Hobbled Green Terror faces big test Saturday

Harris hurt, Ellis out as Muhlenberg looms

State notebook


September 27, 2001|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The standout quarterback is hobbled and a top receiver is out. It is clearly not the ideal time for Western Maryland (3-1, 2-0 in the Centennial Conference) to take its 30-game conference winning streak to Muhlenberg on Saturday.

Senior quarterback Boo Harris, last year's co-Offensive Player of the Year in the conference, went down with a strained hamstring in the first quarter of the Green Terror's 35-9 win over Ursinus on Saturday and is listed as day-to-day.

Junior wide receiver Joe Ellis, who has 15 receptions for 261 yards and four touchdowns this season, broke his hand in the game and is out for the season.

Muhlenberg (3-1), which broke through last season with a 9-2 mark after spending most of the '90s near the bottom of the Centennial, is dominating conference competition this season.

The Mules battered Dickinson, 47-3, in their conference opener on Sept. 15, then got 187 yards rushing and four touchdowns from sophomore running back Matt Bernardo in a 45-3 rout of Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.

Last season in Westminster, the Green Terror had a 6-3 lead against the Mules going into the fourth quarter before pulling away for a 15-3 win.

"They're an awfully good team and getting better every year. Hopefully they haven't caught up with us yet," said Western Maryland coach Tim Keating, whose Green Terror have won four straight conference titles. "This is football, it's attrition, and we think we have some capable backups and other cards up our sleeve if needed."

One and counting

The UMBC field hockey team scored its first goal of the season on Sunday to win its first varsity game since 1987.

After her first shot was sent back, sophomore Kristin Ramsay pounced on the rebound, and when her second try found its way between the pads of Sacred Heart goalie Robyn Breer with 19:27 left, all that was needed the rest of the way was one last save from UMBC senior goalie Karalyn Krieger with four seconds left to secure a 1-0 victory.

The Retrievers returned to varsity play for the first time in 13 years last season, finishing with an 0-11 mark. Despite going scoreless in four losses to start this season, they knew it was just a matter of time.

"The girls told me before the game that it was our day to win. They never said that before," said coach Kristy Hartman.

Net gain

UMBC sophomore Josef Novotny, a Norfolk State transfer from the Czech Republic, enjoyed a stellar debut at the highly touted Cornell Fall Invitational tennis tournament over the weekend, winning the A flight singles title.

Unseeded, Novotny knocked off the top three seeds, including a 6-1, 2-1 (retired) win over No. 1 seed David Goldman of Yale to become the first Retriever to win an individual title at the annual event.

Et cetera

Salisbury University men's soccer coach Gerry DiBartolo, in his 20th season, captured his 200th career win with a 5-0 victory over Washington College on Saturday. The Sea Gulls (6-2) then defeated Gallaudet, 11-0, on Tuesday to put his mark at 201-129-24. ... Maryland (7-1) took over the top spot in the STX/National Field Hockey Coaches Associaton Division I poll following 4-1 wins over No. 6 Michigan State on Sept. 17 and then-No. 7 Wake Forest on Saturday.

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