Green Terror teams spring into action

March 24, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The spring season hits full stride this week at Western Maryland College with three teams opening their seasons, the baseball team is back after a successful Florida trip and nearly all the other teams are slated for action.

The women's tennis team, with 10 returning letter winners from last year's 6-5 season, will open at home today against Catholic. The men's and women's track and field teams will compete in the Franklin & Marshall Invitational on Saturday. The softball team, which won the Middle Atlantic Conference last season, opens its season today with a doubleheader at home against Elizabethtown.

Tennis

Last year was the Green Terror women's first winning season since 1983. Chris Conklin, a 1992 grad and two-year co-captain on the men's team, replaces Joan Weyers as head coach.

Steph Houghton, Kelly Houghton and Amy Krug are the team's co-captains.

Krug was 5-2 with three different partners in doubles last season. Sophomore Amie Chilcoat was the team leader in doubles wins, going 7-1 last year.

The men (1-10 last year) opened their season on Tuesday with a 7-2 loss to visiting Elizabethtown. Freshman Kevin Bernhardt was a winner at No. 3 singles and Colin Clark and Matt Roff teamed to win at No. 1 doubles. They'll travel to Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.

Track and field

Senior Ron Johnson (North Carroll) and sophomore Julie Cox (Liberty) are two of the top performers back as the Green Terrors prepare for their season opener this weekend. Both were selected as the 1994 Centennial Conference Indoor Championship's Performer of the Meet earlier this year.

Baseball

Sophomore first baseman/pitcher Brian Van Deusen was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Week after helping the Green Terrors to a solid 4-2 record in Florida.

He had what is believed to be the first unassisted triple play in Western Maryland history in the season opener against Rutgers-Newark University.

Van Deusen went 5-for-8 with five runs scored, two runs batted in and four walks in the six games. He also earned a victory with 3 2/3 innings of no-run, two-hit relief work against Clark (Mass.) University.

Softball

The team's season opener is today against Elizabethtown. It was postponed from Tuesday because of wet field conditions.

Coach George Dix has just about everyone back from last year's 15-6 team, including four MAC All-Stars.

Senior pitcher Marilyn Naas was 11-2 last year with five shutouts and a 1.00 earned run average. Junior third baseman Sandra Johnson (North Carroll) led the Green Terrors in eight different offensive categories, including a .390 batting average.

Lacrosse

The men got their first win of the season with a 11-10 sudden-death win over visiting Marymount on Tuesday.

Dean Coccia scored his fourth goal of the day 2:08 into the extra time. He also had three assists.

The Green Terrors (1-3) will be at home Saturday afternoon against Middlebury.

The women are at Haverford at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Men's soccer

The Green Terror Indoor Soccer Classic will take place Sunday at the Carroll Indoor Sports Complex.

Joining the Green Terrors will be teams from York, Goucher, Gettysburg, Washington, Johns Hopkins and Anne Arundel Community College, along with a Western Maryland alumni team.

Pool play will start at 8:45 a.m. with the championship round set to start at 3:45 p.m.

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