Dennis Riccio expected to be invited to ECAC postseason play. In fact, the Frostburg State coach expected to be playing at home.
That was before Charleston Southern. The Bobcats (7-3) blew a 19-point fourth-quarter lead and lost, 21-19, on Saturday. The Buccaneers (3-7), who didn't even exist until this season, started 11 freshmen and nine sophomores.
"I don't think we ever thought about losing to Charleston Southern," Riccio said.
The Bobcats will be able to think about it on the bus to Wayne, N.J., where they'll play William Paterson (8-1-1) at noon Saturday in the ECAC Division III Southeast championship game.
* MORGAN STATE: Coach Ricky Diggs said the feeling was hard to describe. After a year of watching a team that seemed as if it should have had Murphy's Law as its motto, he finally saw a win.
"It just seemed like everything we preached and everything we were working for finally came together in the end," said Diggs, whose team beat Howard, 37-28, on Saturday to finish 1-10.
* WESTERN MARYLAND: Eric Frees' football career had been over for about 43 hours. What now?
"It hasn't really sunk in [that football is over]," said the Western Maryland tailback, who was named Centennial Football Conference Player of the Year yesterday. "I guess it probably will around practice time today."
With 205 yards rushing in a 24-21 victory over Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Frees finished his career in second on the Division III rushing list with 5,281 yards and first in all-purpose yards with 6,871.
The year before Frees arrived, the Green Terrors were 1-8-1, compared with 11-8-1 the past two seasons.
* TOWSON STATE: Center Michael Gunthrop left the team for personal reasons before the Maine game, which Towson (1-9) lost, 49-34. He was replaced by Joe Field, who returned to his position after a knee injury.
* JOHNS HOPKINS: Quarterback John Guglielmo finished the season 185 of 331 for 2,476 yards to break single-season school records for passing attempts, completions and yards held. Each of those marks was held by Blue Jays coach Jim Margraff. *
SALISBURY STATE: By losing, 37-14, to Kean, the Sea Gulls ended their streak of six consecutive wins in regular-season finales.