The rain and snow of recent weeks is wreaking havoc with the Western Maryland spring schedule.
The men's lacrosse team (0-1) was scheduled to play host to St. Mary's this afternoon, but neither Bair Stadium nor the team's practice field was suitable for use. Instead, the two teams will meet in St. Mary's City today.
The baseball team was scheduled to open with a doubleheader at Dickinson, but that was postponed. It will head to Cocoa, Fla., for seven games during spring break, starting Sunday against Nichols College.
Freshman swimmer Karen Alexander will be heading Atlanta, where she'll compete in the NCAA Division III meet at Emory University.
Alexander will compete in the 400 individual medley Friday, then swim the 200 backstroke Saturday.
She has the 14th-best time in the nation in the 400 individual medley (4 minutes, 42.78 seconds) and the 20th fastest in the 200 backstroke (2:12.30).
A Lancaster, Pa., native, she also can compete in the 200 individual medley or the 100 backstroke. The optional entry rule will enable her to compete in one of those two events.
Pitching appears to be the big question mark for 13-year coach Dave Seibert and his Green Terrors.
Junior Chuck McLean (South Carroll) is the only starter returning from last year's 14-13 squad. In eight games last year, McLean went 4-1 with a 4.68 ERA and one complete game.
In 32 2/3 innings, he struck out 35 and gave up 33 walks. He held opposing batters to a .174 average.
Offensively, the Green Terrors will be led by junior center fielder Gary Carter, who has led the team in batting average the past two seasons. As a sophomore, he hit .333 with eight doubles and 21 runs.
Last year's infield remains intact, anchored by sophomore shortstop Jerry Resh, who finished second behind Carter with a .320 average.
Westminster graduate Dave Carpenter, a senior who hit .247 with six doubles last year, will be at third; graduate student Jamie Wiles (.236, 16 RBI) will play first; and sophomores Rob Lauver (.234) and Eric Landseader (.289, team-leading .429 on-base percentage) will platoon at second.
Rochester Institute of Technology spoiled Keith Reitenbach's head coaching debut Saturday with a 21-12 win at Georgetown.
The Green Terrors got behind early, trailing 5-2 after one period and 14-6 at the half and never mounted a serious challenge.
Senior Brian Sattler led the way for Western Maryland with five goals and two assists, and fellow senior attackman Joe Furnari added two goals and two assists. The Green Terrors will travel to Division III power Washington College on Saturday.
Three Green Terrors were named to the Middle Atlantic Conference All-Academic team. Juniors Sue Head (Westminster) and Marie Pawlowski were named for the second consecutive year. Sophomore Andrea Romich earned the honor for the first time.
Eligible players must have a minimum 3.4 grade-point average and sophomore status.