Division III may raise stick to make lacrosse's big weekend even bigger

Area colleges

June 13, 1991|By Paul McMullen

Lacrosse fans attending the 1992 Final Four at Penn might not have to look for a Sunday diversion. If the NCAA men's lacrosse committee has its way, spectators will spend what has been a day off watching the Division III championship.

That committee has made a recommendation that the Division III title game be held at the Division I Final Four site, which will be College Park in 1993.

Two NCAA committees, a Division III championships board and the Executive group will consider the recommendation in August. If approved, the 1992 Division III championship will be played May 24 at Penn's Franklin Field. The Division I semifinals and final will be there May 23 and 25, respectively.

"We've been talking about doing this for a couple of years," said Washington College athletic director Geoff Miller, a member of the NCAA men's lacrosse committee. "Some complain that we would be taking the game off [a Division III] campus, but this would give us more exposure and give people something to do on Division I's day off."

* Miller has been busy restructuring the Washington College coaching staff, one purpose being making all Shoremen head coaches full-time employees. One result is that Fred Wyman, architect of Washington's nationally ranked men's tennis program, won't be backnext year.

One possibility for that job is Todd Heibling, who last week was named Washington's new soccer coach, replacing Peter Allen. Heibling, 24, played soccer in high school, but was a nationally ranked tennis player at Millsaps (Miss.) College. The Cain Athletic Center coordinator, Heibling will be Washington's first full-time employee in the soccer post since Ed Athey stepped down in 1981.

* The baseball campaign put together by Towson State's Erik Sheetz is worth another look. The junior first baseman from Havre de Grace hit .355 with school-record totals of 17 home runs and 60 RBIs. Sheetz, who also has a career-record 24 home runs, was not taken in the amateur draft.

Bowie State's Mike Motta also turned out to be a big hitter this spring. After playing defensive back for the Bulldogs for two years, the Meade High grad tried college baseball. The final NCAA statistics won't be released until mid-July, but Motta's .494 batting average will probably be the best in Division II.

* The search committee for a basketball coach at South Carolina has narrowed the list of candidates to no more than 12, and it will try to further cut that list tomorrow. As of yesterday, Towson State coach Terry Truax had not been contacted for an interview.

With vagabond Larry Brown -- coach of the moment of the San Antonio Spurs -- stopping at South Carolina for an interview and names like Rutgers' Bob Wenzel, Penn State's Bruce Parkhill and Wyoming's Benny Dees being dropped, Truax would appear to be a very long shot for the job. The Gamecocks, however, will enter the Southeastern Conference next season, and Truax's resume includes stops at SEC members Florida and Mississippi State.

* Lynn Kirstein, who played basketball and volleyball at Oakland Mills High, helped the Boston University women's heavyweight crew to a national collegiate rowing championship . . . Dave Kelley, who got the program started, resigned after three seasons as the women's soccer coach at UMBC . . . Lehigh will be the site of the 1993 Division I cross country championships for men and women.

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