9-0 Hopkins crams for tough Profs' test Rowan handed Blue Jays 1 of 3 soccer losses in '97

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October 08, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

After its best start ever, the Johns Hopkins men's soccer team meets its stiffest test to date tonight at 7 when it plays No. 6 Rowan (N.J.) at Homewood Field.

The Blue Jays -- 9-0 and ranked No. 9 nationally -- face a team responsible for one of their three losses last season. Rowan (8-1-1) won a 1-0 game in overtime, but Hopkins coach Matt Smith has no illusions that his team should have won that game.

"They were the better team," Smith said. "They were the best team we faced last year, hands down. Physically, they were the strongest team that we'd played."

The main concern for Hopkins -- led by Teddy Zingman's 24 points -- will be dealing with a more physical Rowan team that has collected 25 yellow cards in its 10 games.

But Smith said his team was excited about playing host to the Profs, who have 18 NCAA playoff appearances.

"They're kind of a superpower," Smith said. "And to have them come down here, well, it's better than going up there."

Tough Terps' run

Maryland's field hockey team, ranked No. 9, will have had its mettle tested by the end of Sunday's game against top-ranked North Carolina, its first home match after five straight on the road.

The match, scheduled for noon in College Park, will be the fourth against a top five opponent in an 11-day span. The Terps lost to No. 4 Princeton, 1-0, on Sept. 30, and to No. 5 Virginia, 3-2, on Sunday.

Today, the Terps play in Norfolk against Old Dominion, which shares the No. 2 position with Connecticut, the only top five team not on Maryland's schedule.

Spiked with success

An accelerating success story has been that of the women's volleyball team at Frostburg State, where Jennifer Bowman has guided the Bobcats to an 18-1 record in her first season.

Bowman, an assistant coach at Salisbury State last season, replaced Nancy Crowley, who had a 32-8 season in 1997, the program's third year. Outside hitter Shannon Rexrode (Catonsville High) leads with four kills per game and a .402 hitting percentage.

The team's only loss came on Sept. 12 to Washington & Jefferson, a team it will play again on Oct. 22 in Washington, Pa. Since that loss, the Bobcats have won 14 straight matches.

Tigers approach milestones

Richie Moller needs only five goals to tie Towson's single-season record of 18 shared by Joe Layfield (1991) and Wayne Harman (1956).

Moller, a senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany, is second in the nation in goals with 1.18 per game for the 6-5 Tigers.

Meanwhile, soccer Hall of Famer Doc Minnegan's school record for coaching victories is in danger. Frank Olszewski has 153 career wins in 17 seasons, putting him three wins shy of the 156 over 28 years by Minnegan (1927-40, 1952-66), whom the school named its football stadium after.

Miscellaneous

UMBC's men's golf team competes for the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., this weekend. The Retrievers hope to repeat their performance in last week's Northeast Conference championships, where they won the team title and Brad Moore picked up the individual title. Towson, which won the American East championship last month, also competes. Frostburg State is having a wondrous fall in areas other than women's volleyball. Both of its soccer teams have 8-2 records with the men's team ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic region. The men's cross country team has five victories in five meets, with junior runner Mike Taye having the same. Towson will induct six into its Hall of Fame tomorrow night: women's basketball's Ruth Ann Holter Derrenbacher; former athletic director Bill Hunter; football's Sean Murphy and Don Washington; and lacrosse's Mitch Lekas and Joe Tischer. Loyola's women's tennis team is off to a 13-1 start, including a victory over defending Metro Atlantic champion Fairfield in a dual meet last month. Loyola competes in the MAAC championships in Lake Kiamasha, N.Y., this weekend.

Pub Date: 10/08/98

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