After last week's performance against Gettysburg, maybe it's time for Western Maryland senior wide receiver/punter Paul McCord to try defense for a while. After all, McCord has done everything else the Green Terrors have asked of him.
Last year, McCord led the Green Terrors to a 5-5 record as their quarterback. He passed for 748 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 230 yards and three scores. He also handled the punting chores, averaging a modest 32.6 yards in 44 attempts.
This fall, with the emergence of sophomore QB Brian Van Deusen, McCord became a receiver, and he has wasted little time making an impression at that position.
After catching only one pass in the season opener against Juniata, McCord teamed up with Van Deusen nine times for TC whopping 227 yards in Saturday's 38-17 defeat at Gettysburg. He leads the Centennial Conference with 25.2 yards per reception.
And McCord's punting has improved dramatically. He is averaging 42.1 yards per punt in 15 attempts, and already has hit two for more than 50 yards.
The question is, can he tackle?
You can spike this
Towson State's volleyball team continues to sizzle. After sweeping Howard, Morgan State and Coppin State last week -- the Tigers surrendered only 42 points in nine games -- Towson State stretched its school-best winning streak to 12. The Tigers are off to a 12-1 start.
Just around the corner, the Goucher College volleyball team is doing its best Towson State imitation. Senior hitter Cassandra Clemons (Loch Raven High), junior setter Laurie Bender (Parkville) and freshman hitter Loni Marksbury led Goucher to the Washington and Lee tournament title last weekend to improve the Gophers' record to 13-0.
Goucher never has won more than 14 matches in a season.
Off to a fast start
Speaking of strong starts, the Johns Hopkins men's soccer team has equaled last year's victory total by winning its first three games under first-year coach Matt Smith. Senior forward Mogy Omatete leads the Blue Jays with five goals and one assist.
The Blue Jays went 3-13-1 last year.
And after dropping its first game to national power Mary Washington, the Hopkins field hockey team has reeled off four straight victories to improve its record to 4-1. Senior forward Beth Cariello had three goals and an assist to lead the Tigers to three wins last week.
With his game-winning goal against Coastal Carolina, senior fullback Bobby Wagner became the fifth player in UMBC history to reach the 50-point career mark.
Wagner converted a header from three yards away with 18:47 left to give the Retrievers a 2-1 victory. UMBC is 4-0, including 3-0 in the Big South Conference. Wagner has 20 goals and 10 assists in his career.
The Retrievers' cross country team also made a strong showing in last week's Towson State Invitational at Oregon Ridge. Senior Don Augustin (Centennial) completed the five-mile course in 26 minutes, 39 seconds to take second place, while sophomore Reggie McCaskill finished third in 26:54, as UMBC wound up six points behind Drexel to finish second in the five-time meet.
Getting their kicks
The local connection of junior Malcolm Gillian (Oakland Mills) and freshman Shane Dougherty (Fallston) is paying dividends for Maryland's men's soccer team.
Gillian, a junior forward, scored two goals Sunday -- one of them off an assist by Dougherty -- to lift the Terps to a 2-1 victory over North Carolina State. It marked Maryland's first victory in the ACC since the 1991 season. It was also the first multiple-goal game of Gillian's career.
Time out for Finnegan
After 23 years of coaching the men's basketball team at Washington College, Tom Finnegan will spend a season on the sidelines. Finnegan has been granted an academic sabbatical for the fall 1993 semester to pursue his doctoral degree in modern intellectual history at Drew University.
Michael Hart, who has assisted Finnegan for the past 10 seasons, will assume head coaching duties.
New coaches named
Coppin State College has named Casandra Hale and Greg Ogle as head coaches of the Eagles' softball and tennis teams, respectively.
Hale is a Baltimore native who lettered in softball, volleyball and track at Dunbar High School.
Ogle, who will coach both the men's and women's tennis teams, served as the tennis director at the Columbia Association Department of Recreation for five years.