Terror shares volleyball title WESTERN MD. NOTEBOOK

October 27, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The Western Maryland College volleyball team got a taste of the Centennial Conference championship Tuesday with its three-game sweep of Washington.

The Green Terror will have to share it, though. Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg join the Green Terror with 9-1 conference records.

The last conference crown for Western Maryland came in 1980 when it was tops in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Senior Denise Spangler had nine kills on Tuesday to lead the Green Terror to its fifth straight win.

The Green Terror (26-11) will close out its regular season this weekend at the 10-team Elizabethtown College Lady Jay Halloween Classic.

Field hockey

At the start of the season, second-year coach Kathy Railey was looking for a .500 season.

The Green Terror did better, finishing the season 9-5 overall and tied for third in the Centennial Conference at 6-3.

Last season, Railey made a full commitment to youth, starting seven freshmen and finishing 3-11 with just one conference win. She figured it would take three years for the program to turn around, but the Green Terror wasn't that patient.

Scoring was clearly the big problem in 1993. The Green Terror scored just nine times and was shut out seven times.

This season, which concluded with a 3-0 win over Franklin & Marshall on Saturday, the Green Terror scored 24 times and wasn't shut out.

Sophomore Kellie Mitros, who last year led the Green Terror with three goals, scored seven this year.Four others scored at least three goals with Amy Grocki (Westminster) just behind Mitros with three goals and five assists.

With one senior departing, it should only get better for the 1995 Green Terror.

Women's soccer

The Green Terror (5-9-1) are unbeaten in its last three Centennial Conference games, coming away with two wins and a tie.

The most recent win was Tuesday when it got past Dickinson in overtime, 3-2. Freshman Stacey O'Brien scored her first college goal with 1:30 left in overtime. Freshman Erin Kelly scored the other two goals for the Green Terror.

Freshman goalie Julie Backof (Westminster) posted back-to-back shutouts before Tuesday's win.

On Saturday, the Green Terror and Haverford went scoreless through regulation and two overtime periods. Last Tuesday, Backof and the Green Terror beat Johns Hopkins, 1-0.

Backof is second in conference games for goals allowed, yielding just 1.05 goals a game.

Football

The Green Terror have a bye on Saturday after last week's 21-20 win at Franklin & Marshall.

Western Maryland (4-3 overall, 3-2 in the CC) will go up against Swarthmore Nov. 5 at Bair Stadium.

A great individual effort from freshman cornerback Jeff Cordisco and a late defensive hold was the difference against Franklin & Marshall (1-6).

The Diplomats scored with 4:23 left to trail 21-20 and opted to go for two instead of trying to tie the game. Cordisco broke up the two-point conversion pass to preserve the lead. The Diplomats had one last chance, but the Green Terror defense halted the drive on downs at its 34 with just over a minute left.

Senior wide receiver Butch Schaffer caught nine passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors in the conference.

Schaffer and Alan Pietkiewicz are tied for second in the conference in receptions with 46.

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