3 Salisbury teams start fall with hot streaks

Terps 11-0 in volleyball

two ranked foes looming



September 20, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

As the last days of a hot summer pass on the Eastern Shore, three Salisbury University teams are a cool, combined 11-1, making life a lot more pleasurable around the school.

The men's soccer team started out 3-0, rising to the No. 7 national ranking in Division III, although Wednesday's 1-0 overtime loss to Eastern may change that. But seventh is the school's highest soccer ranking ever.

Senior Mike Steinem (Bel Air High) scored twice, and the Sea Gulls got their third straight shutout last Saturday, beating Villa Julie, 3-0.

Salisbury's relentless, sixth-ranked field hockey team improved to 6-0 by defeating Johns Hopkins, 4-0, on Wednesday, and winning the Salisbury Invitational last weekend. In the tournament, the Sea Gulls thrashed Denison, Wesley and Washington & Lee by a combined 13-0 margin.

Senior forward Jill Cressor, who became the school's all-time field hockey scoring leader last week, scored four times in the tournament but was shut out Wednesday.

Salisbury football? A new quarterback - freshman Dustin Johnson - has the team looking for its first 3-0 start since 1986.

Johnson, from nearby Delmar, threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in last Saturday's 55-18 victory over William Paterson, the highest scoring in 14 years by the Sea Gulls. Salisbury amassed 485 yards of total offense in that game.

Johnson has replaced quarterback Mac Mollett, who gave up football after suffering three concussions in two years. Mollett will continue to play baseball for the school.

Brennan, Terps soar

Senior outside hitter Carey Brennan celebrated her new status as Maryland's all-time kills leader Tuesday night, leading the Terrapins to their 11th straight match victory to open the season.

Brennan had 16 kills and had a hand in six blocks as the Terps swept past Towson University in three straight games in College Park, 30-19, 30-23, 30-21.

Maryland remained one of only 11 unbeaten volleyball teams in the country, setting the stage for this weekend's University of Denver Invitational, where the unranked Terps will meet No. 19 Santa Clara and No. 8 Minnesota.

`Ringer' ends streak

Coppin State's premier runner, Nickie Peters, had his string of eight consecutive regular-season cross country meet victories ended last Saturday by John Supsic, who was competing as a member of Towson University's alumni team.

Peters was the first collegiate runner to cross the finish line in the Towson Invitational at Oregon Ridge Park.

Quite a rookie

UMBC freshman cross country runner Stefanie Thomas has been chosen the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week the past two weeks.

She won this week for finishing fifth (18:52.99) over 5,000 meters out of 145 runners at the Navy Invitational last Saturday.

Thomas also was honored last week for winning the Baltimore Metro Invitational in 18:59.

Finally, a win

After years of success, the Morgan State volleyball team took 10 matches to earn its first victory of 2002.

The Bears won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and earned NCAA bids three of the last five years - and lost in the league final last year - but are 1-9 this season.

The Bears opened the Penn State Volleyball Classic last weekend with a 3-1 win over Army, as Destiny Sisk had 10 kills and a .474 hitting percentage. But they went on to lose to Penn State and Villanova.

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