The Johns Hopkins football team is heading into its Centennial Conference schedule with a new look. For the first time in four-year coach Jim Margraff's tenure, the Blue Jays are 1-0.
Hopkins erupted for three fourth- quarter touchdowns Friday night to blow out Lebanon Valley, 33-7. The Blue Jays had no shortage of heroes.
Junior cornerback Chad Van Den Berg intercepted three passes in the second half to earn Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors. Sophomore free safety Ryan McCrum returned another interception 38 yards for a touchdown. Then there was senior linebacker Stu Markley, who, in his first start after coming back from a serious knee injury, made 13 tackles (one solo, 12 assists).
The players who had Margraff smiling the most may have been the offensive linemen. Despite having only one returning starter -- tackle John Applegate -- the Blue Jays opened enough holes for Rob Beach to rush for 64 yards and two touchdowns. They also did not allow a sack. When senior QB John Guglielmo (17-for-41, 267 yards, two touchdowns) wasn't creating big plays with his scrambling ability, he had plenty of time to dissect Lebanon Valley from the pocket.
"They [the offensive line] did a really decent job, especially with their pass blocking, which is tough to teach," Margraff said. "They'll have a big test this week [against Swarthmore]. They'll be much quicker on the defensive line than Lebanon Valley. We've still got a lot of kinks to work out."
Beginning with their hands. The Blue Jays' receivers dropped seven passes. If those catches are made, Guglielmo's passing yardage is well over 300, and the Blue Jays probably don't need an explosive fourth quarter to put away the Flying Dutchmen.
Speaking of Guglielmo, he went over the 4,000-yard mark in career passing. His total of 4,075 is third on the Blue Jays' all-time list. Margraff tops the list with 6,669.
Mount gets its kicks
Sophomore forward Mike Faubert was named co-Player of the Week, freshman Dan Gaertner (Glenelg) was selected the Newcomer of the Week, and junior Mike Connolly's game-winning goal against St. Francis (Pa.) last week earned him the NEC Goal of the Week.
The Mountaineers are 4-0 and have outscored their opponents, 7-2.
Faubert had all three goals as the Mountaineers opened the year by winning the Holiday Inn Classic. He had two goals -- including the game-winner with 3:30 left -- in a 3-2 victory over Shepherd on Sunday.
Gaertner had a goal and two assists in his first week of collegiate action. He scored his goal in the first half against Shepherd, and he set up Connolly's game-winner against St. Francis. Connolly's score came off a corner kick with 1:17 left in regulation to break a scoreless tie.
Caringi gets No. 200
UMBC men's soccer coach Pete Caringi's 200th career victory passed quietly. That's because the Retrievers didn't need to suit up on Saturday to get it. Liberty forfeited the game, saying several of its players had the flu.
Loyola soccer ranks 29th
Before the season started, the Loyola men's soccer team wondered how well new goalkeeper Zach Thornton (John Carroll) would perform. Thornton is putting those doubts to rest.
After recording nine saves to preserve the Greyhounds' 1-0 victory over host San Francisco in last weekend's USF Met Life Classic, Thornton is the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Thornton, a 6-foot-2 junior who transferred from Essex Community College, also played well in Loyola's 2-1 loss to Stanford in the opening game of the tournament.
Loyola is 3-1, and after beating San Francisco for the first time in 16 years, the Greyhounds landed in the 29th spot in the latest Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America's top 30 coaches poll.
Tigers volleyball heats up
Towson State's football season is off to a rousing start, routing Central Connecticut, 42-7, on Saturday. But the hottest team on the Tigers' campus plays volleyball.
Junior hitter Christy Hutson earned Big South Player of the Week honors, as she led the Tigers to the Bucknell Tournament championship. Hutson had 43 kills in 90 attempts (.411), and averaged 3.6 kills a game to pace the Tigers, who did not lose a game at the tournament.
The Tigers, who are 9-1 and have won two tournaments, are on a nine-game winning streak.
Salisbury State and Frostburg State have announced the addition of two sports next year.
At Salisbury State, men's swimming and women's soccer will increase the number of varsity sports to 19. Women's soccer and women's volleyball will be added at Frostburg.
Morgan State on cable
United Artists Cable will broadcast several of Morgan State's home football games on a tape-delay basis. The games will be shown on Channel 41, Saturdays at 10 p.m., Sundays at noon and at various times during the week.
Channel 41 will broadcast the following games: North Carolina A&T; (Oct. 16), Howard (Nov. 13) and Towson State (Nov. 20).