Terps look to extend recent success

STATE NOTEBOOK

Men's soccer team, unbeaten in past 3 games, faces No. 8 Virginia Tech

State Notebook

Colleges

October 12, 2007|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun reporter

With a stiff September schedule, the Maryland men's soccer team gets a chance to enhance its national and Atlantic Coast Conference profile tomorrow night against No. 8 Virginia Tech at Ludwig Field.

The Terps are suffering through a subpar season (5-4-2) that looks better when you factor in the September schedule. In the opening month, they played five teams that were then or are now ranked in the top 20 of the NCAA Division I poll, and beat only one of them - Notre Dame, ranked third this week.

When they lost, 2-0, at Wake Forest on Sept. 29, the Terps were 3-4-1. But they haven't lost since and are three games into a stretch of nine straight home matches.

They obviously miss forward Jason Herrick, who injured a knee in preseason after scoring 13 points in 17 games last year as a freshman.

Even Maryland's wins have been hard-earned, however. The Terps beat Lehigh, 2-1, on Tuesday when sophomore Jeremy Hall drove a penalty kick past goalkeeper Brian Lee in the 84th minute. Sophomore Drew Yates (Severna Park) got a first-half goal, and the Terps are 9-1 when he has a goal or assist.

Despite the downturn in record, the Terps are the only team in the country with four crowds - home or away - in the top 20 of the Soccer America Crowd Count. At home, the Terps drew 5,022 fans to a Sept. 7 overtime loss to West Virginia, and 3,726 on Oct. 5 for an overtime win against Clemson.

Overtime is no elixir for the Terps, though. They are 1-2-2 after regulation this season.

Taking on Division I

Johns Hopkins can splash with the big dogs of Division I when it comes to water polo. The Blue Jays don't have a choice. Because there are only 17 college teams in the East that play water polo at any NCAA level, Hopkins coach Ted Bresnahan must cobble together a schedule filled with Division I opponents.

The Blue Jays compete in the same division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association as Navy, Princeton, Bucknell and George Washington. They have never beaten Navy, losing Wednesday for the 28th consecutive time, 11-8. The Midshipmen are ranked 11th in the Varsity Top 20 poll for all varsity college programs. The Blue Jays are 19th.

In his 17th season, Bresnahan has built a dynasty. The Blue Jays have won 10 NCAA Division III titles since 1994 and were runners-up the other three years.

Hopkins senior captain Sean McCreery (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) is a two-time Division III national Player of the Year and the frontrunner to win the honor a third time. He has 265 career goals and is tied for 10th in the nation in goals per game this year for all divisions.

McKee, Tyson honored

Coppin State senior Tywain McKee was voted to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference first team in basketball this week, and UMES junior Ed Tyson was a second-team selection.

Tyson was a second-team All-Baltimore County guard at Walbrook.

In a preseason poll of coaches and sports information directors, Morgan State was picked to finish fourth in the MEAC, Coppin eighth and UMES 11th. Hampton is favored to win the conference title.

Hopkins milestones

Junior setter Amanda Lewis set a school career assists record and coach Scott Pennewill became the winningest volleyball coach in Hopkins history Wednesday in a 3-1 victory over Franklin & Marshall.

Lewis needed 15 assists to pass Betsy Baydala's school record of 3,502 and collected 48 to push the new mark to 3,536. Pennewill's 99th coaching win broke a tie with Heidi Mass, who coached from 1993 to 1997. Pennewill won his 99th in 140 matches, and Mass had 98 in 176.

King rising

UMBC junior goalkeeper Steve King (Archbishop Curley) posted his 14th career shutout - and his sixth of the season - in a 4-0 victory over Stony Brook last week.

He just missed an additional one in a 1-0 overtime loss to Binghamton in Vestal, N.Y., on Wednesday.

King ranks third in career shutouts at UMBC.

ken.murray@baltsun.com

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