The Western Maryland men's basketball team is getting solid contributions from some unexpected sources of late and it appears to be just a matter of time before the team can put it all together.
Kenny Young scored a career-high 15 points with 4-for-5 shooting from three-point range on Tuesday, but it wasn't enough as the Green Terrors (5-9, 2-3 in Centennial Conference play) suffered a 82-65 loss against unbeaten Franklin & Marshall. Junior Andy Dziengeleski added 14 points and six rebounds.
The visiting Diplomats (14-0, 5-0) contained senior Rolando Welch, limiting him to seven points on 10 shots from the field. He came into the game averaging 20 points.
The loss came after the Green Terrors put up some of their biggest numbers ever in a 106-81 win against Wesley last Thursday. It was the first time the school scored more than 100 points in a regulation game since the 1988-89 season opener -- a span of 132 games.
Senior forward Rolando Welch had a game-high 30 points and Andy Dziengeleski had a career-high 25 in the win.
The Green Terrors could break out Saturday when they play host to conference foe Haverford. The Red Wave (7-8, 1-4) is led by senior guard Joe Rulewich, who's ninth in the conference in scoring, averaging 15.1 points.
The Green Terrors, coming off a tough 70-62 loss to Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday, will try to get back on track when they travel to Catholic tonight.
They've beaten Catholic five straight times dating to the 1988-89 season and enjoy a 6-2 series edge against the Cardinals. In last year's 69-65 win at the Gill Center, senior co-captain Marie Pawlowski scored a career-high 16 points and added 14 rebounds.
The women go into the game with a 7-3 record and are 3-2 competing in the Centennial Conference's West Division. Every team in the West has a winning record, with Dickinson and Gettysburg unbeaten at 4-0, and F & M at 6-1. Johns Hopkins, which will visit the Gill Center on Tuesday, is 3-1 in conference play.
It's safe to say the conference is not balanced this season. Ursinus is 2-2 in the East Division with the remaining four teams under the .500 mark.
With the top two teams in each division advancing to the conference playoffs, there's a good chance one from the East Division will have a losing record while a number of winning teams from the West will be home watching.
The Green Terrors (3-9) went 1-2 in the eight-team Swarthmore Team Challenge Tournament Saturday to finish sixth.
They dropped a 36-13 decision to the Coast Guard Academy in the opening round, defeated La Salle, 27-24, in the consolation semifinals before losing to Connecticut's Trinity College, 27-12.
Joe Fleming improved his season mark to 10-0 with three wins, including his second pin. Fleming has been switching between the 177- and 190- pound divisions all season. The Green Terrors will travel to York (Pa.) College to compete in the seven-team Spartan Invitational on Saturday.
Senior Andy Dell, a former North Carroll standout, is no longer on the squad because of work obligations. He was 0-2 on the season.
Junior Buffy Burke was a triple winner for the second time this season on Saturday to lead the women (4-3) to a 127-69 win over Lebanon Valley. Burke took firsts in the 50-, 100- and 400-meter freestyle events.
The Western Maryland men (3-3) completed the sweep with a 105-93 win over Lebanon Valley.
The swimmers next will play host to Swarthmore on Saturday.