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6BThe Daily Tar HeelThursday, April 29, 1982
Lax seniors :
Northerners power southern attack
By CHARLES UPCHURCH
Staff Writer .
Steve Stencrsen is a face-off specialist. Kevin Griswold and
DQugie Hall have won first team All-America honors at mid
field. Gary Burns and Jamie Allen are two of the nation's best
Of the 1 1 seniors on the UNC lacrosse team, the graduation
of these five will hit Carolina hardest.
The Burns and Allen tandem anchors a very intimidating Tar
Heel defense that has held opponents to 8.5 goals a game. The
UNC attack averages 15 per game.
Like 1 1 of his teammates, Jamie Michael Allen is a New York
er. At the age of 12 he was playing lacrosse. He switched from
attack to midfield in junior high school and remained there
through his days at Memorial High School in Levittown.
Allen, whose father played professional basketball for the
Boston Celtics, enrolled at Nassau (N.Y.) Community College
in 19.78 with no intention of playing lacrosse.
"I played football in high school," he said, "so I was consid
ering that. It was my brother who talked me into playing la
crosse." Allen played football and lacrosse at Nassau, but success
came with the latter, Nassau won the national junior college
championship in 1980 and Allen was named the tournament
most valuable player. Scholarship offers from lacrosse power
houses like Cornell, Virginia and Maryland tempted Allen be
fore he made the decision to come South.
"The warm climate definitely helped in deciding to come to
Carolina," he said. "I didn't know that much about Coach
"I was totally amazed. . . not just with the lacrosse program,
but the entire athletic department, especially the way the fans
Allen's support on the playing field comes from second team
All-American Burns. The 6-1, 185-pounder from Manhasset,
N.Yi, reflects his teammate's reasons for coming to Chapel Hill.
"I like the way the non-revenue sports were treated here," he
said. "We get great facilities, the best coaches and good atten
tion from the media."
Head Coach Willie Scroggs is proud of his defensemen. He
considers Allen and Burns "the best in the country right now."
Scroggs describes Burns as having infectious enthusiasm.
"You'd be amazed if you could see. him in practice," said
Scroggs, "it's the best thing in the world. It's a thrill to work
with a kid like that." '
Burns, whose parents own a home in Myrtle Beach, plans to
take an easy summer off after the lacrosse season ends.
He and Allen, with respective degrees in industrial relations
and RTVMP, are hoping to do some traveling before heading
back to New York in pursuit of careers.
If there was a successful pro lacrosse league m the U.S., these
guys would have no problem job hunting. Neither would Burns
roommate, midfielder Griswold.
A first team All-America choices at midfield as a sophomore,
Griswold was moved to attack the following year. He was a
third team Ail-American at that position.
One of three New Englanders on the UNC roster, Griswold
played his prep lacrosse at the Kingswood-Oxford School in
Griz, as he is called by his running mates, leads Carolina this
season in ground balls and is second only to Mike Burnett in as
sists. In lacrosse, those statistics mean everything.
"Kevin is a hish Quality player," said Scroggs. "He never
fails to play well for us in the big games in pressure situations.
That's something you can't teach."
Accompanying Griswold at midfield is Allen's old teammate
from Memorial, Doug Hall.
Hall started playing lacrossed around age 10 in Levitttown.
He played at Nassau for a year before following the example of
hometown buddies Joe Yevoli and Tom Federico, who came to
play for UNC.
Hall was consistently high iri the statistics last year and was
the only unanimous All-ACC selection. With the win over Johns
Hopkins in the NCAA finals,; Hall was voted first team All
America along with Mike Burnett and Tom Sears. .
At 5-9, 160, Hall is a speedy player who likes to charge the
cage and shoot. I
His counterpart, Steve Stenersen, is more the defenseman at
his midfield position. His specialty, though, is faceoffs.
Stenersen, who co-captains the team with Burns, has impres
sive leg strength that makes it nearly impossible for opponents to
"He's a giant," Hall said about the 6-2, 213 lb Stenersen,
"he's my body guard."
Gates lead team
By JACKIE BLACKBURN
Assistant Sports Kditor ,
Gymnastics may seem like an individ
ual sport, but it is very much a team-oriented
event. And this togetherness is what
senior co-captains Diana Cates and Tif
fany Terranova will miss the most after
graduation. 0 ,
"There's nothing like being on a
team," Cates said. "It seems like an indi
vidual sport, but you spend three hours
solid each day with them, and in competi
tion too. I find myself going to the gym
just to chat with them now."
"I'll miss the team, and traveling,"
The UNC gymnastic team finished the
1982 season with an 1 1-2 record and plac
ed fourth at the NCAA Southeast Re
gional in Florida in early March. They
had won the NCAIAW title for five con
secutive years prior to switching to
NCAA competition this season.
The UNC team scored its highest mark
of the year, 137.4, in the regionals, com
peting against such perennial powers as
Florida, Alabama and Louisiana State.
"We competed better just being in
tougher competition," Cates said about
the team's performance in the NCAAs
this year. "We had the best possible
coach. He always put a plug in for what
you were doing right. Even with 10 people
on the team, the depth really showed
through, especially in the Duke meet."
Cates missed the Duke meet, which
UNC won 131.4-129.45, because of her
sister's wedding. She was a consistent per
former all season, hitting her collegiate
high in the regionals when she scored 34.2
points in the all-arounds.
Chose golf course over track
By STEPHANIE GRAHAM
She didn't pick up a club until the ninth
grade, and the UNC scholarship offer she
received was for track, not golf.
So why has co-captain Carla Daniel
been playing on the UNC women's golf
team for the past four years?
"I always wanted to come to Carolina,
and I walked on to the golf team the fall
of my freshman year," the senior from
Wilmington said. "I played in about
three tournaments that fall, worked hard
on my game that winter, and I've been
playing ever since."
Actually, Daniel whose twin sister
Maria is a top runner on the Tar Heel
track team did not have such a bad prep
golf iareer either: Two of her three years
on the Hoggard High team, her squad
finished first in the state. She won the
state prep individual title once herself and
finished third another time.
All this, and she never had a single
"I didn't really play that much," she
said. "I'd bring the clubs out of the closet
for the fall season and that was about it
until I came to Chapel Hill."
Daniel's style of play is perhaps indica- .
tive of that lack of formal training. Her
swing is a touch fast, and she plays a
wider stance than most golfers.
"My putting stance is a bit open too,"
she said. "When we're practicing on the
putting green, nobody knows which hole
I'm putting to.
"But everybody develops their own
style. It's the result that counts, and my
style has always worked for me," she
Daniel said her senior year had not
been her best as a UNC golfer. She points
to her sophomore and junior seasons as
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"Since the fall of my junior year, I
haven't done a whole lot," she said. "But
even though I haven't hit the ball as well,
I can play smarter golf now and I can
score even if I don't hit it as good."
A business major, she hopes to com
bine her work with her play and is think
ing about entering the PGA apprentice
program. If she does, she will work as an
assistant teaching pro for a number of
years before becoming a head pro at a
country club. Daniel said she will never
regret passing up the track scholarship
and opting for Finley Golf Course in
stead. "To be truthful, I've gotten a whole lot
more out of golf than I ever expected,"
she said. "I've traveled all over, and I've
met a lot of people. "
"Those are the two most satisfying
things about the experience, and they can
open a lot of doors for you."
Joins professional ranks
By MIKE DESISTI
Ricky Marvin may have pulled on his
jersey for the last time as a Tar Heel
earlier this fall, but the two-year captain
of the men's soccer team should be back
in blue and white before the month is out.
But this time it won't be in Chapel Hill.
Marvin is looking forward to sporting
the familiar Carolina blue again when he
signs with the Charlotte-based Carolina
Lightning of the American Soccer League,
following his May 16 graduation.
The senior sweeper back will be joining
UNC teammate and good friend Adam
Abronski in the pro ranks, as Abronski
has signed with the Georgia Generals of
the same league.
"A big thing for me was that Adam
made the team (Georgia) also," Marvin
said. "We came to school together,
roomed together for four years, and
hopefully we'll meet each other again on
the field." .
The Lightning liked what they saw in
Marvin after he accepted an invitation to
a closed-player tryout earlier this month,
and he has been making the VA hour
road trip to Charlotte on weekends ever
Marvin capped his career at UNC by
being selected to the All-America team
and by playing in the Senior Bowl this
past year in Tulsa, Okla., experiences he
s described as among the most memorable
of his four years in Chapel Hill.
"Being All-America and going to the
Soccer Bowl were the high points of my
career. Every year I'd get one step closer
and finally everything lined up and I was
able to do it," Marvin said.
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The stories on this and the following page are about some of the
best senior athletes In non-revenue sports at North Carolina. Only a
few of the seniors are profiled here because of space limitations.
The Daily Tar Heel hopes this will serve to recognize the
contributions all of the seniors have made to the University.
Contributions vital to young team
By MIKK DESISTI
' Staff Writer
The odds of Molly Current's playing
women's varsity soccer when she came to
Chapel Hill as a freshman four years ago
were about as fav orable as those of James
Worthy's being cut from UNC's 1983
basketball team. In other words, she
didn't have a chance.
The fact that the Tar Heels had no;
women's varsity soccer team was part of
the problem. But a bigger problem was
that Current had never played organized
soccer in her life. Besides, she had come
to UNC for a degree, not a pair of cleats
and a thirty-two panel leather ball.
"I've always been more of a student
than an athlc-" said the senior English 1
and history major: "I came here because
of the academics, not because of the soc
cer program." Current, a native of
Greenville, S.C. is a member of Phi Beta
Kappa and St. Anthony Hall at UNC,
and is planning a career in law.
But during her sophomore year, a var
sity team was established and held try
outsi Current decided to give it a shot.
She impressed coach Anson Dorrancei
"When I tried out tor the team it was
the best decision I've made in my life,"
Current said. "Representing this univer
sity has been a great experience and I
wouldn't have missed it for the world."
Current's three years on the team may
have been as beneficial to the women's
soccer program as it was to her. She ! has
been a tremendous asset to Dorrance, not
only for her performance on the field but
for her post-game efforts as well.
"Molly contributed a lot in many dif
ferent ways," Dorrance said. "Not only
did she start for two years and serve as'
one of our top reserves jjn 1981), but she
was vital as an administrator. She made a
total contribution on and off the field."
Dorrance credits his highly successful
1981 recruiting class to Current, who
handled virtually all of the soccer admin
istration's mail, he said. She also spent
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Cates was the top finisher in the region
al all-arounds for the Tar Heels with 1 1th
place. Terranova followed sophomore
Karen Kaiser with a 13th all-around fi
nish. She was ninth on the balance beam,
her favorite event.
"Last year I was third in the regionals
on the balance beam. I qualified again
' (this year) and that was satisfying," Ter
ranova, a Garden City, N.J. native, said.
Having competed on the UNC gym
; nastic team all four years, the two veter
' ans have certainly filled the leadership
"They played an even more important
: role this year because of a new coach
this is my first year," said gymnastic
coach Derek Garvin, a member of the
' UNC men's gymnastic team from 1972 to
1974. "Having the .stability Diana and
, Tiffany provided has helped me a lot.
They've worked really hard. They've kept
me in touch with the team."
Cates and Terranova said they have
plans to continue in gymnastics after
graduation. Terranova plans to attend
cmdM.ite school in human services and
would like to try judging or assistant
coaching in gymnastics.
Cates, an American Studies major, has
"I've been in the sport for more than
10 years, and I've loved every minute of
it," said Cates, from Atlanta, Ga. "I'd
like to stay in shape and would definitely
want to coach back at my high school in
By TOM BERRY
In his five years at UNC, track star
Jimmy Cooper has had more than his
share of misfortune. He caught mononu
cleosis during his sophomore year and
was red-shirted. Last Christmas he
injured his hip and didn't return until
mid-February. At other times he has suf
fered from tendonitis, a stress fracture,
tonsilitis and an injured nerve in his toe.
In spite of all his injuries, Cooper has
endured to become one of the best steeple
chase runners in the nation. At the recent
ACC Championships, he placed a narrow
second to Clemson's Hans Koeleman in
the? 3000-meter- steeplechaser.? In - the"' 1
process, Cooper qualified for the NCAA
Championships and recorded the year's
seventh fastest collegiate time in the
Cooper credits the UNC track coaches,
especially former coach Joe Hilton for
his success despite the many injuries.
"The coaches never gave up on me,"
Cooper said. "They let me develop at my '
own rate. Coach Hilton never made me
do anything that I couldn't do at the
Cooper holds school records in the
3000- and 10,000-meter runs as well as the
steeplechase. . One of his best perfor
mances was in last November's TAC (The
Athletic Congress) National Cross
Country Championships at Bur bank,
Calif. He finished 42nd out of about 300
runners and even defeated - some
Yet his best event remains the steeple
chase, that unusual but difficult race of
hurdles and water hazards. "It's a hurdl
ing distance race that requires a lot of
speed," he said. "It takes a lot of dedica
tion and practice. You've really got to
want it to run it."
Cooper will attend the mechanical and
aerospace engineering school at N.C.
State this fall. In the meantime his imme
diate goals include having good perfor
mances at the NCAA and TAC Cham
pionships, competing at the National
Sports Festival and running in interna
tional track meets in the United States
and Europe this summer. He eventually
wants to join a track club like Athletics
West and compete in the Olympic Trials
Track standout leaves records
15-20 hours a week helping Dorrance get .
ready for the first AIAW National SDecer
But Current has made her sacrifices on
the field as well. After earning a starting
position in the backfield her first year on
the team, she volunteered to fill the spot
vacated by the Tar Heel goalie, who un
expectedly quit the team after the season.
Current was a natural, allowing only 21
goals in 26 games for a goals against,
average of 0.96, as well as compiling 21
shutouts for the 1980 squad.
Highly-touted freshman keeper Mari
anne Johnson took over for Current in
1981, and with an exceptionally well
skilled backfield already in place, Current
was forced to play a reserve role. But her
presence was still a factor.
"Even then she was one of our top re
serves," Dorrance said. "We wouldn't
hesitate to put her in any situation."
By TOM BERRY
The 1982 North Carolina women's
track roster , lists senior distance runner
Maria Daniel as standing 5 feet 2 inches
and weighing 92 pounds. But what can
not be measured is the size of her heart.
Daniel came to UNC from Wilming
ton's Hoggard High School four years
ago with no plans to run track. She will
leave with her name scattered all over the
UNC record book.
"I've always wanted to come here, but
not to run track," Daniel said. "I was go
ing to play golf with my sister Carla.
Then I changed my mind but still wanted
to do something instead of just sitting
around." . ' J
Daniel never did sit around. Entering
the 1982 season, she held two school rec
ords (two-mile and 5000-meter run) and
had one of the top four times in four
other events (mile, 1500, 3000, and
Daniel's most vivid memories are of
her senior season, which still has a few
"My best effort was in the ACC Cross
Country Championships last fall," she
said of her 13th place finish against many
of the nation's top runners. "I ran my
best time, and it hurt the most." -
One of Daniel's biggest disappoint
ments came at the recent Carolina Relays,
where she led in the 1500 before being
edged at the finish line by James
Madison's Cindy Slagle. Despite the loss,
Daniel set a personal record in the race.
With all her records, Daniel still has
one goal that she's never reached to
qualify to run in the national champion
ships. With several competitive meets re
maining, Daniel feels she has a chance to
qualify for the NCCA meet in either the
3000 or 5000. The NCAA Champion
ships are set for June 1-5 in Provo, Utah.
' An intermediate education major with
concentration in math, Daniel is currently
student teaching at Chewning Jr. High in
, Durham. When the track season ends,
she plans to work at Wrightsville Beach
before deciding on any definite career
The Baltimore native has certainly
made a name for himself while at UNC.
In 1980 Marvin was All-ACC after sec
ond team selections in '78 and '79; All-,
South (he made the Second team the year
before); and he was selected as the team's
Most Valuable Player. . v
Despite all these individual accolades,.
Marvin emphasizes the two team goals
which have eluded him as a Tar Heel.
"Wve never won an ACC champion-
ship, and we didn't get that bid (NCAA).
We've been so close so many times.
Those are two things I'm sorry we
haven't been able to achieve while I was ,
here, I hope the guys can do that next
non-re venue sports