UMBC men's soccer team seeks first NCAA tournament berth

Towson men face Hartford in America East final

State notebook


November 12, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

This weekend finds several local soccer teams still alive in postseason play, led by the men's team at UMBC, which takes a 20-game unbeaten string into an NCAA play-in game against Patriot League champion Lafayette at 12: 30 p.m. Sunday at Easton, Pa.

The Retrievers (19-0-1) reached this juncture by beating Mount St. Mary's, 2-1, in the final of the Northeast Conference tournament. Led by several hometown products, including national scoring leader Giuliano Celenza (Archbishop Curley), UMBC is ranked No. 17. A win would give the program its first NCAA appearance.

Towson is also looking for its first NCAA bid, and travels to Hartford on Sunday for the America East final at 1 p.m. The Tigers (11-3-4) got to the final by beating Northeastern, 1-0, in overtime Sunday. First-team America East selection Alphonso DeMares leads Towson, which has a seven-game unbeaten string.

Maryland's women's soccer team, which defeated Long Island, 6-0, in an NCAA tournament first-round game Wednesday, travels to Penn State for a second-round game at noon Sunday.

Next week, from Thursday through Nov. 21, Essex Community College will play host to the women's soccer championships for the National Junior College Athletic Association. The local participant will be Anne Arundel Community College (16-1-2), ranked No. 5 nationally.

Around the schools

Goucher's Jeff Olenick (Centennial) captured his second championship in the Capital Athletic Conference last week, and will run tomorrow at the NCAA Mid-East Regional at Fort Frederick State Park. Several local men's basketball coaches and players will be speaking at an awareness rally Tuesday afternoon at Cecil-Kirk Recreation Center. Coaches Chris Fuller (Morgan State) and Mike Jaskulski (Towson) will attend, as will players Jimmy Fields and Ronnie Van Hook of Morgan State and Towson's Marlin Wise. Frostburg State's women's volleyball team (36-4), plays today in New Concord, Ohio, in the NCAA Division III championships as the second seed in the Great Lakes region. Catonsville Community College competes this weekend in the NJCAA championships for women's volleyball in Battle Creek, Mich., having won the Region 20 title last week. Western Maryland will induct five into its Hall of Fame tomorrow. The honorees are: former track, basketball and lacrosse coach Richard Clower, '50; field hockey and lacrosse player Sandi Stevens Corbo, '89, football and baseball player Richard Johnson, '84, football player Michael Rentko, '53, and basketball players Cynthia Boyer Thompson, '87, and Howard Wallace, '81.

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