Marylanders help Navy women's lacrosse program take off
TAKING FLIGHT: Erin Rawlick (left) and Mary Ruttum arrived at the Naval Academy not knowing which sport they would play or which career they would pursue. Now, they're wrapping up unexpected but rewarding lacrosse careers and heading for more challenges as Navy pilots. (Photo credit: Baltimore Sun)
March 25, 2010
By Katherine Dunn | firstname.lastname@example.org
Baltimore Sun | Published March 25, 2010
When Erin Rawlick and Mary Ruttum decided to attend the Naval Academy, they never expected to play lacrosse, but they packed their sticks anyway. Good thing.
As the two endured the grueling initiation of Plebe Summer 2006, academy officials hired former Maryland coach Cindy Timchal to guide the lacrosse program in its transition from club to varsity over the next year. Rawlick and Ruttum figured, "Why not?"
The lure of playing for Timchal, who led Maryland to eight NCAA titles, was irresistible. They joined the club team as plebes.
"I never thought I had a shot at playing college lacrosse, because I was never involved in the [youth] club program, which is where most of the recruiting comes from," said Rawlick, a longtime club soccer player who took up lacrosse as a freshman at C. Milton Wright. "I kind of just ruled it out, but then when I found out that it was starting up, it was so exciting. Everything just fell into place."
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