Standout Junior Lufriu Leads Rams on a Charge in Soccer

McDonough junior forward Julia Lufriu and the Rams' girls soccer team have been unstoppable lately. After dropping its SMAC opener, 6-2, to Westlake, McDonough has reeled off four straight conference wins--big wins. In those four games--against Chopticon, Lackey, La Plata and Thomas Stone--McDonough has outscored its opponents, 32-3.

Lufriu, a returning All-Extra selection, has 17 goals and six assists in the five league games. Lufriu, a three-year starter, had 15 goals and four assists during all of last season.

LA PLATA: Field hockey coach Teresa Getgen said the Warriors, who won two games last season, are improving more rapidly than their 1-3-1 record would indicate. La Plata has scored just four goals this season, but it has yielded only six. On Tuesday, the Warriors were edged by Chopticon, one of the conference's top programs, 1-0. Leading the Warriors are sophomore Kristin Gray and seniors Pam Still and Jessica McLaughlin. McLaughlin has scored two of the team's four goals this season.

LACKEY: The Chargers have just three girls cross-country runners right now, but help may be on the way. Coach Jim Rodenhaver said he has talked to several members of the field hockey team and hopes to recruit at least three or four part-time runners, aiming to have a full squad when Lackey hosts Northern and Leonardtown on Oct. 13.

"Cross-country is a hard sell," Rodenhaver said. "There are just so many other things for girls to do--cheerleading, field hockey, soccer. By the time you get to cross-country, there are not a lot of athletic girls left."

THOMAS STONE: The boys soccer team, which has 12 players--including eight starters--back from last season's Maryland 3A co-championship team, suffered its first loss of the season Thursday at home against McDonough. The Cougars (5-1) are getting solid contributions from a number of players, but Coach Mike Emrick said the team is "flat-lining" and playing more as individuals than as a cohesive unit. Brian Moroz and Jimmy Tagert have scored four goals apiece, and 10 other players have scored at least once. Standout Jimmie Dade, who has played several positions, has five assists.

WESTLAKE: Senior Carlos Hunt, who went undefeated in the SMAC last season and captured the Maryland 3A South cross-country title, is running better than ever. At the Bull Run Invitational on Sept. 25 at Hereford High School, Hunt won his heat (which included 210 runners) in 16 minutes 39 seconds. He was 29 seconds ahead of his closest competitor and improved on his time from last season by 39 seconds.

Teammate Jose Dory came in fourth at Bull Run in 17:24 as the two led Westlake--the defending 3A South champion--to a fifth-place finish in the 34-team field. This season's state cross-country meet, scheduled for Nov. 13, will be held on the same course at Hereford.