Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

High Schools

October 27, 2004

BOYS

Xavier Rock

McDonogh, soccer

Playing with a mask to protect a broken nose, Rock scored both goals in the top-ranked Eagles' 2-1 victory over Loyola on Tuesday.

Then, on Friday against one of the top-rated teams in the country, St. Benedict's (N.J.), Rock scored his team's second and third goals in a 3-1 upset.

For Rock, it was the fifth straight game in which he scored, giving him 14 goals and eight assists this season.

Rock, a junior transfer from Georgetown Prep and a two-time All-Metro performer in the D.C. area, plays for the Casa Mia Bays and was the overall leading scorer at nationals last summer.

GIRLS

Kaley Zaharris

Bryn Mawr, field hockey

The senior back is the main reason the No. 4 Mawrtians shut out all three of their opponents last week and held on to first place in the highly competitive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

The Mawrtians defeated perennial public school contender Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 2-0; then-No. 7 Archbishop Spalding, 1-0; and then-No. 12 Garrison Forest, 1-0. Zaharris has been a consistent stopper as the Mawrtians have notched 15 shutouts and allowed only seven goals. They have not allowed a goal since Oct. 1.

Zaharris, a three-year varsity veteran being recruited by several Division I programs, has also scored three goals this season - all on penalty corners.

See the Athletes of the Week on Sundays at 11:50 p.m. on Replay Sun High School Sports on ABC2, and online at www.baltimoresun.com/sports/highschool.

Nominate athletes

The Sun accepts nominations for its Athletes of the Week on Sundays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 410-332-6200 or 800-829-8000, ext. 6200.

Two athletes (one boy and one girl) will be selected each week and featured in Wednesday's editions. To be nominated, athletes must play for their high school team. Only coaches can nominate Athletes of the Week.

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