Baltimore Bays midfielder Sam Mangione is hoping his ability to pass and defend on the field will help him in a different arena -- that of law and justice.
Mangione, 27, is in his second year at the University of Baltimore law school and has a 3.5 grade-point average.
Mangione is doing just as well on the field as he is in the classroom. Mangione has a goal and five assists in nine games for the Bays. His soccer experience includes two seasons with the Maryland Bays and two with the Hershey Impact in the National Professional Soccer League.
A longtime resident of Parkville, Mangione graduated from Calvert Hall and Loyola College -- the latter with a business administration degree. But, after working for Joe La- Verghetta, an attorney for Mangione's father's construction firm, Mangione decided to study law and enrolled at Baltimore in fall 1991.
Courses such as constitutional law and commercial law have Mangione interested in working for his father after graduation, though, he said, that does not rule out other possibilities. "I don't think Supreme Court justice is in the cards, but there may be an alternative."
Mangione has been a valuable part of the Bays, coach Kevin Healey said. Although Mangione joined the team after its third game, Healey said he had tried to recruit him.
"Sam is an outstanding . . . intelligent player," Healey said. "He does all of the little things for you. He's an outstanding playmaker, as evidenced by his five assists.
"From Day One, I knew what Sam could do for us. I felt that he was one of the top midfielders in the Baltimore area," he said. "We have been pleased with what he's done for us."
Mangione had a harsher view of his performance. "I'm disappointed with my performance. I judge my performance on how the team does, and . . . it's been a disappointing season," he said.
Mangione said he hopes to return next season -- "pending my law school status and bar review."