He's making a name for himself Dons' Charlie Brown excels on soccer field

September 30, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Charlie Brown has handled the jokes about his name with the ease that now helps him maneuver a soccer ball, and with the skill he hopes to some day employ as a surgeon.

"People have said it to me a lot, you know, 'you're a good man, Charlie Brown.' I still hear it every now and then," said Brown, a senior stopper for Loyola. "I've gotten it all along, but I've been able to remain good-natured about it."

A 4.0 student who scored 1450 on the Scholastic Assessment Test, Brown faced off as a midfielder on the Dons' tournament semifinal lacrosse team last season.

A National Merit semifinalist and president of Loyola's National Honor Society, he is being pursued by colleges such as Harvard, Brown, Yale, Cornell and Georgetown.

"Right now, I'm planning on playing lacrosse in college, and I'm going to major in pre-med," said Brown, a third-year varsity soccer player. "I've wanted to be a surgeon since kindergarten, and by doing other things, like woodcarving, I've spent a lot of time getting good with my hands."

In seventh grade, Brown decided to find out how talented he could be with his feet. He tried out for the Dons' soccer team, but as coach Jim Claborn recalled, his skills were marginal at best.

"He wasn't blessed with any great abilities, but he had this XTC incredible desire to work hard and to persevere," Claborn said.

"One of the primary reasons we kept him around was because of the way he practiced. He set the tone by pushing himself, and he was always one of the last to leave."

As a sophomore, Brown established a reputation for playing tough defense. Last year, he was promoted to the starting midfield as a marking back, taking on the opposing team's top scorer.

"I ran a lot and lifted weights during the summers between the school years, and I went to some camps," Brown said. "I just try to hustle and be tenacious in practice and I guess that just carries through to the games."

So far this season, Brown's efforts appear to be paying off.

He's anchored the Dons to a 5-1 record (4-0 in Division I) in the Maryland Scholastic Association's A Conference.

Among the Dons' victories are wins over then-No. 11-ranked Gilman and last year's Class 2A state co-champ Glenelg.

"Charlie's the catalyst getting the offense started, pushing the ball up and coming through with some nice runs," Claborn said.

Loyola's only loss came by 1-0 to No. 3 Fallston, last year's 1A state champ. The Dons face No. 5 Calvert Hall tomorrow in a battle for sole possession of first place in Division I.

"It's a big game for us, and hopefully, Charlie can be the glue that holds us together," Claborn said. "The essence of his game is hard work, and you don't improve as much as he did without that."

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