Soccer hopes still shine bright for men's, women's programs

Frostburg, Navy, Salisbury, Maryland in NCAA play

State notebook


November 14, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Karen Kotofski and the Frostburg State women's soccer team made history Wednesday.

The Navy women's soccer team will make history tonight in State College, Pa.

And the No. 13 Salisbury men's soccer team has home-field advantage this morning in an NCAA Division III regional tournament semifinal.

Kotofski, a high-scoring junior striker from Northeast (Anne Arundel), scored two goals as Frostburg advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Division III championships for the first time.

The Bobcats (16-4) ousted Westminster (Pa.), 3-2, at Frostburg, thanks not only to Kotofski's show but a game-deciding goal by junior Becky Rambo (Hereford) with 2:05 left. It was the 12th straight victory for Frostburg, which will meet regional No. 1 seed Scranton (20-0-1) at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Muhlenberg.

Kotofski raised her FSU single-season record to 24 goals, giving her 53 points this season, surpassing the single-season record of 49 she established two years ago.

Frostburg coach Brian Parker said of Kotofksi: "She defies the laws of physics sometimes, like on her second goal [flicked ball over goalkeeper Laura Vollmer's head]."

Navy (17-4-1) became the academy's first women's team in any sport to be invited to the NCAA Division I tournament. The Mids will meet Penn State (16-2-3) at 7:30 p.m.

The Maryland women (11-8-1) will also be playing in State College tonight, meeting Rutgers (10-6-2) at 5 p.m. in the first half of a doubleheader, followed by the Navy game.

Also, Loyola (10-8-1) will battle West Virginia (15-3-2) in a women's soccer first-round matchup in Morgantown, W.Va., at 7 p.m.

Salisbury's men (15-2-2) are making a bit of history themselves, playing host to an NCAA soccer tournament game for the first time. At 11 a.m., they'll face Rowan, a 5-1 winner over Alfred Wednesday in a play-in game.

While the state soccer action is heating up, the No. 2 Salisbury field hockey squad (16-1) will begins its bid for a national Division III title this morning at 10, playing host to Mount Holyoke (Mass.) in a four-team regional.

The Salisbury-Mount Holyoke winner will play today's Messiah-Eastern Mennonite survivor tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Salisbury.

Alfonso is No. 1

Loyola's Omar Alfonso wound up as the nation's leading freshman soccer goal scorer with 17, and had six assists for a team-leading 40 points.

Alfonso was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, as well as being named to the MAAC all-tournament team last week.

Hopkins dynasty

According to the Nov. 10 issue of Sports Illustrated, Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse (1972 to present) is ranked No. 7 among the top 12 greatest college sports dynasties.

The Blue Jays have made every NCAA tournament since 1972 and captured seven national titles.

No. 1?

It's North Carolina women's soccer (1981 to present) - 17 national titles, undefeated for stretches of 103 and 101 games, 75 All-Americans and 11 Players of the Year.

Towson streak ends

Towson's 19-match winning streak in volleyball ended Tuesday when Villanova (13-13) scored a 3-1 victory over the Tigers (23-5).

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