Longtime teammates Betsy Gaines and Meghan Kelly, who helped Roland Park's lacrosse team to a 22-0 season and the No. 1 ranking last spring, are among the high school seniors who plan to sign national letters of intent this week. Both are headed to North Carolina.
Sixteen other lacrosse players -- 10 girls and six boys -- as well as two girls basketball players also announced they plan to sign during the early signing period, which begins today and runs through next Wednesday. Several others applied for early decision to Ivy League schools, and Loyola baseball player Steve Pyzik, a resident of Mount Airy, is signing with Clemson.
Gaines, an All-Metro midfielder, and Kelly, a defender, have been key contributors to three Reds teams ranked in the top two during the last year. They led the basketball team to a 22-4 record and the No. 2 ranking last winter and the field hockey team to a 22-0-2, No. 1 season this fall.
Although they have played basketball together since seventh grade, Gaines and Kelly decided to play only lacrosse in college.
The duo continues a Reds pipeline to Chapel Hill, where Roland Park graduate Jenny Slingluff Levy has built one of the nation's top women's lacrosse programs in just three years. Last year, the Tar Heels reached the NCAA Final Four, finishing with a No. 3 national ranking.
Gaines, an All-America lacrosse player as well as an All-Metro basketball player, was recruited by more than 25 schools for lacrosse. Last spring, she scored 59 goals and had 37 assists. Kelly was a defensive key as the Reds were selected No. 1 in the nation by Lacrosse magazine.
Two other Reds also will accept scholarships -- Kristin Sudina from NCAA champion Maryland and Ashley Zink from Vanderbilt. Stasia Thomas (Yale), Whitney Jamison (Dartmouth) and Emily DeVries (Harvard) have applied for early decision.
Notre Dame Prep has five lacrosse players signing at 2 p.m. today. All-Metro Lauren Aumiller and Wick Stanwick will follow their sisters Lacey and Sheehan to Virginia and Georgetown, respectively.
Marisa Baldwin will sign with Johns Hopkins, Meredith Potempa with Notre Dame and Colleen Morris with Vanderbilt.
Towson All-Metro Lindsay Buchanan said she will sign with Virginia while teammate Katie Dolan will sign with Richmond. Bryn Mawr's Elizabeth Knight plans to sign today with Notre Dame.
Gilman's Andrew Faraone, a U.S. Under-19 team lacrosse midfielder, will sign today to attend Virginia on a lacrosse scholarship which also permits the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder to walk on for football, Faraone's lacrosse coach, Dave Allen, said yesterday.
Last spring, Faraone, who runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, FTC earned All-Metro honors in lacrosse after leading the Greyhounds to the MIAA A Conference lacrosse title. Faraone's 43 goals were the most by any first-team All-Metro lacrosse midfielder, and his 35 assists were second-best -- one less than St. Paul's Michael Satyshur, now at Duke.
McDonogh All-Metro lacrosse players Joe Rosenbaum and Owen Daly, as well as Gilman's Damien Davis, another All-Metro, have applied early decision to play for NCAA champion Princeton.
MIAA runner-up St. Paul's has two players, Trey Whitty (Virginia) and Doug Mueller (Georgetown), who are accepting scholarships. Crusaders faceoff middie Alex Kopicki has applied for early decision to the University of Pennsylvania.
For Loyola, attackman/midfielder T.J. Morton will accept a scholarship to attend Penn State, and midfielder Kyle Bell is accepting a scholarship to North Carolina where he will join All-Metro and former teammate Pat Jackson.
Boys' Latin midfielder Hunter Lochte has signed for a scholarship to Towson.
In basketball, last year's All-Metro Player of the Year Vicki Brick, a three-time All-Metro point guard from McDonogh, said she plans to sign with Maryland tomorrow. Two-time All-Metro point guard and 1996 Player of the Year Emily Lipton, of St. Mary's, will sign with Virginia Tech.
Pub Date: 11/11/98