The Western Maryland College football team has set its sights on finishing the 1994 season in much the same manner it did a year ago.
Coming off its open date in 1993, the Green Terror knocked off the same Swarthmore and Johns Hopkins teams it will see again this year to finish at 3-5-1.
A similar finish this year would put the Green Terror at 6-3, its best finish since the 1990 team went 6-3-1.
It starts tomorrow with Swarthmore (3-5 overall, 3-3 in the Centennial Conference) coming to Bair Stadium.
While the Green Terror was idle last weekend, Swarthmore came away with a 21-14 win over the same Franklin & Marshall team the Green Terror nipped, 21-20, two weeks ago.
Four runners have gained more than 200 yards in Swarthmore's balanced running game. Senior tailback Dave Reeser leads the way with 490 yards on 129 carries and five touchdowns. He ran for 102 yards against F&M in becoming the school's all-time career leader in rushing yards with 1,952.
The Green Terror counters with its potent air attack. Junior quarterback Brian Van Deusen (1,921 yards and 13 TDs) has a number of targets led by seniors Butch Schaffer (46 catches, 794 yards) and Alan Pietkiewicz (46, 586).
The men got a little taste of everything in their final week of the regular season.
The Green Terror showed its potential, traveling to Gettysburg last Wednesday and coming away with a 3-2 win over a Bullets team that went into the contest with a 12-3-1 mark. Matt Massey scored two goals in the win -- including the game-winner with 1:59 left. It was the first Western Maryland win against Gettysburg since 1988.
It followed with a 4-0 loss at Centennial Conference champ Muhlenberg in the season finale on Saturday. A young Green Terror squad finished its campaign with a 4-12-2 mark under first-year coach John Plevyak.
The women closed their season on a four-game unbeaten streak after their season-ending 3-2 win at Muhlenberg on Saturday. The Green Terror was 3-0-1 in its last four to finish 6-9-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the Centennial. The four-game streak was the longest in the team's eight-year varsity history.
Freshmen Courtney Boden, Stacey O'Brien and Kari Thompson all scored their first career goals in the season's final week.
Senior Denise Spangler closed out a stellar career being selected to the all-tournament team last weekend at the Elizabethtown College Halloween Classic.
Western Maryland went 3-2 to finish sixth in the tournament. The Green Terror ended its regular season 28-14. Spangler had 38 kills, 29 digs and nine blocks in the five matches.
Sophomore Greg Davis finished eighth to lead the men to a seventh-place showing at the second annual Centennial Conference Championships at Gettysburg on Saturday.
Davis covered the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 40 seconds. Haverford had an easy time winning the team race, finishing with 20 points -- well ahead of runner-up Gettysburg's 69 points.
The Western Maryland women were fifth overall with freshman Laurie Cicero the first Green Terror across in 23rd place. She had a time of 20:41 in the 5,000-meter race.