Liberty field hockey coach Mary Beth Colvin called the play of Jessica Libby "a pleasant surprise." The sophomore forward leads the team in scoring and has notched goals in all three of the Eagles' wins this season.

While Liberty (3-8, 2-3 AA Jefferson District) has not had a tremendous amount of on-field success, Colvin said she is pleased with the way the team is jelling. Usually Liberty's field hockey team puts together a small presentation for the school's homecoming, which was held this weekend. For this year's event, players stayed late after practices last week, spending an extra 10 hours to create an entire float.

"In order to be a team on the field, you have to be a team off the field," Colvin said. "It's helping us now and will help us for years to come."

Freshmen Playing Well

Fauquier Coach Linda Lee can see her team's progress in its inaugural season in the AAA Cedar Run District. At 6-7 overall and 3-3 in the district, the Falcons are third in the five-team district playoff field but should present a challenge. Fauquier has split its two meetings with second-place Osbourn Park and narrowly fell to Culpeper last week after losing by five goals earlier in the season.

"We've been coming around," Lee said. "We've been in every game and have had the possibility of winning every game. We're still making inexperienced mistakes, but I can definitely see us maturing."

The Falcons have received unexpected boosts from two freshmen. Ellie Barrett has four goals, and Melissa Williams has scored three since being promoted from junior varsity at the end of last month. Fauquier will need her fresh legs next week; the team has games tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday before the district tournament, which begins Friday.

Couple of Narrow Misses

Highland's last two games were close calls against MCAC opponent Fredericksburg Academy, but both times the Hawks (2-5, 0-5) fell one goal short. Still, Highland Coach Melanie Lillard believes the team can win the rest of its conference slate and be a team to be reckoned with in the playoffs.

"The girls have been working really hard, so it's disappointing not to have a [conference] win under our belts," Lillard said. "They've earned it, but they haven't gotten it yet."

Lillard has been impressed with strong recent performances from freshmen Roxanne Rice and Molly Statler as well as sophomore Allyson Jenkins and junior Erica Osborn.

Injuries at Foxcroft

Injuries couldn't have struck Foxcroft at a worse time, with the team still feeling the effects of a 2-1 loss to traditional Independent School League power Holton-Arms. The team had one starter miss the game and had two others at less than full strength because of stomach flu. The loss evened the Foxes' record in the district at 2-2-1.

The Foxes bounced back from the loss to Holton-Arms with a 4-0 nondistrict win over Notre Dame Academy on Thursday. Coach Katie Kantz experimented by moving junior Joanna French to left forward from left midfield, and French responded with two goals.