Think of McDonogh, 7th-ranked in field hockey, as 1st with books

September 25, 1997|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh's field hockey team is ranked No. 7 this week, but when it comes to academics, the Eagles may be No. 1.

Seniors Vanvisa Attaset, Phyllis Byrd, Kirsten Doub, Stacie Green, Sara Herman, Katie Higdon, Beth Hurtt, Becca Johnson and Kim Yeargin scored a mean 1,320 on their SATs. Attaset had the highest score, 1,520. Green was perfect on the math portion. The lowest score was 1,100.

All but one of the seniors carry five honors courses, and none has a grade below a B. The entire team, including five freshmen, carries a cumulative grade-point average of 3.831.

"We have a lot of kids on this team who are pretty competitive in every arena," said coach Cathy Schorreck. "Some of them didn't realize what they were doing until I said something about it. Now, even the freshmen are looking at it as an opportunity to really work hard. It has a trickle-down effect."

Mawrtians only unbeaten

Maryvale's 3-2 victory over Roland Park Monday left Bryn Mawr as the only team unbeaten and untied in the Catholic League B Division girls soccer race.

The Mawrtians (5-1 overall) are 5-0 against B Division teams headed into next week's games against Roland Park (4-1, 3-1) and Maryvale (4-0-1). No other team in the division has a winning record.

Maryvale, which tied St. Mary's-B, moved into second place with Monday's victory. Early second-half goals by Brooke Statsny and Stephanie Sybert snapped a 1-1 halftime tie. The Reds got a goal from Natalie Rothemund with five minutes left.

Shouldering the load

Despite a shoulder injury in last week's win over McDonogh, Catholic's Nicole Brooks will play in today's soccer grudge match between the No. 1 Cubs and No. 4 St. Mary's, the only teams unbeaten in Catholic League A Division.

Although X-rays showed no broken bones, the All-Metro forward has a sore, bruised shoulder after Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Eagles. Still, Brooks played -- and had an assist -- in the Cubs' 5-2 win over IND Tuesday.

She doesn't plan to miss today's 3: 45 showdown at Weems Whelan Field in Annapolis either. Brooks and the Cubs hope to avenge a 1-0 loss to the Saints in last year's tournament final that cost them not only the A Division title but also the area's top ranking.

Catholic (7-0) is ranked fifth in the nation and boasts a powerful attack led by Brooks (13 goals, 2 assists) and All-Metro second-team junior Becky Bieneman (8 goals, 11 assists). The Cubs have outscored the opposition, 32-6.

The Saints (6-2-1), who battled some early inconsistency, have won four straight since losing 4-0 to Good Counsel, a team the Cubs beat, 2-0.

Hot starters

The Patapsco boys' soccer team is on a quest to be the best, like it was two years ago when it beat traditional Baltimore County powers Dulaney and Perry Hall and eventually won the Class 2A state title.

In just five games, the eighth-ranked Patriots (5-0) have scored 21 goals and allowed just four, with two shutouts.

Senior striker Michael Brown (six goals, five assists) and sophomore midfielder Joe Pugh (four, one) are the top scorers. Patapsco's defense is anchored by Brian Pugh, Chris LeBrun and Chad Clarke. Keepers Frank Branham (16 saves) and Eric Lloyd (14 saves) are splitting time.

Brian Pugh, LeBrun, Brown and Clarke were members of that Class 2A state champion squad in 1995 that also included All-Metro striker Dino Pusinsky (Loyola College), and All-Metro goalie Mike Griffith (UMBC).

That team finished at 16-2-1 with a No. 7 area ranking. The Patriots have big games on the horizon against three unbeaten Division I opponents. Today, the Patriots will be at Owings Mills, followed by Tuesday's game against No. 13 Dulaney and next Thursday's against Eastern Tech.

"They kids realize they've got a good chance to return," said Patapsco coach Dave Ingle.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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