It was a very successful season for the majority of the Western Maryland College spring teams.
Sophomore Julie Cox (Liberty) put an exclamation point on the season by leading the women's track and field team to their first-ever conference championship on Sunday. The Green Terror finished tied with host Gettysburg with 136 points in the inaugural Centennial Conference Championships.
As has been the case all season, Cox was brilliant over the weekend. She was named Outstanding Female Performer after winning the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, placing second in the 100 -- and shot put, and taking third in the long jump.
The Green Terror competed in the Middle Atlantic Conference prior to switching over to the CC this year. The women's best finish came last year when they tied for seventh in an 18-team field.
The men took second behind champion Haverford. Green Terror junior Kent Lightbourn was named Outstanding Male Performer by winning the 400 -- and 400 hurdles.
Also, the Green Terror softball and women's lacrosse teams both tied school marks in wins. The softball team finished 21-5 and the lacrosse team went 12-2. At 7-6, the women's tennis team compiled back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1978-1979.
The Green Terror did all it could Saturday against Washington College in trying to close out a rugged regular-season schedule with a .500 mark.
It was up 7-5 at the half and 9-8 after three quarters, but couldn't hold off the Division III's eighth-ranked Shoremen, falling 13-10.
Washington's Jamie Carver (South Carroll) and Green Terror goalie Marc Brunco were chosen as the Centennial Conference Co-Players of the Week.
Carver had four goals to lead the Shoremen on Saturday, while Brunco had 30 saves in a losing cause. Brunco's 63.3 save percentage was tops in the CC.
The Green Terror finished the season 6-8 overall and 3-3 in the CC. Senior Ken Higgs (Westminster) closed out a solid career with three goals and one assist against Washington, finishing the season with 33 goals and 19 assists.
Sophomore Dean Coccia led the Green Terror in scoring. His four-goal, two-assist effort on Saturday gave him 32 goals and 41 assists for 73 points -- third overall in the CC.
Sophomore Amie Chilcoat had a nice run in the CC Championships over the weekend at Washington College.
The unseeded Chilcoat (14-1) upset second-seed Yvonne Pirwitz of Ursinus in second-round play on Friday. She then lost a three-set semifinal match to Haverford's Tammy Richman.
It took the fourth-seeded Richman four hours and 15 minutes to defeat Chilcoat, 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-3.
Senior pitcher Marilyn Naas was selected the CC Co-Pitcher of the Year, sharing the award with Muhlenberg junior Leslie Korkgy.
Naas finished the season 6-2 with a 0.91 earned-run average -- third best in the CC. She twice was chosen the CC Player of the Week (March 28 and May 2) and finished her career at Western Maryland with a 43-12 mark.
The Green Terror dominated in a number of individual offensive categories in conference play.
Catcher Jen Prowinski led the CC with a .581 average in 14 conference games.
Junior third baseman Sandra Johnson (North Carroll) was among conference leaders in seven categories, including runs batted in (third with 18), runs scored (second with 20) and hitting (seventh with a .467 average).
The Green Terror, which shared the conference title with Gettysburg at 12-2, was 1-2-3 in runs scored. Jenny Stewart led the conference with 21 runs followed by Johnson's 20 and Christa Mose with 19.