Greyhounds gear up for Ellerbe era

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November 03, 1994|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Three weeks remain until Loyola's men's basketball team opens its season against William and Mary, but first-year coach Brian Ellerbe's era begins unofficially tomorrow night at 8, when the Greyhounds play host to the Converse All-Stars in their first exhibition game.

The Greyhounds feature several key returning players, such as senior forward B. J. Pendleton and sophomore guard Milton Williams, although one Greyhound will be firing shots from the other side. Kevin Green, who racked up 2,154 points between 1988 and 1992 to become the second-leading scorer in Loyola history, plays for Converse.

Net results

Speaking of Loyola, the women's tennis team had another outstanding fall season. The Greyhounds defeated St. Joseph's (Pa.) last week to finish 15-1, good for their second straight co-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and fourth MAAC championship in five years.

Loyola opened the season by winning 14 consecutive matches. The Greyhounds went on to share last month's MAAC tournament title with Fairfield, behind singles champions Jeanne Havas (No. 4) and Megan Sapnar (No. 6) and sophomore doubles champions Kristen McCrossan and Christine Earl.

The Greyhounds' top six singles players were a combined 76-19 and the top three doubles teams 35-10. Loyola retained local bragging rights by beating Towson State, UMBC, Johns Hopkins and Morgan State.

Washington ways

Their records weren't outstanding, but the field hockey and men's soccer teams at Washington College are feeling pretty satisfied.

The men's soccer team beat Beaver College last week, 4-0, to improve to 8-6-4, assuring the Shoremen their first winning season in 15 years.

Under coach Todd Hebling and behind goalie Greg Miller (Catonsville) and sweeper Chip Helm, Washington had a school-record nine shutouts, allowing 21 goals in 19 games. On the offensive side, Andrew King (five goals, four assists), Rodney Roman (four, two) and Scott Helm (four goals) led a balanced attack.

The field hockey team was 6-8-1, but the future looks bright for Washington, which won only three games last year and failed in nine attempts to beat a Centennial Conference foe.

This year, Washington beat four Centennial opponents, including a win over league champion Gettysburg. The Shoremen scored 18 goals, seven more than last year. Freshman Nicole Mills led the team with 15 points on seven goals and one assist for highest point total in three years at Washington. And every starter is expected back next year.

Changing seasons

Sophomore Julie Desmond has begun to prepare for the basketball season as College of Notre Dame's starting point guard, after completing a fine field hockey season.

Desmond led the Gators to a 10-8 mark with a school-record 49 points -- 22 goals and five assists. That's 18 more goals than Desmond scored in four years at Frederick High.

A Division III regional All-American last year, Desmond scored the game-winning goal Sunday in Notre Dame's 2-1 victory over Sweet Briar College, which assured the Gators of a winning season.

Miscellaneous

Despite tying Newport News, 27-27, on Saturday, Frostburg State's football team maintained its No. 5 ranking in Division III. . . . Mark Mettrick, first-year coach at Mount St. Mary's, was named Northeast Conference men's soccer Coach of the Year. Mettrick has led his team to a 10-5-2 record and the team's first NEC tournament berth since 1990. The team was 6-11 in 1993. Junior goalkeeper Keith Kennedy and freshman midfielder Mark Southern were all-conference.

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