W. Md., Hopkins have big finish on horizon Season-ending meeting shaping up as showdown in Centennial Conference


October 10, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The traditional Western Maryland-Johns Hopkins football game is still a little more than five weeks away, but the anticipation for that season-ending contest is building day by day.

The Green Terror and Blue Jays are collecting impressive victories and statistics and earning national Division III attention.

Western Maryland is 5-0 for the first time in 29 years. Johns Hopkins senior kicker Todd Bencivenni has kicked a 51-yard field goal. Western Maryland crushed Gettysburg, 55-7, three weeks ago. And the teams are at the top of the Centennial Conference standings.

Western Maryland is ranked No. 25 in the Division III poll and Johns Hopkins is among those receiving votes in the poll, which lists 30 teams.

The Green Terror is 3-0 in the league. Hopkins and Franklin & Marshall are 2-0, and Dickinson is 1-0. The Blue Jays are 3-1.

Senior running back Don Zajick needs only 77 yards to become the career leading rusher at Hopkins, and sophomore Western Maryland quarterback Ron Sermarini keeps throwing touchdown passes.

Sermarini threw four scoring passes last week in a 44-9 romp over winless Muhlenberg.

It should be a good show on Nov. 15 when the Green Terror entertains the Blue Jays.

Morgan State digs in

As the Morgan State volleyball team gets set to meet 10 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents in its next 12 matches, the Lady Bears (10-8) will be out to continue a league run that has produced 17 regular-season wins over the past 19 MEAC matches.

Leading the Morgan charge will be senior outside hitter Jakaria Stewart who is first on the team in kills (136) and third in digs (114).

Joining Stewart in the spotlight for Morgan this season have been Monica Scott, Nyree Moore, Deonne Brown and Lamarr Renee-Bryant.

Coppin awaits Stansberry

With Christina Stansberry making plans to run for the Coppin State women's cross country team instead of redshirting because of a knee injury, the Lady Eagles' hopes for a sixth MEAC championship in the past seven years are much improved.

Stansberry ran as an extra last weekend at Oregon Ridge in the Towson Invitational and would have been the No. 4 finisher for Coppin if she had been officially entered.

Stansberry is only able to train three days a week because of her knee injury.

"Tradition leads me to believe we can win [MEAC title], but it's not going to be easy," Coppin coach Ernest Barrett said. "I feel the team with the most depth will win and Christina will help us in that area even if she's not 100 percent."

Some of the other top Coppin runners are Isis Green, Zara Eden, Draphet Moody and Lisa Taylor.

Mount's major movers

Sophomore Simon Hodkin and senior Mark Southern have combined for 38 points to lead the Mount St. Mary's men's soccer team to a 6-4-2 start.

Hodkin has eight goals and six assists for 22 points, tying him for fourth place in the NCAA Division I South Atlantic Region points standings.

Towson University's Richie Moller continues to lead the South Atlantic Region with 31 points on 13 goals and five assists. Moller is third in the nation in points and tied for third nationally in goals.

Southern has three goals and 10 assists for 16 points, with the 10 assists placing him second in the South Atlantic.

The Mount is coached by former Blast standout Mark Mettrick.

Mount's loss is a first

The Mount St. Mary's men's cross country team had beaten all 40 opponents it raced against in invitationals this fall before finishing fifth in the 31-team Lehigh Invitational last weekend.

The top runners for the 40-4 Mount are Steve Ondieki, Daniel Kinyua, Tim Kitching, Aaron Price and Brian Rosenberg.

Coppin favored to repeat

Coppin State, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, was picked to repeat its MEAC basketball title, the league said yesterday at its annual media luncheon in Richmond, Va.

The Eagles, led by preseason Player of the Year Antoine Brockington, received 19 of 22 first-place votes from conference coaches and sports information directors to finish ahead of South Carolina State, which got the other three first-place votes. Brockington finished ahead of 1997 Player of the Year, Roderick Blakney of S.C. State.

Pub Date: 10/10/97

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