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1993 girls lacrosse team-by-team outlook

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Friends Quakers

1992 record: 3-9. Coach: Carol Samuels.

Top players: Heather Bohanon, Sr., G; Andrea Krumholz, Sr., D; Vanessa Coe, Sr. A; Carmina Valle, Sr., A/D; Carrie Mallonee, Sr., Outlook: The Quakers lost only one starter from last year's squad and should improve tremendously. With All-League defender Mallonee back as well as Bohanon and Krumholz, teams could have a lot of trouble scoring against the Quakers. In addition, there are some promising youngsters with a lot of speed on attack. Coe, another All-League pick, should increase her scoring, but this team has the potential for some high-powered balanced scoring. Samuels hopes to see more go-to-goal drive and if she does, the Quakers should contend for the AIS A Division East title.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1992 record: 5-6-1. Coach: Karen Mallonee.

Top players: Sarah Flaxenburg, Sr., A; Kathleen Harrington, Sr., G; Caroline Boetzelen, Sr., D; Sarah Morse, Sr., D; Kelly Reynolds, Sr., D; Liza Shoemaker, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Grizzlies are always late getting started, but this year, Mallonee went into the early spring break without having her team set. Still, with a host of returnees, the Grizzlies may be in good position to improve on their record in the AIS A Division West. There is plenty of scoring potential led by Flaxenburg and all-league pick Shoemaker as well as junior Jen Thaler, but still a lot of questions remain about how the rest of the attack will handle varsity-level defense. On defense, however, the Grizzlies return a host of talent and should be solid.

Hereford Bulls

1992 record: 4-4. Coach: Cindy Gilbert.

Top players: Theresa Fisher, Jr., M; Kary Nixon, Sr.; Amy Schroeder, Sr.

Outlook: First-year coach Gilbert takes over a team that lost several seniors. The Bulls should be strong on defense this year, led by returning senior Stacey Emerick. The midfield appears strong, as Fisher, Schroeder and Nixon return to bolster the offense. Gilbert also likes the contribution of senior Alex Parker, a transfer from St. Paul's, on attack, as well as returnee Stacey Emerick. The team will rely on several unproven sophomores, who will have to perform if Hereford is to do well, and Gilbert is concerned about the lack of a returning goalkeeper.

Institute of Notre Dame Indians

1992 record: 6-8-1. Coaches: Suzanne Rossi, Mary Beth Bollinger.

Top players: Kristen Lewandowski, Sr., M; Amy Hoey, Sr., A; Molly Lucas, Sr., D; Kim Kelly, Fr., A; Diane Sales, Jr., G.

Outlook: In the AIS B Division, IND will field one of the youngest teams. Still, Rossi and Bollinger have high hopes for a winning season. All-league attacker Lewandowski should do most of the scoring, but Hoey and Kelly will help. Defensively, the Indians are young, but promising. All-league defender Lucas is the backbone of the defense, but Sales, who moves up from JV, should be strong, too. The Indians don't have a JV this season, but the coaches say that will give them more depth on the varsity.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1992 record: 4-8. Coach: Michael Cain.

Top players: Danielle Baker, Sr., M; Kim Filling, Jr., M; Amy Giffin; Sr., D.

Outlook: The Bluebirds have set making the regionals as their goal, and with 24 players and 10 returnees, Cain is confident they will. Defense will be a strength, with Giffin leading an experienced unit that has speed and size. Cain says his main problem is finding a replacement for graduated goalie Tara Smith.

Lansdowne Vikings

1992 record: 4-6. Coach: Dawn Foster.

Top players: Danielle Cascio, Sr. A; Casey Smith, Sr., M; Erica Setherley, Sr., A; Latrice Bolling, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Vikings were hurt by the success of their basketball team, which kept several players away from early practices. Lansdowne graduated only two seniors from last year, so this will be a team dominated by juniors and seniors. Most of the experience will be on attack, where Cascio, an All-County second-team player, will return with Setherley and Bolling. The main loss from last season is Amy Van Glerick, who led the Viking defense for the past two seasons.

Loch Raven Raiders

1992 record: 14-1. Coach: Wendy Galinn.

Top players: Michele DeJuliis, Sr., A; Shelly Klaes, Sr., A; Robyn Disney, Sr., A; Christine Bhanos, Sr., D.

Outlook: Believe it or not, Galinn says the Raiders, who won 69 straight games before losing to Mount Hebron in the state championship game last year, should be even stronger this year. The Raiders will feature a better balance of players this year, and Galinn says the defense and offense have improved. DeJuliis, The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year last season, will lead an offense that Galinn says has six potential high scorers. Galinn also expects a lot on defense from sophomore Kim Allen, who will step in for the graduated Suzy Ware, now at Loyola.

Maryvale Lions

1992 record: 7-8. Coach: Mary Clare McFadden.

Top players: Bridget Greenawalt, Jr., G; Meredith Cramer, Sr., A; Beth Oertel, Sr., D; Kathleen Blatchley, Sr., M/A; Megan McLaughlin, So., M/A.

Outlook: The Lions may be a year or two away from rising near the top of the AIS A Division East, but they could move up a little. McFadden has a lot of young players especially on defense and midfield. Oertel will quarterback the defense and Greenawalt, a converted field player, should be tough in the goal. But a strong attack may have to carry the Lions early while the defense gels. Last season, the Lions started slowly but peaked going into the tournament, and McFadden hopes to duplicate that effort.

McDonogh Eagles

1992 record: 6-8. Coach: Andy Steenburg.

Top players: Sarah Hill, Sr., A; Amy Keiller, Sr., G; Mandy Sieverts, Sr., A; Peggy Marfori, Sr., D; Alicynne Simons, Sr., M; Annie Shematek, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles still are stinging from a disappointing end to 1992. They lost in the opening round of the AIS A Division tournament, and Steenburg says it was all a matter of a mental letdown. This season, Steenburg is emphasizing playing strong for the entire 50 minutes of a game. The Eagles have plenty of potential. Hill and Sieverts should do a lot of scoring, but Steenburg expects a balanced attack. Defensively, Keiller had a 60 percent save rate last season and Marfori and Shematek should be strong in front of her.

Mercy Sharpshooters

1992 record: 3-8. Coach: Libby Davis.

Top players: Jenni Hershberger, Sr., A; Shannon Davis, Sr., A; Kelly Swift, Fresh., A; Jen Ciestak, Sr., D; Leah Weetenkamp, Sr., D.

Outlook: This is the fourth year for the Sharpshooters' program, and Davis expects the most from seniors who have been around all that time. She returns seniors Jill Moeller at attack, Vicki Barghout, Erin Schulze and Jaime Knapp at midfield as well as Nancy Brennan and Jen Coffey at defense. The skill level is much better than last year. While the Sharpshooters still may not be in contention for the AIS B Division title, they have an excellent chance to improve their record.

Mount de Sales Sailors

1992 record: 15-5. Coach: Bill Held.

Top players: Giovanna Webster, Sr., A; Chris Tirocchi, Sr., D; Amy Buck, Soph., A; Lisa Banbury, Soph., M.

Outlook: The Sailors tied Seton Keough for the AIS A Division West title last season, and they lost only three players. Although Held says those players were key athletes, he has some young talent that could step in quickly. Held returns some strength in all areas, and that should make the three losses easier to bear. The Sailors always have had a great work ethic, and this year they have additional skill. Unfortunately for Mount de Sales, the wet weather has hurt the squad because it has no gym for its practice sessions.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1992 record: 7-4. Coach: Mary Bartel.

Top players: Rachel Mack, Sr., M; Heather Castle, Jr., G; Trish Cummings, Jr., A; Tracy Richardson, Sr., M; Chrissy Nordhoff, Jr., A; Kira Nazelrod, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Pirates lost a couple of top talents in All-Metro first-teamer Jennifer Radebaugh and second-teamer Sharon Langhoff, but Bartel's teams never have been built around a few individuals. Her returnees along with some talented newcomers should put the Pirates back on the winning track. Bartel still has some questions about the defense, but the Pirates have been outside only once. The bulk of experience is back on an attack led by Cummings and at the midfield led by Mack and Richardson.

Oldfields

1992 record: 3-6-1. Coach: Beth Franks.

Top players: Nicole Brahim, Sr., A; Jody Cowan, Jr., A; NGina Simpson, Sr., G; Alicia Garbutt, Sr., D; Sharon Lincoln, Sr., M/D; Robin Scully, Sr., M/D.

Outlook: All-league picks Brahim and Cowan combined for 80 goals last season and they again should provide most of the firepower. But Oldfields also returns a solid group on defense, including third-year starter Simpson in the goal. With experience almost everywhere, Oldfields stands an excellent chance of improving on its record. If it can fill in the few holes, the squad should contend for the AIS B Division title.

Overlea Falcons

1992 record: 6-4. Coach: Lynda Slyder.

Top players: Tina Wasowicz, Sr., D; Aisha Everley, Soph., A; Amanda Rose, Jr., G; Jen Moreno, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Falcons lost in the first round of the state playoffs last year, but return a strong nucleus. Slyder had 52 players come out for the team the first day and will look to some of the newer ones to make an impact. Slyder lists the strengths of the team as goalkeeping and defense, so the Falcons should be stingy in their end. The attack is a concern, but Slyder says the potential is there.

Owings Mills Eagles

1992 record: 6-5. Coach: Trisha Munses.

Top players: Michelle Asher, Sr., A; Beth Caplan, Jr., D; Sharon Goldman, Sr., A; Allison Kline, Sr., M.

Outlook: Munses returns for her second year after leading the Eagles to the regionals last year for the first time in 12 seasons. The Eagles lost only two players from last year, and Munses is happy with a mix that will include seven seniors and seven freshmen. Kline, the team's leading scorer last year, will anchor a midfield that should produce most of the goals. Munses feels that because the players know her and her coaching style, the Eagles should improve from last year.

Park Bruins

1992 record: Over .500. Coach: Allison Ferguson.

Top players: Jayme Gilden, Sr., A; Jenny Ahern, Sr., M; Jenna Gladstone, Sr., A; Monica Brinkley, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Bruins appear to be the team to beat in the AIS B Division. Losers to John Carroll, 12-7, in the tournament championship last year, the Bruins return all but two starters ' and John Carroll has moved up to the A Division. All-league attacker Gilden and Gladstone should do most of the scoring, although the Bruins should be more balanced offensively. Defensively, Ahern and Brinkley are the backbone of a group that lost one key field player and its keeper. Sophomore Kris Heard should do most of the goalkeeping this season, but senior Safra Altman will see time.

Parkville Knights

1992 record: 5-5. Coach: Nancy Gross.

Top players: Sallie Neal, Sr., A; Melissa Kelly, Sr., G; Kelly Anderson, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Knights had 40 players out for the varsity and JV, so Gross is pleased with the turnout. Parkville's JV did well last year, and Gross says several of those players are ready to step up and contribute. The Knights are deepest on attack, where Neal, Anderson, and senior Arlene Schisler will do most of the scoring. Most of Gross' seniors played in a summer league last year and that also should help. The defense is a concern, but Gross is expecting big things from seniors Julie Choi, Kelly Lemley and Kim Kelley.

Patapsco Patriots

1992 record: 1-10. Coach: Lori Sauers.

Top players: Kara Crissy, Sr., A; Lori Nottingham, Sr., D; Christy Raab, Sr., D; Melissa Spinnato, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Patriots return all but two players, and Sauers says she has noticed much improvement from last year. Patapsco got a boost when soccer goalkeeper Bobbie Zalewski decided to play. She will guard the cage, and Sauers says she is picking up the game well. The Patriots will have a strong midfield that figures to produce most of their goals. Leading scorer Crissy (16 goals) returns for her senior year, and the Patriots will need to find others to take the heat off of her on attack.

Pikesville Panthers

1992 record: 8-4. Coach: Sue Shaeffer.

Top players: Courtney Fried, Sr., G; Elaine Gannon, Sr., M; Mindi Pollak, Sr., M; Margaret Fishken, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Panthers lost many quality seniors from last season, especially in the midfield, and Shaeffer says replacing them will be a challenge. Fried, an All-County second-team performer, will be solid on the back line, but finding a defense to put in front of her could prove a problem. Shaeffer says that she has many quality underclassmen and that it's just a matter of who goes where. The Panthers lost to Towson in the first round of the regionals last year.

Perry Hall Gators

1992 record: 12-1. Coach: Wendy Samuels.

Top players: Kerri Johnson, Sr., M; Erin Ward, Sr., M; Amie Stone, Sr., D; Kathleen Fort, Sr., M/D.

Outlook: The Gators lost seven of 16 players from a team that lost only to Severna Park in the state final, but still figure to be strong. Stickwork and fundamental skills are a strength of the team, and Samuels says the Gators have speed, though not as much as last year. Ward and Johnson return to anchor one of the county's strongest midfields, but the defense and attack both should be good.

Randallstown Rams

1992 record: 1-11. Coach: Tracy Kent.

Top players: Sharon Turkel, Sr., M; Lisa Lim, Sr., M; Stacey Colbert, Jr., A; Marcie Handler, Sr., D.

Outlook: This will be a rebuilding year for the Rams, who again will suffer from the lack of a junior varsity. The Rams lost their two top scorers last year, Dana Casandra and Carol Chang, to graduation, so finding replacements for them will be a challenge. Also, Kent has no experienced goalkeeper, so she will have to make one. On the positive side, the Rams will have seven seniors who have experience this year, and Kent says she is excited about working with this group.

Roland Park Reds

1992 record: 13-0. Coach: Wendy Kridel.

Top players: Peggy Boutilier, Jr., M; Brent McAllister, Jr., A/M; Melissa Cully, Jr., M; Catherine Passano, Jr., M; Brady Beale, Sr., D; Kim Shuey, Jr. G.

Outlook: The two-time defending champs, the Reds are still the team to beat in the AIS A Division. Despite losing two All-Metro first-team players, attacker Melissa Bristow to graduation and defender Jeanne Lekin to a knee injury, the Reds appear to have reloaded. Their midfield, which includes All-Metro second-team player Boutilier, all-league pick McAllister, Cully and Passano, is second to none. All of those midfielders have solid defensive skills, but they also like to go to goal. Kridel says they can make up for the loss of Bristow's 33 goals and 14 assists.

St. Paul's Gators

1992 record: 9-4. Coach: Sandy Hoody.

Top players: Katie Lattik, Sr., A; Tricia Burdt, Sr., G.

Outlook: Eight players return for the Gators, who have been perennial contenders in the AIS A Division West. Hoody returns an experienced attack and a young defense. Returning Burdt, the second-team All-Metro goalkeeper last season, helps a lot. The Gators, who are on spring break, have practiced outside only twice. Although there's plenty of potential on the attack and the midfield looks solid, Hoody says there is also a lot of work to be done. Once they get rolling, however, the Gators look like they will contend for the West title.

St. Timothy's

1992 record: Over .500. Coach: Janet Powers.

Top players: Carrie Silliman, Sr., D; Melissa Miller, Jr., A; Kris Jaeger, Jr., A; Michelle Garcia, Sr., D; Gillian Schreiber, Jr., A; Katharine Rasin, Sr., D.

Outlook: St. Timothy's contended for the AIS B Division title last year, but it graduated eight strong players from that squad. Powers has some rebuilding to do, but she also has a solid foundation, especially in returnees Silliman and Garcia on defense and Miller, Jaeger and Schreiber on attack. The biggest loss was in the goal, but Powers has a promising newcomer in Mariana Valledares.

Seton Keough Gators

1992 record: 17-5. Coach: Sue Behringer.

Top players: Melissa Reese, Sr., A/M; Jen Haas, Sr., A; Becky Brauns, Sr., G; Katie Loovis, Soph., M; Kim Kirkbride, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Gators were runners-up in the AIS A Division Tournament, falling to Roland Park, 10-8, in the title game. Although they lost some fine talent, the Gators could turn out to be almost as strong by the end of the season. Behringer's squad is young, with only four seniors among the seven returnees. She says her squad has yet to develop a cohesiveness, but that could come quickly with more playing time. Reese (39 goals, 31 assists) and Haas (30, 17) should spark a balanced attack. Defensively, Loovis, Kirkbride and Brauns will be the backbone.

Sparrows Point Pointers

1992 record: 3-8. Coach: Linda Day.

Top players: Rachel Barnes, Sr., M; Tammy Henderson, Sr., D; Rini Bienert, Sr., G.

Outlook: Experience will be a problem here, as the Pointers have only seven players who have played the game before. Nevertheless, Day feels that a .500 season is a possibility. The Pointers will rely on Barnes and Henderson to show their senior leadership. Day says the loss of defender Claire Iman from last year's team left a big hole she is still trying to fill. She is, however, pleased with a turnout in which 26 girls came out for the team.

Towson Generals

1992 record: 7-3. Coach: Sue Beeler.

Top players: Edith Scouten, Sr., G; Sarah Weaver, Jr., D; Lindsay Buchanon, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Generals should be much better on defense, where they return all but one starter. Scouten, who returns for her fourth year on the varsity, will add stability in the goal. If the Generals have a problem, it's on offense, where most of their top scorers graduated. Beeler, who says she likes the attitude this group has shown, will be counting on contributions from sisters Jen and Karen Siwinski in the offensive end for the Generals to do well.

Towson Catholic Owls

1992 record: 0-3-2. Coach: Stephanie Myers.

Top players: Beth Casili, Sr., A; Karen Carver, Jr., A, Rebecca Becker, Jr., M; Maria Cocoros, Soph., A; Donna Krebs, Jr., D.

Outlook: After two years of playing an independent schedule, the Owls move into the AIS B Division. This season, the Owls probably will take their lumps, but Myers has a young group with only one senior, so there is plenty of promise. The attack looks fairly sound with Casili, Carver and Cocoros back, and center Becker also will add to the scoring. Krebs is the top returnee on defense, an area that is suspect. But Myers brings in a load of talented freshman defenders who could improve quickly.

Woodlawn Warriors

1992 record: 7-6. Coach: Dee Morris.

Top players: Melanie Schattschneider, Sr., G; Lydia Navedo, Sr., D; Keisha Whitehurst, Sr., D; Aaron Rhines, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Warriors advanced to the second round of the state playoffs last year, before losing to Dulaney, and nine players return. Morris was disappointed with the turnout for the team this year, and depth could be a problem. The Warriors will be looking for good things from Shanessa DeBruin, who had 95 goals on the JV last year. The defense seems to be ahead of the attack at this point.

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