Terror's playoff, record hopes dashed

WESTERN MD. NOTEBOOK

April 28, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The Western Maryland softball team, fresh off earning a share of the Centennial Conference crown over the weekend, was looking to close the regular season with a busy week.

Five games were scheduled between the start of the week and the season-finale doubleheader Saturday at Lebanon Valley.

Instead, the Green Terror have been practicing all this week as all five games -- two doubleheaders and one single game -- were canceled by its opponents.

The absence of the five games damaged any chances the Green Terror (18-5) had of making the NCAA Division III playoffs. It also killed any chance of the team breaking the school record for wins in a season (21 in 1992 and 1994).

The Green Terror became co-champions of the CC for a second straight year with its doubleheader split with fellow co-champ Ursinus on Saturday. Last year, the Green Terror shared the crown with Gettysburg.

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The Green Terror (18-6) still can catch conference-leader Franklin & Marshall (26-4) for the CC title on Saturday.

At 12-3 in conference play, the Green Terror are two games behind F&M (14-1) with both teams playing a single game today before meeting for two Saturday in Westminster.

Today, Western Maryland will play host to Dickinson in the second of a home-and-home series that began with a 2-1 Green Terror win at Dickinson.

First baseman Brian Van Deusen's nine-game hitting streak ended with the Green Terror collecting only three hits in Tuesday's win. In a doubleheader sweep of Washington on Saturday, the Green Terror set a school mark for wins in a season. The previous mark of 16 was set in 1968, 1970 and 1984.

Women's tennis

The Western Maryland women closed out their season at 7-7 Tuesday with a 5-4 win over Muhlenburg. Senior Anne Plunkett clinched the team win coming from behind at No. 4 singles to defeat Julia Hensley, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Men's lacrosse

The Green Terror (7-5) will get a crack at knocking off the top-ranked Division III school Saturday afternoon when Salisbury State visits Bair Stadium.

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