Mount Hebron senior goalkeeper Katelyn Hoffman has orally committed to attend the University of North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship. Hoffman plans to make it official during the early signing period next month.
A first-team all-county and second-team All-Metro selection last season, Hoffman said she chose UNC over Vanderbilt, where former teammate Rebecca Ferrell is a freshman.
"There was nothing wrong with Vanderbilt," said Hoffman, whose save rate of 61 percent was best among county starting goalkeepers. "North Carolina was a little closer to home, which is good for my parents, and it just felt like a better fit."
Hoffman, who has a 3.1 GPA and a 1,160 SAT score, is the fifth Vikings women's lacrosse player to sign with the Tar Heels. Julie Kickham is a senior in Chapel Hill this year, and Lori Pasquantonio, Amy Fine and Erin McGinnis have graduated.
Hoffman, who had official visits to both schools in September, is happy the decision is behind her.
"I've been told by so many people it makes your senior year easier, and it does," said Hoffman, who also is a three-year starter for the field hockey team. "It's a relief not having to worry about it."
Hoffman's brother, Marc, indirectly played a role in her decision. "My brother is at Michigan State, and it's cold, and I know I didn't want a place that was cold," she said.
It's been seven years since Glenelg won its last county title, but the Gladiators are in control this season with the league's only unbeaten record.
"We're the only team that controls their own fate," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid, who began coaching at the western Howard County school 23 years ago.
The Gladiators have won eight county titles under Kincaid, the last three in 1990-92, and four regional titles ('87, '89, '90 and 92). They were a state finalist in 1979.
Glenelg, which hasn't had a winning record since 1992, is 8-2 overall and 5-0 in the county. The Gladiators have four county games remaining, starting with visiting Hammond (5-3-2, 3-1-2) today. They play host to Mount Hebron (5-4-2, 4-1-1) next Tuesday and travel to Wilde Lake (1-6-1, 1-4-1) next Friday. They end the season at Long Reach (5-2-2, 2-1-2) on Oct. 25.
The Gladiators, who have three seniors and 15 juniors, can lose one of their next four games and still win the county title.
"But we're not thinking that way," said Kincaid. "We don't want the county title to come down to the last game of the season."
With four league matches remaining, River Hill (10-0 overall, 5-0 league) leads Centennial (7-3, 4-1) and Mount Hebron (7-2-1, 4-1) by a game. The No. 1 ranked Hawks play host to Centennial today and, following a Tuesday game at Hammond, travel to Mount Hebron next Friday.
The Vikings needed overtime to beat Oakland Mills, 2-1, on Tuesday. The Scorpions tied the game with 30 seconds left on a goal by freshman Elena Hekimian. Mount Hebron won it four minutes into overtime when Katie Elliott passed to Julie Napolitano, who scored.
Furman junior Sara Tollick and sophomore Kathy Gaertner have helped their school to a 12-2 overall record and 6-0 Southern Conference mark in women's soccer.
Tollick, a Howard County resident who attended Seton Keough, has started all 14 games at midfield and has five goals and seven assists for 17 points -- fourth-best on the team and eighth in the conference. She is the school's fifth all-time point leader with 13 goals and 19 assists.
Gaertner, a product of River Hill, has started 13 games and has two goals and four assists. She started at forward 12 of the first 13 games, but played sweeper Tuesday in the team's 2-1 overtime win over Davidson.
Furman, which has losses to Richmond and South Carolina, has played six overtime games, winning four. It is ranked eighth in the Southeast region.
Davidson senior Ginny Dye, an all-county and All-Metro soccer player at Oakland Mills, is leading her team (8-5-1 overall, 5-1 Southern Conference) in goals (five), assists (five) and total points (15). A forward, Dye has 28 goals and 12 assists for 68 career points, tying her for third in school history.
Dye had an assist against Furman on Tuesday.
Sophomore Natalie Cox (River Hill) has played in all of Davidson's games and has taken 10 shots. A midfielder, she had three goals and one assist last year.
Amanda Berman, an all-county and All-Metro soccer performer out of Wilde Lake, is a sophomore at Wofford (8-7-0 overall, 2-5 Southern Conference), where she leads the team with 21 points (eight goals, five assists) and is fifth-best in the conference. Berman, who has three game-winning goals this season, is the school's second all-time point leader with 18 goals and 11 assists.
Junior soccer goalie Nyiesha Ford (Oakland Mills) has started 11 of 12 games for Radford (9-2-1 overall, 5-0 Big South Conference), has allowed nine goals, has 42 saves and posted 2 1/2 shutouts. Freshman forward Jevne Reid (Howard) has played in all 12 games and is third on the team in shots (22).
Stacie Tokasz (Centennial) is a freshman soccer defender at Eastern Michigan and has played in all 14 games, starting nine of them. Eastern Michigan is 11-1-2 overall, 4-0-2 in the Mid-American Conference and has the country's No. 1-ranked defense (four goals allowed in 14 games, nine shutouts).
Kent State freshman soccer goalie Lindsey Mitchell, an all-county and All-Metro selection last year at Hammond, has started all 13 games and has allowed 20 goals while making 110 saves. Kent State is 7-6 overall and 2-4 in the Mid-American Conference.
Connecticut junior soccer midfielder Lauren Molinaro (Centennial) has six goals, two for game-winners. Her header in OT beat Dartmouth, 2-1, on Wednesday. No. 15 UConn is 10-4 overall and 5-0 in the Big East.
At Elon, freshman soccer forward Jane Williams (Centennial) has played in all 13 games and started two. She has one assist. Senior goalkeeper Summer Cork (Mount Hebron) has started 11 games for Elon (7-6 overall, 3-1 Big South) and has a 0.57 goals-against average.
Twins Karla and Krista Killian (River Hill) are freshman soccer players at Bucknell (3-8-1 overall, 1-2 Patriot League). Karla, a defender, has started seven games and played in all 12, and Krista, a midfielder, has seen action in seven games.
Glenelg product Elisa Davidson, The Sun's volleyball Player of the Year in 1995, has played in 69 games this season at Georgetown and has 99 kills, 40 assists, 15 service aces and 143 digs. A senior, Davidson has started half of the matches for the Hoyas (19-3 overall, 3-1 Big East).