Springbrook's home football game against Paint Branch tomorrow will start at 5:30 p.m., an hour earlier than originally scheduled, in response to the fatal stabbing of a student after a game at another Montgomery County high school last Friday, school officials said yesterday.

Springbrook Principal Michael Durso said the move was made in hopes of deterring students from lingering in the school parking lot after the game. Durso also said that with a crowd of 2,000 expected, security will be increased during the game.

The school normally uses six security guards and two county police offers; Durso declined to elaborate on how much additional security will be on hand.

No other county high school has requested to play its football game earlier, said William "Duke" Beattie, Montgomery's coordinator of high school activities.

Last Friday, Kanisha Neal, 15, a student at Rockville, was fatally stabbed in the parking lot at Blake High following a game against Sherwood. A week before that, a spectator was fatally attacked in an off-campus fight after a football game at Seneca Valley.

Ten years ago, Montgomery County officials changed the start of football games to 6:30 p.m., an hour earlier than most other area jurisdictions, because of safety concerns.

"It is not acceptable for people to be killed at a football game," Durso said.

"Night football games present their own set of problems. You can't overlook the downside with the potential for weapons, violence and drinking."

Ellinberger Sets Record

Quince Orchard junior Emily Ellinberger set the school's single-season field hockey scoring record with a hat trick in a 7-0 home victory over Watkins Mill.

Ellinberger, who has 20 goals this season, had been tied with Jessie Dorney, who scored 17 goals in 2000. Ellinberger, who scored 10 goals as a sophomore, tied Dorney on Monday with a goal at Seneca Valley.

"What's really impressive about this is that it's not even October," Quince Orchard Coach Jenna Ries said. "It's amazing."

-- Judith Evans and

Soraya McDonald

For the Record

Bullis -- Seeks a team for a girls' basketball tournament Dec. 16-18. Contact Athletic Director Mike DelGrande, 301-983-5743.

South Lakes -- Seeks an assistant swimming coach and a diving coach. Contact Athletic Director Pat Henthorn, 703-715-4518 or pat.henthorn@fcps.edu.

St. Andrew's -- Seeks a head boys' basketball coach. Fax resume to Al Hightower, 301-983-4710, or call 301-983-5200, ext. 267.