Lacrosse all-star team will seek Rocky Mountain high County select squad will play in two festivals


A June 19 article on the Quick Stix All-Star Team was unclear as to the affiliation of the Quick Stix Lacrosse club.

The club is operated in association with the Annapolis Optimist Youth Sports organization.

The reputation of county girls lacrosse has spread throughout national lacrosse circles.

Because of that reputation and the diligence of several coaches (led by Annapolis residents Cathy Samaras and Joanne Brew), the western half of the United States will have a chance to see how the sport is played in Maryland.

A select team of 21 players -- 17 high-schoolers and four eighth-graders -- from throughout the county were chosen during a tryout camp in late May for the Quick Stix All-Star Team.

On Sunday, the team will leave for Summit County, Colo., for the two-week Colorado Classic and Vail Shootout lacrosse festivals.

It will compete in the inaugural "schoolgirls" game against a team of Colorado all-stars at the Colorado Classic.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Lacrosse Foundation also will put on events in the men's, women's and over-35 men's masters divisions.

The Quick Stix all-stars then will take on Team Colorado in the Vail Shootout.

Quick Stix was founded in November 1991 by Brew and Samaras, president of the Chesapeake Women's Lacrosse Association and formerly of Hero's Lacrosse and Annapolis Optimist Organization. The league conducted a successful indoor campaign this past winter.

On Wednesday, Quick Stix started a summer intramural league that includes several talented middle school, high school and college-bound players at Germantown Elementary School in Annapolis.

Coaches Leanne Shuck, Ron Naditch, Jen Fink and Kim Terhorst will assist Samaras and Brew during their two-week venture in the Rockies.

"We always get compliments on how much we've done to elevate the girls game," said Samaras. "That has been our main focus all along. It had always seemed as though the boys got all of the attention before, but the girls game is just as competitive and just as serious."

In addition to taking part in the Colorado games, two county players -- Erin Wylde and Cristi Samaras -- will teach at Denver's Cherry Creek Lacrosse Camp the week before the Colorado Classic. Cathy Samaras also will teach. Referee Bonnye Lang also has been invited to instruct an officials camp.

Wylde, a Severna Park sophomore, was named first-team All-American by the U.S. Womens Lacrosse Association. Annapolis High's Cristi Samaras was a USWLA honorable-mention All-American.

Wylde scored 45 goals during the 1992 season, and Cristi Samaras was the county's leading high school scorer this past season (69 goals).

"Having the opportunity to teach over there is just awesome," said Cristi Samaras. "We get to teach players our own age, and we get to see the different styles that they play as well."

The girls team will spend two weeks in Colorado, with groups of two or three players staying with host families in the Denver area, nearly two hours from game sites.

Not only are the girls looking forward to the matchup against the Colorado select teams but also the unique opportunity of taking in the area's sights with their host families.

"I think it'll be a good chance for us to get to know the [Colorado] girls really well," said Meredith Kennedy, who in her junior year at St. Mary's racked up 26 goals and eight assists. "I'm also looking forward to seeing how the game is played over there."

Some of the county players won't be caught by surprise should (( their host teams give them trouble.

Some of the Colorado players participated in USWLA National Tourney at the University of Maryland last month.

"They're not a bad group of players, and they really work the ball well," said Cathy Samaras.

Said Cristi Samaras, "I think the key will be staying in good shape. We seem to be in good shape at the moment, but playing at that elevation is a different story. We seem to be lacking a little on defense, but I think we have enough versatility to work things out."

Kennedy added, "I think everyone's in shape, but I would think that it'll be a little difficult to adjust to. But it doesn't matter, we're all looking forward to playing."

Quick Stix Roster

PLAYER.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM

Tonya Adamson.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Calverton

Amy Brew.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .PAL

Kate Brew.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Annapolis

Shannon Cordell.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Annapolis

Amy Davis.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .South River

Lauren Feinstein.. .. .. .. .. .. ..Annapolis

Emily Franey .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Severn

Sarah Franey.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Severn

Inga Fredland.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Annapolis

Susie Goodrich.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Broadneck

Katy Kemerer.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Broadneck

Meredith Kennedy.. .. .. .. .. .. .St. Mary's

Ali Kreiger.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .PAL

Becky Morris.. .. .. .. .. .. .Rolling Knolls

Denise Perrone.. .. .. .. .. .. ...Chesapeake

Megan Riley.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..South River

Cristi Samaras.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Annapolis

Stephy Samaras.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .PAL

J.K. Schmidt.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Broadneck

Amy Voight.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...South River

Erin Wylde.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Severna Park

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