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Mother's Lawsuit Is Withdrawn

Wednesday, April 13, 2005; Page D10

A lawsuit alleging negligence and misconduct by Eleanor Roosevelt boys' basketball coach Glenn Farello and the Prince George's County school board has been withdrawn, but an attorney for the mother of a former Roosevelt player expects to refile the suit.

The suit, filed by Cassandra Samuels on behalf of her son, Matt, sought damages of $25,000. The suit alleges that a drink containing the supplement creatine provided by Farello to her son and other players prompted Matt Samuels to become ill and require hospitalization after a playoff game March 1, 2004.

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"The case, quite frankly, was not postured correctly," said Melvin Otey, who was recently hired as Samuels's attorney. "Very little of what needed to happen for there to be a trial had been done."

Samuels's former attorney, Irwin Goldberg, declined to comment.

Judge Thomas Love dismissed the suit without prejudice, meaning the case can be refiled. Love has yet to rule on a motion filed by an attorney for Farello asking for the suit to be dismissed with prejudice so it cannot be refiled.

Attempts to reach Farello and his attorney yesterday were unsuccessful. School board attorney Shelly Johnson declined to comment because the case can be refiled.

No. 1 Westfield Routed

Senior left-hander Evan Frederickson threw a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk to lead visiting Oakton to a 10-0 victory over top-ranked Westfield in five innings in a Concord District baseball game.

Senior second baseman Preston Madden and left fielder Bryan Kidwell "contributed big hits" in the Cougars' eight-run third, Oakton Coach Scott Rowland said. Oakton improved to 6-3, 1-0 Concorde District. Westfield lost its first game in falling to 8-1, 0-1. . . .

Fran Gormley said scoring the winning goal in Georgetown Prep's 8-7, double-overtime win over host Gonzaga in boys' lacrosse was the easy part. The hard part belonged to Dan Glading, who eluded three defenders to pass to a wide-open Gormley for a point-blank shot.

Gonzaga (5-3) appeared on the verge of its first win in the series, which dates from 1987, after a goal by Brian Shea tied the game 7-7 with 3 minutes 49 seconds to play.

"I know he can make that feed," Gormley said of Glading. "He made it easy as possible for me."

Gormley had two goals, and Glading had three assists for the Little Hoyas (9-4). Chris Gascoigne had 13 saves for the Eagles. . . .

Junior Greg Hanlon shot a 2-under 34, including an ace on the 170-yard par-3 fourth hole on the red nine of the Army Navy Country Club in Fairfax, to help Paul VI beat St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, 7 1/2 to 1 1/2.

"It's the first hole-in-one in Paul VI's 21-year existence," Panthers Coach Milt Papke said. "When it was up in the air, I said, 'That's right on the pin.' It came down, hit and rolled a few feet right into the hole. Unbelievable." . . .

Freshman L.J. Hoes hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to right-center field, breaking a tie in the bottom of the sixth and lifting fifth-ranked St. John's to a 4-2 home victory over No. 8 DeMatha in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game.

Greg Seville and Jesse Ogle hit solo home runs for the Cadets (10-2, 4-1 WCAC), and sophomore pitcher Connor Hoehn did not allow a runner past second base in the final four innings.

Designated hitter Leonard Hamlin had three hits and scored both runs for DeMatha (11-5, 3-1).

-- Josh Barr, Jon Goldberg

and Christian Swezey

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