St. Mary's Olsen completes 32-goal men's soccer season

Bowie's Frazier named CIAA's Coach of Year after turnaround year


State notebook

November 08, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

What's next for St. Mary's College soccer star Ryan Olsen, now that he has made Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd" for his five-goal, three-assist performance Oct. 10 in a 13-2 romp over Chowan College?

Olsen said last night he always has dreamed of playing for a Major League Soccer team. But first, there will be a strong run for the NCAA Division III Player of the Year award and a bid for the national All-America team.

The former Gaithersburg High standout is the first male athlete in St. Mary's school history to be a three-time regional All-American. He is assured of a fourth consecutive regional All-America honor after a senior year to remember.

In his final college season, Olsen scored 32 goals and contributed eight assists for 72 points - giving him a career record of 160 points (67 goals, 26 assists) that will be hard to top.

Olsen holds every conceivable school scoring record, but teammate Alun Oliver set the single-game assist mark (five) the same day Olsen had his five-goal binge.

"I think I really realized what I could do offensively last summer, when I played for the Chesapeake Dragons in the Player Developmental League," said Olsen who was a low-scoring midfielder until his senior year in high school. "I scored 12 goals my senior year after moving up to forward, but I didn't fully understand how much I could score until I played for the Dragons in Bowie."

He was the Dragons' leading scorer with four goals and an assist during a 3-7 season.

Olsen said he had a lot of help from teammates in this record-shattering college season, especially from Oliver, who fed him for three of the five goals Oct. 10.

The St. Mary's season (14-5-0, 5-2-0, third in the Capital Athletic Conference) ended last week when Mary Washington dealt the Seahawks a 3-0 loss in the league tournament's semifinals.

Honors for Frazier

Bowie State's Henry Frazier III was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year for masterminding the Bulldogs' football turnaround.

Frazier guided his team, 2-8 last season, to a 6-3 record after losing the first two games by a total of five points. Bowie's hopes for the CIAA East Division title were ended Saturday by Virginia Union.

"It's a real good feeling when people acknowledge you for doing a good job," said Frazier, Bowie's quarterback in the school's only league-title season in 1989.

Three of Frazier's players were honored on the All-CIAA first team this year: freshman linebacker Atcheson Conway, defensive end Charles Alston and offensive lineman Rob Nathan.

Elliott wins MVP

Loyola College's Katie Elliott was named Most Valuable Player of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's soccer tournament on Sunday after the third-seeded Greyhounds defeated Marist, 1-0, in the championship game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Loyola, which has fielded a women's team for 10 years, received an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I women's tournament for the first time.

Shutout fever

The Johns Hopkins women's soccer team beat Carnegie Mellon, 2-0, for its second straight Eastern College Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic championship and school-record 14th shutout in a season. The Blue Jays (15-4-3), who have won at least 15 games for three straight seasons, established a school record by allowing only 10 goals this season.

Et cetera

The top-seeded Loyola College men's soccer team, riding a 15-game unbeaten streak, will face fourth-seeded Manhattan at 10 a.m. tomorrow in a MAAC tournament semifinal at Rider. If the 13-1-2 Greyhounds win, they will meet the Fairfield-Siena winner at 1 p.m. Sunday for the championship. ... Third-seeded UMBC (9-5-2) will battle second-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson tomorrow at Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn., in the semifinals of the Northeast Conference soccer tournament. ... The Salisbury men's soccer team relinquished its two-year reign as CAC champion but not without a battle. After four overtimes, with the score tied 1-1, Mary Washington captured the championship on penalty kicks, 4-1.

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