As Terry O'Shea played basketball and soccer as a freshman at Lake Braddock, her athletic ability was admired by the field hockey coach, Diane Miller.
Miller, who realized she would lose 10 players from her 1983 Northern District champion team, decided she desperately needed O'Shea for her 1984 roster.
"She didn't think she could play field hockey, but I bugged her for a month every time I saw her in class," said Miller. "When she finally agreed, I started bugging her to go to hockey summer camp. She did so well at the James Madison University camp, they invited her to come back next year."
Miller's persistence has paid off. O'Shea, a center-forward, has scored 12 goals in the Bruins' 7-1 season. She scored two goals in the final five minutes last week as Lake Braddock defeated Robinson, 2-0.
The Bruins' only loss came on strokes to West Springfield. The Spartans were scheduled to play at Lake Braddock this past Tuesday night.
O'Shea is one of six sophomores Lake Braddock is starting. Another is link Kathi Nidiffer, who along with sister Kristi, a junior, has been instrumental in the Bruins' success.
Leadership in goal comes from senior Kerry Mapes, who had 11 saves against Robinson.
"I thought we were going to be in for a rough year," Miller said. "Instead, our sophomores have done remarkably well. Most of them are soccer players, and that has helped. The two games are similar, and they are used to being on the field together."
One of the top quarterbacks in the Northern Region has not attracted much media attention because his team was off to a slow start, but first-year Lee Coach Steve Sengstack realizes it would have been much worse without 6-foot, 185-pound senior Jeff Jarosz.
Jarosz, directing the Lancers (3-3-1) out of an I-formation, is completing a deceiving 40 percent of his passes, including 5 of 15 for 73 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 28-14 victory over Edison. He has thrown for 799 yards and five touchdown passes in seven games.
Jarosz is also Lee's leading rusher with 257 yards on 70 carries. He has rushed for nine touchdowns.
"He can run, he throws well and we've designed the offense around him," said Sengstack. "He throws the ball very well, but frankly, our receivers have had a hard time catching the ball. We have been working on his percentage. He throws the ball so hard, it is too hard for most kids on this level to catch."
One receiver who has fared well on the receiving end of Jarosz's passes is flanker Mark Smith. He has caught 16 for 340 yards (a 21.3 average) and three touchdowns.
Lee, with top three singles Kelly Ayers, Dina Esterowitz and Terri Esterowitz continuing their unbeaten play, defeated Fort Hunt, 5-4, Friday at Groveton in a playoff for the Gunston District regular season girls tennis championship . . . Langley clinched the Great Falls District team tournament with an 8-1 victory over Yorktown . . . The Northern Region meet starts Monday. West Springfield will host the state AAA tennis championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1.