City, Randallstown girls mark turnarounds in lacrosse fortunes


With yesterday's 14-6 victory over Western, City's girls lacrosse team clinched the Baltimore City championship and completed a remarkable turnaround.

A year ago, the Knights finished 2-9. With yesterday's win, they are 10-2 overall and 6-0 against city opponents. They also won the combined Baltimore City/Baltimore County Division III league with a 9-1 record.

Four players have scored 30 or more points -- Erika Brown (50 goals, 12 assists), Jessica Shipley (40, 13), Rosie Hicks (30, 5) and Brooke Nicholas (28, 5). Goalie Krystin Weaver has averaged about 13.5 saves a game.

Coach P.J. Kesmodel, who has no starting seniors, attributes the turnaround to experience.

"This year, we have kids who can run in the midfield, and we have an extra year of experience. The core of this team invested some time. They played in the Catonsville indoor league and in the summer league, and now it's paying off," said Kesmodel, whose team hosts Kenwood in the regional opener at 2 p.m. Saturday.

More reversal of fortune

Randallstown's girls lacrosse team hasn't posted as many wins as City, but the Rams' turnaround has been just as remarkable. The Rams had not won a game since 1992, but their 15-13 victory over Eastern Tech Monday was their third win this season.

Even more remarkable is that because several players missed practice, the Rams started the Eastern Tech game with only eight players instead of the full contingent of 12; they finished with 11.

Senior goalie Keah Fryar made 17 saves, and eight Rams scored -- Danica Thompkins (five goals), Jayme Cooper (three), Eva Okereke (two), Dana Sadler, Briget Burton, Geresse Freeland and Bukie Somide.

Rams coach Kendra Young still struggles with numbers. Her roster counts only 13, but success already has brought inquiries from girls who want to play next year.

"It's so exciting for these girls," said Young. "They've shown a lot of dedication, and they've gained a lot of confidence this year."

Harford's co-champs

Because their Tuesday game was rained out, C. Milton Wright and Fallston were declared Harford County girls lacrosse co-champs.

C. Milton Wright won their non-league game, 12-9, but the league game could not be rescheduled with regional playoffs beginning today, so they must share the title.

Watch the birdie

Bryn Mawr's badminton team polished off an undefeated season by winning the team title as well as singles and doubles titles at the Association of Independent Schools tournament Monday.

Courtney Jenkins won the singles title while Mona Kalash and Elizabeth Kurian won the doubles as coach Kathy Blackburn's Mawrtians (9-0) scored 27 points to outdistance Roland Park and Friends (18).

All signed up

As the school year comes to a close, more seniors have decided on their academic and athletic futures. Among those who have signed or committed to college programs:

Towson All-Metro volleyball and lacrosse player Jaimee Reynolds (Cornell), Woodlawn All-Metro track star Catrice Jefferson (Morgan State); Woodlawn All-City/County basketball player Carissa Ingram-Hall (Fayetteville State), McDonogh soccer goalkeeper Laura Fawley (Mississippi State), and Friends lacrosse player Ella Mason (Penn).

Four Dulaney girls lacrosse players have also signed: Second-team All-Metro goalie Tricia Dabrowski (Loyola), Shannon Gallup (UMBC), Laurel Kozlakowski (Towson), and Jessica Giordani (Drexel).

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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