Mayer goes from bad break to the top


Sidelined with a broken hand last season, Steve Mayer (Liberty) returned this year to lead Gettysburg's nationally ranked lacrosse team in scoring.

Mayer has 25 goals and 29 assists for Gettysburg (8-3), which is ranked No. 8 in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Division III poll.

Today, Gettysburg will defend its Middle Atlantic Conference title against No. 7 Washington College, a game Mayer missed last year. Mayer played two games last season before his hand was broken in practice.

"It was pretty tough," Mayer said.

"I never had anything where I had to sit back a whole season."

Gettysburg coach Hank Janczyk said: "He really has come back, and he has played real hard. He controls the ball well and is a solid shooter."

* Many area lacrosse players have found a home at Lehigh University. Junior Jeff Jenkins (John Carroll) is leading the Engineers with 72 points (40 goals, 32 assists). Freshman goalkeeper Chris Parandian (Mount Hebron) has a 64.9 save percentage. Mount St. Joseph's Vincent Geppi (17 points), McDonogh's Derick Hallahan (12) and Severna Park's Bill Rickelman (five) have paced Lehigh's offense.

Catonsville's Jill Altshuler led the Engineers' women's team with 44 goals and 10 assists. Altshuler, who started in all 17 games this season as a freshman, was chosen for the Brine All-Region First Team.

"I had trouble adjusting at first to the college game," said Altshuler, who has switched from attack wing to the first home position. "But the people on the team were very encouraging, and they helped me a lot."

Freshman Tammy Kloiber (Fallston) had a 53.1 save percentage in 17 games. Sophomore Kristin Gillis (Severn) scored 22 goals at attack as Lehigh went 7-10 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot league.

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