Maryland, Towson State want to take next steps Terps look to play deep into NCAA tournament

Tigers aim to qualify

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September 04, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

For the first time in 26 years, the men's soccer team at Maryland advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons. And though losing to James Madison on penalty kicks stung the Terps, it also brought them closer together.

Or, as coach Sasho Cirovski put it, the defeat has sent them "on a greater mission."

At least they got to experience last year's journey. Towson State wasn't given the chance to ride the highs and lows of the NCAA tournament.

The Tigers were nationally ranked last season for the first time, tied a school record for most wins with 14, and were shut out when tournament bids were given.

"Within the team, there is a sense that we have some unfinished business," said coach Frank Olszewski.

A look at the 15 area teams:

Loyola

Coach: Bill Sento

1995 record: 15-6

Top returning players: Ari Edelman, Sr., F; Joe Schafer, Sr., G; Eric Coles, So., D; J. T. Dorsey, Sr., D; Mike Burke, So., F.

Top newcomers: Kevin Alvero, Fr., F; Christof Lindenmayer, Fr., F/M; Matt Brigida, Fr., F.

Outlook: The Greyhounds lost in overtime to Lafayette in the NCAA play-in game, then lost four members of the All-MAAC first team, including midfielder Chris Doyle, the Player of the Year and a prime reason Loyola won its seventh consecutive MAAC title. Three other Greyhounds who received postseason honors are back: Edelman (11 goals,), Schafer (0.88 GAA, eight shutouts) and Coles.

Maryland

Coach: Sasho Cirovski

1995 record: 13-6-2

Top returning players: Shane Dougherty, Sr., F; Russell Payne, Sr., G; Mike McIlwain, Jr., F; Matt Larson, Sr., M; Leo Cullen, Jr., D; R.T. Moore, Jr., D; Steve Armas, So., M; Keith Beach, So., M; Judah Cooks, So., M; Pierre Venditti, So., F.

Top newcomers: Andy Kirk, Fr., G; Randy Merkel, So., M; Jason Bent, Fr., M; Jamie Eichmann, Fr., M; Jason Cropley, Fr., F.

Outlook: The Terps, ranked fourth in Soccer America's preseason poll, lost some major talent. Dougherty (five goals, seven assists) and Payne (1.19 GAA, seven shutouts) are All-America candidates. Beach (six goals, three assists) and Venditti (five goals, one assist) were rookie sensations.

UMBC

Coach: Pete Caringi

1995 record: 10-9-1

Top returning players: Ted Lawler, Jr., F; Franco Pastore, Sr., M; Chris Barton, Sr., M; Todd Smith, So., M; Olivier Bityeki, Sr., D; Reggie Adubofour, Jr., D; C. J. Norton, Sr., G.

Top newcomers: Nick Chavis, Fr., F; Rutger Karelse, Fr., M; Rick Versteeg, Fr., M; Scott Calder, So., M; Ed Moreau, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Retrievers have four returning backfield starters. J.J. Kremer (six goals, 10 assists) won't return for his senior year because he wants to play professionally. Lawler was fourth in the Big South with 29 points, but he might miss some games because of a groin injury.

UMES

Coach: Sam Douglas

1995 record: 1-13

Top returning players: Kimandi Binns, Sr., M; Daniel Stovell, Jr., FB; Stefan Charles-Pierre, Jr., FB; Phillip Thompson, Jr., G: Conroy Boxhill, So., F.

Top newcomer: Matthew McCullough, Fr., M.

Outlook: Binns has led the Hawks in scoring in each of his first three seasons, though he had only three goals last fall. A member of Bermuda's Olympic team, he is the school's all-time leading scorer.

Mount St. Mary's

Coach: Mark Mettrick

1995 record: 7-8-2

Top returning players: Mark Southern, Jr., F; Brian Wall, Jr., D; Dan Gaertner, Sr., M; Brian Haygood, Sr., M; Eric McPhee, So., G.

Top newcomers: Bruce Engle, Fr., G; Evan Curtis, Fr., G; Simon Hodkin, Fr., F; Duncan Gladwin, Fr., F.

Outlook: The Mount lost one player who was named to the All-Northeast Conference team, goalkeeper Keith Kennedy, but two others return in Southern and Wall. Southern, a repeat selection at midfield, is being moved up front.

Navy

Coach: Grey Myers

1995 record: 11-7

Top returning players: Aaron Swenson, Sr., F; Justin Lemmon, Sr., F; Shawn Moyer, Sr., F; David Cuthbert, Sr., D; Ryan Cox, Sr., D.

Top newcomer: Matt Neely, Fr., F.

Outlook: Navy is being picked by rival coaches to finish first in the Patriot League. Last season, the Midshipmen lost in overtime to Lafayette in the championship game. Leading scorers Swenson (seven goals) and Lemmon (four goals, five assists) are back.

Towson State

Coach: Frank Olszewski

1995 record: 14-4

Top returning players: Mike Stillman, Jr., G; Ethan Jennings, So., G; Ian Wildey, Jr., D; Jim Cherneski, Sr., M; Richard Moller, So., F; Andre Wise, Jr., F; Peter Medd, So., M; Kevin Henderson, Jr., M.

Top newcomers: David Sall, Fr., D; Kristoffer Dramby, Fr., D; Eric Jay, Fr., D; Jarkko Haavisto, Fr., F.

Outlook: The Tigers started 8-0 last year, their first in the North Atlantic Conference (now called America East). They are without All-NAC midfielder Todd Hicks (four goals, seven assists) and All-Region sweeper Erik Washington. Also, NAC Rookie of the Year Petteri Kaijasilta (14 goals) returned to his native Finland.

Division III

Frostburg State

Coach: Jay Hegeman

1995 record: 8-8-3

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