Softball joins golf in Green Terrors' trophy case Western Maryland notebook


For the second straight weekend, a Western Maryland College team came away with a Middle Atlantic Conference title.

This time it was the softball team, which came out of the losers' bracket and won three games Saturday to earn its first championship.

The previous week, the golf team overcame a five-stroke deficit in the championship's second day to claim its second title in three years.

Western Maryland had not won two spring MAC titles in the same year since 1978, when the men's lacrosse and golf teams enjoyed championship seasons.

Not to be overshadowed was the effort of freshman Julie Cox (Liberty), who became Western Maryland's first MAC women's track and field champion when she won the 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the 12th annual meet at Swarthmore College.


This time last week, George Dix's club wasn't sure whether it would qualify for the MAC playoffs. Now, it is MAC champion for the first time.

The Green Terrors (15-6) won the MAC-Southwest Section title with back-to-back wins over Franklin & Marshall last week. The first win came in the regular season's final day and forced a one-game playoff to see who would move on.

They completed their stellar season with three wins Saturday, capped by an extra-inning, 3-2 win over Messiah in the final.

Carolyn Kelsey's single up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the eighth scored Jen Prowinski to give the Green Terrors the title.

Junior pitcher Marilyn Naas had all four of the Green Terrors' wins in the tournament, finishing the season at 10-2. The Green Terrors started the final day with a 4-0 win over last year's champion, Muhlenburg, then got two wins against Messiah -- the first a 2-1, come-from-behind decision -- in the double-elimination tournament.


The Green Terrors will learn next Wednesday whether they will send anyone to the NCAA Division III golf championships, May 18-21 at the Torrey Pines Country Club in San Diego.

Coach Scott Moyer submitted seniors Jeff Dierks and Steve Comes as possible participants. Dierks finished the season with a 75.7 stroke average, under his average that qualified him for the championships a year ago. Comes, who won his second MAC individual title earlier this month, finished with a 79.5 stroke average.

There are 120 participants eligible to compete in the 72-hole tournament. The country is divided into six districts, with Western Maryland coming out of District 3. Twenty participants are allotted for that district, along with 20 at-large bids.

Track and field

Cox and senior Kent Lightbourn are waiting to hear whether they have qualified for the NCAA Division III track and field championships at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, on May 26-29.

Cox ran the 100-meter hurdles in 15.29 seconds at the Shippensburg (Pa.) Invitational on April 10 to hit the provisional time. The automatic qualifying standard is 14.93. Fourteen participants will be eligible.

Lightbourn's time of 48.5 seconds in the 400-meter -- made him a provisional qualifier. He ran the time at the Mount St. Mary's Invitational on April 17. The automatic qualifying time for the 400 is 48.1.


The women qualified for the MAC lacrosse playoffs for the second straight season and finished the season with a 7-3 record after their 19-7 playoff loss at Franklin & Marshall. All three losses -- two to F&M; and one to Johns Hopkins -- came against teams that qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Senior Julia Mignatti finished as the Green Terrors' leading scorer, with 38 goals and 14 assists.

The men finished 7-3 in coach Keith Reitenbach's first season. Senior Joe Furnari closed out a fine career, leading the team in scoring with 32 goals and 42 assists. He finished second on the all-time school scoring list with 246 points -- 142 goals (third) and 104 assists (fourth).

In closing . . .

The women's tennis team enjoyed its first winning season since 1983, finishing at 6-5. The men were 1-10.

The baseball team closed its season with a 14-4 win over Ursinus last Wednesday to close the season at 10-13. Junior Gary Carter had a fifth-inning grand slam, and freshman Phil Getty got the victory.

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