UMBC and Towson meet again, this time in Big South Beltway rivals play soccer game today

October 14, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

There's usually a year or two wait between the day a Division I conference announces it is accepting new members and the time they're actually integrated.

Normal procedures were accelerated after Towson State and UMBC joined the Big South Conference last Notebook

December, however. Scheduling became even more frenetic last May, when UNC-Greensboro became the 10th member of the Big South, but the conference went to great lengths immediately to incorporate the three.

"Most schools that come in as late as those three usually have to spend another year elsewhere," said Buddy Sasser, commissioner of the Big South. "We felt that the best way to build up interest is to get our new members involved in championship play immediately, and Towson State and UMBC are going to be involved in all 12 of our championships."

The Big South, which began operations in 1984, is one of the newest members of Division I, and its men's basketball champion received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 1991. That perk was the main lure for Towson State and UMBC, because the East Coast Conference lost its bid after that season.

A year ago this week, the Tigers and Retrievers were playing an ECC soccer match. Today at Towson State, it will be a Big South matchup.

The rival schools met last weekend in volleyball, with host UMBC beating Towson State for the eighth straight time.

The Baltimore schools already have come upon their first controversy in the Big South.

Coastal Carolina is 10-0 in soccer, but four starters were declared ineligible last week, and earlier victories over Towson State and UMBC could be forfeited once the NCAA is done investigating. Four imported players, two from Australia and two from England, signed professional contracts in their home countries.

Go, go, Gophers

Goucher went through the 1991-92 season without a winning record from one of its women's teams, but two second-year coaches did some recruiting that is making a difference this season.

Noelle Navarro's volleyball team relies on two sophomores out of Parkville High, setter Laurie Bender and outside hitter Jennifer Wolinski, but three freshmen start for a team hovering around .500.

The Gophers finished 1991 with just seven field hockey players and a 2-7 record, but coach Andrea Bradley is getting contributions from eight freshmen, several of whom also are expected to play lacrosse next spring. The anchor remains three-sport star Renie Amoss, who has six goals this season, 39 for her career.

Goucher takes a 6-6 record into today's home game (4:30 p.m.) against the College of Notre Dame. The Gophers' growth was evident in overtime losses to Johns Hopkins and Frostburg State, which rank Nos. 2 and 5, respectively, among Division III teams in the South. Salisbury State is ranked No. 1.

Underhounds

The Loyola soccer team is feeling overlooked again.

Two years ago, the Greyhounds were left out of the NCAA tournament despite a 16-2-5 record. Loyola takes a 9-2-1 mark into today's game (4 p.m.) at Curley Field against Howard. Their losses this season came at a tournament in Miami. They have beaten George Mason and Old Dominion; both are ranked ahead of the No. 6 Greyhounds in the South Atlantic Region.

Loyola's seven-game homestand began with a victory over nationally ranked George Mason on Sept. 30, and it ends Saturday (2 p.m.) against No. 13 Boston University, the top team in New England.

The Greyhounds, who have gotten 16 of their 27 goals from freshmen, might have to go unbeaten the rest of the way to get into the NCAA tournament.

He'll know next May

UMBC junior Mike Myers won the ECAC golf championship Monday, but he has a long wait for his next match. The NCAA holds its championships in the spring, and even though his victory at Colgate's Seven Oaks course gives him bragging honors in the East, Myers will have to produce next March and April to get an invitation to an NCAA regional.

Myers, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, played the first five holes of Monday's second round in 3-under-par and tied Hartford's Jon Veneziano through 36 holes. Myers won on the third playoff hole.

Miscellaneous

Coming off of a major victory at the 41-team Indiana Invitational, Navy expects to continue its dominance of Army in cross country Saturday (11 a.m.) at the Navy Golf Course. . . . Salisbury State can clinch the Eastern States Athletic Conference soccer title with a victory in Allentown, Pa., Saturday. . . . Through Sunday's games, UMBC's Denise Schilte and Maryland's Kelly Amonte stood eighth and 15th, respectively, in the nation in soccer points. Both are freshmen. . . . The Mount St. Mary's women won their fourth straight Northeast Conference tennis title.

Awards

Field hockey Maryland: Goalie Irene Horvat, a sophomore from Victoria, Australia, was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week for her shutouts of Georgetown and Rutgers. The Terps (6-4-1) are ranked No. 7 in the nation.

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