Athletes Of The Week


October 10, 2007


Hope Battista

South River, field hockey

The defensive leader for the No. 1 Seahawks, Battista led her team to two victories last week, including a 2-0 win over then-No. 2 Bryn Mawr. With Battista orchestrating the defense, the Seahawks have allowed only three goals in their 10-0 season. In Friday night's win over the Mawrtians, Battista shut out speedy forward Sarah Cole and helped the Seahawks fight off 14 Bryn Mawr penalty corners and 11 shots. A field hockey player since fourth grade, Battista is considering playing in college. She has made an official visit to Maryland and will make another to Georgetown. Also a catcher on the softball team, she played softball over the summer with the Severna Park Hornets. Ranked 20th in her class, she has a 4.13 grade point average and wants to study sports management in college.

Others considered: Erica Paige, Archbishop Spalding, soccer; Lauren Smith, Arundel, golf; Bailey Webster, St. Paul's, volleyball.


Andrew Bulls

McDonogh, soccer

With standout forward Chris Agorsor out because of injury, Bulls scored five goals and had two assists in three wins for the top-ranked Eagles (14-1-2) last week. The senior captain had a goal in a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Archbishop Curley. He then had two goals and an assist in wins over John Carroll, 4-0, and St. Paul's, 3-0.

For the season, Bulls has 12 goals and 10 assists, giving him 47 goals and 44 assists in his career, which started at Old Mill before he transferred to McDonogh as a sophomore.

Bulls was a first-team Sun All-Metro selection last year with 15 goals and 17 assists for the Eagles, who finished runner-up to Archbishop Curley in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

Bulls has accepted a full soccer scholarship to UMBC, according to McDonogh coach Steve Nichols. Connecticut, Northwestern and Wake Forest were other considerations.

Others considered: Brandon Byrd, Woodlawn, football; Michael Campanaro, River Hill, football; Drew Campbell, Broadneck, soccer; Justin Sottilare, Oakland Mills, football.

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