Chris Swanenburg hasn't forgotten his hometown ties. In fact, he is relying on them to build a men's lacrosse program in Radford, Va.
In his second year as coach at Radford, Swanenburg, a member of Dulaney's 1986 state championship team, has nine area players on his 25-man roster. Swanenburg also has recruited five of his 11 freshmen from this area.
"I don't think that people realized how serious I am about building this program," said Swanenburg, whose Highlanders finished 3-9. "The program will move forward, and we need dedicated student-athletes. This team realizes they are on the -- threshold of a new age, and that starts with attitude."
The area freshmen are midfielders Chris Karppala (Dulaney) and Scott Regina (Annapolis), and defensemen Brooke Roberts (Dulaney), Jack Copus (Annapolis) and Nick Gesell (Fallston). Two transfers who will help in the transition are sophomore defensive midfielder Buzz Krohn (Oakland Mills, Catonsville CC) and junior attackman Andy Goeller (Arundel, Anne Arundel CC).
The Highlanders' top returning player is sophomore attackman Zack Karantonis (Fallston), who was voted Radford's most outstanding freshman. Karantonis, the returning leading scorer, led the Highlanders with 12 assists and was second with 17 goals.
Another Fallston product, senior Brent Murphy, returns as Radford's top backup goalkeeper.
Freshman point guard Kacy Williams (Hammond) led the Georgetown women in assists (133) and steals (39), and was third in rebounding (5.9 rpg) entering the Big East tournament. . . . Erica McCauley (Mount Hebron), who broke her right hand in the season opener, has come back to become a major factor as Penn has won 10 of its past 15 games. McCauley, a sophomore guard, averaged 9.2 points and 3.6 assists during that span, including scoring a career-high 14 points three times. . . . Sophomore center Debbi Dawson (Old Mill), Shippensburg's top reserve in the frontcourt, has averaged 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game, shooting 59 percent from the field as the Raiders head into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament. . . . Shepherd senior forward Stephanie Lazor (Northeast) earned honorable mention on the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team. She finished her career leading the Rams this season in rebounding (8.7) and was second in scoring (13.6). Sophomore guard Christine Baer (Old Mill) also contributed for Shepherd, finishing fifth this season in scoring (6.3). . . . Mary Washington's Matt Seward (Loyola) finished second in the Capital Athletic Conference in foul shooting (.844) and three-point percentage (.449). Seward was the third-leading scorer for the Eagles (12.5) and led them in scoring in three of their final six games.
Gray Frain (St. Paul's) earned his first letter as a freshman for Case Western Reserve. Competing at 118 and 126 pounds, he posted a 7-15 record with three pins.
Indoor track and field
Cornell senior Tina Rankin (Glenelg) qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in the 20-pound weight throw. She set Heptagonal Championship and Big Red records with a distance of 56- 1/2 . . . . Junior captain Omar Nixon (Poly) won the 400-meter -- for Colgate at the Patriot League Championships. He finished in 50.61 seconds for the Red Raiders, who placed sixth overall. . . . Roanoke's Ashley Dorr (Dulaney) placed third in the 3,000 at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference meet. . . . Kent's Kevin McKinney (Old Mill) ran on the school record-setting distance medley relay team. The Eagles finished in 10:25.51, which placed them eighth at the Mid-American Conference Invitational.
Sophomore Tracy Gruzs (Western) returns as one of Gettysburg's top pitchers.
As a freshman, Gruzs went 8-1 with a 1.06 ERA and nine complete games for the defending Centennial Conference champion Bullets. Opponents hit under .200 against her.