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White pays price for Virginia lapses in field hockey loss


Virginia goalkeeper Emily White deserved a better fate Sunday in Harrisonburg, Va., where the Cavaliers' early-season, 4-0 field hockey run was halted by fifth-ranked James Madison.

"We put her in bad situations too many times," said Virginia coach Jessica Wilk yesterday of the junior star from Westminster High. "We gave up 17 shots. She made 10 saves and played very well in that game."

The 3-1 loss to the Dukes by 11th-ranked Virginia didn't diminish any of White's many accomplishments in the net this season and last year, said Wilk.

"Emily has fantastic reflexes, a tremendous work ethic and is blessed with a lot of physical skills," Wilk said. "She has given a lot of her life to the sport. She works year-round on improving herself and spends a lot of time in the weight room."

Nine days ago, White was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week for registering back-to-back, 1-0 shutouts of Northwestern and Southwest Missouri State that raised her scoreless streak to 153 minutes. It was the second time in her career she had earned the ACC honor, with the first coming last Sept. 23-30.

Last year, when White had five shutouts, she was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" after she stopped seven penalty strokes in a road win over then-No. 1 Maryland.

This season, she already has two shutouts, a 1.094 goals-against-average, an .885 save percentage and 48 saves.

Wilk believes the Cavaliers haven't yet scratched the surface in their potential for this season.

"If we're willing to make changes, we can accomplish a lot," she said. "Sure, our goal is to win the ACC championship, but right now I'm more interested in how we're playing as a team and how the younger players are meshing into the system."

Vojik on target

West Virginia Wesleyan senior fullback Judith Vojik (Mercy) has a perfect shooting percentage this women's soccer season, scoring one goal on one shot.

Vojik, tri-captain of the team, made a long dash down the left side of the field last week and beat the goalkeeper for a score in a 9-0 victory over Shepherd.

That win gave the Bobcats a 3-0 start, but they fell to 3-1 Saturday with a 2-0 loss to Ashland (Ohio).

Vojcik is a two-time first-team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection, and Wesleyan has won the conference two of the past three years.

Tar Heel contributors

Carey Fetting-Smith, a sophomore back/midfielder for North Carolina's field hockey team, has started all six games for the Tar Heels (3-3), who were ranked sixth in the nation before last Sunday's 2-1 setback to No. 12 Penn State.

Fetting-Smith (Bryn Mawr) has three assists and no goals this season, while her Baltimore-area teammate, Jana Facchinei (John Carroll), has one goal and no assists.

Facchinei, a second-year freshman, is also a back/midfielder and has found the net even though she has only played as a reserve in two games.

Annapolis connection

Two Kings Point (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) seniors from Annapolis High, defensive tackle Walt Wagner and punt returner/cornerback Eric Pickett, played prominent roles Saturday in a 26-21 victory over Norwich.

Wagner had seven tackles, two for losses of 16 yards, and one sack for a loss of 7 yards, and Pickett returned six punts for 66 yards in the Freedom Football Conference opener.

Big roles for York

Senior Melissa Mahoney (Spalding) and freshman Megan Arnold (Bel Air) have combined for 95 kills and 15 blocks this season for the York College volleyball team, which is off to a 7-2 start.

Mahoney, co-captain of the team, has 70 kills and 10 solo blocks in 36 games, and Arnold has 25 kills, five blocks and 16 digs, even though she has played only 17 games because of a pulled leg muscle.

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