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College Notebook: Carroll-led VCU women's lacrosse making mark

College Notebook: Carroll-led VCU women's lacrosse making mark
VCU freshman Molly Barcikowski, a Liberty High School graduate, scored the first goal in women's lacrosse program history. (Photo courtesy of Scott K. Brown/VCU)

Virginia Commonwealth University is fielding a women's lacrosse team for the first time this season, and the Rams have their share of Carroll roots.

Coached by Jen O'Brien, a South Carroll graduate (she was Jen Kasper back then), VCU boasts four former county players — freshman attacker Molly Barcikowski (Liberty), freshman defenders Caroline Debnam (South Carroll) and Morgan Hoff (Manchester Valley), and redshirt freshman midfielder Sky Hyatt (Century).

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VCU's inaugural game came against Garnder-Webb on Valentine's Day, and Barcikowski had the program's first goal. She finished with five goals and four assists in the Rams' 21-9 victory.

Hyatt added one goal, four assists, and six draw controls, while Barcikowski chipped in with four draws and three ground balls.

Barcikowski earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors for her big game.

O'Brien has graduate assistant Liz French, a Century grad who played her college lacrosse at Susquehanna, on her coaching staff.

Off to a good start

Meghan Macera (Westminster) is one of five seniors on Virginia Tech's women's lacrosse team, and she made an early statement when the Hokies hosted High Point on Feb. 21. Macera had two goals including the game-winner in overtime, as Virginia Tech won 14-13.

Macera, listed as a defender on Tech's roster, has nine goals and one assist through six games. She also has 24 draw controls, 22 ground balls, and 17 caused turnovers.

Smooth under the Hood

Alex Villegas (Francis Scott Key) shared Middle Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week honors after the junior midfielder had three goals in Hood College's season opener against Rosemont. The effort moved Villegas into fourth place on the Blazers' all-time points list.

Villegas has 62 points, and he's 15 away from moving into third place all-time. Kris Miner (2008-11) has Hood's top mark with 89 points.

Horn answers call for WildCats

Evan Horn (Winters Mill) isn't a starter anymore for Randolph (Va.) College, but the senior guard still contributes when he can. Or is asked to — Horn came off the bench and gave the Yellow Jackets some needed offense in the final minutes Feb. 10 against rival Lynchburg.

Horn had 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting (include a 3-pointer) in Randolph's 55-49 win. He started 53 of 54 games during his first two years with the Jackets, but injuries relegated him to more of a reserve role.

Horn has three starts this year and is averaging 2.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game.

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Still running strong

Alex Panagakos (North Carroll) had a big day for McDaniel's indoor track team Feb. 20. The Green Terror posted five Centennial Conference qualifying marks at the Susquehanna Open, and Panagakos made program history in the 800-meters.

He finished in 1 minute, 58.96 seconds, becoming the third McDaniel runner to break 2 minutes in the indoor event. The sophomore was also part of the Terror's distance medley relay, which earned a gold medal.

On top of his game

Jason Baytop (Manchester Valley) finds him the Hero Sports 2016 D2 College Baseball Preseason All-America Team, and for good reason. Last year the outfielder batted .421 with 13 double, five triples, four home runs, and 30 RBIs for St. Augustine's (N.C.) University, leading the Falcons in RBIs.

Baytop's slugging percentage was .642, tops on the team. He also went 21-for-26 in stolen bases.

He's a senior now, but has since transferred to Winston-Salem State University.

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