Women's lacrosse off to best start

April 14, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Don't be surprised to find the Western Maryland College women's lacrosse team in the Division III coaches poll next week.

At 7-0, the Green Terrors are off to the best start in the program's 20-year history.

On Tuesday, they defeated Centennial Conference-foe Dickinson, 18-8, to improve to 5-0 in conference play. Gina Cappi led the way with five goals and three assists, and Amy Eggers (North Carroll) tied a career mark with four goals.

The Green Terrors have won 12 straight regular-season games dating back to last year. Their lone loss in the past 13 games came against Franklin & Marshall in a Middle Atlantic Conference semifinal-round playoff game.

The Green Terrors will have their hands full in the next couple of weeks when they go up against three teams already in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association and Brine polls.

After traveling to nonconference Mary Washington today, the Green Terrors return home to play Swarthmore (6-2, 3-1 in the CC) on Saturday and No. 5 Franklin & Marshall (5-0, 5-0) Tuesday.

Later this month, they'll get a visit from No. 4 Johns Hopkins (7-0, 3-0) before playing host to No. 13 Ursinus on May 3.

Denise Sarver entered the week fifth in the conference in scoring. She had 17 goals and four assists for 21 points in four conference games. Cappi was seventh in the conference with 20 points (17 goals and three assists), but she will move up after her eight-point effort against Dickinson.


The cloudy picture surrounding the Centennial Conference standings should be a lot clearer after this weekend's action.

Both Western Maryland and Muhlenberg enter the weekend with perfect conference marks. That will change when the two play a doubleheader on Sunday at Muhlenberg.

Before that, Western Maryland (9-1 overall, 8-0 in CC) will play a doubleheader against visiting Swarthmore (1-3 in CC) on Saturday, while Muhlenberg (4-0 in CC ) travels to Gettysburg (4-2).

The Green Terrors swept two at Dickinson on Tuesday, blanking the Red Devils in the opener, 16-0, before coming away with an 11-5 win in the second game.

Muhlenberg's doubleheader against Swarthmore on Tuesday was washed out.

The Green Terrors should have a much easier time with `f Swarthmore on Saturday while Muhlenberg will get a strong test from Gettysburg (7-3 overall, 4-2 in CC), which took two from Ursinus on Tuesday.

The conference-leading statistics are full of Western Maryland players. Jenny Stewart (.585), North Carroll grad Sandra Johnson (.500) and Jen Prowinski (.500) are among the top eight in batting average and one-two-three, respectively, in hits. Johnson also leads the conference in doubles with five and is tied for first in triples with two.

Senior pitcher Marilyn Naas leads the conference in ERA (0.40) and complete games (three). She and Stewart each have three wins.

Men's lacrosse

Sophomore Dean Coccia was selected as the Centennial Conference Player of the Week for April 3-10.

The attackman scored six goals and added seven assists in wins over Swarthmore and Goucher. The Green Terrors (4-5) took a three-game winning streak into yesterday's game at Gettysburg. those nine games, Coccia has 19 goals and 26 assists.

Senior goalie Marc Brunco allowed only seven goals in 82 minutes of action in last week's two wins. His 81.8 save percentage ranked second in the conference.

The Green Terrors will travel to Haverford on Saturday.


The Green Terrors will take another crack at the hottest team in the Centennial Conference when Johns Hopkins visits tomorrow to conclude a home-and-home weekday series.

The Blue Jays won their 15th straight Tuesday with a 7-2 win over the Green Terrors (6-10, 2-5 in the CC) and are 7-0 in conference play and 19-3 overall.

The Green Terrors have lost five straight.

No Western Maryland player is among the top 15 in the conference in hitting. Brett Kehler has been the team's only consistent pitcher -- ninth in the conference with a 3.95 ERA.

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