The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection held its 27th annual basketball awards dinner on March 23 in Garden City. The church has several teams that participate in the Long Island Lutheran Basketball League. The event included several award recipients:
Most Valuable Players: Jimmy Duff, Denis Rice, Christian Labenberg, Lisa Dettling, Brittany Derlath and Lori Gayson.
Most Improved Players: Chris Barnes, Lauren Cutajar/Wynn, Christine Simpson and Samantha Sunduis.
Christian Sportsmanship: Steffi Leon, Jennifer Black, Amanda Olivo and Lisa Dettling.
Every player received a Resurrection basketball sweatshirt for participating in the program. Also a special award was presented to Pastor William Meyer and Marie Meyer for their 25 years of loyal support to this special basketball program. The evening was made extra special due to the efforts of the dinner coordinator Gretchen Sunduis with the support of Marie Dettling, Cheri Rice and Susan Byrne.
Garden City native Erin Elbe, who led Georgtown University in scoring as well as to a return trip to the NCAA lacrosse final, has been named the nation's most outstanding woman collegiate lacrosse player of 2002, according to the results of national balloting among NCAA-member schools.
As the nation's most outstanding woman college lacrosse player, Elbe, a senior attacker, scored 81 points (58 goals, 23 assists) overall, including a Big East Conference-leading 27 points (18 goals, nine assists) to pace Georgetown's 17-2 overall record.
Under Elbe's leadership as tri-captain, the Hoyas also went undefeated (6-0) in the Big East en route to the Conference title. She was selected to the IWLCA/US Lacrosse First Team and honored as Big East Attack Player of the Year in addition to being chosen the league's Player of the Week three times this season. Elbe topped off the 2002 season by earning IWLCA/USL National All-America First Team honors after being selected to the IWLCA/USL South Region All-America First Team.
Elbe will be honored as the collegiate woman lacrosse player of the year at the 26th annual Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year banquet June 17 at the Dallas, TX site of the 2002 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention. There, she will accept the sport's Honda Award.
As the winner for lacrosse, Elbe is automatically nominated for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year honors, along with other women collegiate athletes voted as the most outstanding in the sports of golf, softball, tennis and track and field.
The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will be determined by separate balloting involving all NCAA-member institutions. The announcement of the winner and presentation of the Honda-Broderick Cup will also be made in Dallas on June 17.