Navy hockey takes measure of Maryland and Towson State

SIDELINES

January 12, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Northern Arizona, one of the top club ice hockey teams in the country, will play Navy at Dahlgren Hall on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

It's a chance for local fans to catch some college hockey for nothing. There is no admission fee for Navy ice hockey.

Ranked 16th by the American Collegiate Hockey Association, the Mids (8-1) last weekend knocked off the University of Maryland, 12-3, and No. 9-ranked Towson State, 4-1.

Coach Jim Barry's Mids erupted for nine power-play goals in the third period Saturday to put away the Terps. Juniors Brian Erickson and Mike Murnane each had a hat trick for Navy.

Traveling to Orchard Ice Rink in Towson on Sunday, the Mids got what Barry called "a really great game, his best of the year" from sophomore goalie Sam DeCastro to beat Towson State (14-3).

Erickson led the way with two goals, one an empty-netter. Rob Doherty and Joe Carney scored the other Navy goals, as the Mids outshot the Tigers, 35-27.

"It was definitely a big win for us," said Barry, an economics professor at the academy.

Navy is the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association's defending champion and is aiming for a spot among the nation's eight top-ranked club hockey teams that qualify for the national tournament.

There's good news for those who are ice hockey and football fans. The Mids' 17th annual Crab Pot Ice Hockey Tournament will be played at Dahlgren Hall Feb. 5-6, not Super Bowl weekend as in the past.

Navy last won the Crab Pot in 1991, dropping one-goal decisions each of the past two years. Eastern Michigan, a 5-4 winner over Navy in last year's Crab Pot final, returns to defend its title.

Also from Navy comes word that ABC-TV football analyst Dick Vermeil, a former college and NFL coach, will be the keynote speaker for the Mids' annual football banquet at Alumni Hall Jan. 21.

Vermeil coached the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1983 and to a berth in Super Bowl XV after two years, and won a Rose Bowl at UCLA.

For ticket information to the Navy football banquet, call (800) USA- NAVY.

Barber and the anthem

Didn't Annapolis junior basketball player Len Barber do a great job singing the national anthem before Friday's Broadneck at Annapolis boys high school basketball game?

In these troubled times, isn't it refreshing to see Barber, other county students and adults throughout the county at various schools singing the "Star-Spangled Banner" with such spirit and respect?

Bruins, Saints in classic

The Broadneck boys and St. Mary's girls will be part of Monday's Fuel Fund Classic at the Baltimore Arena. Games start at noon, with the final game set for 8 p.m.

The No. 9 Broadneck boys (6-1) play No. 5 Lake Clifton (6-2) at 4 p.m. The No 5 St. Mary's girls (11-2) meet No. 6 Mount Hebron (4-4) at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door, but advance tickets for $6 can be purchased at Broadneck High by calling assistant athletic director Tim McMullen at (410) 757-1300.

Proceeds go to the Fuel Fund of Central Maryland.

Two players of the year

The Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches' fourth annual clinic and banquet is this weekend at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum.

Among the honorees at Friday's banquet will be retired Navy baseball coach Joe Duff, who will be inducted into the MSABC Hall of Fame.

Former Paint Branch High left-hander Ryan Lambert, who attends Virginia Tech, will be honored as the state's 1993 Amateur Junior Player of the Year.

That is surprising to Anne Arundel County baseball fans because Arundel's Tim Giles, The Baltimore Sun All-Metro Baseball Player of the Year, seemed to be the favorite.

Giles led the Wildcats to a state championship. Lambert led his to a region final.

The same night (Friday), Giles will receive the Maryland State High School Player of the Year Award from the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association at the Tops in Sports Banquet in Towson.

There can be only one amateur Player of the Year, and I think it is Giles.

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