The Long Reach boys' basketball team was disappointed its summer league season ended with a first-round exit in the Rock tournament Monday, but the 49-48 loss to Carroll did not overshadow a productive offseason.
The Lightning finished 4-7 in one of the area's toughest summer leagues, one that features area powers DeMatha, O'Connell, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gonzaga and St. John's. Long Reach entered the single elimination tournament after finishing fourth among 12 teams in its division and just missed advancing to a quarterfinal game against DeMatha.
"We're a much more confident team than we were at the beginning of the summer," said senior forward Darryl Webb, who scored a game-high 30 points against Carroll. "We play much better as a team now. We really play team basketball."
The Lions appeared in control of the game with a 41-26 lead with about 10 minutes remaining. But Long Reach went on a 12-0 run to pull to 41-38 with 6:19 remaining and tied the game at 48 when Webb scored with 38 seconds left.
Carroll held the ball for the last shot, and Long Reach senior guard Brent Stanford was called for a reach-in foul with 2.9 seconds left. Travis King sunk one of two free throws, and Webb's shot from beyond half court fell short as time expired.
"Even though it was tough to lose the way we did at the end, it was still a very good summer overall because I saw a lot of improvement," co-coach Al Moraz Jr. said. "I'm happy where we're at heading into the season because a lot of guys really came up big for us, especially Darryl."
Mundy to Vanderbilt
Glenelg rising senior Alex Mundy, an all-county lacrosse defender, said she has accepted a scholarship to play for Vanderbilt beginning in the 2006-07 school year.
Mundy, who first picked up a lacrosse stick as a freshman, blossomed into one of the area's top defenders this spring. Mundy had been recruited by 16 colleges but told Vanderbilt Coach Cathy Swezey on Sunday that she will sign her national letter-of-intent on Nov. 1, the first day of the NCAA early signing period.
Mundy said she planned to visit Vanderbilt yesterday before returning home in time to compete at the Galaxy National Championships.
"I'll get a great education, and it has an amazing lacrosse program, and I love the weather, so it's a great fit," said Mundy, who has hopes of becoming a doctor and will major in either chemistry or biology.
Mount Hebron senior Megan Bosica is looking forward to this weekend's Galaxy National Championships lacrosse tournament in Doylestown, Pa., because it will be the last time she plans to pick up a stick this summer.
Bosica, All-Met player of the year this past spring, will spend three weeks at the beach after her club team, Maryland & D.C. Black 2006, tries to win its second consecutive tournament. The team won the Vail Shootout in Colorado this month. M&D's top team also won the Galaxy tournament last year.
"I think we're playing very well as a team right now, and I think it would be big to win it two years in a row," Bosica said. "It's also the last summer tournament for me so it would be nice to go out with a win."
Bosica, one of the country's most sought-after recruits, said she will make official visits to Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and possibly Penn State in September before announcing her college decision in October.
She said she has been playing lacrosse almost constantly since March.
"I'm going to enjoy my time off and go to the beach with my friends," Bosica said. "I know I'm going to be really busy in the fall."
All-Met Ryan Lissner, a Centennial junior, hopes to fare better in singles competition this week at the U.S. Tennis Association National Clay Court Championships in Rockville than he did in the doubles portion.
Lissner and Bullis All-Met Will Beck, who are ranked 12th nationally in the 16-and-under category by the USTA, lost Sunday in doubles play in the first round, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, to unranked Jonathan Jaklitsch and Curtis Roby from New York.
Lissner, who is ranked 27th nationally in his age group in singles play by the USTA, said he and Beck expected a much better performance, especially after placing second at the USTA National Open in Manasquan, N.J. this month.
"We just didn't play that well, even in the first set," Lissner said. Juliano Moves Up
Centennial has named Carmen Juliano, the junior varsity boys' soccer coach for four years, as its varsity coach, Athletic Director Jean Vanderpool said. Juliano will replace Jim Zehe, who stepped down for personal reasons after six seasons. Centennial's varsity team finished last season 8-5-3.
"Carmen knows a lot about the game, and all of our players have played under him when they were on junior varsity," Vanderpool said.