For the first time in 26 years, the men's soccer team at Maryland advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons. And though losing to James Madison on penalty kicks stung the Terps, it also brought them closer together.
Or, as coach Sasho Cirovski put it, the defeat has sent them "on a greater mission."
At least they got to experience last year's journey. Towson State wasn't given the chance to ride the highs and lows of the NCAA tournament.
The Tigers were nationally ranked last season for the first time, tied a school record for most wins with 14, and were shut out when tournament bids were given.
"Within the team, there is a sense that we have some unfinished business," said coach Frank Olszewski.
A look at the 15 area teams:
Coach: Bill Sento
1995 record: 15-6
Top returning players: Ari Edelman, Sr., F; Joe Schafer, Sr., G; Eric Coles, So., D; J. T. Dorsey, Sr., D; Mike Burke, So., F.
Top newcomers: Kevin Alvero, Fr., F; Christof Lindenmayer, Fr., F/M; Matt Brigida, Fr., F.
Outlook: The Greyhounds lost in overtime to Lafayette in the NCAA play-in game, then lost four members of the All-MAAC first team, including midfielder Chris Doyle, the Player of the Year and a prime reason Loyola won its seventh consecutive MAAC title. Three other Greyhounds who received postseason honors are back: Edelman (11 goals,), Schafer (0.88 GAA, eight shutouts) and Coles.
Coach: Sasho Cirovski
1995 record: 13-6-2
Top returning players: Shane Dougherty, Sr., F; Russell Payne, Sr., G; Mike McIlwain, Jr., F; Matt Larson, Sr., M; Leo Cullen, Jr., D; R.T. Moore, Jr., D; Steve Armas, So., M; Keith Beach, So., M; Judah Cooks, So., M; Pierre Venditti, So., F.
Top newcomers: Andy Kirk, Fr., G; Randy Merkel, So., M; Jason Bent, Fr., M; Jamie Eichmann, Fr., M; Jason Cropley, Fr., F.
Outlook: The Terps, ranked fourth in Soccer America's preseason poll, lost some major talent. Dougherty (five goals, seven assists) and Payne (1.19 GAA, seven shutouts) are All-America candidates. Beach (six goals, three assists) and Venditti (five goals, one assist) were rookie sensations.
Coach: Pete Caringi
1995 record: 10-9-1
Top returning players: Ted Lawler, Jr., F; Franco Pastore, Sr., M; Chris Barton, Sr., M; Todd Smith, So., M; Olivier Bityeki, Sr., D; Reggie Adubofour, Jr., D; C. J. Norton, Sr., G.
Top newcomers: Nick Chavis, Fr., F; Rutger Karelse, Fr., M; Rick Versteeg, Fr., M; Scott Calder, So., M; Ed Moreau, Jr., M.
Outlook: The Retrievers have four returning backfield starters. J.J. Kremer (six goals, 10 assists) won't return for his senior year because he wants to play professionally. Lawler was fourth in the Big South with 29 points, but he might miss some games because of a groin injury.
Coach: Sam Douglas
1995 record: 1-13
Top returning players: Kimandi Binns, Sr., M; Daniel Stovell, Jr., FB; Stefan Charles-Pierre, Jr., FB; Phillip Thompson, Jr., G: Conroy Boxhill, So., F.
Top newcomer: Matthew McCullough, Fr., M.
Outlook: Binns has led the Hawks in scoring in each of his first three seasons, though he had only three goals last fall. A member of Bermuda's Olympic team, he is the school's all-time leading scorer.
Coach: Mark Mettrick
1995 record: 7-8-2
Top returning players: Mark Southern, Jr., F; Brian Wall, Jr., D; Dan Gaertner, Sr., M; Brian Haygood, Sr., M; Eric McPhee, So., G.
Top newcomers: Bruce Engle, Fr., G; Evan Curtis, Fr., G; Simon Hodkin, Fr., F; Duncan Gladwin, Fr., F.
Outlook: The Mount lost one player who was named to the All-Northeast Conference team, goalkeeper Keith Kennedy, but two others return in Southern and Wall. Southern, a repeat selection at midfield, is being moved up front.
Coach: Grey Myers
1995 record: 11-7
Top returning players: Aaron Swenson, Sr., F; Justin Lemmon, Sr., F; Shawn Moyer, Sr., F; David Cuthbert, Sr., D; Ryan Cox, Sr., D.
Top newcomer: Matt Neely, Fr., F.
Outlook: Navy is being picked by rival coaches to finish first in the Patriot League. Last season, the Midshipmen lost in overtime to Lafayette in the championship game. Leading scorers Swenson (seven goals) and Lemmon (four goals, five assists) are back.
Coach: Frank Olszewski
1995 record: 14-4
Top returning players: Mike Stillman, Jr., G; Ethan Jennings, So., G; Ian Wildey, Jr., D; Jim Cherneski, Sr., M; Richard Moller, So., F; Andre Wise, Jr., F; Peter Medd, So., M; Kevin Henderson, Jr., M.
Top newcomers: David Sall, Fr., D; Kristoffer Dramby, Fr., D; Eric Jay, Fr., D; Jarkko Haavisto, Fr., F.
Outlook: The Tigers started 8-0 last year, their first in the North Atlantic Conference (now called America East). They are without All-NAC midfielder Todd Hicks (four goals, seven assists) and All-Region sweeper Erik Washington. Also, NAC Rookie of the Year Petteri Kaijasilta (14 goals) returned to his native Finland.
Coach: Jay Hegeman
1995 record: 8-8-3
Top returning players: Pete Merrill, So., F; Eric Fehervari, Jr., D; Pat Hennigan, Jr., M; Ben Sipola, Sr., D; Stuart Vazzana, Sr., M; Jason Kilvy, Jr., D; Trevor Woodward, Jr., M.
Top newcomers: Kirk Gibson, Fr., M/D; Ryan Stumptner, Jr., M.
Outcome: The Bobcats lost just one senior and they picked up Stumptner, a transfer. Other players will have to step up to relieve some of the scoring burden on Merrill (12 goals, three assists).
Coach: Jim Lyons
1995 record: 8-10-1
Top returning players: Brian Fortman, Sr., M; Radcliffe Roye, Jr., F; Chris Walton, Sr., F; Billy Layton, So., M; Brad Brache, So., M; Mike Porrovicchio, So., D.
Top newcomers: Eric Ludwigsen, Fr., F; David Cull, Fr., D; Sammy Essumang, Fr., M; Mike Hyland, Fr., M; Jamey Thomson, Fr. M; Chris McLamb, Fr., M.
Outlook: Last fall, the Gophers posted their best record since 1992. They return six full-time starters -- including leading scorers Roye (16 goals, five assists) and Walton (nine goals, four assists).
Coach: Matt Smith
1995 record: 15-5
Top returning players: Eric West, Jr., F; Peter Quin, So., F; Peter Kahn, Jr., D; Bill Graf, Sr., M; Rob Layton, Sr., D; Randy Goldberg, Sr., G.
Top newcomers: Chris Thomas, Fr., F/M; Teddy Zingman, Fr., F; John Delmonaco, Fr., M; Cory Piette, Fr., M.
Outlook: Hopkins reached the ECAC final last year, but is less experienced. West (22 goals, nine assists) was named an All-American and All-Centennial Conference for the second straight year and is the league's all-time leading scorer.
Coach: Jesse Roberts
1995 record: 6-11
Top returning players: Ryan Voegtlin, Sr., M; Brent Beery, Sr., M; Alex Czopp, Jr., D; Dave Layman, Sr., D; Brian Waud, Sr., D; Pete Sweigard, So., F.
Top newcomers: Jamie Bruno, Fr., G; John Kanaskie, Fr., G; Dan White, So., M/F; Aaron Zukerberg, So., F.
Outlook: The Seahawks must recover from losing All-Capital Athletic Conference selection John McManus (15 goals, four assists) at midfield. Leading the offense will be Voegtlin (four goals, five assists) and Sweigard (five goals, four assists).
Coach: Gerry DiBartolo
1995 record: 11-7
Top returning players: Matt Tirschman, Sr., F; Stephen Groves, Jr., M; Keith Chesla, Sr., D; Michael Giuffrida, So., F; Pat Crawford, Sr., F; Tom Sabia, Sr., D.
Outlook: The Sea Gulls return their four leading scorers in third-team All-American Tirschman (10 goals, 11 assists), Giuffrida (seven goals, three assists), Groves (seven goals, one assist) and Crawford (three goals, six assists).
Coach: Chuck Martin
1995 record: 2-12-2
Top returning players: Michael Hemelt, Jr., M; Doug Blair, Sr., M/D; Ricky Sanchez, Sr., D/M: Jeff Merkle, Jr., D/M; Michael Alessi, So., D/M; Ray Merryman, Jr., D/M; Michael Sokoloff, Jr., G/M.
Top newcomers: Paul August, Fr., M/F; Rodney Blockston, Fr., F/M; Jeff Merryman, Fr., M/F; Lance Reedinger, Fr., M/F.
Outlook: This is the first season for Martin, and the third for the program. For his sake, the Mustangs better stay healthier than they did last year.
Coach: Todd Helbling
1995 record: 12-6-1
Top returning players: Andrew King, Sr., M; Shayne Bates, Jr., D; Jon Ferro, So. D; Chuck Mullen, So., M; Travis Beauchamp, So., G
Top newcomers: Eric Spinato, Jr., D; Greg Shaw, Fr., M; Konadu Kwabena, Fr., F.
Outlook: The Shoremen were ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Their leading scorers are back -- King (seven goals, nine assists), Mullen (five goals, nine assists) and Gerbasi (five goals) -- along with Beauchamp (0.79 GAA).
Coach: John Plevyak
1995 record: 6-10-2
Top returning players: Christiaan Abildso, Jr., F; Rick Estes, Sr., F/G; Brett Edwards, Sr., M; Martin Oswiecimka, So., M; Eric Laurence, Sr., D; Chris LeCron, Sr., D; Mac Wilson, Sr., D.
Top newcomers: Joshua Beck, Fr., M; Art Crouse, Jr., F; David Sampson, Fr., D.
Outlook: Injuries will likely take an early toll on the Green Terror. Leading scorer Abildso (eight goals, one assist) is out indefinitely with an ankle injury.
Pub Date: 9/04/96