McDaniel on the march behind captain McIntire

Team's senior point guard also is a top ROTC officer


State notebook

January 22, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

If point guard Toby McIntire seems to be leading the McDaniel College women's basketball team with the coolness and efficiency of a military officer, it's not a coincidence.

McIntire, the Green Terror's captain, is also the cadet ROTC battalion commander at McDaniel and will be commissioned as an Army second lieutenant when she graduates in the spring. The leadership skills she has developed in four years of ROTC, and the program's rigorous physical training, go with her to the basketball court.

McIntire and the Green Terror are marching toward what they hope will be a Centennial Conference championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

"I love to be out front leading a basketball team or leading people," said the talented guard.

McIntire has prepared for her commissioning with many hours of combat training during the summer, and she awakes at 6 a.m. three times a week for physical training.

"I have four months of engineers' training at Fort Bragg [N.C.], and then I could be deployed [possibly to Iraq]," said the 5-foot-7 St. Mary's graduate.

On Saturday night McIntire's mind flashed back to her tough ROTC training as she played probably the most outstanding basketball game of her career.

"As I was battling through 36 minutes in that game [103-100 overtime victory over Muhlenberg], I was thinking how I should be able to handle it because of all my physical training," she said of a 20-point, 10-rebound, seven-assist and four-steal performance.

The 20 points and 10 rebounds were career highs, and the seven assists helped run her school career record to 377, which is fifth all-time in the Centennial Conference.

The 20-point output was far above her 8.0 average that goes along with team-leading marks of 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

"If I have to score 20 for us to win, I will do it," said McIntire, the only senior on the squad.

McIntire will be put to the test tonight at 7 at Gill Gymnasium in Westminster, where she and the Green Terror (12-2, 8-0) meet Johns Hopkins (12-1, 7-0).

McDaniel is on a seven-game tear, and Hopkins, ranked No. 15 among Division III schools, is on a five-game run.

Hopkins has won the past two games between these two league powers, including the Centennial championship game last season.

This game features a matchup between McIntire and Hopkins standout Amanda Leese, the Centennial Co-Players of the Week last week.

Salisbury show

Salisbury University is No. 14 in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Division III rankings.

Coming off a fall season that produced a national championship in field hockey and a final eight berth in men's soccer, the Sea Gulls have 173 points, which places them in the top 4 percent of the 420-school Division III.

The school had four national All-Americans: Lindsey Elliott and Melissa Webster in field hockey, Dan Meehan in soccer and Brad DeHaven in football.

Et cetera

UMBC is off to a fast swimming start this season in its first year in the America East Conference. The women's team is 8-0 behind freshman Agnes Stanislawska (200 freestyle), and the men's squad is 7-1 behind senior Brad Green (50 free). The men's only loss was a 122-121 decision to Navy.

Coppin State basketball guard Jimmy Boykin is tied for 18th in the nation in three-pointers per game with 3.2, according to this week's Division I statistics.

Mount St. Mary's freshman indoor track and field performers Corey Brown and Mandy Jenkins have been named the men's and women's Northeast Conference Rookies of the Week for their strong showings at the USTCA meet at Penn State on Saturday.

Jim Gehrdes, former Naval Academy track and head cross country coach, is recovering at home in Annapolis after breaking a hip in a fall.

Frederick Community College sophomore Holly Steinacker is ranked No. 17 with a 10.9 rebounding average on this week's National Junior College Athletic Association Division II chart. Steinacker is No. 24 nationally in scoring with an 18.0 average.

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