Hammond playing leading role for No. 4 Virginia



October 08, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Two years ago, Kelly Hammond was one of 35 Parade magazine girls soccer All-Americans after leading St. Mary's High to a 21-1-1 record and the No. 1 ranking in the Baltimore area.

Now, Hammond, The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year in 2001, is suddenly performing like an All-American again on a much bigger stage for fourth-ranked Virginia (9-1-1).

Hammond didn't score in last night's 1-0 win over James Madison, but the sophomore midfielder still has a team-leading nine goals and four assists in 12 starts, including five game-winning goals. No one else on the team has more than one game-winner.

"I'm getting more chances than last year," Hammond said. "I'm getting better looks at the goal."

Saturday night in Charlottesville, she scored two goals in a come-from-behind 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Florida State and junior goalkeeper Kerry York. Hammond showed no emotion in lighting up York, her longtime friend from Severna Park High, for two goals in the seventh straight win for the Cavs.

York was making her third start after missing the first seven games of the season while rehabilitating her right foot following surgery last spring. The junior made five saves in the Virginia loss.

Hammond and the Cavaliers have a showdown with No. 1 North Carolina on Oct. 26 in Charlottesville.

"North Carolina is always up there," said Hammond, who has taken a team-high 39 shots and is second in the ACC in goals per game (0.75). "But I like the way our team is a lot closer than last year and we seem to be having better luck, not hitting as many crossbars."

Holzman has big day

Lebanon Valley strong safety Jimmy Holzman (Centennial) played about as flawless a homecoming football game as he possibly could have Saturday, intercepting three passes, deflecting five others, and making five tackles against Delaware Valley.

But Holzman and the Dutchmen still lost, 36-24.

Holzman, a sophomore, has 13 unassisted tackles and 15 assisted tackles for the Dutchmen (1-4), and his performance Saturday earned him a spot on the Middle Atlantic Conference honor roll.

Lebanon Valley kicker/punter Kevin Keller (Fallston) is having a productive season, hitting two of four field-goal attempts, nine of nine extra-point tries, and averaging 40.1 yards on 26 punts. Five of the sophomore's punts have been downed inside the 20.

Two Lebanon Valley defensive linemen from Fallston High, freshman Matt Murphy and junior Mark DiNunno, have seven and two tackles, respectively, in four games each.

Conwell soars

Linebacker Devin Conwell (Long Reach) has been something of a tackling sensation for Ashland (Ohio) University.

Conwell is the runaway leader in tackles with 58 (31 unassisted, 27 assisted) for the Eagles (1-5, 1-4 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). The 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore has forced two fumbles and has four tackles for losses.

Mandley 4th in scoring

Lackawanna kicker John Mandley (Chesapeake-AA) has 33 points in six games this season, good for fourth this week in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II scoring race among kickers.

Mandley, a sophomore, has hit five of nine field-goal attempts, converted 18 of 25 extra points for 33 points and punted 21 times for a 33.2-yard average.

Lackawanna (Scranton, Pa.) has a 5-1 record, losing its first game Saturday to Erie, 55-29.

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