Backof's bat fuels Western Md. softball Westminster grad goes 11-for-17 in five-win week


Any question about whether the Western Maryland softball team would get off to a fast start in Centennial Conference play was answered by the bat of junior second baseman Julie Backof.

How's this for numbers?

In five wins last week -- including three conference games -- Backof (Westminster) went 11-for-17 with 14 RBIs, nine runs scored, three homers, two triples and two doubles.

The impressive effort earned Backof CC Player of the Week honors and helped put the Green Terror (8-3 overall) in second place in the CC at 3-0. Ursinus leads the conference with a 6-0 mark.

Backof isn't the only Green Terror making noise this spring. Teammate Jacie Mathias (Westminster) had seven hits in the span with seven RBIs, two homers and six runs scored.

In Western Maryland news:

The men's lacrosse team is off to a 5-0 start with a high-powered offense leading the way.

Senior Matt Hoppe (22 goals, eight assists), junior Bo Schrott (19, seven) and freshman Rob Witte (12, 12) have been the steady scorers, but the Green Terror has also gotten contributions from Mike Sargent (eight, 12) and sophomore Jeremy Kober (12, five).

Witte (South Carroll) displayed his ability to finish during his high school days, but now he's showing what a complete player he is with as many assists as goals.

The Green Terror was among 'others receiving votes' in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Division III Top 20 poll.

The women's lacrosse team opened the season with three straight wins -- including its first two conference games.

In a 14-3 win over CC foe Washington College on Monday, Amy North (Liberty) scored three goals and dished out two assists, and Meg Giorno added two goals and three assists. Goalkeeper Amanda Rose turned back nine shots.

The Green Terror had two golf teams in the annual Western Maryland College Spring Invitational on Saturday and both did well, tying for second in the eight-team field.

Tony Santillo led the A team with a 74, with Mike Diehl finishing with a round of 75.

The B team got scores of 75 from Scott Gregg and Morgan Gregory. Craig Zabora shot a 76.

In track and field, it seems any time you hear about Donte Abron, Kerry Wilson is there, too.

Abron took firsts in the men's 100-meter dash and the triple jump at Saturday's Susquehanna University Invitational, and Wilson led the Green Terror women with easy wins in the long jump and triple jump.

Abron, a junior, ran the 100 in a time of 11.09 seconds and covered the triple with a jump of 44 feet, one-half inch.

Wilson's long jump of 16-5 1/2 was 13 inches better than second-place finisher Jennifer Nauss of Lebanon Valley. With a 35-7 1/2 triple jump, Wilson outdistanced the competition by better than a foot and a half.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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