In a season that has seen Virginia win three of its first seven games, Howard drop four of five and George Washington show defensive flaws, American and Maryland have emerged as two of the strongest soccer teams in the area.

The Terrapins (4-1-1), fresh off their first victory over Virginia in 13 years, will host the young Eagles (6-0) Wednesday at 3 p.m. in College Park.

Maryland hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 1986. American has been absent from postseason play since 1985, when it lost to UCLA in the championship game.

The Eagles' last win over Maryland was five years ago.

"The effort they've been putting out has been tremendous," said Michael Brady, American's assistant coach and a member of the 1985 team. "Maryland will be a good test." CIAA Stars, and More

Virginia State wide receiver Gary Martin from Anacostia High School accumulated 266 all-purpose yards in a 34-15 victory over North Carolina Central last weekend and was named one of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's football players of the week. He had four catches for 148 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown; five punt returns for 104 yards and two kickoff returns for 14 yards.

Bowie State's Tony DeMauro is the CIAA defensive lineman of the week. He had three sacks and nine solo tackles and helped limit Morgan State to 39 yards passing as the Bulldogs rolled, 34-9, in Baltimore. Bowie will host Virginia State Saturday at 1:30. . . .

Randolph-Macon's Shawn Spear, a freshman defensive back from Fairfax, was named Old Dominion Athletic Conference player of the week. In a 27-17 victory over Franklin and Marshall, he had eight tackles and two interceptions. Fredericksburg's Finest

Six Mary Washington College fall teams are ranked in the NCAA Division III polls.

The men's soccer team is 11th, the women's soccer team seventh, women's tennis ninth, women's cross-country 10th, equestrian fifth, water polo 10th.See How They Run

George Mason's Myura Boggollagama, state champion last year at Marshall High, was the men's cross-country winner last weekend as the Patriots defeated Morgan State and Howard. Kim Saddic and Lauretta Miller finished in the same time as Mason's women defeated Bucknell and lost to Connecticut. . .

Paul Loebach (Gaithersburg) finished third and Dan Augustin (Centennial) ninth as the UMBC men's cross-country team took second place at the Delaware Invitational. The women's team was fourth, paced by a 12th-place finish from Audra Powell (Friendly). Making the Rounds

The Temple women's tennis squad is led by senior captain Cindy Barber from Gwynn Park High. Jill Marple (Ellicott City) had 19 saves, allowed only two goals in two games and was named the outstanding goalkeeper as the Owls' field hockey team won its invitational tournament. . . . Mary Lefevre (Gaithersburg) scored a goal, assisted by Laura Farrell (Reston), in Central Michigan's 3-1 field hockey loss to James Madison . . .

Bucknell's first-ever women's varsity soccer game was a 3-1 loss to Dickinson. Christina Baselga (Gaithersburg) had an assist on the program's first goal and goalie Kim Fekel (Columbia) played the second half . . . Loyola's Gina Iarocci (Churchill) is MAAC volleyball player of the week.