Terror pulls rank with 5-0 start

March 27, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

With its 5-0 start, the Western Maryland College men's lacrosse team finds itself in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III poll for the first time since May 1990.

The Green Terror is ranked No. 19 in the first poll of the season, which came out earlier this week.

It's been a little bit of everything that has the Green Terror off to its fast start.

The team is allowing fewer than 10 goals a game this season after yielding close to 15 a game last year. A major factor has been junior defender Stephen Hallowell, who was chosen as the Most Valuable Defender at the Drew University Tournament earlier this month.

Senior Dean Coccia (21 goals, seven assists) was the Most Valuable Attackman at that tournament, and he's had plenty of help from junior Matt Hoppe, who has a team-high 16 assists to go along with his 11 goals.

In Saturday's 13-12 win over Lynchburg, midfielder Marshall Brown (Westminster) won 14 of 19 faceoffs.

The Green Terror will play host to Randolph-Macon College on Saturday. Last season, the Green Terror came away with a 10-9 win over Macon.

The Western Maryland women opened its season yesterday with a 10-8 overtime win against Dickinson in Westminster.

The Green Terror have its top two scorers -- senior Denise Sarver (47 goals, 15 assists) and junior Jodi Wagner (43 goals, six assists) -- back from last year's 7-5 team. Sarver had six goals yesterday.

Freshman Amy North (Liberty) should provide plenty of support up front. Senior captains Heather Seaburg and Anne Larson anchor the defense.

A handful of Carroll County products will help out with freshman Natalie Hannibal (Liberty), coming off an outstanding freshman JTC soccer season in the fall, joined by sophomore Susan McDowell (Westminster) and junior Tina Duley (Westminster).

Fast start

Seniors Julie Cox (Liberty) and Carl Von Tobel opened Western Maryland's outdoor track and field season impressively the Franklin & Marshall College Invitational on Saturday.

Cox, a two-time NCAA Division III All-American in the 100-meter hurdles outdoors, posted a provisional qualifying time for this year's national championship in that event with her winning time of 15.30 seconds.

In addition, she placed first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1: 11.2.

Von Tobel, a three-time All-American in the javelin and the Division III runner-up last year, broke his own school record with a first-place throw of 218 feet, 3 inches. The throw, 10 inches better than his Division III second-place effort of 1995, made him an automatic qualifier for the 1996 championships, May 22-25 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

All-region selection

Western Maryland basketball standout Will Marshall was selected to a Division III all-region team. Columbus Multimedia named Marshall to the first team in the Middle Atlantic region.

The sophomore forward averaged 17.8 points and 7.5 rebounds a game for the Green Terror, which finished with a record of 4-20. The players were chosen according to a scoring system based on their overall season statistics.

Marshall also averaged 2.7 assists and led the Green Terror with 44 blocked shots.

Scholar athletes

Five senior student-athletes from Carroll were honored by the Greater Baltimore Chapter, National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame at its 33rd annual Scholar Athletes Awards dinner March 13 at Martin's West in Baltimore.

Westminster's Denny Bowers, Liberty's Gaelen Cross, South Carroll's Charlie Gallagher, North Carroll's Kyong Pak and Francis Scott Key's Tim Puckett were among the 87 players chosen from the central Maryland region.

Each student-athlete honored received a plaque and is eligible for scholarship awards.

Championship site

Westminster High will play host to the state track and field championships the next two years.

The event usually takes place at Western Maryland College, but graduation ceremonies at the college resulted in the move.

This spring's championships will take place May 23-25.

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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