Opposing defenses do not get a break when Poolesville's leading scorers, Josh Funk and Mike Bertha, finish their shifts in midfield. That's because once the work is done there, they quickly take spots on the attack unit.

That hard work paid off especially well when Poolesville, a Class 1A school, defeated Churchill -- the defending Maryland 4A/3A West Region champion -- 7-5, last Thursday.

Funk, a junior, had three goals and two assists and Bertha, also a junior, added two goals and three assists against Churchill. Funk had 47 goals and 33 assists and Bertha added 37 goals and 30 assists last year.

"Josh and Mike are on the field a lot, they work well off each other," said Coach Curtiss Belcher, whose team is 3-0. "Really, these kids are so easy to coach. All I do is a little organizing."

Painful Transition

In a way, Good Counsel senior David Allen was looking forward to receiving some physical punishment this spring. He's gotten his wish in the form of bruises suffered while stopping shots as the Falcons' starting goaltender, a move he made this offseason after playing midfield for two years.

Allen made 11 saves and helped hold St. John's scoreless over the final 21 minutes in the Falcons' 12-11, overtime victory last Thursday. Senior midfielder Steve Marconi scored the winning goal and senior attackman Stuart Wright added four goals for the Falcons (1-2 overall, 1-0 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference).

"David just wants to be on the field, so I asked in the offseason if he wanted to switch," Falcons Coach Phil Sackett said. "He's taken his lumps back there, that started when he was playing goalie for an indoor league. But we're really pleased with how he's playing."

Northeast Pulls It Off

Northeast girls' coach Kathy Lewis knew her team's season was at an important crossroads late in its game against Arundel on Friday. In a back-and-forth contest, the Eagles, who finished 4-9 last season, were behind by two goals with about six minutes remaining.

"I thought, 'The kids are either going to fold on me and we're going to come close to beating somebody good, or we're going to pull this thing off,' " Lewis said.

To Lewis's delight, the Eagles did the latter. Northeast tied the game, and with about 30 seconds to play, sophomore attack Ashley Hill scored to give the Eagles a 13-12 victory that Lewis called the biggest in her five years as head coach.

Seniors Ode Armstrong and Allie Stylc led Northeast (2-1) with four goals apiece, and senior Jen Marshall had three.

Mount Hebron Continues Streak

When Mount Hebron's girls' lacrosse team opened the season with a 27-3 victory over Hammond, it marked the Vikings' 100th consecutive victory over a Howard County opponent. That managed to surprise Coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland.

"I'm not one of those coaches that keeps tallies of consecutive wins," said Kuhl-McClelland, whose team extended the streak to 102 with a 17-3 victory over Centennial yesterday. "But I do think it's an impressive feat."

The Vikings (3-0) have not lost a county contest since 1990, when they fell to Centennial. . . .

Another team nicknamed the Vikings continues to roll in Montgomery County. Whitman started the season with victories over Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Churchill to extend its streak of wins over Montgomery County public school opponents to 83. The Vikings last lost to a county foe in 1997, when they fell to Seneca Valley.