Division III outlook

February 25, 2005|By Bill Free

Division III outlook

Goucher

Coach: Kyle Hannan, fifth season (39-25 at Goucher, 92-73 overall).

2004 record: 8-8.

Conference: Capital Athletic.

The Sun's take: The nucleus of the Gophers, who lost four one-goal games last year, includes highly regarded goalkeeper Reeves Craig, defenseman Chris Webber and a much-improved attack that features Dan Flamholz and Ross Nochumowitz.

Hood

Coach: A.J. Russo, first season at Hood(19-18 overall).

2004 record: First year.

Conference: Independent.

The Sun's take: Russo, who played on Hobart's 1972 Division III national championship team, has made coaching stops at the Rochester Institute of Technology and, later, at Mount St. Mary's. He's attempting to build a new program around three freshmen: Will Oconis of Kenwood, Tim Owings of Francis Scott Key and Jason Anderson of Brunswick in Frederick County.

McDaniel

Coach: Jim Townsend, third season (18-11 at McDaniel, 98-65 overall).

2004 record: 8-8.

Conference: Centennial.

The Sun's take: The Green Terror has lost several key starters to graduation, but this squad has some young talent, including freshman goalkeeper Chad Schell. Returnees include top offensive threat Rob Weaver and standout defenseman Curtis Schaeffer.

St. Mary's

Coach: Jayme Block, fourth season (23-23 at St. Mary's, 23-23 overall).

2004 record: 11-6.

Conference: Capital Athletic.

The Sun's take: Dave Mueller leads 26 players returning from last season's CAC runners-up. Mueller, a junior, scored 39 goals and had 20 assists last season. Rich Barr, CAC's co-Rookie of the Year last spring with an 8-2 record as a freshman, returns in goal.

Salisbury

Coach: Jim Berkman, 17th season (236-29 at Salisbury, 245-34 overall).

2004 record: 20-0, second straight NCAA national championship.

Conference: Capital Athletic.

The Sun's take: Salisbury brings a 29-game winning streak into this season, last losing on April 10, 2003. The Sea Gulls have never lost a CAC game; they're 62-0 with 10 straight conference titles. Salisbury has made 16 straight NCAA tournament appearances, Division III's longest active streak, and has won five national titles. Last spring, Salisbury led the nation in scoring (18.2 goals a game) and defense (6.05 goals allowed a game). Leading this season's team are seniors Jeff Bigas, Justin Smith, Sean White and Dan Korpon, and junior Dan Boyer.

Villa Julie

Coach: Paul Cantabene, first season as college coach.

2004 record: 6-10.

Conference: Pennsylvania Athletic.

The Sun's take: Cantabene's credentials include work as an assistant at Johns Hopkins, Towson, and Maryland, and now he has to recruit enough talent to win at a relatively unknown Division III school. His first team at the small Greenspring Valley school will be built around seniors Matt Smoot, Travis Phipps and Greg Keller, along with sophomore goalie Brooks Beaty.

Washington College

Coach: J.B. Clarke, seventh season (76-26 at Washington, 85-31 overall).

2004 record: 18-3.

Conference: Centennial.

The Sun's take: Don't be fooled by the 35 sophomores and freshmen on this team because, as usual, the Shoremen are loaded with talent as they continue their quest to supplant Salisbury as the Eastern Shore powerhouse. Seniors Kyle Mitten, Gregory Vetter, and Jon Spivey are expected to lead the charge to win an elusive national title and to build on last season, in which the Shoremen, undefeated in the conference for the second straight year, advanced to the final four.

TV schedule

Ch. 2 Game of the Week

Date Game Time

March 5 Ohio State at UMBC 1 p.m.

March 12 Maryland at Towson 1 p.m.

March 26 Virginia at Johns Hopkins 1 p.m.

April 2 Navy at Georgetown 1 p.m.

April 8 Duke at Johns Hopkins 8 p.m.

April 9 Syracuse at Loyola 1 p.m.

April 16 North Carolina at UMBC 1 p.m.

April 23 Navy at Johns Hopkins 1 p.m.

April 30 Johns Hopkins at Towson 1 p.m.

May 7 Loyola at Johns Hopkins 3 p.m.

Men's Div. I poll

Inside Lacrosse

preseason Top 25

First-place votes in parentheses

No. School 2004 record Points

1. Johns Hopkins (12) 13-2 370

2. Princeton 11-4 338

3. Syracuse (2) 15-2 332

4. Maryland 13-3 325

5. Georgetown 11-4 310

6. North Carolina (1) 10-5 303

7. Navy 5-3 299

8. Virginia 5-8 295

9. Cornell 9-5 244

10. Notre Dame 7-5 225

11. Rutgers 8-6 218

12. Towson 11-5 198

13. Duke 5-8 186

14. Army 10-5 165

15. Massachusetts 7-7 151

16. Loyola 4-8 139

17. Ohio State 12-4 133

18. Pennsylvania 7-7 113

19. Hobart 9-7 101

20. Brown 9-5 91

21. Dartmouth 8-5 63

22. Penn State 6-7 59

23. Hofstra 4-10 57

24. Denver 8-6 55

25. Albany 10-6 30

Others receiving votes: Villanova 29, Delaware 24, Colgate 8, Harvard 3, UMBC 2, Bucknell 1.

Note: The Inside Lacrosse media poll will be published in The Sun on Tuesdays. It is compiled from voting by media who cover college lacrosse.

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