Frostburg running through opponents


November 09, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Given an introduction to Frostburg State football last weekend, Sue Bennett College discovered what so many other teams already knew.

Get out of the way or get run over.

The Bobcats rushed for 414 yards and needed just one completion from their two quarterbacks in a 31-6 victory. Senior Travis Harriston gained 116 yards and scored once, and senior ** E.J. Fuller had 108 yards and a touchdown.

Junior fullback Brian Ball ran for 88 yards and quarterback Jason Henry added 71, as Frostburg upped its record to 6-2 under first-year coach Ed Sweeney.

Fuller has rushed for 963 yards, including 202 at Chowan on Oct. 5, and seven touchdowns. Harriston has totaled 223 of his 334 yards, and scored four touchdowns, in the past two games. He even completed a 48-yard pass two weeks ago against Waynesburg.

In all, the Bobcats have gained 1,787 yards on the ground, compared to 710 for their opponents. Henry is averaging only 52.9 passing yards a game.

"My philosophy is you've got to be able to run the football, and I knew we had running backs who were capable," said Sweeney, who was 56-23-3 in eight seasons at Dickinson (Pa.), then was fired by Colgate after going 6-26-1 in three years. "It's a different system for them, but from watching the films I knew the transition to the I formation would be easy for them."

Sweeney replaced Mike McGlinchey, who retired after four seasons because of Lou Gehrig's disease.

McGlinchey, beloved on the Frostburg campus, was 30-11-2 with the Bobcats and led them to their first playoff berth, in 1993, when they won a school-record 10 games.

There was plenty of room for Sweeney to fall, but it didn't happen.

The Bobcats have matched last year's victory total and are gunning for a berth in the ECAC South Region playoffs. Their two losses this year are by a combined seven points.

"I just wanted the chance to coach again," Sweeney said. "It was sad that the way to get an opportunity here was because someone had to step down for health reasons. I just said I would go in and do the best I could."

Soccer sequel

Last year, the Naval Academy's women's soccer team qualified for its first Patriot League tournament, then showed it wasn't satisfied with merely being there by defeating Bucknell in the first round before losing to Colgate in the final.

Today, in Hamilton, N.Y., Navy gets another crack at Colgate as the fourth seed in the tournament, and the memory of last year's season-ending, 6-0 thrashing is fresh.

So is the most recent game between these teams -- Oct. 18, won by the Red Raiders, 1-0.

"That one sticks out more right now," said coach Carin Gabarra, whose team set a school record for victories in a season with 11 despite starting four freshmen and four sophomores.

Navy's defense will be tested by Colgate senior Jen Hughes, who leads the league in scoring with 11 goals and four assists, and junior Nicole D'Orazio, who is second with seven goals and 11 assists. Navy freshman Shannon Filbin is fourth with eight goals and six assists.

These teams also boast the league's two leading goalkeepers, Colgate freshman Kelly Tyrrell (1.26 goals-against average) and Navy junior Amy Hakola (1.27).

Field hockey firsts

Washington College's field hockey team is the school's first women's program to qualify for an NCAA Division III tournament. The Shorewomen (13-4) travel to the College of New Jersey (17-1) today for a noon game.

Among the Shorewomen's other accomplishments this year: They were ranked nationally (17th) for the first time; had their highest finish in the Centennial Conference (third); and set school records for most wins, goals (50) and assists (33) in a season.

Coach Sarah Feyerherm's team is led in scoring by junior midfielder Sarah Sobon with eight goals and a team-record 12 assists.


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