York quick to establish identity as keeper for rising Fla. State

2 wins include shutout

Hall throws for 306 yards


September 05, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Two games into her major-college soccer career as a goalkeeper at Florida State, Severna Park High's Kerry York already has a nickname, two wins, a shutout and a lot of high expectations.

Seminoles coach Patrick Baker said yesterday that he is the one who hung the tag "Yorkie" on his freshman keeper, who won the starting job in a duel with two other freshmen.

"I call her `Yorkie' in the heat of the moment or when I'm mad, but all the rest of the time it's just Kerry," Baker said.

"She's one of three freshmen starters playing right down the middle for us. Kerry reads angles well, gets down on the ball, handles everything and commands well. Probably the biggest thing is she isn't playing like a freshman."

The other two freshmen at crucial positions are Katie Beal (center fullback) and Camie Bybee (center midfielder). Beal is from Alexandria, Va., and Bybee was the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year last year. York was the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year and a first-team All-Met pick by The Sun last season.

York was brought in by Baker to help continue the rise of a program that earned the No. 12 position nationally in Soccer America's preseason poll. The Seminoles are only in their seventh season of playing women's soccer and made their first big splash last year by upsetting No. 2 North Carolina.

The four-year standout at Severna Park made five saves in a 3-2 victory over George Mason on Friday night in Tallahassee and came back Sunday to shut out Loyola College, 2-0. York needed to make only three saves against the Greyhounds, who were outshot by a lopsided 37-3.

Hall rolls on

Brant Hall lived up to his preseason All-America football billing in a big way Saturday.

The former Loyola High quarterback and Owings Mills resident completed 17 of 30 passes for a career-record 306 yards, leading Lehigh to a 41-14 victory over host Georgetown and spoiling the Hoyas' debut in the Patriot League.

Hall, a senior, also threw a touchdown pass as he began a run for Division 1-AA first-team All-America honors. He is coming off a prolific junior season in which he threw for 1,946 yards and 18 touchdowns and had a 137.3 quarterback rating, 21st in the country among I-AA schools.

Sybert impresses

The Syracuse women's soccer team is off to a 2-0 start and freshman Stephanie Sybert has not disappointed the Orange in a 4-1, season-opening victory over New Mexico and a 4-0 rout of Buffalo.

Sybert, a forward from Maryvale and Baltimore, was given significant playing time in both games and had two excellent scoring opportunities against New Mexico.

Though she scored no goals, she was impressive enough to raise hopes for the future.

Schuchat, Dukes 2-0

Look for Marissa Schuchat to play an important role for James Madison women's soccer team this season.

Schuchat, a redshirt sophomore from McDonogh and Owings Mills, is a midfielder/forward for James Madison and helped the team defeat American University and Mississippi over the weekend for a 2-0 start.

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