The lacrosse success that St. Agnes in Alexandria has enjoyed for so long at the high school level is starting to impact the college ranks in a major way. Several former Saints are standouts in the college ranks, including three at Harvard, which recently won the women's NCAA Division I national championship with an 8-7 victory over Maryland.
Harvard was led by senior defensive player and former St. Agnes all-American Maggie Vaughan, one of only two women in Ivy League history to be named all-Ivy four times. Vaughan, who began her Harvard career by winning the Ivy League rookie of the year award, was the unanimous selection as the Ivy League Player of the Year this season. The two-time all-American is an alternate for the U.S. national team.
Lila Rifaat, who missed the NCAA tournament due to a knee injury, will return for her senior season at Harvard as a co-captain. Tara Uhler, a freshman reserve, is expected to be a starter next season.
Other St. Agnes graduates who played in college this past season include Hilary Vaughan and Sara Williams of Yale, Melanie Bartol of Brown, Sabrina Gilmore of Colgate, two-time Division III all-American Sharon Dewey of Denison and Beth Matthew, a Division III regional all-American at Washington College.
"It's amazing they have done so well but we spend a lot of time on the basics," said St. Agnes Coach Kathy Jenkins, who has compiled a 161-17-6 record and won 11 Independent School League titles in 12 years at St. Agnes. "We believe if we can catch, throw and cradle, we can win." Czeching it Out
A team comprising players from colleges and universities in the Washington area will compete in the Prague Invitational baseball tournament, June 18-28. Sponsored by the International Sports Group, Inc. to promote international amateur competition, the field includes teams from Italy, Holland, Poland, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia.
Members of the Washington team include Dave Armstrong, Joe Meury and Jason Umberger from the University of Maryland; John Choinski, Lester Hall and Robert Jones of Coppin State; Joe Braun of Catholic; Marc Kligman of Johns Hopkins; Bethesda native Charley Johnson of Gettysburg College and Dave Thomas of George Mason University.
The team, which will be called the Maryland Orioles and wear uniforms donated by the Baltimore Orioles, will be coached by Maryland assistant coach Jim Flack. Extra Points
Swimmer Jessica Paul of South Lakes has been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the national Asthma Athlete Scholarship program. Paul, one of six honorees from more than 1,400 applicants nationwide, has won the the Virginia AAA Northern Region's 50- and 100-yard freestyle championship the past two years and is ranked among the top 12 U.S. 50-meter freestyle swimmers in her age group. She will attend Brown University in the fall. . . .
Among the recently announced honorees of the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association were Pete Menke of Churchill, Larry Layman of Crossland, Ed Boxwell of Atholton and Fred Hewitt of Severn . . . Otto Jordan, director of physical education for D.C. Public Schools, will be honored on June 29 in Nashville by the national association of athletic directors with the distinguished service award for Region 2. . . . The Suburban Football Officials Association is looking for officials. Anyone interested should contact Pat Yohe at 306-0273.