Montgomery College-Rockville soccer coach Tom Bichy brought good news with him to yesterday afternoon's practice. Just minutes earlier the Knights (8-0) were voted No. 1 in the country in the junior college coaches poll.
It's the first time any team in the school's history has been selected for the nation's top spot. Phil Martin's football team isn't far behind: After a 30-29 victory over unbeaten Ulster County (N.Y.) Saturday, the 10th-ranked Knights likely will move up when the new poll is released this week.
"I've been here 23 years and there was a time we couldn't even smell a top 20 ranking," said Bichy, also the school's athletic director. "We would be 10-2, 9-2 and everyone would be saying, 'Who the heck are you?' We're finally getting some recognition."
The baseball program has made appearances in the polls and last spring the golf team won the JuCo Division III national championship.
Bichy's squad, which lost in the national semifinals in 1988 and was ranked second last week, was the top pick after then-No. 1 Mercer (N.J.) lost to Passaic (N.J.) Saturday, 1-0.Hoyas Come Home
After having its first two scheduled home games moved because of construction on the adjacent running track, Georgetown will play a home football game Saturday at Kehoe Field against St. Peter's. The Hoyas also will play Johns Hopkins for homecoming Oct. 20. News on Dukes
James Madison linebacker Shane Henson, the Post's All-Met defensive player of the year in 1987, was involved in 11 tackles and had a quarterback sack in Saturday's 52-7 victory over Newberry. He is third on the team in tackles (28) and has one fumble recovery in four games.
Senior Ricky Engelfried (South Lakes) set the school's all-time soccer scoring record with his 33rd career goal in a 4-0 victory over Mount St. Mary's.
The Dukes' women's soccer program, in its first season, is 7-2 going into Wednesday's game against top-ranked Virginia. Seventeen of the 24 players are from the Washington area, including forward Kerri O'Connell (Robinson), who has a team-high 11 goals, and goalies Lori Grant (West Potomac) and Kim Baker (Seneca Valley). Odds and Ends
Yale's Jeff Farmelo (Robinson) was named Ivy League soccer player of the week for a goal and assist in a 2-0 victory over Harvard. Princeton's Joe Thieman (O'Connell) scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over Dartmouth. . . .
North Carolina-Wilmington's Jeff George (Bowie) recently was the Colonial Athletic Association's soccer player of the week after scoring game-winning goals against The Citadel and American. . . .
Colgate's Heidi Splete (Damascus) and Mary Black (Georgetown Day) were second and seventh, respectively, in the Williams (Mass.) Cross-Country Invitational . . . UMBC's Kelly O'Brien (Wootton) had 18 volleyball kills against East Carolina and teammate Rehena Rentuma (Chesapeake) had 10 kills, 18 digs and 4 blocks against American.