Top Division III teams

February 24, 1991|By James H. Jackson


Coach: B.J. O'Hara

1990 record: 15-1

Outlook: Hobart, under first-year coach O'Hara, won the NCAA Division III championship for the 11th consecutive season. "We'll find out how good we are early," he said. "We play Virginia, Washington College, Ohio Wesleyan, Cortland State and Syracuse in our first six games." Returning at attack are Bill Miller (39 goals, 39 assists), the Division III Player of the Year last season, and Jeff Tambroni (38 goals, 31 assists), Most Valuable Player in the 1990 championship game. Defense is strong, with six letter winners returning.

Washington College

Coach: Terry Corcoran

1990 record: 11-4

Outlook: Corcoran, a Hobart graduate, begins his ninth season as coach of the Shoremen, and every year he has had them in contention for the national title. This year should be no different. Washington has a strong attack and defense, anchored by goalie Dave Slomkowski from Laurel, who made 265 saves last season and a record 66 in the Division III playoffs. Washington lost to Hobart, 18-6, in last year's Division III title game. Leading the attack unit will be Jed Cronin (33 goals, 15 assists), plus sophomore Kevin Knox from St. Paul's School, who is coming off knee surgery. Greg Rupert, who scored 16 goals last season, leads the returning midfielders.

Salisbury State

Coach: Jim Berkman

1990 record: 11-4

Outlook: "We feel we have the talent, experience and most importantly, the depth necessary to duplicate and hopefully surpass our success of last year," said Berkman, who is beginning his third season with the Sea Gulls. Three top scorers return from last year's team that made it to the Division III semifinals. Eric Ungleich (31 goals, 41 assists), Rick Berkman (41 goals, 21 assists) and Rusty Pritzlaff (35 goals, 20 assists) form the first attack unit. The midfield features Kevin Hohner (19 goals, 18 assists). Defense is also deep.

Western Maryland

Coach: Mike Williams

1990 record: 7-5

Outlook: "We're shaping up as a defensive team," said Williams, beginning his 10th season with the Green Terrors. "We have all three starters back at close defense, and our starting goalie." Chris Lynch, from John Carroll, who had 140 saves last year, is in the goal. John Bryne, Doug Cussen and Kurt Reisenweber, from Mount St. Joseph, are back at defense. Attack could be the weak link, with Brian Sattler (39 goals, 12 assists) the lone starter returning.

St. Mary's

Coach: Jason Hurley

1990 record: 6-6

Outlook: "I think we'll be an improved team from last year," said Hurley. "We have a strong attack, good middies, but not a lot of depth at any spot on the team, especially defense." Chris Lindsay (34 goals, 4 assists) from Mount St. Joseph, John Jacobs (21 goals, 11 assists) from Broadneck and Matt Davis (12 goals, 21 assists), are returning starters at attack. Paul Dobbyn (24 goals, 5 assists) from Loyola High, Scoty Hahn, Mark Carroll and Danny Welch from Mount St. Joseph return at midfield.


Coach: Hank Janczyk

1990 record: 9-4

Outlook: Janczyk, a graduate of Hobart, said his team, despite losing its top attackman, defenseman and starting goalie to graduation, again will be a contender for the Middle Atlantic Conference championship. The Bullets return 15 lettermen, including midfielder Paul Schofield, who scored 31 goals last season.

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