Top Division III teams

March 01, 1992|By Bill Tanton j

Hobart

Coach: B.J. O'Hara, third year, 23-7.

1991 record: 8-6.

Outlook: Statesmen have won 12 straight NCAA Division IIchampionships and have a good shot at No. 13 despite heavy losses from graduation. Gone is the team's leading 1991 scorer, attackman Bill Miller, now an assistant coach at Penn, but the second and third scorers of a year ago, attackmen Tim de Lowe and Jeff Tambroni, are back. Senior Jim Patton, who had 18 goals last year, leads the midfield. The whole starting defense graduated but freshman Jim Martin will help fill the void. The goalie figures to be freshman Kevin Banks, from Ward Melville High on Long Island.

Washington College

Coach: Terry Corcoran, tenth year, 93-44.

1991 record: 3-8.

Outlook: "We had the best recruiting year I've had since cominto Washington College," says Corcoran. "If our defense holds up early in the season, I think our attack will come along as the year progresses. It looks like it'll be an up and down year for us." The Shoremen have picked up some transfers who will help -- three on attack. They are Chris Cote, who played at Loyola College, Harris Murphy, a Towson High product who previously played at Villa Julie College, and Jason Paige, from Syracuse. Corcoran is high on all of them. The No. 1 midfield has Blair Muneses, a sophomore from Boys' Latin, Scott Overend, back in school after a year's absence, and sophomore Pat Lebowitz. Back on defense is Loyola High grad Kevin Doyle, a senior, who, Corcoran says, "took Duke apart by himself" in a scrimmage last weekend. John Kelly in the goal is a holdover but has no starting experience.

Salisbury State

Coach: Jim Berkman, fourth year, 35-10.

1991 record: 15-1.

Outlook: The Seagulls' only loss last year came in the Division IIchampionship game against Hobart. It was the best season in SSU's history.

Berkman has 18 lettermen back from that team including sevestarters, so hopes are high on the Lower Shore. The problem is that the whole starting attack has departed. Berkman's answer to that has been to switch some experienced midfielders to attack. His top midfielder -- and one of the best anywhere -- is Kevin Hohner, a first team All-America last year. Chris Boyle was second team. Mike Esham, Division III Defenseman of the Year in 1991, was first team All-America and will lead the defense once more. Geoff Sanders, a transfer from Essex CC, is a senior goalie who was a part-time starter last year.

St. Mary's

Coach: Jason Hurley, third year, 13-12.

1991 record: 7-6.

Outlook: "Our defense should be better than ever this year," says Hurley, "but our offense, I'm afraid, is a prayer." Hurley himself is gaining experience as he goes along and seems more comfortable with a couple seasons behind him. He'll be challenged as he tries to mold an attack with no really experienced players. Look for the Saints to do a lot of scoring from the midfield. That department, Hurley says, is strong. St. Mary's will play two games in Baltimore -- against R.P.I. at St. Paul's School on March 21 and against Haverford at Poly on April 29.

Western Maryland

Coach: Mike Williams, eleventh year, 65-68.

1991 record: 6-6.

Outlook: The Green Terrors have their top seven scorers bacincluding their leading point maker, Torre Kasemeyer, a junior out of Glenelg High. Kasemeyer had 36 goals and 16 assists. WMC's No. 2 scorer was Craig Wanner, a midfielder, who had 28 goals and 22 assists. Wanner is a senior. Four-year starter Doug Cussen leads the defense. Battling for the goalie job Chris Lynch and John Carroll. The schedule is tougher with Washington College back on it and Salisbury State the opponent day opponent March 4 at Westminster.

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