Players to watch 1993 high school girls lacrosse preview


* Tierney Clark, Mount Hebron, Sr., defense -- Second-tea All-Metro and first-team All-County star. With defined skills, she's a savvy defender who clears ball well. Will play lacrosse at Hofstra.

* Amy Fine, Mount Hebron, Sr., midfield -- Headed to University of Maryland on lacrosse scholarship. Earned first-team All-County status (37 goals, 14 assists). One of county's fastest players, with excellent offensive instincts and speed.

* Jamie Fontaine, Centennial, Jr., defense -- With 86 ground-ball controls in 1992, seen by coach Gail Purcell as a "groundhog." Not only is effective with ground balls, interceptions and checks, but contributes on attack and isn't afraid to shoot.

* Stacia Hepburn, Mount Hebron, Sr., defense -- Seen by coach P. J. Kesmodel as Vikings' best pure athlete in terms of speed, strength and "cat-like" quickness. First-team All-County player has knack for intercepting passes. Has committed to Old Dominion.

* Dana Hoffman, Glenelg, Sr., goal -- Third-year starter has improved to stage of being "the difference for us this year," coach Ginger Kincaid said. A Division I college prospect who reads opposing offenses effectively and is strong and flexible.

* Alison Lages, Centennial, Sr., attack -- Division I college prospect Lages is "great connector" and strong player who can visualize play developing downfield, said coach Gail Purcell. Third-year starter at wing after scoring 16 goals in 1992.

* Lindsay McCaskill, Hammond, Jr., attack -- One of junior varsity team's leading scorers last season is expected to be instrumental in Golden Bears' offense. Consistent ability to fake and dodge opponents helps maneuver around goal.

* Lori Pasquantonio, Mount Hebron, Sr., attack -- Howard County's most decorated player, with All-American, All-Metro and All-County honors, returns for final season. Led county in 1992 scoring (60 goals, 38 assists) and is fearless player who "wants the ball when the game's on the line," coach P. J. Kesmodel said. Committed to University of Virginia on lacrosse scholarship.

* Amy Shourds, Howard, Jr., attack -- Howard's leading returning scorer (30 goals, three assists) is a third-year starter at third home. Coach Terry Flaig believes she has "great field sense," with quickness and consistency.

* Dina Siracusa, Wilde Lake, Sr., attack -- Third-year varsity player visualizes entire offense, using good stickwork and ability to create plays. Scored seven goals last season.

* Ali True, Mount Hebron, Sr., goal -- Recorded 16 saves in Vikings' 15-10 state championship win over Loch Raven, finishing first-team All-County. Before attending Temple University on a lacrosse scholarship, will exert excellent anticipation, quickness and timing to thwart shots.

* Allison Valentino, Atholton, Sr., center/midfield -- Holds almost every school record, including career goals (125), assists (68), ground-ball controls (386) and interceptions (68). Quick, agile and ambidextrous player whom coach CarolAnn Stevens considers Raiders' "quarterback."

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