No load's too heavy for Johnson Rushes 40 times in win over Ursinus W. Maryland notebook


Prior to the start of the season, Western Maryland College tailback Rob Johnson said he'd do whatever it takes to come home with a Green Terrors win.

"And if that means me carrying the ball 30 times, I'm ready," he said.

How about 40 times, Rob? The junior from North Carroll High carried the ball a career-high 40 times for 181 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as the Green Terrors improved to 3-0 with 35-21 Centennial Conference win against Ursinus College.

His four touchdowns tied a school and CFC single-game record. The effort earned Johnson the conference's Offensive Player of the Week. After three games, he's carried the ball 105 times for 558 yards, averaging 186 yards a game -- tops among NCAA Division III rushers.

"When we lost Eric [Frees] everyone seemed a little concerned, but Robby has picked up the slack -- plus," WMC coach Dale Sprague said. "He's added a new dimension with his speed and is really hitting the holes hard both inside and outside."

The last time the Green Terrors were 4-0 was back in 1968. They'll be trying to match that tomorrow at home against 1-2 Muhlenburg.

Muhlenberg (1-2) ended a five-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 9-6 win against Franklin & Marshall.

"Muhlenberg is a football team that is full of emotion right now after that big win," Sprague said.

* The play of Julie Cox has helped the women's soccer team get off to a 4-3 start.

The Liberty grad has scored 12 goals and added two assists in seven games.

In her first game, she scored five goals against Wilkes and has since added three-goal games against Goucher and Hopkins -- all Green Terrors' victories.

* The men's soccer team is off to a disappointing 2-5 start, including a 1-2 mark in the Middle Atlantic Conference-Southwest.

Again, it's been one-goal losses that have hurt the team in conference play. Going back to the 1990 season, the Terrors have lost seven straight MAC games by one goal -- including losses to Gettysburg and Moravian this season.

* The volleyball team will enter this weekend's Juniata Coca-Cola Classic tournament with a 14-1 mark.

There will be 21 teams competing in the tournament with two rounds of pool play followed by elimination play in gold, silver and bronze medal brackets -- based on team records in pool play.

The Green Terrors will open up against Averett College (Virginia) at 2:15 today and then face host Juniata, the defending tournament champs, at 6.

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