Salisbury's Muldoon catches on as QB

On Colleges

November 16, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Mike Muldoon always wanted to play quarterback, but until this season, the Salisbury State junior receiver never had gotten the opportunity -- anywhere.

That changed on Oct. 5, when starter Kris Kershaw and backup Jeff Dolch both went down with injuries at Catholic. Muldoon, who had taken some snaps in practice, played the closing minutes, and he's been more involved since then, appearing in Salisbury's last two games and going a combined 9-for-22 for 99 yards.

In the Sea Gulls' most recent game, Nov. 2 against Bethany, he was called upon in the first quarter after Kershaw injured his shoulder. Muldoon completed six of 14 passes for 72 yards and no interceptions in a 20-17 loss.

With Kershaw's status uncertain and Dolch out for the year with a broken collarbone, Muldoon could start today in Salisbury's season finale at Sue Bennett College. He's second on the team with 24 receptions, but first among quarterback options for coach Joe Rotellini if Kershaw can't go.

"Mike's done a fine job. He's shown a lot of courage and risen to the challenge," Rotellini said.

Tigers triumph

Before this season, the women's soccer program at Towson State never had a winning record. But this season's Tigers did more than just climb above .500.

Seeded fourth and expected to make a hasty exit from the America East Tournament, the Tigers wound up as champions. And they did so by outlasting the competition.

In the title game, junior Christi Landi scored in the fourth overtime -- the 142nd minute -- to give Towson State a 2-1 victory over Delaware in Burlington, Vt. Senior Ashlee Douglas (North Carroll) had wiped out a 1-0 deficit with 5: 12 left in regulation, allowing her to tie the school record for career scoring with 18 goals and 26 assists.

The previous day, Towson State (10-7-2) and No. 1 seed Vermont battled to a scoreless tie through 150 minutes. That led to a shootout, which the Tigers won, 4-2, as senior Jaime Hartigan, freshman Bridget Harthausen (Loch Raven), Landi and sophomore Shelly Seivert (Severna Park) each converted. Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Lumsden stopped Vermont's last shot to seal the win.

Lumsden, a team manager last year, allowed just one goal in 291: 08 during the tournament and was named Most Valuable Player. The shutout of Vermont was her eighth this year, extending her school season and career records.

"Our two goalies from last year didn't return, and suddenly it was me," said Lumsden, who was joined on the all-tournament team by Douglas, Landi and Hartigan. "I just wanted to play. I didn't expect all this. As the season went on, I could feel myself getting better. I shocked myself, and some other people, too."

A four-year starter at Damascus, Lumsden spent last year videotaping the games. "I didn't like it. I'm afraid of heights," she said.

Hartigan was the only Towson State player named to the America East all-conference first team, but the Tigers had the last laugh on the league.

"When I came here at the start of the season, I found out that these players wanted to work hard," said first-year coach Ron Rainey. "They had a great attitude all year long, and they dedicated themselves to making this program better. They did everything we asked and this is a great reward for them."

Hopkins sees Bethany again

The Johns Hopkins men's soccer team won't have any trouble getting ready for today's opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament at Elizabethtown College. The Blue Jays, seeded third in the Mid-Atlantic Region, will meet a familiar nemesis in No. 2 seed Bethany.

The Bison have ended Hopkins' last two postseason runs, winning in overtime in the 1994 Division III championship, and again in last year's Eastern College Athletic Conference final.

The winner of this game will play either No. 1 Elizabethtown or No. 4 Muhlenberg in tomorrow's second round.

Hopkins (16-1-1) earned its first Centennial Conference championship by going 9-0. The Blue Jays' 15-game winning streak is a school record.


Loyola College plays at Fordham today in the NCAA men's soccer play-in game. The winner clinches a spot in the 32-team NCAA tournament. Towson State senior Shawn Ward needs one more catch to become the school's ninth player with 100 career receptions. Goucher's riding team earned seven first-place ribbons and tied Randolph-Macon for the overall team title at the Goucher/Towson State University Invitational. Junior Ellen Houle and sophomore Corinna Yost qualified for next spring's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Region I Championships.

Goucher middle blocker Janet Limmer tied a school record with 20 kills in a five-game loss at Salisbury State in the CAC Tournament. Goucher senior goalkeeper Ethan Roberts has a team-record 411 career saves. Mount St. Mary's Mike Merritt was named Northeast Conference men's cross county Coach of the Year and women's cross country co-Coach of the Year. Navy's Carin Gabarra was named Patriot League women's soccer Coach of the Year, and freshman Michelle Nance was chosen Rookie of the Year.

Frostburg State's men's cross country team, led by freshman Mike Taye's second-place showing, won the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region championship, securing a spot in today's 21-team Division III national championships in Rock Island, Ill. On the women's side, sophomore Chandra Merrill and junior Karen Carpenter placed first and second, respectively, and will represent Frostburg at the nationals.

Pub Date: 11/16/96

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