Coach: Andrew Cassilly, first season.
Assistant: Dave Pelligrino.
Last year's record: 3-8
Starters lost: 8
Top returnees: Gustavo Rodriquez, sr., M; Ondre Hinton, sr., M; Pete D'Amico, jr., M; B.J. Hubbard, jr., M; Mike Ruth, jr., G; Simon Keller, jr., D; Chad Kolb, jr., M; Chris Meyers, jr., A.
Newcomers: Andy D'Amico, fr., M;Tom Eakin, soph., A; Justin Hodges, fr., M; Sean McDonough, fr., A; Desmond Myles, jr., M; Ryan O'Connor, jr., M; Kyle O'Neal, jr., M; Mike Willard, jr., D; Charles Hoffman, jr., D.
Coach's outlook: We're going for more team play this year. Last year, we had a lot of individual talent, but they would run down the field by themselves and throw it at the goal. If we can get them playing together as a team, we're going to have an outstanding team.
Harford County Sun's outlook: Cassilly moves up to the varsity this year, along with much of his1991 JV squad. The Eagles are houng and inexperienced,k but they know Cassilly's system. What little experience the Eagles do have is at midfield. On attack, Cassilly will start a junior, sophomore and freshman, and none has ever played in a varsity game. Ruth moves from attack to goal. Keller anchors a defense that will have trouble shuttingdown the county's top guns. Cassilly expects to improive on last year's record by a game or two. The Eagles still have no recreation feeder system and their JV program is only a year old so Cassilly is building for the future.
BEL AIR BOBCATS
Coach: Bruce Riley, third season.
Assistants: Joe Alex, Ed Herbold, Bill Zimmerman.
Last year's record: 4-8.
Starters lost: 9.
Top returnees: Greg Martin, sr., A; Rob Smallwood, sr., M; Corey McLaughlin, sr., M; Rob Frounfelker, sr., M; Matthew Smith, sr., M; James Fairall, sr., D; Justin Alex, sr., D; Brian Hazlett, sr., D.
Newcomers: Bill Marshall, jr., A; Mike Velez, jr., A; Mark Siedl, jr., A; Anthony Kramer, jr., A; Chuck Bell, jr., M; Scott Snyder, jr., M; David Kennedy, jr., M; John Helmer, soph., M; Chris Forbes, soph., M; Matt Dupree, jr., D; Erich Dodson, jr., D; James Reynolds, jr., D; Brett Schiedeman, sr., G.
Coach's outlook: "Offensively, I think we can score some goals. What's going to win it for us is our defense -- how well we can play together and how our transition game comes along."
Harford County Sun's outlook: Last year, the Bobcats were 0-6 before finishing strong. Riley hopes to avoid that kind of start, but with so many starters gone, the Bobcats are not very sure of themselves. Martin, the only starterback, should lead the attack. Early on, the Bobcats may struggle defensively, although their long stick middies look solid. Once the units learn to work together, the Bobcats should have a decent transitiongame. Schiedeman started on the JV two years ago before taking a year off, so he does have some experience and confidence in the goal. The Bobcats could improve on last season's record, but they are still astep away from cracking the top three.
C. MILTON WRIGHT MUSTANGS
Coach: Carl Greenberg, 12th season.
Assistants: Rocky Rhodes, GeneMarshall.
Last year's record: 13-2, state Class 3A/4A quarterfinalists.
Starters lost: 4.
Top returnees: Andy Wishart, sr., G; Chris Lloyd, sr., A; Brian Moen, sr., A; Corey Lambroff, jr., A; ScottPanowitz, sr., M; Joe Milano, sr., M; Jesse Sostrin, jr., M; Ryan Arist, sr., D; Chuck Heinze, jr., D; Mike Whitehead, sr., D; Ryan Mish,sr., M; Mark Umbarger, sr., M; Joel Fisher, sr., A; Josh Peters, jr., M; Josh Ritz, sr., M; Brian Strasavich, sr., D; Justin Lassahn, jr., D; Jason Parks, soph., D.
Coach's outlook: "We should be pretty competitive. I don't know if we have the leadership qualities, though. We lost some strong leaders, and we don't have anyone who has stepped up yet. That could affect us."
Harford County Sun's outlook: Last year, the Mustangs finished second in the county, and they didn't lose many players. But those who have gone were the team leaders, andGreenberg is having trouble replacing that on-field leadership. Still, the Mustangs have tons of talent here. Back are some top scorers, Lloyd and Moen, and strong defenders, especially Arist, as well as one of the league's top goalies in Wishart. Early on, the Mustangs aren't as consistent as Greenberg would like. They're having trouble withtheir transition game, but that should smooth out through the first few games. Greenberg doesn't think his squad is the team to beat, butmost of the other coaches put the Mustangs in the top two. They expect the county title race to have two front-runners -- C. Milton Wright and Fallston.
Coach: Tom Nelson, first season.
Assistants: Chuck Muir, Bob Pruitt, Paul Russo.
Last year's record: .500.
Starters lost: 6.
Returnees: Kenny Young, sr., A; Tim Beach, jr., M; Barry Amrich, sr., M; Craig Davis, jr., D; Sean Punte, sr., A; Rick Finfera, sr., G; Tim Hughes, jr., D; Ian Morlok, jr., D;Chris Businsky, sr., M; Dave Fitzpatrick, sr., M; Drew Pekula, jr., M; John Finley, sr., M; Tim Bethke, so., M.
Top newcomers: John Horniak, jr., A; Andy Sawadski, jr., D.
Coach's outlook: "I've had to give these kids a lot of space since the accident that killed the two Edgewood youngsters a couple weeks ago. There has been a lot of desire to want to play the game under such difficult circumstances, andthat shows they've got a lot of character. But I haven't had a full group out to practice yet. After a tragedy like that, you have show the kids there are other things so much more important than a game.
Harford County Sun's outlook: Nelson, who moved over to Edgewood after two years at Havre de Grace, hasn't had much time to evaluate the Rams. Once he gets the whole team together and they play a few games,Nelson expects the Rams to improve rapidly. One of his biggest problems is the small squad. With only 22 players, the Rams will have to play a lot more minutes than the guys on other county teams. They willhave to get in shape quickly unless they want everyone to run by them. Nelson doesn't expect to challenge the top three teams in the county, but he is hoping the Rams can come on quickly enough to be a spoiler.
Coach: John Conley, second season.
Assistants: Lou Deligatti, John Hammond.
Last year's record: 9-4.
Starters lost: 7.
Top returnees: Nick Gesell, sr., D; Brian Austin, sr., D; Ryan Caldwell, sr., M; Dan Bowers, jr., M; Joe Poling, jr., M;Zack Karantonis, jr., M; Jason Alford, sr., D; Pete Dixon, jr., M; Ryan Wegeler, sr., A; Brad Baker, jr., A; Ollie Sheheta, sr., G; BrianParkinson, sr., G.
Newcomers: Todd Paradise, fr., M; Jason Haslbeck, jr., M; Chip Turner, jr., D; John Perez, jr., D; J.C. Waller, jr., D; Ken Poling, soph., D; Fred Sheckells, soph., M; Tim Maurer, jr.,M; Tom Brazier, jr., M; Brad Siptroth, jr., A; Jason Greene, jr., A;Jamie Auer, soph., G.
Coach's outlook: "We're head and shoulders above where we were last year at this time. We have a lot of talent from JV, and the younger kids who were on varsity and didn't play muchhave matured. I like to think we're one of the contenders in the county, if not in the state."
Harford County Sun's outlook: Conley has so much strength up and down the field that there seems to be no weakness. In fact, Conley's biggest problem may be deciding how to get everyone who deserves it a substantial amount of playing time. The Cougars' only question mark is their goalie: None of the three has beentested, and Conley hasn't picked a starter. But with their stingy defense and potent attack, the Cougars could easily make up for any inexperience in goal. With so much talent and depth, Fallston should challenge for the county title.
HAVRE DE GRACE WARRIORS
Coach: Mike Sulewski, first season.
Assistants: Ty Jay, Dave Andrews.
Last year's record: 2-9.
Starters lost: 8.
Top returnees: Jason Barnard, jr., M; Jeff Moody, sr., D; Greg Wales, sr., M; Richard Berry, sr., A; Jim Andrews, sr., M; Jeff Graybeal, sr., M; Ryan Kinsley, jr., A; Brad Gladfelter, jr., M.
Newcomers: Sean McLone, fr., G; Ryan Nolan, jr., M; Blaine Miller, sr., M.
Coach's outlook: "They've always been the underdogs for the past couple of years or 10 or 20, so they have to work on their own self-confidence. We've got some decent talent here. It's just a matter of making them work as a team."
Harford County Sun's outlook: Sulewski, an Edgewood resident who coached the junior varsity at Calvert Hall for the last four years, has hadtwo previous coaching stints in the county -- one at Joppatowne, theother at John Carroll. Now he takes on a team that has struggled foryears. To make matters worse, the Warriors return only two starters,Barnard and Berry. Still, Sulewski likes what he sees. Barnard was third in the county in scoring while Berry also has scoring potential.Other veterans, as well as the youngsters, have talent. The skill level is improving, but Sulewski also works on confidence and discipline. His main goal is for players to stay poised in games, so the Warriors can maintain some finesse rather than revert to purely physical means. The new coach is hoping for a .500 season and an upset or two, but the Warriors are still a giant step away from battling the top teams.
JOHN CARROLL PATRIOTS
Coach: Boo Smith, 13th season.
Assistants: Tom Polk.
Last year's record: 12-3, three-time MSA BB Conference champs.
Starters lost: 7.
Top returnees: Brian Turk, sr.,A; Dave Stever, sr., D; Jeff Raymond, jr., M; Bill Ashman, sr., M; Drew Beynon, jr., A; Lawrence Lanahan, jr., A; Chris Smith, jr., M; Jason Schmidt, sr., M; John Seville, jr., M; Paul Kelly, sr., M; Kevin Stever, soph., G.
Newcomers: Mark Leary, jr., A; Kevin Prior, sr.,D; Matt Hopkins, jr., D; Chris Sipes, sr., D; Dave Booth, jr., G.
Coach's outlook: "We've moved up to the A Conference, and with our inexperience and lack of game sense, we have a long way to go playing against the best conference in the county. In the early '80s, we moved up and graduated a lot of people. Those were some long, painful years."
Harford County Sun's outlook: The Patriots have actually taken four MSA titles in a row, including the B Conference championship in 1988. As a reward for those victories, the Patriots earned a boost into the A Conference this year. But this is not the best year for that move, since the Patriots graduated much of their strength. They also lost veteran attackman Tim Ferriter, out for the season recoveringfrom injuries suffered in an accident that killed another team member, Mike Brady. Stever was in the accident too, and is still not running at full steam. In this rebuilding season, the Patriots look best at midfield, but will have to work on developing a solid passing game and better field sense.
Coach: Bill Waibel, fourth season.
Assistant: Steve McElroy.
Last year's record: 6-6.
Starters lost: 3.
Top returnees: Brian Ward, sr., M; Mike Golinghorst, sr., M; Andrew Swentzel, sr., M; Brandon Majerus, sr., M; Bill Hadrys, sr., D; Dan Reith, sr., D; James Arthur, sr., A; Tim Brenneman, jr., A; Jeff Underwood, sr., A; Brian Crowe, sr., D.
Top newcomers: Hugh Knapp, sr., G; Sean Dobbs, so., G.
Coach's outlook: "We're going to ask a lot from our experienced guys this year. We're waiting for a real leader to emerge and, hopefully, buy some time for these younger guys to catch up. In the meantime, we're looking for the seniors to pull us through."
Harford County Sun's outlook: With a solid core of returning players, the Mariners could be this year's sleeper. Most of the returnees have been together for three years, soWaibel is looking for a marked improvement on that .500 record, despite a tougher 11-game schedule. Still, he isn't sure his squad has the depth to battle C. Milton Wright, Fallston or North Harford. The top 10 Mariners match up well with any squad, but Waibel gives away a lot of experience when he goes to his bench. Ward and Arthur will provide much of the scoring, with Reith and Hadrys anchoring the defense.Both Knapp, who played attack two years ago, and Dobbs are untested in the goal. Look for the Mariners to hover close to the top three and perhaps pull off an upset. But most likely, they will battle Bel Air and Edgewood for third place.
NORTH HARFORD HAWKS
Coach: John Grubb, 15th season.
Assistants: Jim Nickle, Sam Citrano, Phil Minderlein, Pat Gress.
Last year's record: 13-3, county champs, state Class 1A/2A runners-up.
Starters lost: 8.
Top returnees: Jason Ziegler, jr., D; Chuck Kelly, jr., A; Bruce Axelsson, jr., A; Mike Minderlein, jr., A; John Pace, jr., A; Mike Chaney, jr., M; Dave Basham, jr., M; Joe Grim, sr., M; Chad Schroades, sr., D; Brian Ende, sr., G.
Newcomers: Josh Dottschald, jr., A; Jon Wright, so., A; Shane Winberg, jr., M; Keith Chesla, jr., M; Adam Piterra, jr., M; Scott Jahagian, jr., M; Fred Marzan, jr., M; Ted Eyler, jr., D; Jay Heil, so., D; Brandon Greene, sr., D; Josh Thomas, jr., D; Jason Tomlinson, jr., D; Phil Brooks, sr., D; Rob Smith, jr., G.
Coach's outlook: "We'regoing to have to take it one game at a time. We're starting a lot ofnew kids this year, and we feel we've really worked hard. But this is the first time in four years we've started a sophomore anywhere."
Harford County Sun's outlook: The veterans who took the Hawks to two straight state finals are gone; only Kelly and Axelsson return to the starting lineup. They could provide a lot of goals, but Grubb isn't sure how his all-new midfield and defense will hold up. Last year, the Hawks allowed only 3.5 goals per game, but Grubb expects to give up a few more this year. He told his attack men and middies they should count on scoring at least 12 goals a game if they expect to win. Don't look for the Hawks to fall farther than third -- and not withouta battle.