Bobcats in perfect position for Division III playoff spot COLLEGES

Frostburg State has never made the NCAA Division III football playoffs. But if the second half of the season goes like the first, the Bobcats could make history.

Saturday in its homecoming game, Frostburg turned in perhaps its most impressive performance of the fall. Facing a fine Trenton State team that had surrendered barely 200 yards a game, the Bobcats dismantled the Lions with a 27-point first half en route to a 27-16 victory and 5-0 record.


Unlike the Bobcats' victory over Salisbury State two weeks ago, in which the offense needed two quarters to get warmed up, they jumped on Trenton State early, scoring on their first two possessions. Halfback Shawn Freeman ran for both touchdowns, then caught a scoring pass from Gil Telleria in the second quarter to make it 20-0.

Frostburg had 271 yards by halftime, and the defense, led by safety Russell Williams (10 tackles, two pass break-ups), took over after that.


This is the best start for the Bobcats since 1990, when they won nine in a row before losing the season finale to Waynesburg, a defeat that cost them a playoff berth.

The Bobcats play host to Wesley on Saturday. Last year, Frostburg rallied to upset Wesley, 17-13, and deny the Wolverines a playoff spot.

Three of a kind

Three area schools are enjoying exceptional field hockey seasons.

After its 4-1 victory over second-ranked North Carolina on Saturday, Maryland climbed into a tie with Old Dominion for the No. 4 position in the NCAA rankings. The Terps (11-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trail top-ranked Penn State, Northwestern and Massachusetts.

The Terps' top three offensive players have outscored Maryland opponents individually. Lori Vile (10 goals, two assists), Laura Harmon (seven goals, four assists) and Oakland Mills High graduate Tara Everly (nine goals) lead an offense that has produced 39 goals. Maryland has given up six goals, and goalkeeper Irene Horvat has seven shutouts.

Johns Hopkins, behind forward Beth Cariello's second Player of the Week performance, clinched a tie for the Centennial Conference title last week with victories over Bryn Mawr and Franklin & Marshall. The Blue Jays (10-1, 7-0) have won 10 straight.

And at the College of Notre Dame, the Gators are ranked for the first time in their history. Notre Dame (7-4) is in the ninth spot in NCAA Division III South region. Julie Desmond (Frederick) and Tinah Houck (Westminster), both freshmen, have been the catalysts. Desmond leads the team with 16 goals and four assists. Houck has six goals and three assists.


Like a broken record

It was a week for coaching milestones. Sunday, Bill Sento notched his school-record 179th victory when Loyola's men's soccer team clinched the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title with a 2-0 victory over Iona.

Last week, Cathy Cain, Towson State's fifth-year volleyball coach, won her 100th match with the Tigers, as Towson State beat Drexel. The Tigers (21-4) are inching closer to their single-season record of 30 victories.

Game, set, match

Loyola's women's tennis team remained perfect in dual-match play last week, as the Greyhounds (12-0) defeated Catholic and clinched their third MAAC championship in the past four years.

Seniors Bridget Lambert and Meggan Wilson have been the keys for Loyola. Lambert has a 14-1 record and won the conference title at No. 4 singles. Wilson is 11-4.


Essex excellence

The women's soccer team at Essex Community College, after a 10-0 shutout of Montgomery College, is ranked fifth in the NJCAA Top 10 coaches poll.

The Knights (7-1-1), who have outscored their opponents 35-5, have won three straight since suffering their only setback. Stacey Schott (Franklin) leads the team with eight goals and four assists. Jill Fennekohl (Perry Hall) has five goals and three assists. Amie Stone (Perry Hall) and Robyn DePasquale (Mercy) each have six goals and one assist.

The Knights' women's cross country team had an equally newsworthy week for different reasons. Freshman Monica Beall (Fallston) posted her fastest time of the year, completing the 3.1-mile course at the Maryland State Cross Country Championships in College Park in 20 minutes, 43 seconds. Beall finished 13th out of 88 runners.