The Poolesville girls' lacrosse team continued its undefeated season with a 12-11, come-from-behind victory yesterday over host Churchill.

The Falcons (3-0) trailed 9-5 in the second half before running off six straight goals, including three from junior Emily Rose.

"We started winning the draws and playing our game," said Poolesville co-coach J.D. Slagle. "You could actually see the momentum changing."

Churchill was able to come back behind a strong effort from Katie Russo, who finished with eight goals, but Rose's goal with two minutes left put the Falcons up by two and they were able to hold on.

The Falcons have scored 50 goals in their first three games, while giving up only 18. . . .

Springbrook senior Katie Simmons celebrated the signing of the national letter-of-intent to play for Mount St. Mary's by scoring five goals for the second straight game in the Blue Devils' 7-5 win at Damascus.

Lapp Is Complete

Senior right-hander Danny Lapp earned the complete-game victory as Good Counsel edged St. Mary's Ryken, 5-4, in a nonleague baseball game in Leonardtown. Lapp yielded six hits, struck out nine and allowed one walk as the Falcons improved to 3-2.

Lapp struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to secure the victory. Good Counsel junior left fielder Hugh Vivian added his second home run of the year, a solo shot in the fourth inning. St. Mary's Ryken dropped to 1-3-1. . . .

Finally able to play a game, Mount Vernon opened its season with a 7-0 victory at home over West Potomac. Because of rainouts, Mount Vernon was the last team out of the 28 teams in the Virginia AAA Northern Region to start its season.

Watkins Mill's Kaminsky Delivers

Julie Kaminsky knocked in all four runs in Watkins Mill's 4-2, extra-inning win at Sherwood in a Montgomery County softball game. The sophomore shortstop came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the eighth inning and rapped a grounder to second. Sherwood's second baseman tried to tag out Michelle Fields as she was running to second base and in the ensuing confusion, two Wolverines crossed the plate, including winning pitcher Rachel Jacobs.

Jacobs held off the Warriors in the bottom of the inning and finished with a complete game and 15 strikeouts.

Oakland Mills's Appleby Retires

Oakland Mills boys' basketball coach Dave Appleby, the winningest active coach in Howard County, resigned Thursday, saying it was time for a change.

"There is a time where you have to assess the needs of the kids and assess what you can bring to the table to address those needs and I thought it was time for a change," said Appleby, who guided the Scorpions for 21 years. "There was no real reason. I have accomplished everything at Oakland Mills that I needed to accomplish."

Appleby, 53, directed the Scorpions to the Maryland 3A championship in 1990 -- the first Howard County team to claim a title. Appleby has coached in 489 games, winning 312. He won eight region championships and seven county titles.

Appleby said he would like to coach again, but chose to resign because he felt detached from the Scorpions' players, in part because his job as a counselor at Elkridge Elementary prevented him from associating with his players during the school day and from riding the bus to away games.

Appleby's resignation was reported yesterday in the Baltimore Sun. . . .

Bruce Patrick, Fairfax County's coordinator for student activities and athletic programs, will resign effective July 1, he said, citing a desire to explore other opportunities.

"I'm 52 years old, and I saw an opportunity to go out and do other things," said Patrick, whose decision was first reported in yesterday's Northern Virginia Journal. "I'm not sure exactly what yet, but I look at this as a tremendous challenge to go out and try something new."

Patrick has served in the position for the past 14 years. Prior to that, Patrick directed the Mount Vernon football team to a AAA championship in 1983 and three Northern Region titles. He later served as the Alexandria school's athletic director.

-- Liam Dillon, Todd Jacobson and Tarik El-Bashir