Towson, Terps may fade from tournament picture

April 05, 1993|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer

Though the selections for the NCAA tournament won't be announced for another month, two local schools that have been postseason mainstays in recent years are in danger of being left out this year.

Towson State, which has appeared in three of the past four tournaments, and Maryland, which has made the cut for postseason play four of the past six years, could be left out when the selections for the tournament are made May 9.

Twelve teams make the tournament, with one of the bids reserved for a "western" team (this year, it probably will be Notre Dame). Teams that have not received many bids in recent years, such as No. 9 Army (5-1), No. 10 Duke (6-2) and Massachusetts (2-2), could snatch the lower of the 11 remaining seeds.

Maryland's and Towson's schedules, however, are tougher than those of the teams they'll be fighting for a bid, so Towson State coach Carl Runk hopes this weighs heavily on the selection committee.

"You have to take into consideration the other schools' schedules," Runk said. "Why should a team with a poor schedule reap the rewards?"

Maryland (1-3) plays No. 7 Navy and No. 6 Johns Hopkins in its next two games and probably will have to face No. 1 North Carolina in the first round of the ACC tournament later this month. The Terrapins finish the regular season with games against Virginia Military Institute, Towson and UMBC.

The Tigers (2-2) must play Johns Hopkins, Navy and Maryland in addition to games against Bucknell, Delaware, UMBC and C. W. Post.

"It's not easy to play tough lacrosse teams week-in and week-out," said Runk, whose Tigers lost to No. 4 Loyola, 12-8, Saturday. "In order to be considered one of best, you have to play the top teams."

Seeing double in New Jersey

Washington College pulled off a rarity in college lacrosse Saturday, playing two games in one day.

The Shoremen traveled to Madison, N.J., and beat Drew, 17-12, and FDU-Madison, 29-0, in a Middle Atlantic Conference doubleheader.

"We're allowed 17 playing dates by the NCAA, so rather than going to New Jersey twice, we figured we'd get it done in one day," said Washington coach Terry Corcoran. "I've seen it done [in scrimmages] in the fall, but never the spring.

"We've got 40 players on our roster, so it gave everyone a chance to play."

The two wins moved Washington (5-1) up to No. 4 in the USILA Division III poll. The Shoremen's only loss this year is 24-14 to Division I power Johns Hopkins.

All in the family

Massachusetts' 12-11 win over Duke yesterday was Minutemen coach Ted Garber's 100th career win, making him and his father, former Massachusetts coach Dick Garber, the second father-son combination to reach 400 wins.

Dick Garber guided the Minutemen to a 300-142-4 record in 36 seasons. Ted Garber, who coached at New Hampshire for 12 seasons before taking over at Massachusetts in 1991, has a 100-90 career record.

Syracuse's Roy Simmons Sr. and Roy Simmons Jr. have combined for 474 victories.

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