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FACES IN THE CROWD

April 02, 2012
April 02, 2012

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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

TATUM COFFEY

This is an article from the April 2, 2012 issue

TOMS RIVER, N.J. > LACROSSE

Coffey, a freshman midfielder at No. 11 Penn State, scored six goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in a 12--11 come-from-behind upset over No. 8 Vanderbilt. Four days earlier she had five goals to help defeat Hofstra 11--9; through Sunday she leads the team with 25 goals this season. A two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-America and Academic All-America in high school, Coffey helped the U.S. U-19 team win the 2011 World Cup and was MVP of the title-game win over Australia.

LUKE MAILE

CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY. > BASEBALL

Maile, a junior catcher at then 16th-ranked Kentucky, slugged a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the first game (4--3) of a three-game series with then No. 2 South Carolina, then hit another two-run homer in the first inning of the finale (6--3) to sweep the two-time defending national champions. The 24--1Wildcats broke a school record with their 21st straight win in taking the series and were the last undefeated team in D-I baseball. Maile is tied for the SEC lead in runs scored (26).

DARIAN TAUTALAFUA

CARSON, CALIF. > SOFTBALL

Darian, a senior shortstop at Carson High, had six home runs in six victories to open the season, including three in the Downey Classic, where she was named MVP for the third straight year as the Colts took the tournament title. In 2011 she was the Marine League MVP as she led Carson to its first L.A. City section title. Darian owns the team career homer record (42) and has hit .500 with a .556 OBP and a 1.333 slugging percentage this season through Sunday. Next year she'll play at Long Beach State.

C.J. MAKSUT

SACO, MAINE > ICE HOCKEY

C.J., a senior forward at Thornton Academy, had a hat trick and an assist in a 5--1 win over Saint Dominic Academy to lead the Trojans to their second straight Class A state title. He was the state's top scorer (32 goals, 27 assists) and received the Travis Roy Award as Maine's best player. C.J., who holds the school career scoring record (90 goals, 64 assists), netted the state-championship-winning goal in overtime last season. He plans to play junior hockey next year before beginning his college career.

MARY CAIN

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. > TRACK AND FIELD

Mary, a sophomore at Bronxville High and the 2011 New York State cross-country champion, set her second national sophomore record this year with an indoor 1,500-meter win at states in 4:24.25, the top time in the nation this season. In February she set a record in the indoor 1,000 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (2:47.29), also the fastest of the season. Last spring Mary set a national freshman record in the outdoor 1,500 (4:17.84) and anchored the Broncos to the national 4√ó800 title.

DIAMOND STONE

MILWAUKEE > BASKETBALL

Diamond, a 6'9½" freshman forward at Dominican High, had a Division 4 tournament-record 20 total blocked shots to help the Knights defeat previously unbeaten Cuba City High 61--43 for the state title. In a 67--44 semifinal win over Colfax High, he had a triple double with 15 points, 15 rebounds and an all-division single-game tournament-record 14 blocks. Wisconsin's top-rated freshman, Diamond averaged 13.4 points per game this season, along with a team-high 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks.

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SECRET WEAPON?

Last week Syria's state-run TV station, Addounia (headed by a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad), aired a report claiming that Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right), Andrés Iniesta and Pedro staged a play during their Jan. 25 Copa Del Rey match against Real Madrid so that the ball's path across the pitch would reveal the best route for Syrian rebels to smuggle guns into the country. With the action superimposed on a map, an anchor explained, "First we see how the guns are brought from Lebanon.... Then they pass through Homs and are delivered to another terrorist.... Then they are transported by bus to the final destination, located in Al-Magadin."

[The following text appears within a map. Please see hardcopy or PDF for actual map.]

SYRIA

Aleppo

Raqqa

Hama

Palmyra

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