WESTMINSTER - Western Maryland College tailback Eric Frees has been named the Centennial Football Conference (CFC) Offensive Player of the Week for his four-touchdown performance in the Green Terrors' 45-31 win at Albright Saturday night.
Frees scored on runs of 1, 2 and 3 yards, and also on an 82-yard kickoff return that gave Western Maryland the lead for good late in the third quarter. The junior from Ephrata, Pa., carried the ball 34 times for 131 yards, caught one pass for 12 yards and returned four kickoffs for 125 yards for a total of 268 all-purpose yards.
The four touchdowns and 24 total points both tied Western Maryland single-game records, and Frees moved into a tie for career rushing touchdowns with 22 and into sole possession of the runner-up spot in all-purpose yards with 3,271.
It was Frees' 12th 100-yard rushing performance in 21 games, and raised his career total to 2,273 yards. This is his third CFC Player of the Week honor.
Western Maryland opens its CFC season Saturday by hosting Gettysburg at 1:30 p.m.
In other Western Maryland College news: The Western Maryland College men's soccer team won the Green Terror Classic Sunday with a 2-1 win over California University of Pennsylvania.
Four Western Maryland players, including three from Carroll County, were named to the all-tournament team.
A pair of Westminster High grads, sophomore Brian Redding and freshman Scott Schoberg, and sophomore Eric Rush from North Carroll received all-tournament honors along with their teammate Franco Frisone.
On Saturday, the Green Terrors defeated Goucher, 7-2, to advance to the tournament final. Redding and Schoberg each scored twice.
In the 2-1 win over California University, Redding scored the game-winner off an assist from Schoberg.
In volleyball action Saturday, Western Maryland defeated Susquehanna (Pa.) University, 15-4, 15-10, in the finals to win the Susquehanna Volleyball Tournament.
The Green Terrors won all five of their matches in the tournament, improving their season record to 6-0. They defeated the University of Scranton (Pa.), Lebanon Valley (Pa.) College, Lycoming (Pa.) College and Roanoke (Va.) College to advance to the championship.
The Western Maryland College men's cross-country team tied for first place with Hagerstown Community College in the Essex Invitational in Baltimore County Saturday but had to settle for second place as Hagerstown was awarded the team title due to its sixth finisher.
The Green Terrors and Hagerstown both finished with 43 points. The tie was broken by the finish of each team's sixth finisher. Because Western Maryland started only five runners, Hagerstown won the title automatically.
Derek Johnson, who finished second of 35 runners in the 5-mile course, was the top Green Terror finisher with a time of 27:50.
The Western Maryland women finished second behind the Naval Academy, 15-60.
Kendra Weible was the top Green Terror finisher in the 3-mile course, placing 15th in a time of 20:43.