From Dulaney to Alabama

Alabama freshman first baseman Dani Woods had a great view at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City last weekend.

"It was awesome. It was great," said Woods, who was a long way from Dulaney High.

"When I got out there and we played at 8 o'clock under the lights, it kind of hit me. I mean I was nervous a little bit before, but when I got out there on the field, I mean you could feel it. It was great, though. I think it kind of raised our level of play."

Woods and the Tide lost that first game, 3-0, in the double-elimination tournament as Texas All-America pitcher Cat Osterman threw a one-hitter. Alabama would come back to eliminate DePaul, 2-1, in 12 innings before being ousted by Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee, 4-0, on Sunday.

Woods, the only native Marylander playing in the eight-team tournament, collected a double and a single against DePaul, and went 2-for-9 overall in the series. She also started all three series games to complete a season of 77 starts in 78 games for the Tide (63-15).

The 2004 first-team Sun All-Metro softball selection called playing in front of 6,148 fans her "biggest thrill."

"I'd say we get about three to four hundred for our home games," said Woods. "Plus, you had some of the Olympians [softball greats such as Lisa Fernandez] there commentating. Awesome. And having ESPN there was unbelievable."

Alabama took two games from Texas A&M; in a super-regional to reach the tournament on a 9-1 postseason run.

Woods, who earned a full scholarship to Alabama, was named to the Southeastern Conference all-freshmen team. She hit .246, had five home runs, 34 RBIs, 10 doubles and one triple this season.

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Sophomore Megan Riley (Towson) has been named captain of the 2005-06 Richmond swimming team.

Oregon freshman midfielder Jen May (South River) and Stanford freshman Laura Shane (Towson) were named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation lacrosse Newcomer of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively.

In golf, sophomore Matt Mellott (Friends) had an individual low score of 82 this season for the College of Wooster.

Freshman midfielder Rachel Devilbiss (Francis Scott Key) finished second in scoring on the Susquehanna women's lacrosse team with 28 goals and five assists.

Delaware sophomore Dan Deckelbaum (Owings Mills) scored 18 goals and had five assists this lacrosse season, ranking fifth on the team in goals and sixth in points (23).

Alex Tack (River Hill) led the Queens (Charlotte, N.C.) lacrosse team in scoring with 39 goals and 14 assists and was a first-team Deep South All-Conference selection as a sophomore attackman.

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