Look for plenty of new faces and an uptempo style from the Western Maryland College men's basketball team when they open their season with Gallaudet in the Western Maryland College/Westminster Rotary Club Tip-Off Tournament set for 8 p.m. Friday night at the Gill Center.
The Green Terrors, coming off a 12-12 season a year ago in Coach NickZoulias' first campaign, have only two starters returning -- point guard Scott Lyon and forward Scott Roth.
With a quick but inexperienced lineup, Zoulias will use a pressure defense to create turnovers and start the transition game. The Green Terrors lost six seniors to graduation, including three starters.
Freshman Patrick Young will provide much of the speed at the shooting guard spot, while center Paul Pawlowski and forward Matt Adelman also will likely start.
The tournament final will begin 8 p.m Saturday with the consolation at 6.
In other sports this week:
* TheWMC women's basketball team will participate in the College of NotreDame Invitational in Baltimore Friday.
They will take on Dominican College of Blauvelt, N.Y., at 8 p.m.
The tournament championshipgame will be 4 p.m. Saturday with the consolation set for 2.
The Lady Green Terrors have four seniors returning, led by co-captains Debbie Shockley and Angela Alfano.
Shockley was the team leader in scoring, assists and steals a year ago at her guard spot and also averaged eight rebounds a game.
* The WMC wrestling squad opens its season noon Saturday at Messiah.
The Green Terrors lost seven starters to either graduation or transfer from a team that went 10-9 last year.
Seniors Scott Tinney (177 pounds) and heavyweight Ben Kling lead the way, while a trio of North Carroll High graduates -- Andy Dell and brothers Jude and Justin Deibel -- also will play major roles.
* The WMC men's and women's swim team will be trying to get on thewinning track this week after losing to Washington's Catholic University in its season opener over the weekend.
They will host Albright College from Reading, Pa., at 7 p.m. tomorrow and then Widener, Chester, Pa., at 2 p.m. Saturday.
* In Mason-Dixon League men's soccer action, the Westminster Wolves reached the playoffs with a 4-2 win over McConnellsburg, Pa.
They enter postseason play as the seventhseed and will travel to second-seeded Mercersburg, Pa., at 1:30 p.m.Sunday.
The Wolves finished the regular season with a 5-6 mark. Mercersburg finished at 9-1-1.
(All time p.m. unless indicated)
Swimming: Albright at Western Maryland, 7
Men's basketball: Western Maryland College/Westminster Rotary Club Tip-Off Tournament, Washington & Jefferson vs. Bridgewater, 6; Western Maryland vs. Gallaudet, 8
Women's basketball: College of Notre Dame Invitational, Notre Dame vs. Goucher, 6; Western Maryland vs. Dominican, 8
Men's basketball: Western Maryland College/Westminster Rotary Club Tip-Off Tournament, consolation, 6; championship, 8
Women's basketball: College of Notre Dame Invitational, consolation, 2; championship, 4
Swimming: Widener at Western Maryland, 2
Wrestling: Western Maryland at Messiah, noon
Men's basketball: Messiah at Western Maryland, 8
Women's basketball: Western Maryland at Catholic, 7