CFC crown on line against Dickinson

October 16, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

You have to go back to Oct. 13, 1990, to find the last time four-time defending Centennial Football Conference champ Dickinson lost a conference game.

That's when Eric Frees' 1-yard plunge with 52 seconds left gave Western Maryland a 14-7 win over the Red Devils at Bair Stadium.

Ten wins and a tie later (including a 28-25 home win over the Green Terrors last year), Dickinson will return to Westminster to face the Green Terrors (1:30 p.m.).

Plenty rides on tomorrow's game. The winner will gain a strong pTC hold on the CFC crown and a possible NCAA Division III playoff bid.

Dickinson comes in with a 5-0 record, 2-0 in CFC play. The Green Terrors are 4-1 after last week's 48-30 upset at Randolph-Macon and 3-0 in conference play.

Both teams rely heavily on their running games. Western Maryland will look to junior tailback Rob Johnson, the second-leading rusher in Division III with 922 yards on 164 carries and 11 touchdowns.

Dickinson likes to spread out the rushing duties with four different backs having 200 yards or more.

Alex Plomaritis is the leading rusher for the Red Devils with 546 yards on 114 carries. He and Lou Cristinziani (290 yards on 60 carries with three touchdowns) both went over 100 yards in last week's 20-0 win over Franklin & Marshall.

The Red Devils have been particularly dominant on defense -- recording shutouts in their two conference wins.

A key tomorrow will be third-down situations. The Dickinson defense has allowed opponents to convert only 22 percent of third-down plays, and the Western Maryland offense has converted on third down just over 50 percent of the time.

Women's volleyball

The Green Terrors will play host to a 12-team tournament starting tonight, with the championship match at 4:15 tomorrow afternoon.

The tournament will be split into three pools of four teams, with Western Maryland taking on Carnegie Mellon University tonight at 6, Allentown College at 8:30 and Bridgewater (Va.) College at 10:45.

The Green Terrors entered the week 26-3 overall after winning the 10-team Gallaudet Tournament last weekend. Two sophomores shined for the Green Terrors. Krista Shaffer had 17 kills, 18 service aces and 44 digs in the tournament, and Denise Spangler had a big match in the championship round with nine kills, two solo blocks and three block assists against Guilford.

Men's cross country

Senior runner Derek Johnston had a solid showing in the Dickinson Invitational on Saturday, finishing 13th in a field of 200 runners.

Johnston came across in 26 minutes, 52 seconds to lead the Green Terrors to a 12th-place finish with 19 full squads competing.

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