Washington gets women's basketball Intercollegiate play to begin in 1993-94

September 02, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

It's hard to imagine a college without a women's basketball team in the 1990s, so Washington has taken steps to rectify that shortcoming.

Lanee Cole, who played and coached at several levels in Missouri, will coach a club team in Chestertown this winter, and in 1993-94 the Shorewomen will have an intercollegiate program. In addition to starting a basketball team practically from scratch, Cole will coach softball.

"Women's athletics at Washington didn't get going until the late 1970s, and there wasn't a great demand for basketball until a few years ago," athletic director Geoff Miller said. "We would have been the only member of our new conference next year without a women's team."

This is the last year in the Middle Atlantic Conference for Washington, Johns Hopkins and Western Maryland, as the three Maryland schools and eight others will break away in 1993 to form the Centennial Conference. Eight of the 11 are already playing football under that name.

Cole isn't the only new employee in Chestertown. Sarah Feyerherm is the new sports information director, replacing Gary Brown, who's now a publications editor for the NCAA.

No introduction necessary

The coincidences on the Frostburg State football staff get dizzying at times.

New head coach Mike McGlinchey replaces Dennis Riccio. At the end of the 1986 season those two met in the NCAA championship game, the former as the coach at Salisbury State and the latter as an assistant at Augustana in Illinois. McGlinchey then went to Central Connecticut and Riccio to Frostburg.

The Augustana quarterback then was Greg Wallace, who came to Maryland with Riccio and is a football assistant for the Bobcats and their baseball coach. One of the few mistakes he made was an interception by Ruben Stevenson that led to the Sea Gulls' only points in a 31-3 rout. Stevenson now sets up shop a few doors down from Wallace, as he followed McGlinchey to Central Connecticut and is Frostburg State's defensive coordinator.

The Bobcats will discover early if they're ready for the NCAA tournament after consecutive trips to the ECAC South championship game. The home opener Sept. 12 is against Lycoming, which lost the 1990 NCAA title game in overtime and returned to the tournament last year.

Another easy opener or three

Maryland soccer is another team that will get an immediate read on its caliber.

On Saturday, the Terps open at Howard, usually one of the top teams in the South Atlantic Region. A week from today, the home opener is against Old Dominion, which returns most of the team that was ranked No. 9 a year ago. Then on Sept. 13, Maryland plays at Virginia, the defending NCAA champion.

UMBC goes to Charlottesville first, as the Retrievers play there Sept. 9.

Early football action

Towson State will be minus its offensive tackles for tonight's (7 p.m.) scrimmage against Salisbury State at Minnegan Stadium. Karl Nieberlein, out of Mount St. Joseph, has a broken hand, but he's expected to play in the Sept. 12 opener at Rhode Island. Arundel grad John Loch will be resting a hip injury.

Johns Hopkins will have an intrasquad scrimmage tomorrow (7:30 p.m.) at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays' freshmen include Victor Carter-Bey, a linebacker from Gilman who was The Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Year, and running back Hari Lymon, who was the area's Offensive Player of the Year for City.

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