Towson men start nicely in CAA soccer


State notebook

October 24, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Take a quick look at the Towson University men's soccer team, and it's easy to see why the Tigers are making waves in their first season in the tough Colonial Athletic Association.

The team's leading scorer, senior Machel Millwood, is where it starts. Opportunistic Randy Tolson plays much bigger than his 5-foot-7, 140 pounds. Goalkeeper Andy Hicks has six shutouts in 13 starts. And coach Frank Olszewski keeps making the right moves.

It has added up to a 2-1-1 start in the CAA, which is strong from top to bottom. The Tigers, 7-4-2 overall, saw a 12-game home unbeaten streak broken last Friday by William and Mary, 4-2. But they bounced back Sunday, giving Old Dominion its first league loss after three wins, 1-0. Earlier in league play, the Tigers beat Hofstra and tied Drexel, both on the road.

Millwood, a gifted midfielder from College Park, has eight goals and nine assists.

"Machel has the ability to go past people and finish," said Olszewski, whose record in 21 years at Towson is 203-145-27. "He's a special player."

Tolson? "He has the biggest heart out there," Olszewski said of the senior forward from Calvert Hall whose goal got Sunday's win and who had some big goals in last year's NCAA tournament. "He belies his size. He's a complementary player [six goals, three assists] to Millwood."

Hicks, from Bowie, is prospering as a senior after "waiting in the wings" for three years, said Olszewski, who has seven straight winning seasons. He guided the Tigers to their first NCAA Division I tournament last season, losing in the second round to eventual champion North Carolina.

St. Mary's celebration

Gov. Parris N. Glendening is proclaiming a day of statewide celebration today to recognize the reign of the St. Mary's College sailing team as a national champion. The team captured the 2002 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association/Gill North American Coed Dingy championship in June in Hawaii.

The St. Mary's co-ed team came from behind to finish first with 203 points, followed by Harvard (210) and Hawaii (219).

The team will host the governor at a 12:30 p.m. luncheon. The proclamation cites the nine national sailing titles won by St. Mary's in the last decade and the school's rich collegiate sailing history since 1970.

Seven St. Mary's championship sailors were named to the All-American team: Galen Largay, Jen Vandemoer, Brent Jansen, Ali Sharp, Jamie Smith, Danny Pletsch, and Caleb Silsby. Pletsch and Silsby were honorable mention selections. Smith was scheduled to receive the proclamation from the governor.

Mead's big splash

Brian Mead went on an 11-goal scoring run in three water polo games, carrying Johns Hopkins to its seventh Division III Eastern championship in nine years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mead, a sophomore, scored four goals against host M.I.T in a 7-6 title-game win, earning him the tournament Most Valuable Player award. He scored five goals in a 13-6 semifinal over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and twice in a 19-2 romp over Connecticut College.

Joining Mead on the all-tournament first team for Hopkins were juniors Geoff McCann and Craig Smith (goalkeeper). Paul Ramaley made the second team.

Shorewomen win

Laura Scimeca scored three times and Taniel Sisco twice as Washington College surprised No. 18 Johns Hopkins, 5-2, in a Centennial Conference field hockey game Tuesday. It was the first league loss for the Blue Jays (4-1, 9-5 overall). The Shorewomen improved to 3-1 in the league and 6-6 overall.

Mids second in nation

Sporting the nation's second-best defense, the 12-0-4 Navy women's soccer team is one of only three unbeaten Division I teams in the nation (Princeton and UNC-Charlotte are others).

The Mids have a goals-against average of 0.30, second only to Stanford (0.21). Sophomore goalkeeper Kim Bonafede is also second in the country with a 0.33 goals-against average. But the Mids are No. 1 in shutouts with 12, all wins.

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