Mount women start strong in NEC UMBC women on road roll

Towson's track teams first at Metro Invitational

December 18, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team has won its last three games in the Northeast Conference, where it was picked to finish second before the season began.

In the process, the Mountaineers (4-4, 3-0) took out two of the schools they were expected to battle for the conference title, Central Connecticut State and St. Francis (Pa.). Mount St. Mary's has two of the leading scorers in the conference, Megan Gardiner and Kia Williams, who average 19.8 and 19.3 points, respectively.

The team has gotten unexpected firepower from walk-on Margaret Carey, who scored 23 points off the bench in a win against Quinnipiac Dec. 12. It will get another boost with the debut of Josie Salaman against Drexel Dec. 29. Williams' teammate at Largo High School in Prince George's County, Salaman sat out a year after falling short of the NCAA's freshman eligibility requirements.

At UMBC, the women's basketball team has put together its longest winning streak on the road since 1983-84 by beating Towson, Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut. The Retrievers (4-4, 2-1) are led by senior center Monica Logan, who leads the country with 14.5 rebounds per game.

Johns Hopkins women's basketball coach Nancy Blank got the 200th victory of her tenure Saturday as her team beat Rochester, 77-57. Blank, who has led the Blue Jays to the NCAA Division III tournament in the last four seasons, has reached a 200-106 record in her 13th season at the school. The team, now 8-1, has lost only to New York University on Dec. 6.

Miscellaneous

Towson won the men's and women's team competition at the Metro Invitational indoor track meet last weekend at the Towson Center. For the women, Nadia Johnson won the triple jump, 60-yard hurdles and the high jump, and Beth Wermeil won the 60-yard dash and the 440-yard dash.

On the men's side, Brian Harris won the mile run and Paul Bourg won the two-mile run for Towson.

UMBC had three winners at the Metro Invitational. David Russell won the pole vault (13-6), while Gina Riley won the women's shot put (37-3) and Kafui Dzirasa won the men's triple jump (46-0).

The Retrievers' Oscar Lopez is one of four regionally ranked players in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's latest rankings. Lopez is ranked No. 25 among Region I men.

The University of Maryland women's tennis team is ranked eighth in the East Region and No. 41 nationally.

Meg Griffin is ranked No. 5 in the East and No. 90 nationally, while Lorraine Bittles and Stacy Walkowitz are No. 8 and No. 22 in the region, respectively. Griffin and Bittles are the No. 3 doubles team in the East.

Johns Hopkins coach Matt Smith was named Mid-Atlantic region coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, after leading the Blue Jays to a 18-2-2 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.

Mount St. Mary's women's soccer player Nicki Trumpler and men's cross country runner Brian Rosenberg, and UMBC men's soccer player Ted Lawler, were named to the fall academic honor roll for the Northeast Conference.

Pub Date: 12/18/98

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