DeFreitas Picks Georgia Tech

The college recruiting process was becoming a headache for All-Met sprinter Jessica DeFreitas. The Eleanor Roosevelt High School senior was receiving constant phone calls from college track and field coaches, all asking the same questions about her life and her decision process.

Finally, last week, DeFreitas decided to accept a scholarship to Georgia Tech.

"It was a big relief," she said. "It's like a big load off your shoulders. I was getting a ridiculous number of calls. At first, I was really excited. Then after a while, I was like, 'Oh gosh.' Every coach called and they all ask the same questions."

DeFreitas said she also took visits to Florida and North Carolina before making her decision. She plans to major in biology.

"I like the educational background" at Georgia Tech, she said. "I like their track team and I like the weather."

This spring, DeFreitas had the Washington area's best long jump at 19 feet 5 inches and the second-fastest electronic time in the 100-meter dash at 11.82 seconds. She won the long jump, triple jump and 100 events in the Maryland 4A championships last month, leading the Eleanor Roosevelt girls team to its eighth team title in nine seasons.

Baca, Orenstein Choose

Eleanor Roosevelt seniors Nick Baca and Adam Orenstein will extend their lacrosse careers into college. Baca signed a letter-of-intent to play for Wagner College in New York, and Orenstein will play for Division III Shenandoah College in Virginia.

Baca and Orenstein were named to the Men's Independent Lacrosse League's second team. The six-team league includes club and varsity teams.

Baca, a midfielder, had eight goals and 11 assists for the Raiders' club team, which finished 4-11. Orenstein, an attackman, scored 20 goals and had seven assists in seven games before he tore his anterior cruciate ligament midway through the season.

"A lot of what Nick did for us didn't show up in the stats. He kept us together and the players on track," Eleanor Roosevelt Coach Chris Walsh said. "Adam has a couple of strengths. He was averaging about three goals a game for us and he's left-handed. A lot of lacrosse programs are looking for lefties because the offense naturally funnels the ball to left-handers."

Lacrosse Honors

Bowie High's lacrosse club had three players selected to the Men's Independent Lacrosse League first team--senior defenseman Trey Harris, junior midfielder Martin Lilly and sophomore attack John Tomassoni. Eleanor Roosevelt junior attack Alex Walsh also made the first team.

Joining Eleanor Roosevelt's Baca and Orenstein on the league's second team were Bowie senior goalie Mike Michaelis and sophomore defenseman Peter McCorkle.

CAPTION: E. Roosevelt All-Met sprinter Jessica DeFreitas weathered numerous recruiting pitches before deciding.