Forfeit forces Towson to look again for first Patriot League victory Ineligible player costs Tigers win over Holy Cross

October 03, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Towson University announced yesterday that it has forfeited its only Patriot League win this year over Holy Cross because it used a player who is academically ineligible.

The university said the error occurred through a staff misinterpretation. The mistake was discovered through an eligibility review by Towson officials.

A student, whom the university did not identify, had not been academically certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse before competing in the Tigers' 27-7 win on Sept. 13. He did not compete in the season-opening win over Monmouth but did participate in losses to Lehigh and Columbia.

High school athletes must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse if they want to compete in Division I or II. High school seniors send in their transcripts and test scores, and the clearinghouse certifies that they are eligible to play in college.

Towson, which travels to Penn tomorrow, is now 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the Patriot League.

Towson reported the violation to the NCAA and the Patriot League.

"This violation was totally unintentional and resulted from miscommunication between members of our compliance and football staffs," Towson athletic director Wayne Edwards said. "We immediately declared the student-athlete ineligible, and moved quickly to notify the Patriot League, the NCAA and Holy Cross of our error and corrective action."

Hopkins soccer streak ends

One day after climbing to No. 2 in the NCAA Division III men's national soccer rankings, Johns Hopkins had its 21-game regular-season unbeaten streak come to an end Tuesday night.

The Blue Jays were beaten by Rowan (N.J.) College, 1-0, on a goal by Chris Swenanger with 1: 08 left in the second overtime.

Rowan is ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division III poll this week.

Hopkins played the last 67 minutes of the game a man down after Brian Nourie got a red card.

The No. 2 ranking is one place up from last week and the highest ever in school soccer history.

The Blue Jays have been on a roll since 1994 under head coach Matt Smith, who has a 54-11-4 record.

Hopkins will meet Muhlenberg tomorrow on the road. Muhlenberg is ranked No. 21 in Division III.

Washington's Hall of Fame

Washington College will induct 10 new members into its athletic Hall of Fame tomorrow evening during a reception at the Casey Academic Center.

Among those being honored will be George Buckless Jr. of Bel Air, who starred in soccer, basketball and baseball for the Shoremen.

Also entering the hall will be John P. Bergen, R. Barry Drew, Kenneth W. Sullivan, Joseph A. Sutton, Penny Fall, the late Michael Fiore, the late Wilbert A. Huffman, the late John "Happy" Townsend Jr., and the late David W. Zearfoss.

The 1969 Washington College men's soccer team will also be honored tomorrow night. That version of Shoremen soccer went 9-2-1 and was co-champion of the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Luckas leads pack at Loyola

The Loyola College women's cross country team is off to a fast start this fall, winning the Towson University and UMBC invitational meets over seven schools.

Ann-Marie Luckas was Loyola's top finisher in both meets. She finished fifth at Towson and sixth at UMBC.

Loyola's Betsy Allen, Shari Kohne and Liz Hertneck were among the top-10 finishers in both meets.

Goucher tennis' strong start

Sure, it was only a fall men's tennis match.

But as Division III Goucher College coach Mike Hootner said, "Anytime Goucher beats Loyola in anything it's a pretty big deal."

Goucher shut out Division I Loyola, 7-0, in tennis a couple weeks ago and came back in its second match with a 7-0 victory over Catholic University.

Junior Merrill Brick and sophomore Michael Domgard are the Nos. 1 and 2 players for Goucher and both are 2-0.

Brick and Domgard also were outstanding last week in the Southeast National Invitational Rolex qualifier in Lexington, Va.

Brick advanced to the singles quarterfinals and Domgard made it to the second round of the 64-player tournament. They also teamed in doubles to make it to the quarterfinals.

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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