Senior group stood out at Coppin

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March 23, 1995|By GARY LAMBRECHT

When Coppin State lost to South Florida in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Monday, it marked the end of an era for the Eagles.

Although they have long been accustomed to winning under coach Fang Mitchell -- they have averaged 21 victories over the past six seasons and have gone to either the NCAAs or the NIT four times during that stretch -- the Eagles say goodbye to the best senior class ever under Mitchell.

Forward Stephen Stewart finished with two MEAC Player of the Year awards in three seasons, during which he became Coppin State's fifth-leading career scorer with 1,393 points. Stewart averaged 15.5 points and 6.1 rebounds over a 90-game career.

Point guard Sidney Goodman played in more games (119) than anyone in school history. He finished with 103 consecutive starts and was a first-team all-MEAC selection the past two years. Goodman wound up as the all-time leader in steals (233) and three-point shooting percentage (.391) and was fourth in scoring (1,412 points), third in assists (361) and second in free-throw shooting percentage (.816).

Guard Keith Carmichael, the team's three-point shooting specialist, converted 285 of 760 three-point attempts, easily tops in both categories. His 37.5 percentage left him fifth on the school's career list. Carmichael also had 156 steals, fourth all-time, in his 118-game career.

Center Michael Thomas, the team's inside intimidator for the past three years, set a school record with 198 blocked shots over 91 games and is third all-time with a .538 shooting percentage. And forward Tariq Saunders scored 1,220 points over 112 games and is fifth on the all-time rebounding list with 576, just ahead of Stewart.

Gulls live up to billing

As the reigning Division III champions, who returned most of their starting lineup and faced a weak schedule, the Salisbury State Sea Gulls men's lacrosse team figured to get off to an impressive start.

The Sea Gulls have been downright abusive while sprinting out to a 3-0 record, easily maintaining the No. 1 ranking they enjoyed in every preseason poll. Salisbury State has outscored its first three victims by a combined 84-15.

In three games, attackmen Sean Radebaugh (18 goals, 10 assists) and Jason Coffman (11 goals, 13 assists) have already put up the kind of numbers many players would be happy with after a full season.

Jays women extend win streak

The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team appears to be tuning up for another romp through the Centennial Conference. After opening with routs over Notre Dame and Salisbury State, the Blue Jays, ranked fourth in Division III, earned a 7-5 victory over No. 5 Roanoke last week to improve to 3-0.

Hopkins has won 22 consecutive regular season games dating to the 1993 season. It will put that streak on the line against No. 7 Rowan on Saturday.

Eleven different players already have scored for the Blue Jays, who are led by the junior attack duo of Francine Brennan (12 goals, seven assists) and Jenn Ward (12, six).

MEAC may bar Morgan State

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is expected to bar Morgan State from competing in next year's conference men's and women's basketball tournaments. Last week, Morgan State was placed on three years' probation by the NCAA, hit with a reduction in scholarships in 10 sports for the next two years, and banned from any postseason play in those sports next year.

The only MEAC sports that enjoy automatic bids to the NCAA tournament are men's and women's basketball. It's not as if the Bears are looming as threats to win the MEAC in either sport, but league commissioner Ken Free said the league likely will keep Morgan State from competing in the conference tournaments next March.

"We haven't decided it yet, but [the NCAA ban] will probably eliminate them from the basketball tournament," Free said. "We should make it official next week."

Spring not kind to Mount

What a difference a season makes at Mount St. Mary's. While the Mountaineers were celebrating their best winter sports finish -- the men's and women's basketball teams each won the Northeast Conference to qualify for the NCAA Division I tournaments -- their spring program struggled mightily.

Through the first week in March, the Mountaineers' baseball, softball and men's tennis teams were a combined 0-17. The men's lacrosse team, under first-year coach Tom Gravante, followed by dropping its first two games to Georgetown and Ohio State. Since then, the Mount has recovered enough to remove the zeros from its win columns.

Last week, the men's lacrosse team (1-5), helped by two goals from Matt Crowley (Boys Latin), topped Marist, 13-7. The baseball team fell to 0-8 before sweeping Manhattan in a doubleheader, as pitcher Brian Tinkelenberg tossed a complete-game seven-hitter in the opener, a 15-2 romp. The softball team (1-8), after scoring just one run in its first seven games, erupted for 29 runs in a doubleheader split with Delaware State. The Mount drew 19 walks in a 20-4 victory. The men's tennis team (1-5) was credited with its first victory because Robert Morris used an ineligible player in a previous match.

The Mountaineers' women's tennis team has performed admirably, though. Led by Helen Martaus, Mount St. Mary's has rolled to a 9-0 start.

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