College lacrosse season has begun, and for local enthusiasts that usually means scanning rosters of top-ranked Division I women’s and men’s teams to find former Carroll County standouts playing at the next level.
A few women’s games highlighted opening weekend. Towson, ranked No. 19 in the nation, visited No. 4 Penn State and the Tigers left with an upset victory, 14-13.
Sophomore defender Sami Chenoweth, a Manchester Valley graduate, had a solid performance with five ground balls, four caused turnovers, and a draw control. Chenoweth led the Tigers in grounders and caused turnovers.
Towson’s roster also includes freshman midfielder Rayna Deltuva (Man Valley) and sophomore midfielders Maddie Dickman (Century) and Coeli Love (Winters Mill).
Maryland, the reigning national champions, opened its season with an 18-7 victory over William & Mary. Sophomore midfielder Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley) collected three draws and a pair of ground balls, and caused two turnovers in the victory.
Colson earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts.
The No. 1-ranked Terps’ roster also features freshman midfielders Kylie Davis (Century) and Grace Griffin (Liberty), sophomore mid Hannah Warther (Century), junior midfielder Marissa Donoghue (Century), junior defender Shelby Mercer (Century), and senior defender Julie LeGar (Eldersburg/Garrison Forest).
Griffin scored a goal against William & Mary in her first college game.
Maryland faces No. 3 Florida on Saturday. The Gators opened their season by defeated Colorado 16-9. Junior midfielder Madi Hall (Century) had three goals in the win.
Carroll duo helping Mustangs
Stevenson University’s women’s basketball team has clinched a berth in the upcoming Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth tournament, and a pair of former county standouts have been helping the Mustangs this season.
Junior guard Jonyae Curry (Westminster) led Stevenson in scoring at 12.4 points per game going into Tuesday night’s regular-season finale at Alvernia. Curry was also averaging 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 steals through 24 games.
Curry was ninth in the Commonwealth in scoring going into Tuesday’s game.
Senior guard Kristine Tennyson (South Carroll) was averaging 6.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists through 23 games.
Stevenson’s coach is Jackie Boswell, a Hampstead resident, who is in her seventh season with the Mustangs. They were 14-10 (8-7 in conference play) before the Alvernia game.
Nichols’ college career winding down
Senior guard Tess Nichols (Century) went from a reserve for Susquehanna’s women’s basketball team to a starter in two years time, and this winter she has started every game for the River Hawks. Nichols is averaging 5.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 19 games for Susquehanna, which is 11-11 (6-6 Landmark Conference) with two regular-season games remaining.
Nichols hit her career high in points this season when she scored 20 against Lycoming on Nov. 26.
McDaniel’s Seibert to retire after 2018 season
David Seibert recently announced that he will retire after 38 seasons as McDaniel College’s baseball coach.
Seibert took over the reins of the baseball program in 1981 — three years after graduating from then-Western Maryland. He also served more than 20 years as an assistant football coach, including 14 seasons as defensive coordinator and four years as quarterbacks coach, coaching two of the Centennial Conference's best in Brian Van Deusen and Ron Sermarini.
“I’ve really enjoyed my coaching and teaching career at McDaniel College,” Seibert said in a statement. “It has never felt like a job to me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my association with the people of the college community and I’ve been blessed over the years with a great group of student-athletes.”
In 1984, Seibert coached the Green Terror to a Middle Atlantic Conference Championship. In 1989, his squad won the Southwest League championship. In 1995, the team set a then-program record for wins in a season (19), resulting in Seibert being named Maryland’s College Coach of the Year by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches.
In 2012, Seibert guided his Green Terror squad to its best year ever. The team amassed a 24-13 record for the first 20-win season in program history and returned to the Centennial Conference (CC) playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons and its first-ever postseason berth with an appearance in the ECAC South Championship.
In 2016, Seibert guidied the team to a 31-10 record. The 31 wins established a new program-best mark and was good enough to get McDaniel into the Centennial tournament once again, where the Green Terror captured its first tournament win.