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November 11, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

UMBC, Towson will have some towering fans

Transfer centers to sit out season

As the seasons change, it's time to check on the comings and goings of athletes.

Two of the state's biggest basketball newcomers will spend the winter practicing, but they won't be eligible until 1993-94. UMBC brought Notebook

in 7-foot-2 Pascal Fleury from Georgetown, and Towson State got 6-9 Jason Crump from Bowling Green. Both have two years of eligibility remaining, and both reportedly need some seasoning.

James Mazyck, meanwhile, is at Florida International after having his scholarship lifted at Coppin State, where he was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 1990-91.

George Mason picked up two of Baltimore's better spring athletes. Outfielder Greg Deares (Archbishop Curley) had a .330 batting average the past three years for the UMBC baseball team, and Simon Bowen was the state's fastest 800-meter runner for the Morgan State track and field team.

Morgan State did all right in the transfer game, however. The Bears brought in sophomore jumper Antoine Peck from Rider, where he was Most Outstanding Performer in the East Coast Conference meet last spring.

Cross country qualifying

The IC4A and ECAC cross country championships will draw the usual cast of thousands to Lehigh Saturday.

As many as 38 teams could compete in the men's championship race at noon, which also will serve as the NCAA qualifier for districts I (New England) and II (Mid-Atlantic).

The top three teams from District II will move on to the NCAAs, and the field in that district includes No. 4 Villanova, No. 8 Navy, No. 14 Iona and No. 16 Georgetown. The individual chase includes the Mids' Greg Keller and Villanova's Louie Quintana and Terrence Mahon. District I will provide No. 3 Providence's Mark Carroll.

Top-ranked Villanova's Carole Zajac and Cornell's Pam Hunt are the top names in the women's ECAC championship (11 a.m.).

The NCAA Mideast Regional qualifier for Division III will also be in Pennsylvania Saturday, at Allentown.

Big South volleyball

The volleyball teams from UMBC and Towson State go to the Big South Conference tournament at Coastal Carolina this weekend hoping to put a positive spin on what has been an up-and-down season.

The Retrievers are seeded second behind UNC-Asheville, and they can become the first UMBC team to win a conference championship since the university moved up to Division I in 1986. Third-year coach Catherine Lavery was able to integrate two junior college transfers, but their familiarity helped. Setter Stacey Pirotte and middle hitter Jen Erlandson played together at Severna Park High and Anne Arundel Community College.

Senior Debbie Lynn (Oxon Hill) is the Towson State career leader in blocks.

Trenton straight

Salisbury State is in its ninth straight NCAA Division III field hockey tournament but its first Final Four since 1988. The Sea Gulls play William Smith in Friday's semifinals, but the path goes through host Trenton State, figuratively and literally. Trenton State has won the NCAA title three of the past four years, twice eliminating Salisbury State.

Charlotte Heenan, the first-year coach at Towson State, is familiar with Trenton State's success. She was the goalie when the Lions won national titles in 1983 and '85, and served as a Trenton State assistant before taking over at Towson State.

"The tradition is so strong because of alumnae support," Heenan said. "Alumnae stay on as coaches, and the varsity has a game against the alumnae every year that's pretty important. We usually give the young ones a run until the second half."

Maryland made the 12-team Division I field, and the Terps will play host to Northeastern in a first-round match tomorrow (3 p.m.).

Late starters

Basketball coaches in divisions II and III must be shaking their heads over all of the complaining coming from Division I. The NCAA reform movement succeeded in pushing the start of basketball practice from Oct. 15 to Nov. 1, and while most Division I teams don't play until Dec. 1, division II and III open Nov. 20.

The first week of preparation for Salisbury State didn't include Dameon Ross. The 6-3, 170-pound junior guard missed the first five days of practice with an undiagnosed illness that enlarged his spleen, caused him to lose 10 pounds and left him fatigued. The state's top returning scorer, Ross averaged 24.2 points last season, helping the Sea Gulls to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.

The junior colleges get the jump on everyone, as they open this weekend.

Controversial selection

The selection committee for the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament came in for criticism after its inclusion of Coastal Carolina (15-2) in the 28-team field.

In their first eight victories, the Chanticleers used four players later determined to be professionals. The Big South Conference barred Coastal Carolina from its postseason tournament, but the Chanticleers are appealing to the NCAA, so the selection committee didn't consider the violations in weighing their worthiness.

Awards

Field hockey Goucher College: Senior M Renie Amoss was named the women's Athlete of the Month for October in the Capital Athletic Conference. She had 21 goals and five assists in leading the Gophers to a 9-2 record in October. Amoss finished her career with a school-record 56 goals.

Football Navy: Junior LB Javier Zuluaga was named the ECAC Division I Defensive Player of the Week. He had three sacks and six other tackles in a 20-17 victory over Tulane.

Volleyball UMBC: Kelly O'Brien, a junior outside hitter from Potomac, was named the Player of the Week in the Big South Conference. She had 54 kills in six matches.

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