Chris Robinson, who guided the Mount Hebron girls' lacrosse team to five Maryland state titles in six seasons from 1996 to 2001, was named coach at McDonogh, a private school in Owings Mills, Md., according to Athletic Director Mickey Deegan.

Robinson, who is a vice principal at Glenelg High School, said he will step down at the end of the school year and will teach science in McDonogh's middle school in the fall.

Robinson, the All-Met Coach of the Year in 1999, guided the Vikings to a record of 106-9-1 before leaving after the 2001 season.

"We had our eye on him over the years and we knew of his great reputation in the girls' lacrosse community and we're thrilled to have him," Deegan said.

Robinson replaces Margaret Bitz, who stepped down after five years after the Eagles finished 8-13-2 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference this spring.

Richards Leaves Sideline

Cardozo Athletic Director Bobby Richards has resigned as varsity football coach.

During 28 years of coaching football, Richards went 141-111-1 but guided the Clerks to a 1-9 record last season.

Last year, he was inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame. Richards said he wants to spend more time working on a history book that is an outgrowth of his master's thesis.

He will continue as athletic director and as a history and government teacher at the school. The school is expected to name junior varsity coach Marvin Drummond as the new football coach, Richards said. . . .

West Potomac named David Houston as its boys' basketball coach, school activities director Jeff Dietze said.

Houston replaces Daryl Mackey, who went 14-52 in three years and 2-20 last season.

View Looks Good for Fauquier

First-year Fauquier baseball coach Paul Koch was restricted to his team's dugout by the umpires in the sixth inning after protesting a call during the Virginia AA Region II title game Saturday against visiting Sherando. Fortunately, he still had a perfect view of right field.

That is where senior Matt Orner (2 for 4, two RBI) hit the ball with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring sophomore Zac Caito from first base to give the No. 10 Falcons a 6-5 victory and the first region title in school history.

"When Matt first hit it I thought it was going out," Koch said. "It didn't, and the right fielder jumped for it. I'm not sure if it hit his glove or not, but when he came down the ball was on the ground, too. It was very exciting."

Fauquier had a 5-2 lead going into the fifth inning, but No. 9 Sherando scored three unearned runs to tie the score.

The Falcons (19-6) will host Nottoway tonight at 5 p.m. in the Virginia AA quarterfinals.

"There's a big difference between having to ride on a bus for a couple hours and get off and play and being able to stay home and go through your normal routine," Koch said.

"We hope that bodes well for us. But I'm already just so proud of these guys for hanging the [regional championship] banner. That's what it's about -- winning championships. Now we'll see if we can't get one more."

Staff writer Angela Watts contributed to this report.