Navy, Towson State set to repeat soccer success Mids return nine regulars from '91

September 03, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

When will the state put another soccer team in the NCAA tournament?

Navy, in 1988, was the last local team to appear in the Division I tournament, and it's been six years since Johns Hopkins made the Division III field. Maryland is the only team to play in a league that sends its champion directly to the NCAA Division I tournament, but the Terps are picked to finish last again in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Gaining an at-large berth can come down to politics, as Loyola learned in 1990, when it stayed home despite a 16-2-5 record. A quick start is a must, and Navy and Towson State had a lengthy preseason: Both spent two weeks training and playing in Germany.

Division I

* NAVY: Nine regulars return for the Midshipmen, who led the Patriot League in the regular season and won 12 games, a total bettered only once in the Mids' 70-year history. Senior midfielders Cliff Carpenter and Jono Halverson are four-year starters for coach Greg Myers, who has rising sophomore stars in goalie Doug Williams, sweeper Dan Ensley and Seth Walters.

* TOWSON STATE: After three straight years atop the East Coast Conference, the Tigers move to the Big South. Midfielder Ricky Bush, sweeper Lance Johnson and goalie Rich Pellegrini will ease the transition. Two-thirds of last year's goal production graduated, but coach Frank Olszewski brought in Gunther Glockner, a German who played at Old Dominion in 1988 and '89, and Kevin Smith from St. Louis. The freshmen also include Erik Washington, an All-Metro from Meade.

* UMBC: Towson State's competition in the Big South includes the Retrievers. Second-year coach Pete Caringi is looking for a goal-getter after moving top scorer Shawn Miller back to sweeper. J. J. Kremer, The Baltimore Sun Player of the Year at Calvert Hall, adds to a midfield that brings back Rob Diver, Terry Locklear and Brian Stott. Goalie Rob Mamula and backs Rob Karas and Bobby Wagner also return from a group that won 15 games.

* LOYOLA: Coming off a 12-8-2 record that was the worst since coach Bill Sento's first season in 1980, the Greyhounds could start five first-year players. The remade midfield will include Mark Harrison of Florida and Brunswick's Chris Doyle, while forward Bill Heiser debuts after missing 1991 with an injury. Goalie Shawn Boehmcke and sweeper Vince Moskunas are four-year starters, and other veterans in the back add up to another waltz through the Metro Atlantic.

* MARYLAND: Carmine Isaaco is regarded as one of the NCAA's top goalies, but he'll need better support if the team is to better a 5-9-4 record and climb out of the ACC cellar. Coach Alden Shattuck brought in forward Gavin Boyd from Scotland, midfielder Stephen Campbell from England and midfielder Carlos Corona from Doylestown, Pa. Defender Mike Kleinert (Calvert Hall) and forward Jeff Stroud have been regulars.

* MOUNT ST. MARY'S: A rash of injuries led to a 3-13-3 record last year. In order to make the Mountaineers more competitive in the Northeast Conference, 37-year coach Jim Deegan resigned his track and field duties. He's most comfortable with backs Pat Gannon, Esa Staples and Greg Goles (John Carroll).

* UMES: Sam Douglass played for the first Hawks team in 1990, and is now the first-year head coach for a program that went 1-14 last year. Douglass recruited fellow Bermudan Anthony Davis and Gambian Kebba Wadda to the midfield.

Division III

* WESTERN MARYLAND: Coach Matt Robinson and four four-year starters arrived in 1989. The Green Terrors progressed to an 11-6-1 mark last year, and midfielders Ron Chesney (South Carroll), Brian Redding (Westminster) and Eric Resh (North Carroll), and forward Todd Knellinger (Mount St. Joe) expect the Green Terrors to challenge Muhlenberg in the Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast Section.

* JOHNS HOPKINS: The Blue Jays dropped to 5-10-3 last year, and coach Mark Butler's rebuilding has been slowed by possibly season-ending knee injuries to four players. Veteran sweeper Michael Van de Kieft, stopper Sam Robb and midfielder Emad Khaleeli will direct the flow in front of an unsettled goal situation.

WASHINGTON: The Shoremen will carry 17 freshmen as second-year coach Todd Helbling tries to turn around a program -- 1-13-1 last year -- that was last a winner in 1979.

* FROSTBURG STATE: Coach Jay Hegeman expected eight starters to return for the Bobcats, who won a school-record 17 games, but injuries and academic ineligibility have cut into the experience. Mark Urban scored 20 goals and sophomore Pete Tytus (Bel Air) is back in the goal.

* SALISBURY STATE: The Sea Gulls (8-9 last year) will be bolstered by the return of Kevin Jackson. Scott Talley has been pushed back to sweeper and there's an abundance of veterans at midfield, but coach Gerry DiBartolo needs a better mix.

* ST. MARY'S: After reaching the final of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament last season, coach Barry Schimpf can count again on All-Star midfielder James Rebholz (Mount St. Joseph) and four-year starters Corey Cooke (Centennial) and K. J. Baker.

* GOUCHER: Seven freshmen started in a 10-5-2 season last year, when Steve Montgomery and Percy Moore combined for 27 goals.

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