ABERDEEN EAGLES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Coach: Ken Zorbach, 6th season.

Assistants: Amy Ferrand, Patty Banick.

Last year's record: 1-11.

Starters lost: 2.

Top returnees: Kate Germano, sr., A; Linda Hogin, sr., A; Sally Sobczyk, sr., A; Mary Ann Cochran, sr., C; Cindy Theisen, sr., A; Julie Bensch, sr., D; Connie Dalton, sr., D; Stacie Edie, sr., D; Trish Roberts, sr., G; Aida Gonzalez, jr., G.

Newcomers: Tricia Knopp, jr., D; Belinda Petry, jr., D; Betty Peterson, jr., A; Dawnavan Scott, jr., A; Audrey Steirer, jr., D; Kyla Rohrs, jr., A; Jen Reynolds, jr., A; Amy Moxey, jr., D; Connie Lawing, jr., D.

Coach's outlook: "Last year's jv was 9-1-1, so they're coming in off a successful season. They're able to step in and help right away without going through that transition period. Last year's team was all jv from the year before, so we played like a jv team for the first half of the year. This group won't make those kinds of mistakes."

Harford County Sun's outlook: After going 9-3 in 1988 and 8-4 in 1989, the Eagles took a tremendous fall last year, and Zorbach is hoping they will get back on the winning track this year. So far, the Eagles have shown a patient, balanced attack that has even gotten some bench scoring. At midfield, the Eagles have some speed and a strong transition game. The problem facing Aberdeen isbolstering the close defense, where they lost two tremendous talents. However, if the attack can take some of the pressure off the defense, the Eagles will have a chance to pick up a few more wins this year.

BEL AIR BOBCATS

Coach: Carol Barker, sixth season.

Assistants: Suzanne Strahorn, Kathy Lewis, Maureen Jones.

Last year's record: 6-6.

Starters lost: 3.

Top returnees: Heather Heitz, sr., A; Kristine Svec, sr., A; Kristen Wagner, sr., A; Robin Veidt, sr., A; Marjie Wasson, sr., A; Jocie Curtis, sr., M; Jill Schmidt, sr., G; Michelle Acosta, sr., D; Ledys Valle, sr., D; Nicole Lenzi, sr., D; Carly Bivens, jr., D; Jill Schultz, jr., D.

Newcomers: Teri Fox, jr., A; Michelle Thomas, jr., D.

Coach's outlook: "Last year, we had only three seniors with experience, so I think we have the ability to improve our record. We have some nice talent, but we can't afford any injuries, especially on defense. That's our area of weakness simply because some of the girls are learning new positions. It takes a whileto learn to play with each other."

Harford County Sun's outlook: The Bobcats have one of the toughest schedules in the county,including five teams that went to the state playoffs last year. But while heryoung defense is coming along, Barker has a high-powered attack to take some of the pressure off. Heitz (53 goals, nine assists) led the county in scoring last year. Svec and Wagner should also score plenty. Defensively, the Bobcats have more speed than in the past. Schmidt has improved in the goal, but she will have to stay healthy, because Barker doesn't have a backup. If the field defense can come around quickly, look for the Bobcats to be in the top three in the county.

C. MILTON WRIGHT MUSTANGS

Coach: Kathy Breymaier, 13th season.

Assistants: Gloria Liedlich, Kristin Brown.

Last year's record: 6-5.

Starters lost: 4.

Top returnees: Meredith Peters, sr., A; Alison Braue, sr., A; Carrie Supik, jr., A; Rachel Phillips, sr., A; Tara Rhodes, sr., A; Kelly MacNeill, sr., M; Angie Knott, sr., D; Tammy Schmidt, sr., D; Jenny Nelson, jr., G.

Newcomers: Debbie Keiser, so., D; Leigh Biggerman, sr., D; Stacey Milton, so., D; Sara Sloop, jr.,G; Julie Jakum, so., A.

Coach's outlook: "These kids are going tobe competitive. The last two years, we had a lot of inexperience, and things never really jelled. A lot of them have been to camp, and wehave some strong new girls. We usually don't have this many athletes."

Harford County Sun's outlook: The Mustangs look strong on attack, where they return every starter. Peters and Braue are the top scoring threats, although the Mustangs could have one of the most balanced attacks in the league. Attack wings Phillips and Rhodes and center MacNeill will also do a lot of scoring. One of the league's top midfielders, MacNeill gives the Mustangs a strong transition game. Defensively, only Schmidt and Nelson return to the starting lineup, but the Mustangs have strong talent up from jv. Biggerman will provide a boost at defense wing while Sloop, a convert from softball, provides somedepth in the goal. If the attack can remain balanced, the Mustangs should be able to cover for some of their defensive inexperience. Thatshould put them in the county's top three or four.

EDGEWOOD RAMS

Coach: Sally van Deusen, second season.

Assistant: Joan Potanova.

Last year's record: 2-10.

Starters Lost: 5.

Top Returnees: Nicole Klein, sr., A; Melissa Muhl, sr., A; Jennifer MacArthur, jr., M; Jennifer Miller, jr., D; Tina Harmon, sr., D; Lany Wallace, sr., D;Lisa Whitt, sr., D; Chris Gowetski, sr., G; Jenn Wolfe, sr., A; Amy Hamilton, jr., A; Theresa Delgatti, jr., A; Dawn Simms, jr., D; Andrea Sill, jr., A.

Newcomers: Christine Knopp, fr., A; Lisa Fotia, fr., A; A.J. Poper, fr., A; April Wallace, fr., D.

Coach's outlook: "There's not a lot of depth and that nucleus of seniors (Klein, Muhl,Whitt and Lany Wallace) is probably going to carry us through. Our offense and defense are pretty balanced, but our transition game needswork."

Harford County Sun's outlook: The best news for the Rams is that a new recreation girls lacrosse program that started in Edgewood last year gave them four starting freshmen. While that may not payoff with a winning record this year, it certainly will boost Edgewood's program in the future. Right now, the Rams just have too many players at midfield without varsity experience. Both starting attack wings and one starting defense wing are freshmen. That is causing most of the problems on transition. Klein and Muhl will do most of the scoring while Whitt and Lany Wallace are solid on defense. Once the players get a little more experience, the Rams could improve quickly. But it will still take at least a couple of years for the Rams to build that overall experience and depth to compete with the county's best.

FALLSTON COUGARS

Coach: Nancy Ferguson, fourth season.

Assistants: Nancy Kammerer, Stecy Proudfoot.

Last year's record: 11-2, county champs, state Class 1A/2A quarterfinalists.

Starters Lost: 6.

Top returnees: Tammy Kloiber, jr., G; Cindy Jenkins, so., A; Elise Andrews, sr., D; Meghan Williams, sr., A; Denise Sarver, jr., A; Jenny Colt, jr., D; Nichole Clark, sr., D; Karen Battenfeld, sr. A/D; Cindy Hudson, sr., D; Kristina Lilley, jr., A/D.

Newcomers: Jenny Haslbeck, so. A; Kendell Reichhart, jr. A; Natalie Dwyer, jr., A; Amy Apicella, jr., A/D.

Coach's outlook: "We have no depth whatsoever, so injuries are a big concern this year. I'm not just talking about key injuries; I'm talking about any injuries. We only have two subs, soeverybody has to learn to maintain their speed for 50 minutes. If weget to states, we'll be the best-conditioned team there."

HarfordCounty Sun's outlook: The Cougars have a lot of work to do this season on attack and especially at midfield. Early on, their game has broken down on transition. With a lot of inexperience at the wings, the ball doesn't make it to the attack as often as it should. The Cougarshave one of the best set-up players in the league in Jenkins, but, as a unit, the Cougars need more continuity. Defensively, however, they can play with anyone. Kloiber, the league's top goalie, and Andrewsare three-year starters, while Hudson, Clark and Colt also return tothe starting lineup. If they can stay healthy and come together quickly, the Cougars will challenge for the county title. If not, it may be a struggle just to remain in the top three.

JOHN CARROLL PATRIOTS

Coach: Sally van Deusen, second season.

Assistant: Joan Potanova.

Last year's record: 2-10.

Starters Lost: 5.

Top Returnees: Nicole Klein, sr., A; Melissa Muhl, sr., A; Jennifer MacArthur, jr., M; Jennifer Miller, jr., D; Tina Harmon, sr., D; Lany Wallace, sr.,D; Lisa Whitt, sr., D; Chris Gowetski, sr., G; Jenn Wolfe, sr., A; Amy Hamilton, jr., A; Theresa Delgatti, jr., A; Dawn Simms, jr., D; Andrea Sill, jr., A.

Newcomers: Christine Knopp, fr., A; Lisa Fotia,fr., A; A.J. Poper, fr., A; April Wallace, fr., D.

Coach's outlook: "There's not a lot of depth and that nucleus of seniors (Klein, Muhl, Whitt and Lany Wallace) is probably going to carry us through. Our offense and defense are pretty balanced, but our transition game needs work."

Harford County Sun's outlook: The best news for the Rams is that a new recreation girls lacrosse program that started in Edgewood last year gave them four starting freshmen. While that may not pay off with a winning record this year, it certainly will boost Edgewood's program in the future. Right now, the Rams just have too many players at midfield without varsity experience. Both starting attack wings and one starting defense wing are freshmen. That is causing most of the problems on transition. Klein and Muhl will do most of the scoring while Whitt and Lany Wallace are solid on defense. Once the players get a little more experience, the Rams could improve quickly. But it will still take at least a couple of years for the Rams to build that overall experience and depth to compete with the county's best.

JOPPATOWNE MARINERS

Coach: Pam Reich, 10th season.

Assistants: Tom Dove, Mary Ann Farren.

Last year's record: 12-2, state Class1A/2A semifinalist.

Starters Lost: 6.

Top Returnees: Michele Zaledonis, sr., A; Chrissy Fellona, sr., A; Carol McDermott, sr., A; Kelly Prior, sr., D; Therese Merritt, sr., D; Diana Gude, sr., A.

Newcomers: Chrissy Maly, jr., D; Jen Manthey, jr. A; Jen Robbins, so.,D; Betsy Faust, so., G.

Harford County Sun's outlook: The Mariners only return five starters, but it's a tribute to their program thatthe county's other coaches pick them as the team to beat this season. Last year, the Mariners reached the semifinals of the first official state Class 1A/2A championships before dropping a heart-breaker, 11-10, to Southern, the eventual runner-up. In that game, Southern tooka 7-0 lead before the Mariners high-powered offense mounted a tremendous comeback. This year, the Mariners will again be strong on attack, where they return plenty of scoring in Zaledonis (48 goals, two assists) and Fellona (33 goals, 20 assists). Defensively, the Mariners may have some rebuilding to do, with only Prior and Merritt back from the starting lineup. However, Maly and Robbins bring some speed and skill up from JV. Goalie Faust also moves up, and although she is untested against varsity competition, Reich expects her to come along quickly. Before falling to Southern last year, the Mariners had won fourstraight Class 1A state/regional titles, so they have a program built on winning. Despite a lack of varsity experience, expect the Mariners to remain near the top in the county.

NORTH HARFORD HAWKS

Coach: Barbara Waite, first season.

Assistant: Tory Channell.

Last year's record: 5-7.

Starters lost: 5.

Top returnees: Robin Graham, sr., G; Diane Smith, sr., D; Malini Gupta, sr., D; Kate Gress, sr., D; Terri Randolph, sr., D; Beth Shimaitis, sr., A; Amber Prince, sr., A; Missy Ruddle, sr., A; Stephanie Zentgraf, sr., A; Stefanie Rosseau, sr. A.

Newcomers: Carie James, jr., A; Cary Murray, jr., A; Kelly Healey, jr., A.

Coach's outlook: "It's difficult for this team, which is used to one style of coaching, to get used to new coaches. It's sort of disruptive. If we have any major weakness, it might beus getting used to each other."

Harford County Sun's outlook: Waite, who coached Aberdeen's junior varsity for four years, takes over for Janet Stabb, who moved on to start a women's lacrosse program at Harford Community College. Waite remembers that the Hawks' jv only lost one game last year, so with the combination of returning players and those moving up, she hopes to have a winning record. Rosseau will be a high scorer, but Waite wants to see a balanced offense. She wants the attack to be patient and look for the open player rather than trying to run and gun. Defensively, the Hawks have a lot of strength in Graham, Gupta and Gress. So far, Waite has been most impressed withthe Hawks' ability to adjust and improve with each scrimmage. If they can continue to improve and adjust to the new coaching, the Hawks could jump over the .500 mark.

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