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College notebook: Martin bright for Terror football

The McDaniel College football team might've slipped to 0-7 on the season Saturday, but senior linebacker Zach Martin had an effort worthy of a win against Dickinson.

Martin proved to be an ace on the punt defense team, earning Centennial Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

He blocked a punt and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter after recovering a blocked punt to set up the Green Terror's second touchdown earlier in the 38-31 defeat.

Martin has been one of McDaniel's standout defensive players this season, ranking fourth on the team with 39 tackles, including two for loss and one sack. He is also tied for third on the squad with four pass breakups.

BOBCATS ROAR: Two locals helped the Frostburg State University women's soccer team enter Wednesday with a 12-3-1 record.

Freshman midfielder Chelsie McCoy (North Carroll) appeared in 15 of the team's first 16 games, starting three. She recorded one goal and one assist for three points with seven of her eight shots coming on goal.

Freshman defender Jessa DiTullo (South Carroll) has appeared in one game as a reserve for the Bobcats.

MAKING PROGRESS: Although a 7-19 record entering Wednesday's visit to Johns Hopkins might not seem like much, the McDaniel volleyball team has taken a significant leap forward in its first season under coach Jessica Cortese.

The Terror are coming off an 0-25 record in 2011 and a 3-21 mark in 2010, having fallen off after posting winning records in three of four years from 2006-09.

So the seven wins are more than twice what they had accumulated over the last two seasons under Carole Molloy.

Senior Annie McShea had a team-best 264 kills, ranked third with 199 digs, second with 33 aces and second with 26 blocks through her first 23 matches of the year.

Freshman Kloe Martin has made an immediate impact with 227 kills, 34 aces, 283 digs and 12 blocks.

So has freshman setter Colette Kellen, who contributed 590 assists, 200 digs and 55 kills through 26 matches.

The Terror won back-to-back matches heading into Wednesday for their first consecutive wins since three straight in September.

FRESHMAN STARTER: Freshman defender Emily Richardson (Century) has carved out a role for herself in her first year with the Hood College field hockey team.

Richardson entered Wednesday having started all 15 games and leading the 2-13 Blazers with 12 defensive saves, three more than anyone else on the squad.

DRAGON WARFIELD: In his first season with the Howard Community College men's cross country team, freshman Alex Warfield (Winters Mill) has served as the team's No. 3 runner.

In the Dragons' latest event, he finished 18th overall, completing the course in 30 minutes, 1 second to help the Dragons place second out of 10 teams at the Hood Invitational in Frederick.

Warfield and his teammates travel to Hagerstown Saturday to compete in the Region XX/MD JUCO Championships.

STARTER WARBURTON: Junior defender Mike Warburton (Winters Mill) has started all 15 games he has played for the St. Mary's College men's soccer team.

Warburton has recorded one assist and three shots on goal while helping the Seahawks hold opponents to 38 goals in 16 games. St. Mary's heads into the Capital Athletic Conference tournament with a 4-12 record.

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