New week, new idea on who's QB

Notebook

Towson, Morgan rethink switches from 1st weekend

Colleges

September 06, 2001|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Towson University and Morgan State both made quarterback changes during their season openers.

What will the second weekend bring?

Towson sophomore Jay Amer, who replaced senior Val Troiani in the third quarter of a 14-10 loss at Albany, will get his first collegiate start when the Tigers play host to Lafayette on Saturday.

As for Morgan State's visit to Florida A&M, coach Stanley Mitchell said he'll go back to original starter Jorge Pena, who was replaced by Gustavious Patterson in the Bears' 35-24 defeat against Bethune-Cookman.

Towson coach Gordy Combs said Amer earned the start after throwing for 253 yards and giving the Tigers a late 10-7 lead with a 17-yard touchdown toss to wide receiver Mike Starke.

Troiani, who started the last five games of last season and led the Tigers to four wins, went 10-for-24 for 86 yards with one interception against Albany.

"Your trigger man has to get you in the end zone - it's his responsibility," said Combs, who will now count on Amer's strong arm to do just that. "He'll have four days of practice with the first team, and he's already been in a game situation. I realize that he's going to make some mistakes - this is his first collegiate start."

Morgan State needs a passing game to complement the running of senior Ali Culpepper, who racked up 229 yards on 32 carries (both school records) and scored three times Saturday.

Pena (2-for-12, 8 yards) and Patterson (2-for-5, 11 yards) both struggled last week, so Mitchell decided to return to his first plan.

"The first-game jitters are over and hopefully [Pena] can settle in and get some completions to take some pressure off Ali," Mitchell said.

Towson, Loyola kick off

In men's soccer, host Towson and Loyola will renew their long-standing rivalry in tomorrow's opening day of the inaugural Mason-Dixon College Cup.

The two teams will meet for the 46th time and the first in 11 years at 5 p.m. That follows the opener between Navy and Mount St. Mary's at 2:30. The tournament resumes Sunday afternoon with the consolation game set for 2:30 and the championship match at 5.

The Tigers are 2-0 after capturing last weekend's Navy Soccer Classic with wins over Elon College and La Salle University.

Loyola had a more difficult time in the FILA Classic at Cal State-Fullerton, opening with a 4-0 loss to California on Friday before earning a 2-2 draw Sunday against No. 11 Fullerton.

UMBC wins in Philly

The UMBC volleyball team got off to a fast start last weekend, capturing the La Salle Invitational in Philadelphia.

Dropping one game in wins over Morgan State, Lafayette and Drexel to reach the championship match, the Retrievers dropped the first game against host La Salle before taking the next three and the crown.

Senior outside hitter Dana Cookson was chosen Most Valuable Player. She finished with 23 kills in the championship match.

Morgan State finished third with a 2-2 mark behind middle blocker Destiny Sisk, who was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week after registering 47 kills and 11 blocks.

Maryland on rise

Both University of Maryland soccer teams are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America polls after 2-0 starts.

The men are ranked fifth with the help of a 2-1 overtime win against UCLA last weekend. The women are ranked 14th, with senior keeper Ali Wolff earning Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors after posting two shutouts.

Et cetera

Towson sophomore Holly Noga earned America East Player of the Week honors after a three-goal, one-assist effort in a 5-1 win at Mount St. Mary's on Sunday. ... Morgan State junior Maurice Foster, who opened holes for Culpepper, was named the MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Week.

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