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5-1 start good news at building Mt. de Sales; Lacrosse team's confidence positive sign, says coach; Buckhanon stars in Vt.; Notebook; HIGH SCHOOL


Mount de Sales' 14th-ranked girls lacrosse team heads into its Friendship Tournament tomorrow with one of its best early-season records in years.

After Wednesday's 8-7 victory over Garrison Forest, the Sailors are 5-1. Their only loss came to No. 4 Roland Park, 8-5, in a game the Sailors led 5-1 at halftime.

"We learned we can play with Roland Park," said coach Mary Gagnon, now in her fifth season. "We just have to hold a lead against a good team, and that's something I'm hoping we learned from that game so that when we do meet other Top 5 teams, we use better judgment."

The Sailors have been on the rise for the past year. In 1999, they finished 15-10 but lost four games by a single goal, two to ranked teams.

"We've built from the ground up," said Gagnon. "Playing the schedule that we do, we have experience now, and the girls have more confidence in themselves. They've been playing together for awhile, and everything is just starting to click."

Gail Decker has been the Sailors' top gun with 21 goals and nine assists. Erin Gargan has 16 goals and five assists. Bridget Eder is the leader in ground balls and joins Kelly Reese and goalie Rachel Sybor in anchoring the defense.

The Sailors face Archbishop Spalding at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow after No. 15 Mercy and St. Helen/St. Catharine, from England, open tourney play at 9 a.m. The championship is set for 3 p.m.

High flying Owl

Dundalk's Christie Trionfo is on a spectacular scoring stretch in girls lacrosse, having put up 11 points in three straight games, plus 10 more in the Owls' 18-4 romp over Overlea yesterday.

The run, which began last week, has seen Trionfo accumulate 31 goals and eight assists.

The junior third home scored her 100th career goal in Tuesday's 16-5 win over Lansdowne. She had seven goals that day, plus four assists. Yesterday was another seven-goal show, with three assists. She now has 112 career goals.

Last week, she scored 10 goals, including the game winner on a free-position in a 14-13 overtime victory against rival Patapsco. In a 14-5 win over Kenwood, she had seven goals and four assists.

Trionfo now has 35 goals and 14 assists through just five games, leading the Owls to a 4-1 overall record and a 4-0 record in Baltimore County's Division II.

Buckhanon leads Knights

Freshman Trevis Buckhanon (Douglass) averaged 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in leading Vermont Technical College to the Northern New England Small College Conference men's basketball season and tournament titles.

The two-year school's Knights, 20-9 and No. 8 nationally, became their conference's first two-time winner in the National Small College Athletic Association championships in Salina, Kansas, where Buckhanon averaged 14 points and seven rebounds.

Buckhanon earned NNESCC All-Star honors and won the league's slam-dunk contest.

MacDonald to Angels?

Former Patterson pitcher-outfielder Brian MacDonald, who earned second-team All-Metro honors after leading the Clippers to a Class 4A state runner-up finish in 1998, is getting serious looks from the Anaheim Angels' Double-A farm team.

MacDonald, who hit .482 with 23 RBIs during fall baseball at CCBC-Dundalk, said he plans to play this spring as an outfielder for the Lions before focusing on a chance with the Angels.

Irish trip for Gaels

Mount St. Joseph's football team will travel to Ireland June 19-29 to play an exhibition game against a European team.

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