Erica Attonito was recruited by Loyola College as much for her tennis ability as for her lacrosse skills. Maybe even more. But she has left no doubt about which sport serves her best.
A junior attacker from Madison, N.J., Attonito leads the second-ranked Greyhounds (14-0) with 29 goals heading into today's home game against No. 1 Maryland. She was instrumental in Loyola's clinching the CAA regular-season championship with a 6-0 record, netting at least two goals in five straight games before scoring once in Wednesday's 11-10 overtime win against No. 4 Virginia.
Attonito, the CAA's Player of the Week, has 31 points this season. That's impressive for someone who appeared in seven games as a freshman, getting one goal and one assist, before becoming a part-time starter the next season and accumulating 10 goals and four assists.
"She wasn't the best lacrosse player in high school, but what I liked about her was her drive, that inner instinct to be the best. She was spunky," said Loyola coach Diane Aikens. "Last year, we could count on her to come off the bench and score the big goals. And this year, she was looking real good and earned a starting spot real quick."
Conflict of interest
Maryland assistant lacrosse coach Scott Marr, who won a national championship as an attackman at Johns Hopkins in 1987, and his wife of three years, Traci, are expecting their first child.
The due date is Memorial Day, May 27, the day of the NCAA tournament final in College Park.
No problem, Traci says. If the Terps are playing that day, she wants Scott to stay with the team.
Sophomores Ameerah Bello of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and Phillipa Arnett of the Bahamas recently led Morgan State's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams to season-best times at the Florida State Invitational, qualifying each squad for next month's ECAC Outdoor Championships in Fairfax, Va.
The 4x100 quartet of Arnett, Bello, junior Rikki Sye (Woodlawn) and senior Geneva Pugh came in at 45.76 seconds. Bello, Arnett, Pugh and freshman Myra Christian won the 4x400 in 3 minutes, 43.89 seconds.
Bello and Arnett had qualified provisionally for the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, Ore. Bello ran a season-best 23.10 in the 200 meters at the Norfolk State Relays and 52.86 in the 400 meters at the Florida State Invitational. Arnett ran a 11.65 in the 100 at Florida State and 23.20 in the 200 in Norfolk. These times also qualified both for the ECAC championships.
Other Morgan State female qualifiers for the ECAC championships include Sye in the long jump (18 feet 9 3/4 inches) and Tanya Wildgoose in the high jump (5-7 1/2 ).
On the men's side, the 4x100 relay team of Raymond Otis (Woodlawn), Marvin Bennett, Anthony Reid (Woodlawn) and Ronald Keene ran a season-best time of 41.62 at the Norfolk Relays to qualify for the IC4A Championships next month in Fairfax, Va. Kirk Cowan joined Otis, Reid and Bennett to form the 4x400 relay team that qualified with a time of 3: 15.90 in Norfolk.
Led by junior Erin Shanley and her career-high score of 39.125 in all-around, Towson State's gymnastics team won the National Invitational Meet on Sunday night at Southeast Missouri University. The Tigers set a school record with a score of 194.525, edging Iowa (194.150) for the title. Maryland was eighth with a 189.700.
Shanley placed third in all-around, including a career-best 9.825 in vault. Sophomore Katherine Creswell took eighth in all-around (38.675), and freshman Liane Williams was 13th (38.45).
Pub Date: 4/23/96