Injuries trip up Rutgers' Hunter, Amani-Dove

It has been a frustrating and painful soccer season at Rutgers for Kori Hunter (Atholton) and Hamisi Amani-Dove (Wilde Lake).

Hunter, an Academic All-America and the first-team Mid-Atlantic Region goalie last year, hasn't played this season because of fractured legs. That's plural -- legs.


He played all last season with stress fractures in both legs and didn't tell anyone, thinking it was shin splints. Then, in an off-season pickup basketball game, Hunter broke his right leg. A redshirt junior, he hopes to rejoin the team before the season ends.

Amani-Dove scored 15 goals last year, made first team Mid-Atlantic Region and was two votes shy of making All-America. He came to preseason camp with a heel inflammation, which has hampered him all season. Despite the injury and what for him has been a subpar season (six goals), Amani-Dove was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference first team.


* Mia Dammen (Oakland Mills), a Brown senior, leads the Ivy League in scoring after 14 games with 27 points on eight goals and 11 assists.

* Senior fullback Fritz Boetzelen (St. Paul's) is tied with Dave Burnham for the Denison scoring lead with 24 points on nine goals and six assists in 15 games.


Georgia Tech defensive lineman James Easterly (Wilde Lake), a redshirt sophomore, has been out since breaking two bones in his wrist in training camp and isn't expected back this season.

* Freshman reserve running back Brian Oates (Loyola) scored his first touchdown of the season on a 2-yard run in Denison's 34-0 victory over Oberlin.

* Linebacker Chris Willingham (Atholton) had 12 tackles and a sack in Shippensburg's come-from-behind 18-14 victory over Kutztown Oct. 29.

* Freshman Lawrence Washington (Edgewood) had his second 100-yard game with 129 in Liberty's loss to Central Florida.



Two former Bowie High players at Rider earned Northeast Conference honors. Junior Amy Ford was Player of the Week for the third time after getting 32 kills and six aces in two games.

Freshman Alison Crawford won her second consecutive Newcomer of the Week award after collecting 101 assists and helping Rider reach the top spot in the NEC standings with a 5-1 record.


Dana Johnson (Western), a 6-foot-2 Tennessee senior, was named to the All-Southeastern Conference preseason team. Tennessee is picked to win the conference.

Et cetera

Unseeded Julia Diaz (McDonogh) won her opening match but lost in the second round in the ITA/Rolex Eastern Tennis Championships to finish the season with a 10-5 record in No. 1 singles for Bucknell (15-1). . . . George Washington soccer defender Amanda Simmons (Fort Meade) was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference first team.