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South Carroll's goal: find a goalie Team used to success faces stern challenge 1993 high school girls lacrosse preview


Wanted: One goalkeeper who is willing to go into the net an give her best effort.

That is the cry for help being sent out this spring by South Carroll girls lacrosse coach Stacy Stem.

"We don't have a goalie," said Stem. "We're going to need to score a lot of goals to win, maybe as many as 10."

The only luck Stem has had so far is convincing senior defender Hilary Griffith to be the backup goalie.

No one has stepped forward for the starting job.

If Stem had her way, sophomore Erin Nauyalis would play in the net, but Nauyalis said she would rather play attack.

If Nauyalis doesn't change her mind, Stem said she might have to go down to the junior varsity to find a goalkeeper. The only other possibility is senior defender Jena Phillips, who is considering the goalkeeping task.

And there are other problems for Stem, who isn't used to putting patchwork teams together.

In six seasons of coaching field hockey and lacrosse at South Carroll, she never has had a losing year and only one .500 season (6-6 record last season in lacrosse).

"Our lacrosse players have to be more dedicated and committed," said Stem. "We need to be more team-oriented. Everybody can't play attack."

Once the Cavaliers understand those principles, Stem believes her team could play well enough to make the regionals.

"The key for us will be how much we can score and control the game," said Stem. "I'm just going to play it by ear at the start and see how things go."

That may be the best philosophy, considering that South Carroll opens the season against perennial Howard County powers Centennial and Mount Hebron.

If the Cavaliers are going to get 10 goals a game, senior attacker Candice Blanchette and junior attacker Tracie DiDio need to have outstanding seasons.

The top two scorers from last season, attackers Julie Langlois and Erin Eaten, have graduated.

Other attackers who should help South Carroll this season are seniors Patti Duffy and Kelly Adams and junior Erin Windsor.

Sophomore midfielder Dani Picker is expected to help the transition offense, and the four top defenders are seniors Tricia Fleming, Kristin Kinter, Julie Manley and Alicia Sievert.

With eight seniors among 16 players on the team, South Carroll has some experience.

The Cavaliers have put together 7-5, 7-5 and 6-6 records under Stem, but they have not made the playoffs. They were 0-6 in the county last season.

"I'll probably wind up moving up some sophomores from the junior varsity," said Stem, who is facing the biggest coaching challenge of her career.

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