Former Bishop McNamara basketball coach Michael Bozeman has resigned as an assistant women's coach at Fordham University to return to the Fort Washington school, McNamara Athletic Director Tony Johnson said last night.

Bozeman had coached at McNamara since the 1999-2000 season, but resigned after the past season to take a job with Fordham. He built McNamara into one of the country's top teams, going 108-13 over the past three seasons and holding USA Today's No. 1 ranking for a good portion of the past year.

Bozeman could not be reached to comment. But Johnson said Bozeman made his decision in part because his daughter is beginning the ninth grade at the Forestville private school this fall. Johnson also said that two seniors from last season's McNamara team, All-Met Antelia Parrish and Bozeman's daughter, Nikki, had signed with Fordham, but now planned on enrolling at Georgetown in the spring. Johnson would not comment further on the players' decision.

Bob Surratt, Bozeman's assistant at McNamara who had been named head coach, agreed to be an assistant again, Johnson said.

Bozeman "didn't like that fact that part of his family was left here in Washington, D.C.," Johnson said. "We just had a meeting with the parents tonight, and they're eager to have [Bozeman] back. But at the same time, it wouldn't have happened if Bob Surratt hadn't agreed to it."

Seven for McCarty

St. John's freshman forward Tiffany McCarty scored seven goals yesterday to lead the Cadets girls' soccer team to a 10-2 victory over host Holy Child. McCarty, who is on the 14-and-under national team, has 17 goals this season.

"I've never seen anybody score seven goals in a high school game in my life, and a freshman?" St. John's assistant Manny Villafana said.

Sophomore Jerica DeWolfe added two goals for St. John's.

The Cadets (6-0) have outscored opponents 34-4.

Steijn Signs

Lucas Steijn, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound center from the Netherlands who played basketball at Notre Dame Academy last season, has signed with Indiana for the upcoming season. Steijn, who spent three years on the Dutch national team, averaged 12 points and eight rebounds for Notre Dame last season.

-- Judith Evans,

Jake Schaller and

wire reports