Blue Jays, Sea Gulls flock to soccer tourney Hopkins women fall, 3-1

2 UMBC teams to compete

November 05, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

In a fall version of basketball's March Madness, several area schools, including Johns Hopkins, will be competing in soccer tournaments this weekend.

The Blue Jays qualified their men's and women's teams for the NCAA Division III tournament, combining for a regular-season 28-4-2 record. The women, ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic region, ended their season yesterday with a 3-1 loss to Elizabethtown (Pa.) in the first round of the tournament, finishing 12-4-1.

The men, 16-1-1 and ranked 11th nationally, end their regular season against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday, one day before the pairings are announced.

Salisbury State's men's team (14-3-1) is also trying to get to the Division III tournament, playing in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The Sea Gulls, whose nine-game unbeaten streak includes a tie against Hopkins on Oct. 10, play today at 2: 30 p.m. against Mary Washington at the SSU Athletic Complex.

Salisbury, ranked fifth in the South region, would face the winner of the game between top-seeded York and St. Mary's. Fallston High products Paul Kelly and Mike Giuffrida lead the team with 35 and 30 points, respectively, tops in the conference.

Meanwhile, Calvert Hall product and goaltender Mike Svehla has more shutouts than any goalie in Sea Gulls history.

At the higher levels, Division I's Towson, Loyola and UMBC are vying for conference championships and berths in the NCAA tournament. The Towson men (12-5) have the best shot of the bunch, having won the America East regular-season title with an 8-1 league record.

The Tigers, who have won their past seven games, are led by Richie Moller (the nation's second-leading scorer with 20 goals and three assists) and will open at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow against Hofstra in Burlington, Vt.

Meanwhile, the men's and women's teams at UMBC are competing in the NEC tournament. The men, 11-5-2 and fourth in the NEC, open tomorrow at 1: 30 p.m. against Quinnipiac on the campus of Central Connecticut State in New Britain, Conn. The women, who finished second in the conference with a 10-7 record, face St. Francis (N.Y.) at 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Brooklyn College.

The Loyola women (9-7-2), seeded second in the MAAC tournament, face third-seeded St. Peter's tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Fairfield, Conn. The Greyhounds are led by sophomore midfielder Kathleen Shields, with a team-high 16 points (five goals, six assists).

The third-seeded Loyola men (11-7-2) enter their 10 a.m. first-round game against Rider having won eight of their last 10 games. The team, which will be playing on Rider's home field in Lawrenceville, N.J., has Christof Lindenmayer as its top performer, scoring 28 points on 10 goals and eight assists.

Et cetera

Towson football players Kevin Smith and Jamal White earned Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, for their performance during a 27-21 win over St. Mary's (Calif.) last Saturday. Smith threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to White. On the same day, Towson's Paul Bourg finished second in the America East cross country meet, one second behind New Hampshire's Kevin Horgan. Ellicott City native Suzy McCulloch, favored to win the Capital Athletic Conference championship for Salisbury State in cross country, suffered a season-ending stress fracture while winning the Mason-Dixon title two weeks ago.

Pub Date: 11/05/98

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