Rebuilding Terps reach top spot in field hockey

13-1 squad has 10 freshmen

3 ranked in D-III football

State notebook


October 17, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The popular theory around the national collegiate field hockey scene for the 2002 season centered on the University of Maryland being content to undergo a rebuilding year after going to three straight final fours and winning a national championship in 1999.

Every coach in the country would like to "rebuild" the way the Terps are this season.

Maryland is ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 13-1 record, losing only a 2-1 overtime decision to always-tough Wake Forest on Sept. 21 on the road. The Demon Deacons are ranked No. 3.

So, how did a team with 10 freshmen arrive way ahead of schedule?

"No one on this team is considered any more special than anyone else," said senior forward/midfielder Carissa Messimer, who shares the team scoring lead (11 goals, four assists) with sophomore forward Colleen Barbieri. "There's more of a collective responsibility for everyone. The freshmen learned early that they would be treated the same as seniors and they would be responsible for helping us win."

Messimer said there is a "lot of trust on this team."

"It all started last spring in practice," she said. "You could see this would be more than a rebuilding year. And then we learned a lot from the loss to Wake Forest."

Messimer has three game-winning goals, and Barbieri has six. Senior midfielder Kateri Simon leads the squad with eight assists.

Making D-III noise

Maryland collegiate football at the Division III level is gaining new respect around the nation, with Salisbury (6-0), Johns Hopkins (5-0) and McDaniel (4-1) all residing among the nation's top 27 schools in the latest American Football Coaches Association poll.

The fourth state Division III school, Frostburg State, is 3-2 and is coming off a quality 37-18 win over Wesley (Del.) College., the two-time defending Atlantic Central Football Conference champion.

McDaniel is not only the highest ranked at No. 21, but the Green Terror also nearly upset the country's No. 2 team, Bridgewater (Va.) in the season opener (a 23-20 loss).

Salisbury is No. 23 and took Division III's top rushing offense into last week's game.

Johns Hopkins, off to its best start in 71 years, is tied with Springfield (63 points) as the top two vote-getters beyond the top 25.

In all, the four Maryland schools are off to a combined 18-3 start.

Volleyball shuffle

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to pay his first visit to the Coppin Center tomorrow night for a get-out-the-vote rally for Kathleen Kennedy Townsend from 4-6 p.m., forcing the Coppin State-South Carolina State volleyball game scheduled for 7 p.m. to be postponed until 9 a.m. Saturday.

That means the Eagles will have only a brief break before meeting North Carolina A&T in a regularly scheduled match at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Franks to the rescue

They're doing a little bit of gloating around Towson University these days because the field hockey team finally figured out a way to beat Delaware after 25 tries (0-24-1 against the Blue Hens since the series started in 1972).

Sophomore Brandi Franks scored once and had an assist Sunday as the Tigers (9-4) defeated the Blue Hens, 2-1. The win also was Towson's first in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Sophomore Julie Lambi scored the other goal against the 17th-ranked Blue Hens.

Rowland the stopper

Senior UMBC soccer goalkeeper Brian Rowland has led his team to a 6-1-2 run in its past nine games.

Rowland is tied for second in the South Atlantic Region with a 0.96 goals-against average, and he leads the Northeast Conference with six shutouts. He was also named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week last week.

"Brian is playing as well as any goalkeeper in the country right now," said UMBC coach Pete Caringi. "He is the hardest-working goalkeeper I've ever been associated with."

Speedy Greyhounds

Loyola's women's soccer team scored twice in 14 seconds in two games and within 25 seconds in a third during a 4-0 spurt after a 2-4 start.

Loyola has outscored its past four opponents 25-1 and is 3-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, where it is the two-time defending champion.

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