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Baltimore City team by team 1993 high school boys lacrosse preview

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Archbishop Curley Friars

1992 record: 8-3

Coach: Barry Brownlee

Top players: Stosh Licharowitcz, Sr., D; Mark McNicholas, Sr., D; Pietro Rallo, Sr., M; Chris Ivins, Sr., M; Josh Sutherland, Sr., G

Outlook: Although eight starters are back from last year's MSA BB Conference runner-up squad, the Friars may lack some early scoring punch. It could be up to Sutherland, a four-year starter, to anchor what Brownlee calls "an extremely good defense" until the offense comes around.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1992 record: 18-2

Coach: Bob Shriver

Top players: Andy Sharretts, Sr., M; Matt Proutt, Sr., M; Tom Saunders, Sr., M; Pat Cairns, Sr., G; Todd Quenzer, Sr., D

Outlook: The Lakers, who lost seven starters to graduation -- including four first-team All-Metro defenders -- will build their attack around Sharretts (10 goals, 17 assists) and Proutt (16, 5). Boys' Latin teams have reached eight of the past nine playoffs with five title game appearances, including four of the past five. "The kids are well-aware of the tradition here, which will help us," Shriver said.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1992 record: 9-2

Coach: Scott Morrison

Top players: Dave Kelly, Sr., G; Brandon Holly, Sr., D; Chris Freehely, Jr., M; Orlando Johnson, Jr., M; Chris Cortina, Jr., M

Outlook: Holly (6-4, 255) and Kelly anchor a defense that allowed a little more than four goals a game in last year's MSA B Conference runner-up season. Contention for the MSA's B league crown depends on whether the Crusaders' underclassmen can compete with physically more mature opponents.

Carver Bears

1992 record: No team

Coach: Earl Banks

Top players: Cedric Robinson, Jr., M; William Butler, Soph., A; Donald Stepney, Soph., A; James Hall, Jr., M

Outlook: Banks graduated from the University of Rochester, where he was a two-time All-America middie, and hopes that experience will help him lift the Bears into contention in the program's inaugural season. His magic worked in 1986, when Sports Illustrated published an article about his feeder program at Harlem Park Middle. "Now I've got to sprinkle some magic dust on this program," he said.

City Knights

1992 record: 9-3

Coach: George Petrides

Top players: Trent Green, Sr., M; Ben Posil, Jr., A; Paul Lewis, Sr., M; Jeff Krick, Jr., M; Ryan Coleman, Sr., A

Outlook: The Knights return eight starters from last year's formidable contingent, including their entire midfield. Green, the Knights' faceoff specialist, is called "one of the better players in the league," by Petrides. A question mark lingers in goal, where a starting defender from last year takes over in that spot this year.

Edmondson Redskins

1992 record: 10-0

Coach: Crawford Dennard

Top players: James Coombs, Sr., A; Chris Nesmith, Jr., M, Omar Richmond, Jr., A

Outlook: The Redskins could be as dominant as last year's squad, having lost only three starters to graduation. With Coombs and Nesmith -- each an all-conference player for the MSA C Conference champs a year ago -- the Redskins have a secure foundation.

Forest Park Foresters

1992 record: 13-1

Coach: Obie Barnes Sr

Top players: James Heath, Jr., M; Ronald Foster, Sr., A; Antonio Dunton-El, Jr., M

Outlook: Heath (32, 12) and Foster (28, 8) are two of eight returning starters for a program that has gone 37-2 over the past three years -- including 14-0 in 1991 -- under Barnes, whose teams have won both MSA C and B Conference titles.

Friends Quakers

1992 record: 11-3

Coach: Jon Garmen

Top players: Spencer Deering, Sr., A; Andy Devlin, Sr, A; Chris Baughman, Sr, A; Dave Elliott, Sr., M; Max Everett, Sr., M

Outlook: Deering (30, 33) and Baughman (9, 1) are among 10 veterans, including seven starters, who are back from last year's MSA BB Conference champion squad. Garmen calls Elliott a dominant faceoff specialist and Everett his best all-round transition player. "We're thin in numbers though, which concerns me," Garmen said.

Gilman Greyhounds

1992 record: 11-6

Coach: John Tucker

Top players: Lorne Smith, Soph., A; Mike Allan, Jr., A; Dylan Schlott, Jr., A; Mark Cornes, Jr., M; Bryan Smith, Sr., M

Outlook: Nine starters are back from a year ago, including goalies Lou Kousouris and Corie Popham, who split time last year, and attackmen Lorne Smith (20, 23), Allan (18, 27) and Schlott (19, 2), who is recovering from a ligament injury in a leg.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1992 record: 4-6

Coach: John Baker

Top players: Larry Ayd, Sr., A; Akbar Hopson, Sr., M; James Wilson, Jr., M; Harry Robinson, Sr., D

Outlook: The Lakers lost their entire defense to graduation, including their all-conference keeper. The Lakers' top scorer is academically ineligible, but they return eight sometime starters, so Baker is encouraged. "We traditionally emphasize defense, but we're hurting there. But we have some kids who are stepping up as leaders on a young team," said Baker.

Mervo Mustangs

1992 record: 0-9

Coach: Martin Church

Top players: Eric Keating, Sr., A; Joseph Coles, Sr., M; Ricky Polite, Jr., D; Donald Vaughan, Jr., D; Eric Sheppard, Jr., M

Outlook: This program has nowhere to go but up, and first-year coach Church is encouraged with six returning starters, three of whom are seniors. "We got beat once by 23-0 and another time by 18-0, but we'll be much more competitive and respectable this year," Church said.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1992 record: 7-10

Coach: Drew Bowden

Top players: Sean Gaiser, Sr., G; Maury LaPointe, Sr., M; Matt Knight, Sr., M; Josh Vicchio, Soph., M; Jason Newman, Soph., M

Outlook: Nine starters return for what should be a formidable MSA A Conference threat, with Gaiser, an early Loyola College signee, anchoring the defense, and LaPointe (18, 18), Knight (14, 4), Newman (7, 1) and Vicchio (1, 5) handling the offense.

Northern Vikings

1992 record: 2-8

Coach: John Cooper

Top players: Clinton Lloyd, Jr., M; Mario Worrell, Jr., M; Ricky Hom, Jr., G; Rico Ruffin, Fr., M/A; Jerry Bowers, Fr., M/A

Outlook: Lloyd is the lone returning starter from last year's squad. "We've got a lot of first-year players, but the guys we have are talented, with a lot of freshmen. We're hoping for a .500 season," said Cooper.

Northwestern Wildcats

1992 record: 10-3

Coach: John Baumann

Top players: Thaddeus Ryer, Sr., G; Kevin Watson, Soph., D

Outlook: With a solid corps of players back from a squad that dropped a one-goal defeat to eventual champ Edmondson, the Wildcats will be a contender for a playoff berth. Ryer and Watson both were all-conference players last season.

Patterson Clippers

1992 record: 2-9

Coach: Bob Eklund

Top players: Kevin Crowe, Sr., G; Steven Himes, Sr., D; Jason Busch, Jr., A; Joe Mechlinsski, Soph., A

Outlook: The Clippers had a school-record 31 players at a tryout and all stayed with the team, which should improve on last year's record behind 6-3, 280-pound Crowe and Himes, a four-year starter.

Poly Engineers

1992 record: 1-10

Coach: Augie Waibel

Top players: Bruce Lee, Sr., A; John McNicholas, Sr., A; Ian Vickery, Sr., M; Jim Wiesnewski, Jr., M; Morrison Wheeler, Jr., M

Outlook: Waibel is encouraged by the new alignment against city public schools, and with the fact that his club returns eight starters, including four-year faceoff specialist Vickery, who is being pursued by Towson State. Lee's leadership, hustle and excellent stickwork will come in handy.

Southern Bulldogs

1992 record: 10-2

Coach: Bill Nagle

Top players: Chris Lewis, Sr., M; David Gurry, Sr., A; Rob Turner, Sr., A; Tom Fleming, Sr., A

Outlook: The Bulldogs, runners-up to Edmondson in the MSA C Conference, have 12 returning veterans, including nine starters. Lewis (69 career goals), a two-time Conference Player of the Year, Gurry, Turner and Fleming scored a combined 135 goals last season. "This is only the fourth year for a program that went 0-10 when the seniors were freshmen. We're real excited," said Nagle.

Southwestern Sabers

1992 record: 5-6

Coach: John Hammond

Top players: Darryl Parker, Jr., M; Nelson Maijia, Sr., A; Kenneth Klein, Jr., D; Gene Balcita, Jr., M; Chris Ulrich, Jr., D

Outlook: In just two seasons, last year's coach Jason Green turned the Sabers from a 1-9 squad into a playoff contender, led by Parker (19, 7), Maijia (19, 13) and Klein (10, 4) as Southwestern lost to eventual MSA C Conference champ Edmondson. Hammond, Green's former coach, takes over this year, saying, "We have some experience, but we only have 15 kids out so far with one senior, so that hurts."

Walbrook Warriors

1992 record: 5-5

Coach: Richard Hall

Top players: Clarence Barney, Sr., G; Kenneth Pindell, Jr., D; Warren Turner, Soph., A; Eric Brockington, Sr., M; Antonio Patterson, Sr., D

Outlook: Hall has just 16 players on his squad, including five veterans, but they're extremely talented. Barney averaged 25 saves and will have to be a leader in the back. "I believe we'll be very competitive and we'll improve on last year," Hall said.

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