Crusaders' Andersch, Brunt, Rich land scholarships Three sign with Div. I soccer schools

February 17, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Samantha Andersch (Hammond), Vicky Brunt (Centennial) and Natalie Rich (Centennial) have signed letters of intent with Division I colleges to play soccer next fall. All three are teammates on the Columbia Crusaders under-19 club team.

Andersch, a Parade magazine All-American, will attend James Madison University on a full soccer scholarship.

Brunt, an All-South selection, has accepted a soccer scholarship worth at least $17,000 annually to George Washington University.

And Rich, an All-State pick, has won a partial soccer scholarship to the University of Maryland.

Andersch was a four-year starter for Hammond, in which time the team won two Class 2A-1A state championships and compiled a 47-9-2 record. She scored 61 goals and had 48 assists for her career, including 19 goals and eight assists last fall.

She is also a two-time All-America selection by the National Coaches Association, a three-time All-Metro selection by The Baltimore Sun and the No. 1-ranked player in Maryland by the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer.

Andersch is a member of the U. S. under-19 regional team and a member of the U. S. under-19 national pool.

James Madison coach Dave Lombardo has watched Andersch play for the past three years.

"She will provide impact leadership," Lombardo said. "She'll play attacking midfield and be our quarterback. She has imagination, sees scoring opportunities. We have athletic players but no one with her special skills."

Lombardo said that Andersch is only the second Parade All-American in any sport, male or female, to attend James Madison.

Brunt scored 16 goals and had 11 assists in leading Centennial to its second straight Class 4A-3A state championship last fall.

The senior four-year varsity player scored a goal in Centennial's 3-2 win over Dulaney in the state final and had hat tricks against Howard, Wilde Lake and Bowie.

"I knew for a long time I was either going to GW or to Maryland," Brunt said. "I liked the team and the coach at GW, and the city atmosphere of the college."

She said it also helped that former Crusaders teammates Jackie Rieschick and Amanda Simmons are playing for George Washington.

Brunt, a Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection, was Co-Player of the Year for Howard County with Oakland Mills' Tyann Blissett. Brunt expects to play striker.

George Washington coach Shannon Higgins said: "She's an incredible athlete with tremendous potential. She's still a raw talent. She has a knack for scoring and a good attitude about learning."

Rich, named All-Metro by The Baltimore Sun, scored 10 goals and had two assists. She scored game-winning goals in the state semifinal and final.

Maryland coach April Heinrichs said: "She's a strong, physical player who holds her own in the midfield and will adapt right away to the college game. She's skilled and tremendous in the air and has a pleasant personality that will make it enjoyable to coach her."

"I wanted to go to Maryland all along," Rich said. "I like the coaching and the league."

She will join former Oakland Mills star Stephanie Magro, who is playing for Maryland.

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