Diaz wins Bucknell's Mathewson Award

Julia Diaz, whose 34-11 record is the best ever produced by a Bucknell No. 1 singles tennis player, earned a share of the Christy Mathewson Award that goes to the school's top senior athletes.

Diaz (McDonogh) led Bucknell to two Patriot League tennis championships and ranks among the school's all-time winningest players despite missing an entire season with a knee injury. Two other women and three men shared the award named after the Hall of Fame pitcher, one of Bucknell's most famous alumni.


In Diaz's three seasons, Bucknell was 43-3 and over one stretch won a school-record 25 straight dual matches. She is tied for seventh on Bucknell's career wins list with 34, although her record is by far the best by a No. 1 singles player.

* Princeton captain Reed Cordish (Gilman), who won 90 percent of his No. 1 singles matches the past two years, is a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. The winner will be chosen by Tennis Magazine. Cordish was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Division I championships this week by Duke's Rob Chess.


* Ryan Cole, who was Pikesville's No. 1 singles player for four years and Baltimore County champion last spring, compiled a 14-2 record at No. 5 singles as the only freshman in Amherst's lineup. Undefeated in New England Small College Athletic Conference dual matches, Cole was runner-up at No. 5 in the championships.


Virginia Tech's Jason Fullmer (South River) won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.51 seconds and was sixth in the 400 intermediates in the Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. . . . William & Mary senior Pat Rodrigues (Centennial) was 19th in the 10,000 meters at the Penn Relays and qualified for the IC4A Championships with a 13:53.6 time. . . . Shippensburg's Amy McCready (Liberty) was eighth in the 400-meter hurdles in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships.


Jill Altshuler (Catonsville) won the NCAA Division I scoring title with 89 points (68 goals, 21 assists), scoring four goals in Lehigh's (8-6) season-ending loss to Georgetown. Third in Lehigh scoring was Kristin Gillis (Severn) with 61 points. . . . For the men (8-6), sophomore Brad Baker (Fallston) finished with 40 points, senior Anthony Souza (St. Mary's) with 26 and sophomore Dominic Souza (St. Mary's) with 15. Goalie Chris Parandian (Mount Hebron) had a 9.3 goals-against average and a 61.2 save percentage.

* Matt Wise (Gilman) had the best season ever for a Cornell freshman with a rookie-record 29 goals and 33 points. Twice named as Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Wise finished as

Cornell's No. 3 in points. . . Sophomore attackman Jon Cusson (Loyola) had nine points in the final two games to finish as Penn's leader with 57 points. Cusson, who scored a season-high five goals against Lafayette, tied for the team lead in goals (33) and led in assists (24). . . . Midfielder Spencer Rice (McDonogh) completed his Harvard career with 45 points (26, 19) in 53 games, including six and two this season.

* The All-Ivy League women's first team includes Cornell senior attack Jen Bass (Maryvale Prep). Princeton freshman attack Cristi Samaras (Annapolis) is the Ivy Rookie of the Year and a second-team selection, while Yale senior attack Colleen Mallon (Bryn Mawr) and Dartmouth senior goalie Kristen Prettyman (Bryn Mawr) are honorable mention. . . . Sharon Langhoff (Notre ** Dame Prep) was elected Yale's 1996 captain.


* Junior captain Ann Torres led MIT in scoring and assists, made the All-New England Women's 8 Conference team.

* Colorado College junior goalie Niels Maumenee (St. Paul's) made the All-Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Lacrosse League second team. Sophomore Dion Kingsbury (Severna Park) was Colorado's No. 4 scorer with 27 points.

* Sophomore Ross Yastrzemsky (Liberty) finished tied for fifth among Army's scorers with 19 points. Junior goalie Travis Loving (Arundel) had the eighth-highest saves total (158) in school history.

* Casey Lord (Roland Park), Guilford's No. 3 scorer with 14 goals and seven assists, was named to the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference second team. In her four years as a starter, Lord, a midfielder and the team captain, had 46 goals and 11 assists. . . . Junior Ben Seigel (St. Paul's), Swarthmore's No. 3 scorer with 29 points, was named All-Centennial Conference second team.

* Junior midfielder Cullen Meade (Centennial), Middlebury's No. 5 scorer with 18 points (11, seven) was named first-team All-Snively League of the New England Small College Athletic Conference. . . . James Madison junior Meg Cortezi and freshman Tricia Cummings (both Notre Dame Prep) were named to the South III team that will compete in the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association National Championships May 27-29 in Marlton, N.J. . . . Senior defender Jeremy Culp (Loyola) finished with a goal in seven games at St. Joseph's.



Stacy Necessary (Chesapeake-AA) was 2-for-3 with one RBI as Kutztown beat Shippensburg in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East softball playoff game. . . . Heather Smith (Glen Burnie) leads East Carolina in batting (.337) and hits (59) in 57 games.

* Sophomore Gary Carpenter (Arundel) shot 72-77-77 to lead East Carolina to 16th place in the Cavalier Golf Classic.

* Signed: By Georgetown -- Melba Chambers (St. Frances), a shooting guard who averaged 18 points and six rebounds as a senior; by Stetson -- Emily Cox, who helped lead Glenelg to the regional soccer semifinals with 13 goals and 10 assists; by Bucknell -- lacrosse players Adam Parris (John Carroll), Gus Samaras (Annapolis) and Beau Watkins (Annapolis).

* Union's Eric Murray (Calvert Hall), a two-year starter at center, won the Ronald Plumb Memorial Prize as the senior football player displaying the best sportsmanship.