Rookie Quisgard puts a kicker on Frostburg State comeback

30-yard field goal caps upset of Div. I-AA Marist

State notebook

Colleges

September 13, 2001|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Trailing by one with 1:23 left in Saturday's opener, Frostburg State football coach Rubin Stevenson had simple words for his freshman kicker, Nick Quisgard.

"I just said, `Hey big man, this is what you go to college for - go out and have fun,' " Stevenson said.

Quisgard, a John Carroll grad, went on to kick a 30-yard field goal that lifted the Division III Bobcats to a 25-23 upset win at Division I-AA Marist. The last of a number of standouts on the day, he received a game ball and was named Atlantic Central Football Conference Rookie of the Week.

The Bobcats were down 20-3 in the final minute of the first half when senior tailback DeNelle Hale (Dunbar) ran in for the first of his two touchdowns. Their defense, with an entirely new linebacking corps, limited Marist to three points in the second half and provided points with a safety in the fourth-quarter comeback.

Down 23-20 with 5:16 left, Quisgard boomed a 54-yard punt to pin the Red Foxes inside their 1-yard line. Two plays later, Marist quarterback Kevin Bielen was brought down in the end zone after fumbling the snap. After a nine-play, 34-yard drive to the Marist 13, Quisgard was sent out on fourth-and-three.

"He was just like, `OK, I do this all the time in practice,' " said Stevenson.

It was the third straight season the Bobcats opened their season against a Division I-AA program.

"We conditioned ourselves from the onset that some things would go wrong and that we'd have to stick together and play 60 minutes," Stevenson said. "We got the first-game jitters out of the way and wore them down [in the second half] and fortunately were able to come out with a win."

Salisbury field hockey No. 1

Salisbury University (2-0) took over the top spot in the STX/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III national poll released Tuesday.

The Sea Gulls, who return 10 starters from last year's team that reached the NCAA semifinals, had opening-week wins over Catholic and Messiah to move up from the No. 2 spot. Yesterday's home match against No. 18 Johns Hopkins was postponed, with a makeup date yet to be determined.

Other teams out fast

The Maryland field hockey team (5-1) won its fifth Terrapin Invitational in five tries Sunday, defeating Kent State, 5-0, in the championship game by getting goals from , five different players. ... At 7-0, the Towson volleyball team is off to the best start in the program's 26-year history. The Tigers captured the Cleveland State Invitational Tournament over the weekend, defeating the host team in the championship match, 3-2, after dropping the first two games. Freshman Liz Goubeaux was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. ... The Johns Hopkins men's soccer team, ranked ninth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III poll with a 3-0 mark, has outscored its first three opponents by 14-1.

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