Fall sports offer tradition and change Western Maryland notebook

September 16, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Western Maryland College's fall athletic season promises to bring tradition and transition, with familiar and new faces.

Volleyball

The Green Terrors traditionally dominate in this sport. Last year, they enjoyed another solid season, finishing 34-7 and advancing to the Middle Atlantic Conference semifinals.

Alumna Carole Malloy replaces Jolene Hoover as coach.

Malloy, who spent the past five seasons as coach at Susquehanna, earned her 100th career victory Tuesday when the Green Terrors swept both Swarthmore and York, 3-0, to improve to 7-2.

Four letter winners return, led by sophomore setter Laura Everhart, a Division III All-South region selection as a freshman.

Three junior hitters are back in Krista Shaffer, Denise Spangler and Anne Plunkett. Spangler had 19 kills in the two matches on Tuesday, while Shaffer finished with 14.

The Green Terrors won't be in action again until they play host to Johns Hopkins next Wednesday at the Gill Center.

Men's soccer

The Green Terrors lost 74 percent of their goal-scoring production of a year ago to graduation, but coach Matt Robinson is enthusiastic about the prospects of a solid season despite an 0-3 start.

It all starts with senior Scott Schoberg, a Westminster High grad who will run the show in the middle for the Green Terrors.

"This is really Scott's team. I can't say enough about what Schoberg has meant to this program and he leads us in just about every facet this year," Robinson said.

"He sets our offense and wears both hats in that he creates opportunities for us in the middle, and we also look for him to finish some up front."

Starting in goal for a third straight season is junior Matt St. Jean, who had a goals-against average of 1.33 as the Green Terrors went 9-7-1 last season.

Robinson is looking to a number of freshmen to contribute immediately, led by midfielders Rick Estes and Eric Laurence and marking back Mac Wilson.

"The younger players are still adjusting to our style of play and are grasping our philosophies quicker than teams in the past," Robinson said.

"It's a neat season in that we have a very young group and we're doing a lot of teaching and seeing improvement every day."

The Green Terrors open their Centennial Conference slate at home Saturday against Swarthmore. Today, they play host to Lebanon Valley.

Women's soccer

Seven players are back from last year's 6-8 team, but coach Jennifer Flynn is still experimenting with different players at different positions.

Set in goal is returnee Sarah Kephart, who allowed 26 goals while coming up with 130 saves last season. Leading the attack is junior Christa Mose, who had eight goals and five assists last year.

"Sarah did a fantastic job for us last year and is looking even better this year," said Flynn.

Junior Paula Moyer (South Carroll) moves up front after playing midfield most of last season. Senior Kirsten Borgeson returns to anchor the defense.

Not returning is sophomore Julie Cox, who had 18 goals and five assists as a freshman. She's spending the fall preparing for the spring track season.

The Green Terrors are off to an 0-2 start after a 3-0 loss to St. Mary's Saturday and a 2-0 loss at Georgetown Tuesday.

Cross country

Kendra Weible will lead the experienced women's team, while coach Doug Renner is looking for some big things out of a strong group of freshmen men.

Weible finished 10th out of 178 runners to be selected to the first-team All-Mideast region team. Sophomores Sarah Ensor (Francis Scott Key) and Melanie Phipps (South Carroll) are two of four returning letter winners joining her.

Five letter winners also return on the men's side, but Renner is counting on freshmen Greg Davis, Jim Holford (Westminster) and Shane Brooks.

Davis, who graduated from Westminster High in the mid-'80s, was the top Green Terrors finisher last weekend in the Montgomery-Rockville Knight Invitational.

The Green Terrors finished fifth out of nine teams.

Field hockey

The big question will be who will score.

Junior Heather Baily scored one goal last season as did sophomore Amy Eggers (North Carroll).

The rest of the production -- 20 goals worth -- has graduated, leaving first-year coach Kathy Railey with a void in the attack.

The Green Terrors (0-2) do have third-year starter Sherry Albright back in goal. She made 137 saves last season, yielding just 17 goals.

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