It was a good day for Georgetown Visitation senior forward Brittany Berry yesterday, who scored a pair of goals in a 3-1 girls' soccer victory over St. Andrews on the same day that she committed to play soccer at Georgetown University. She has 12 goals in the past five games and 18 overall this season.
"She's the focal point of our offense," Georgetown Visitation Coach Zeff Yusof said. "Obviously the excitement of making a decision on college is affecting her play. I think it's showing in her relaxation and confidence now that she's made her decision about school." . . .
The girls' soccer game between Atholton and Fallston ended in a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods. Fallston's Kristen Banks scored late in the first half, but Atholton tied it up before the break on a goal by Melinda Petre, who was assisted by Samantha Young. . . .
Natasha Mann of No. 6 Bethesda-Chevy Chase scored three goals in a 4-0 girls' soccer victory over Churchill, raising her season total to 13.
River Hill Loses
River Hill, ranked No. 1 in the preseason by a state running Web site, suffered its first cross-country loss with a full squad this season, falling to Howard County rival Wilde Lake, 25-30, in a home tri-meet.
Last week, the Hawks suffered their first home loss since the school opened eight years ago, falling to Centennial, 25-30, but River Hill was without its Nos. 1 and 4 runners for that meet.
"We just got beat today, no excuses," River Hill Coach Earl Lauer said.
Byrne Sparks Marshall
Lauren Byrne scored both Marshall goals -- including the go-ahead score with six minutes remaining -- to give the Statesmen a 2-1 field hockey victory over Langley heading into tomorrow's first round of the AAA Liberty District tournament. Langley had knocked Marshall out of last year's district tournament. . . .
Lauren Calve scored from eight yards out in overtime as Robinson, playing a man down in the extra period, defeated Annandale, 2-1, in a AAA Patriot District field hockey game.
Seneca Valley Wins
No. 6 Seneca Valley improved to 10-0 with a 25-13, 25-23, 25-18 victory over Poolesville. The Screaming Eagles were led by middle hitter Krista Eschelman (10 kills), outside hitter Priscilla DeOlivera (eight kills) and serving specialist Jasmine McNair (five aces).
Robinson boys' lacrosse coach Tom Tufts, who led the Rams to state titles in 1998, 2001 and 2002, has stepped down to spend more time with his family, Athletic Director Mike McGurk said.
-- Chris Aguilar
and Tarik El-Bashir