conclude Sunday afternoon, will have 20-minute halves.
The teams will consist of players from Maryland, Washington and Virginia. The Chesapeake Club team also will be represented.
"It's not a win-lose situation, where you keep score. It's a fun thing," Shuck said. "I want people to know that a high caliber of women's lacrosse is being played here, and it's all day. You'll see some of the best players in this area."
On Sunday, players will be selected to represent the South region in the nationals May 28-30 in Ohio.
A 21-0 rout of Montgomery College-Rockville on Friday night wasn't enough to get Anne Arundel's men's lacrosse team into the Region XX tournament.
The Pioneers (9-5) were fifth in the national JuCo poll, and the top four teams qualify for the tournament. Harford took the final spot, leaving Anne Arundel without a berth for the third straight year.
"It's disappointing. We worked all season long for that," said coach Clayton "Buddy" Beardmore.
St Mary's graduate Mike McClellan had three goals and four assists against Rockville. Steve Griner (Southern) added two goals and two assists, Duncan Greene had three goals and one assist, and Heath Harmon had a hat trick.
Mike Layden (South River) scored twice, and Steve Phipps (Arundel) had one goal and four assists.
Anne Arundel's baseball team will find out Monday whether it will receive a first-round bye in the Region XX Division I preliminary playoffs, which begin the following day.
The Pioneers (16-12 overall, 7-4 in the conference) are hoping to be seeded first or second in the eight-team field. Otherwise, they would have to compete in the single-elimination playoff to determine the third and fourth seeds. The top four finishers advance to the double-elimination regional tournament, beginning Friday at Essex.
"Everybody is pretty close," said Anne Arundel coach Clayton Jacobson. "If I was making a guess, I'd say Montgomery-Rockville will be seeded No. 1, and No. 2 could be Essex, us, Allegany or Hagerstown. It'll be very close."
Anne Arundel's game against Catonsville on Monday wasn't very close. The Pioneers gave up 20 hits and lost, 12-4.
"We made some mental errors, and Catonsville made the plays," Jacobson said.
The previous day, Anne Arundel had defeated Essex, 11-7, at Memorial Stadium, behind a strong relief effort from Dave Ryder (Chesapeake). The Pioneers rallied from a 6-0 deficit in the second inning to upset the defending JuCo national champion.
Anne Arundel's softball team advanced to the championship round of the Region XX tournament last weekend before losing to Catonsville, 11-3 and 3-2.
The Pioneers (17-5) played "one of our worst games of the year," said coach Jim Hendricks, in giving up nine unearned runs and dropping the opener Saturday. "The girls were so nervous, and Catonsville started seven sophomores who were a little more relaxed," he said.
In the second game, Anne Arundel -- down 3-0 -- rallied in the seventh-inning with two runs but fell short, stranding runners on second and third.
The good news? Anne Arundel was the first team to score an earned run against Catonsville pitcher Karen Hay-Jones (North County).
The Pioneers advanced to the finals by beating Harford, 5-1, and Hagerstown, 4-3, Friday.
"The girls showed a lot of character, a lot of heart," Hendricks said. "We finished second in the region, but we won the Maryland JuCo championship."
Anne Arundel's Amy Fichter and Stacy Reynolds (Northeast) were selected to the All-Region XX first team. Kristen Meade (South River), Dora Taylor (Glen Burnie), Holly Hladycz (Broadneck) and Kim Horney (North County) were chosen to the second team.
Reynolds received an All-America nomination. "She definitely has a very good chance to make at least honorable mention," Hendricks said.
Reynolds batted .446 with 23 RBI, three doubles and two triples. She also pitched 133 innings and went 16-5 with a 1.01 ERA and 72 strikeouts. She walked 29.
Fichter was eighth in the nation in batting average at .546. She knocked in 27 runs and had three doubles, three triples, two home runs and 22 steals.
Taylor batted .440 with 30 RBI. Meade posted a .436 average with one double and 20 steals.
Anne Arundel was 3-17 last season, so the 1993 season already had been deemed a success before the tournament.
Hendricks will lose two sophomores. Nine players who were starters at least part of the year are expected to return next year.