St. Mary's-Annapolis scored 46 goals last week, and senior attack Mary Key scored 18 of them, as the Saints beat Calvert, McDonogh and Archbishop Spalding. Key, who has signed to play for Johns Hopkins University next fall, had five goals and three assists against Calvert and scored four times against McDonogh, but saved her best for last Friday. Key had nine goals and four assists, accounting for 13 of the Saints' 16 goals, in their 16-7 victory over Spalding.
"She's capable of that every week," St. Mary's-Annapolis Coach Sue Chittim said. "She just gets open. It's not that she's a selfish player, she dishes the ball well, too."
Though Key already has 36 goals and 17 assists, and has scored 39.1 percent of the goals for St. Mary's-Annapolis (6-1) this season, she is far from the team's only threat. Junior attack Jenna Hubbard has 14 goals and six assists, and senior midfielder Julie Gladchuk, who has signed with North Carolina, has nine goals and three assists.
Despite losing nine seniors and using two freshmen in goal, Lake Braddock (3-1) is off to a fast start, with decisive victories over South Lakes, T.C. Williams and Centreville. And though sophomore midfielder Alex West has amassed 10 goals and four assists, and senior attack Donna Bavely and freshman defensive wing Elaine Kelch have each been impressive thus far, the Bruins' toughest foes lie ahead, starting on Thursday, when they host No. 9 Robinson.
"The tests are really to come yet," said Lake Braddock Coach Don West, Alex's father. "We are about to get into the competitive part of our season."
After winning AAA Patriot District titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999, Lake Braddock has not been able to beat Robinson, which has won the past three district championships, and advanced to the Northern Region finals last year.
"We've got to go in there and play well, but everyone can have their day," West said. "We're going to go in there and expect to be competitive."
A Group Effort
Sophomore Kiersten McLouth (20 goals) and junior Amy Babiarze (15 goals) lead Westfield in scoring five games into the season, but they are not the only ones putting the ball into the net for the Bulldogs. In each of its five wins this season, Westfield (5-0) has gotten goals from no fewer than four players, with seven scoring in its victory over George Mason last week.
"We've got some really nice distribution going this year," Westfield Coach Richard DeSomma said. "It's something we talked about a lot last year, and it seems like its sinking in this season."
Westfield, in its third season, will need its varied offensive threats as it wanders into a tough AAA Concorde District schedule. The Bulldogs will face Oakton on Thursday, and then play Centreville, the 2001 state runner-up, and Chantilly in the coming weeks.
"Oakton will be a telling game for us," DeSomma said. "They come at you helter-skelter. But we've got some things we want to do. It will be good for us to see how far we've come."
Berger Sets Mark
In a 19-17 loss to Cherry Creek (Colo.) last Thursday, Hammond senior Kelly Berger set a school record for goals with nine. But Berger, who will play for James Madison University on scholarship next fall, is more than a scorer. As the Golden Bears' center, Berger (18 goals, 14 assists) must play all over the field.
"She just happened to shoot more that game because the opportunity arose," Hammond Coach Emily Petrlik said. "Some teams face-guard her the whole game, so she distributes more. She's our center this year, so she's playing the draws. She's great on ground balls and great on defense."
Hammond is 1-4, but two of its losses have come by two goals, and the other two came to No. 1 Mount Hebron and Glenelg.