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Week in Sports (Oct. 15-22)

<b>Brennan Reaches Century Mark</b>

With a goal and an assist during a 3-0 win over Southern Virginia on Monday, Springfield native Lyndsay Brennan, who’s a senior forward for the Mount Olive College’s women’s soccer team, became the third player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau. Brennan currently has 39 career goals and 22 assists, and she’s not far off from the top mark of 123 career points. The Westfield graduate has scored three goals and three assists for the Trojans (4-10 overall, 2-4 Conference Carolinas) this season.

<b>Ex-Spartan Carroll Tapped By U.S. Team</b>

Brian Carroll, a graduate of West Springfield High School and midfielder for Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, was recently named to the U.S. Men’s National Team’s roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Carroll, 27, joins forward Chris Rolfe in replacing Pablo Mastroeni and Robbie Rodgers, who both suffered injuries in MLS action on Sunday. For Columbus this season, the Springfield native had started all 28 games and recorded a goal and two assists.

<b>Pastor Nets Pair for Rams</b>

Behind two goals from West Springfield graduate Laurel Pastor, the Virginia Commonwealth women’s soccer team posted a 2-1 overtime win over Delaware on Sunday. Pastor, a sophomore midfielder and Springfield native, has scored a team-high seven goals and has added a pair of assists for the Rams. At West Springfield, Pastor was an All-District performer for four years and won Patriot District titles during her freshman and senior campaigns. With the win, Virginia Commonwealth improved to 8-5-1 overall, 4-1-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

<b>Burke Apex Wins Division Title</b>

The Burke Athletic Club Apex, a U-13 girls soccer team, captured the Blue Division at the Battlefield Classic Tournament in Manassas over Columbus Day weekend. The Apex finished with a 3-1 record, posting shutout wins over SYC Xplosion, FCSC Thunder and FC Frederick-Royal. On defense, goalkeeper Aneeka Mahan, as well as defenders Laura Townsley, Casey Hughes, Danielle Newcomb, Emily Grayson, Emma Henderson and Melanie Bennett, all provided fantastic individual efforts. Displaying a balanced offensive attack, six players scored a total of eight goals throughout the four games. Nicole Steinbicker, Erika Rashka, Coco Armstrong, Justina Whearty, Ellen McDowell, Sarah Pigg and Colleen McDonald led the attack.

<b>Springfield Native Helps Tribe to Win</b>

A junior midfielder on the William & Mary women’s soccer team, Springfield native Krissy Vornadore (Bishop Ireton) assisted on a game-winning goal Sunday, which lifted the Tribe to a 1-0 win over Hofstra. Only 35 seconds into overtime, Vornadore sent a cross to teammate Dani Collins, who helped William & Mary improve to 10-4-1 overall, 5-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association by scoring the first goal against Hofstra since Oct. 19, 2007, a span of more than 1,100 minutes. Vornadore, who has started 13 of her team’s 15 games, has accounted for a pair of goals and four assists this fall.

<b>Orchard On the Board at VMI</b>

In its first meet of the season, the VMI men’s swimming and diving team dropped a 218-76 to Georgetown on Sunday. However, Lake Braddock graduate Austin Orchard, a native of Alexandria, did capture the first two medals of his collegiate career. A sophomore diver, Orchard won both the one-meter (224.70 points) and three-meter (229.65) diving events.

<b>Jefferson Roundup</b>

Earning its fourth win in as many meets, the Jefferson girls cross country team finished first at the Glory Days Invitational at Bull Run Park. Three Jefferson girls earned medals in the top 15 places. Freshman Sarah Stites (Reston) finished second with a time of 18 minutes, 43 seconds, Stephanie Marzen (McLean) came in eighth with a time of 19:10 and Springfield native Lisa Junta grabbed 13th place by running a time of 19:10.

At homecoming, the Jefferson football team used 24 second-quarter points to catapult itself to a 34-7 win over Marshall. Quarterback Ben Daly (Annandale) and running back Evan Burch (McLean) stole the show, as Daly threw for 148 yards while also running for 88 yards and a pair of scores. Burch carried four times for 166 yards. The Colonials improved to 2-5 overall, 1-3 in the Liberty District and will try to make it two in a row when they travel to McLean on Friday.

<b>Paul VI Roundup</b>

The Paul VI cross-country team ran at the highly competitive Glory Days Invitational on Oct. 11, one of Virginia’s last large meets before championships begin. The Panthers’ top runners held their own with Ian McGinn coming in 31st, Charles Horne 57th and Lizzie Greene 34th in the seeded varsity races. In addition, J.W. Stohlman ran a new personal-best time of 18 minutes, 26 seconds and was again the boys team’s fourth-place runner. Cristina Kling came in as the girls team’s second-place runner, although she was still recovering from an injury.

The Paul VI women’s volleyball team will be raising money for breast cancer research in a game against Bishop Ireton on Friday, Oct. 17, in the Paul VI Activity Center. The event, called Dig Pink, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door and the sale of T-shirts and raffle tickets will raise money for Breast Cancer research. For additional information, contact assistant coach Darcee Snider at dsnider@paulvi.net.

The Paul VI Special Olympics Panther soccer team has been selected to participate in the Special Olympics State Fall Championship in Virginia Beach, Nov. 1-2. Team members include Tasha Adkins-Blanch, Brenna Cannon, Sarah Capp, Sean Cross, William Hingston, Rachel Hope, Morgan Howard, Natalie Mills, Meagan Mundy, Evan Patchett, Matthew Tierney and Kyle Young. Before the event, Paul VI will host the annual Under the Lights Soccer Tournament on Monday, Oct. 20 to kick off Homecoming Spirit Week. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Options students will sing the National Anthem; the dance team, cheerleaders and pep-band will perform; and Paul VI student volunteers and Options students will take to the field as sideline coaches, referees and players while hosting Special Olympics teams from around the region. This tournament is one of many events this year celebrating the 10th anniversary of the PVI Options program, a nationally recognized program of inclusion for students with intellectual disabilities.