McDonogh's Andrzejewski orally commits to Maryland

All-Metro soccer player's prerogative: `staying home'

November 07, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg

For the third consecutive year, the University of Maryland women's soccer program has landed one of the Baltimore area's top high school players.

McDonogh's Ali Andrzejewski, an All-Metro midfielder, has orally committed to play for the Terps next season. A member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association's national team for her age group, Andrzejewski chose Maryland over the University of Connecticut, among others.

"Staying home and playing in front of my family was important to me," Andrzejewski said. "I have two younger brothers, and I want to watch them grow up."

Andrzejewski will join freshman Melissa Anderson (St. Mary's) and sophomore Jen Biscoe (John Carroll), both former All-Metro standouts, at Maryland, and is the third top area player to make a commitment to an Atlantic Coast Conference school this fall. Mount Hebron's Julie Napolitano and St. Mary's Kelly Hammond are both committed to play for the University of Virginia next season.

Andrzejewski, who led the No. 2 Eagles to a 16-5 record and scored 19 goals and 13 assists this season, is interested in studying psychology or business and should get time right away on the soccer field.

"Ali brings everything to the table," said McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan Jr. "Leadership, drive, competitiveness, skill -- she's electric with the ball and can hurt you in a flash. She's a brilliant player with a tremendous soccer IQ."

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