The early part of the fall season has brought some fast starts, standout efforts and a few surprises.
THE FAST STARTERS: Liberty and North Carroll are both 2-0 in boys soccer, with the Lions, under first-year coach Ed DeVincent, sneaking into The Sun poll at No. 15 after a 2-1 win over Towson in their season opener.
On the girls' side, all five Carroll teams are unbeaten, with Westminster leading the way at 2-0. The Owls knocked Dulaney out of the metro poll with a 5-2 win in their opener and added a 3-2 overtime win against Central Maryland Conference foe Linganore.
The Francis Scott Key volleyball team, which went undefeated last season until the state final, opened its season with Monocacy Valley Athletic League sweeps of Catoctin and Boonsboro.
EARLY STANDOUTS: Senior midfielder Haley DeLaurence, returning to the Liberty girls soccer team after missing her last two seasons with knee injuries, scored on the No. 13 Lions' first shot in their 2-2 tie against No. 12 Fallston Tuesday. North Carroll's Danielle Shearer scored three times in the Panthers' 6-1 win over Frederick.
Three running backs -- Westminster's Dante Partlow, North Carroll's Adam Crowl and South Carroll's Daren Snyder -- led their teams to season-opening wins with 100-yard rushing efforts. Crowl was tops with 157 yards on 18 carries.
Senior striker Tony Reightler scored four times in North Carroll's opening win against Hereford and added a goal and an assist in the Panthers' 2-1 win over Frederick Tuesday.
THE SURPRISES: The North Carroll football team, which failed to score in the previous three season-openers against Francis Scott Key, broke out with a 34-7 win over the Eagles Saturday.
After losing 12 seniors to graduation and having only one starter return, you would think Westminster's field hockey team would go through some kind of rebuilding stage. Guess again. The Owls knocked off county-rival Francis Scott Key, 3-0, Tuesday.
Life after Van Deusen
The Western Maryland College football team got its first dose of life after quarterback Brian Van Deusen.
It came in Saturday afternoon's opener against Bridgewater -- a 10-6 loss in Westminster. The Green Terror turned the ball over eight times -- including six interceptions -- and avoided being shut out when junior quarterback Wyatt Lowe scored on a 5-yard run with 16 seconds left. One of the bright spots was junior wide receiver Donte Abron, who caught 11 passes for 107 yards.
PD The Green Terror visits Juniata (2-7-1 last season) on Saturday.
A look down the women's soccer and field hockey rosters at Western Maryland will show a number of home-grown products.
The women's soccer team got its record even at 2-2 with a 7-0 win over Ursinus in its Centennial Conference opener on Tuesday. Sophomore Natalie Hannibal (Liberty) and senior Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) both scored two goals in the win. Junior Julie Backof (Westminster) earned the shutout in goal. She earned Division III All-Middle Atlantic Region first-team honors last season and is a two-time All-CC first-teamer. Sophomore midfielder Sandra Geiman (Westminster) also is contributing.
The field-hockey team, which opened with a 3-2 win over the College of Notre Dame Tuesday, has four Carroll players. Goalie Jaime Moyer (South Carroll) and forward Amy North (Liberty) are sophomore letter-winners. Halfback Shelly Dinterman (Westminster) and forward Kathryn Crowe (South Carroll) are freshmen.
Pub Date: 9/12/96