Bowie coach in no rush to panic despite 0-2 start

On Colleges

September 10, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Bowie State's rushing attack figured to be a problem this year, and two losses to begin the season would seem to illustrate just how badly the Bulldogs need help in this area.

Or does it?

They ran for only 42 yards, compared to 189 for West Virginia State, in a 20-19 loss, and all but one of their first downs came through the air. It took 256 passing yards from new quarterback Delmar Glanton and some breaks on special teams to keep the game close. And Saturday, the Bulldogs had 20 net yards rushing in a 20-14 loss at home to Norfolk State.

Coach Sherman Wood doesn't seem bothered by the skimpy numbers, though. Not yet, at least.

"There's no concern at all," said Wood, whose leading rusher from last fall, Topper Ellis (388 yards), wasn't eligible this season.

"Our No. 1 goal [against West Virginia State] was to pass to open up the run, but we were so successful passing that we just continued to do it."

It was more of the same against Norfolk State. Glanton was 21-for-42 for 301 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw four interceptions.

Wood anticipates that sophomore Ryan Pigford soon will emerge as Bowie's primary runner, and a productive one at that. He has 70 yards in two games.

"I see great things happening with him. He had an outstanding spring," Wood said.

Stacy Plater (Patterson), a transfer from Montgomery Junior College, had some grand moments in his Bowie debut against West Virginia State, racking up 120 yards on three kickoff returns and catching eight passes for a school-record 175 yards and one touchdown. He also threw for a two-point conversion.

As if to show it was no fluke, Plater caught five passes for 109 yards and one touchdown against Norfolk State. He's averaging 220 all-purpose yards.

"Once he came here, I knew he'd have some big games," Wood said. "The only surprise was I didn't think it would be this soon."

Good start

It didn't take long for the Loyola men's soccer team's freshman class to begin making an impact. Try one game.

Forward Kevin Alvero and midfielder Christof Lindenmayer were superb in last Tuesday's 1-1, season-opening tie with George Mason.

Alvero created some golden scoring opportunities, barely missing on a couple and being denied on others by clutch saves from Patriots senior Martin Nachtman. It was his shot off a George Mason defender that bounded to Lindenmayer, who scored from about 20 yards for a 1-0 lead. The Patriots tied it with 25 seconds left to avert the upset.

Alvero provided the Greyhounds' lone goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to Alabama-Birmingham, tying the score in the second half on a penalty kick.

Starters Alvero, Lindenmayer and midfielder Charlie McDoniel are among 11 rookies on coach Bill Sento's roster. Alvero was Florida's Player of the Year in 1994, and Lindenmayer was a high school All-American.

Three freshmen have local ties: Donald Pusinski, a midfielder/forward from Patapsco; Adam Nastelski, a defender from Perry Hall; and Peter Troilo, a defender/midfielder from C. Milton Wright.

Other first-year players are midfielders Ed Albanese, Gabriel Ascunce and Sean Hennessy, and defenders Brandon Mandia and Mark Marino.

Forty-one percent of Loyola's roster is made up of freshmen.

Miscellaneous

The Johns Hopkins lacrosse team picked up two transfers who will be eligible this spring: midfielder Mark Cornes (Gilman) from Delaware and attackman David Marks, Villanova's leading scorer last season. . . . Maryland volleyball players Daune Koester and Conya Jabari were named co-MVPs of the Hofstra University/Asics Invitational. Teammate Eden Kroefer also made the all-tournament team, along with Loyola freshman Shauna Lanatol. The Terrapins won the championship by going 3-0. . . . Morgan State volleyball player JaNina Lee was named the MEAC's co-Player of the Week for leading the Bears to the championship of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Tallahassee, Fla. Lee totaled 37 kills and 10 blocks. . . . The American Volleyball Coaches Association has awarded St. Mary's College, coached by Tom Brewer, the 1996 AVCA Team Academic Award for the second consecutive year. The Seahawks, whose cumulative GPA for the 1995-96 school year was 3.35, consisted of Jenni Mullendore, Kate Marks, Rachel Fryd, Tracy Morgan, Rebecca Banworth, Diana Bloom, Jamie Powell, Lindia Papavasiliou, Dominique Monie, Kristen Haga and Deanna Casper.

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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