Western Maryland's season is passable, thanks to Van Deusen

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October 27, 1994|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

It's a good thing that Western Maryland's football team has junior quarterback Brian Van Deusen around. Without him, the Green Terror would not be in position to pull off their first winning season since 1990.

With two games left, Western Maryland (4-3, 3-2 in the Centennial Conference) is idle this week, and no one deserves a break more than Van Deusen. The Green Terror defense has given up a league-worst 245 rushing yards per game, and has allowed a generous 23.1 points per game. What's more, the offense has averaged only 83 rushing yards, another league low.

That leaves Van Deusen (Atholton High), the director of Western Maryland's run-and-shoot, as the team's savior. After a shaky start, he has regrouped to have a superb season. He has completed 142 of 239 passes (59.4 percent) for 1,921 yards -- tops in the conference -- and 13 touchdowns.

Alan Pietkiewicz and Butch Schaffer have been his main connections. The top two wide receivers in the conference, Pietkiewicz and Schaffer have each caught 46 passes, and have combined for 1,380 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Van Deusen showed his toughness in last week's 21-20 victory over Franklin & Marshall. After getting knocked out early in a homecoming loss to Dickinson the week before, he returned to pass for 273 yards and all three touchdowns.

Van Deusen could be headed for conference Player of the Year honors. He, Pietkiewicz and Schaffer appear to be shoo-ins for all-conference first-team recognition. The turnaround in the men's soccer program at Johns Hopkins is complete. The Blue Jays, who erased two losing seasons with a 9-6 mark last year, have won eight straight to improve to 12-2-3, 6-1-1 in the Centennial Conference. They are ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Freshman forward Eric West, the most recent conference Player of the Week, has sparked the Blue Jays since scoring twice in the season opener. His 18 goals and four assists account for nearly half the Hopkins offense. With his next goal, West will break Greg Cunningham's 19-year-old, single-season scoring record.

West could do it in Saturday's regular-season finale at Franklin & Marshall. After that, the Blue Jays can only hope to be invited to the 32-team, Division III tournament. Since the top four teams from each region generally are selected, Hopkins has an outside shot at best. Not having a conference tournament in which to enhance its stature also does not help Hopkins.

Loyola's Pendleton honored

B. J. Pendleton, the steady and sometimes forgotten forward on last year's Loyola College men's basketball team, is only the second player in the Greyhounds' Division I history to earn preseason All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors.

Pendleton, a 6-foot-6 senior, averaged 14.2 points and 7.7 rebounds last season, when he became the first Loyola player in 20 years to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career. Pendleton heads into the 1994-95 season with 1,065 points and 529 rebounds.

UMES pursues football

After a 15-year absence, football is returning to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The UMES athletic department and alumni association, in an attempt to drum up local football interest, will stage a semipro game on Saturday between the Metro Bulls and the Arbutus Big Red of the Mason Dixon League.

Game time at Hawks Stadium in Princess Anne is 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for student tickets, and children under 12 will be admitted free.

Brennan finds smooth sailing

St. Mary's College had never won a women's national championship until last weekend. That's when sophomore Danielle Brennan won the single-handed national sailing championship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sixteen competitors from as far away as San Diego State and Stanford took part in the three-day race on the Charles River.

Towson host to Big South meet

Towson State will hold its first Big South Conference championship on Saturday, when the men's and women's cross country title meets are held at Oregon Ridge Park, beginning at 1 p.m.

Of the two teams, the Tigers' men's team stands the best chance of winning its first Big South crown. Junior Eric Estrada (Edgewood High), an all-conference track and field runner last spring, has had a great season. He won the Baltimore Metro Meet last month, then finished second in the UMBC Invitational and third in the TSU Invitational.

Senior Tom Burgoon (Loyola) and freshman Brian Harris (C. M. Wright) also should improve the Tigers' chances. Burgoon has been Towson State's top runner in the past two Big South meets, and Harris placed second in the Baltimore Metro, his first college race.

Et cetera

Freshman midfielder Rohan Brown of Kingston, Jamaica, earned NEC Newcomer of the Week by scoring the second goal of his collegiate career to help Mount St. Mary's defeat Monmouth, 6-0. The Mountaineers will meet Rider in the NEC tournament semifinals next week. . . . Towson State's volleyball team is a mediocre 10-12, but the Tigers sure can play defense. Led by junior Stacy Humphries, they are averaging 20 digs per game, second best in NCAA Division I. . . . The Johns Hopkins football team has lost five games by a total of 27 points.

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