Carver A & T Wildcats 1993 record: No team. Coach: Lefty Elliott.
Top players: Megan Anderson, Jr., RW; Kim Buscemi, Jr., LW; Jennifer Albright, Soph., G.
Outlook: The Wildcats will be starting from scratch, but that's nothing new for Elliott. The long-time coach did the same thing at Edmondson High School and Dundalk Community College, and eventually made winners of both. This team is very young (no seniors) and this season will be a learning experience. "It takes time," said Elliott.
Catonsville Comets 1993 record: 3-8. Coach: Ed Bury.
Top players: Ann Giardina, Sr., MF; Christina Tanner, Sr., SWB-SB; Jamie Funk, Jr., MF.
Outlook: After suffering through their first losing season, the Comets are primed for a rebound. Bury called last season "a fluke," and said he expects his team to challenge Loch Raven in the region.
Chesapeake Bayhawks 1993 record: 3-9. Coach: Lori Wojtkowiak.
Top players: Kim Mryncza, Sr., HB; Andrea Hamlon, Sr., HB; Kim Wernick, Jr., S; Laura Caldwell, Jr., SWB; Nicole Ikena, Jr., FB.
Outlook: They don't have much experience, and could take their lumps early in the season, but the Bayhawks might be ready to surprise come playoff time. Second-year coach Wojtkowiak said the team has an extremely positive attitude and works hard in practice.
Dulaney Lions 1993 record: 15-2. Coach: Kathy Schmidt.
Top players: Abby Bausman, Sr., HB; Ali Schuch, Jr., RW; Paige Young, Soph., LW; Heather Truxel, Sr., HB; Nikki Smith, Sr., SWB.
Outlook: Gone is all-county striker Aimee Vaughan (James Madison) and her monumental offensive production. The defending Class 3A-4A state champion Lions, however, may have the talent to overcome that. They have a number of good scorers and great depth on the bench. Schmidt said that this team has the potential to be as good as last year's.
Dundalk Owls 1993 record: 4-8. Coach: Darryl Garland.
Top players: Katie Marsheck, Sr., G; Christine Loftus, Sr., striker; Kathleen Reesey, Sr., MF; Kim Rodriguez, Jr., MF.
Outlook: This team is blessed with more skill than Garland says he's had during his four years as coach. All but four starters return, and the team is beginning to reap the rewards from its two-year-old junior varsity program. Experience and depth could add up to a winning season.
Eastern Tech Mavericks 1993 record: 4-8-1. Coach: Mark Deaton.
Top players: Christi Cole, Sr., F-HB; Brandi Anselmi, Sr., SB; Kelly Brant, Jr., W; Jamie Freeberger, Fr., D-MF; Rachel Martin, Fr., D-MF; Jessica Schmidt, Fr., D-MF.
Outlook: The Mavericks feature a strong core of freshmen and sophomores, and continue to build for the future. In the immediate future, however, the team probably will win its share of games but take its lumps from the county's more powerful teams.
Franklin Indians 1993 record: 7-3. Coach: George Wagner.
Top players: Amy Miller, Jr., SWB-HB; Erin Watson, Jr., A; Allison Palguta, Jr., A; Jill Smith; Sr., MF; Staci Lotterer, Sr., MF; Heidi Shaneybrook, Jr., MF.
Outlook: The Indians will be strong up front and should score some goals. The question will be whether or not they can stop them. They lost their all-county goalie to graduation, and Wagner said the defense will have to improve for the team to have a season as good as last year.
Hereford Bulls 1993 record: 8-4. Coach: Steve Power.
Top players: Kate Macfarlane, Soph., G; Jen Jones, Soph., MF; Mindy Salganik, Sr., SB; Jenna Eaton, Jr., S; Alex Rolhfs, Sr., SWB.
Outlook: The Bulls should be stronger than last season, when they lost to Fallston in the first round of the playoffs, but may not yet be on the level of Loch Raven. They return all but one starter, including Macfarlane, a second-team all-county selection and member of the all-state 15-under team.
@Kenwood Bluebirds 1993 record: 7-5. Coach: Brett Smith.
Top players: Kelly Reabe, Sr., MF; Melissa Wosk, Sr., G; Jaime Wolff, Fr., S.
Outlook: This should be a down year for the Bluebirds. Just 16 players came out for the team, and six of those are freshmen. The defense, led by second-team all-county selections Reabe and Wosk, remains intact from last year, but the offense will be young and inexperienced.
@Lansdowne Vikings 1993 record: 2-9. Coach: Kristine Leonard.
Top players: Kerry Grayson, Sr., S; Aimee Harold, Sr., MF; Michelle Currie, Jr., MF.
Outlook: The Vikings have a lot of new faces and some potential. The hardest job of first-year coach Leonard will be convincing her players that they can win. She said her goal is to reach .500.
Loch Raven Raiders 1993 record: 16-1. Coach: Lou Menegatti.
Top players: Robyn Harry, Sr., S; Bridgett Harthausen, Jr., HB; Kim Allen, Sr., HB; Nicole Froman, Soph., SWB; Christa Verlegar, Jr., FB; Terry Hendricks, Jr., G.
Outlook: The defending Class 1A-2A state champs again will be loaded. Despite having only three seniors, Menegatti says this team is as talented as last year's, which beat Dulaney for the county title before handling Hammond in the state championship game.
McDonogh Eagles 1993 record: 19-0. Coaches: Maurice Boylan Jr. and Ted Scocos.
Top players: Laurie Schwoy, Jr., S; Kara Cristaldi, Sr., M; Susie Pitt, Jr., SWB; Alaina Lawson, Sr., FB; Liz French, Sr., SB; Julie Baker, Jr., M.
Outlook: A brutal schedule may be the Eagles' biggest problem as they again are loaded with talent. McDonogh (ranked third nationally at the end of last year) plays several nationally ranked teams and goes to New Jersey, New York
and Virginia to do so. Schwoy (49 goals and 21 assists last year) was an All-American selection last year as a sophomore and scored 12 goals (with five assists) in the team's first two games -- including eight in the season opener. The Eagles won the Catholic League's A Division regular-season and tournament title last year, and return seven starters.
McDonogh Eagles "B" 1993 record: No team. Coach: Georgia Holland.
Top players: Erica Smith, Fr., M; Mary Urban, Fr., SB; Erin Reidy, Fr., S; Theresa Polk, Sr., STB; Sarah Kotula, Fr., S.
Outlook: McDonogh is fielding a second varsity team that will play five games, mostly in the Catholic League's B Division. The Eagles have several good young players and should do well. Defense and midfield look strong, and Reidy will be a strong striker.
Milford Mill Millers 1993 record: No team. Coach: Tim Glavin.
Outlook: It seems doubtful that the Millers will have a team this season. Only five players showed up for practice, and unless more show up by the end of the week, the season will be canceled.
Mount de Sales Sailors 1993 record: 5-5-1. Coach: Maria Kurek.
Top players: Ana Martinez, Sr., SWB; Elizabeth Deramo, Sr., HB/M; Khedra Conrad, Jr., FB; Katy Santry, Sr., S; Stephanie McLaughlin, Sr., FB.
Outlook: With nine seniors, possibly seven starting, the Sailors should challenge for the Catholic League's B Division title. Santry should help the offense do better this year, and Martinez should lead a strong defense. If the offense comes through, this should be a much better year.
Mount Carmel Cougars 1993 record: 6-12-4. Coach: Rob Bonner.
Top players: Michelle Karle, Jr., D; Allison Kinard, Jr., G; Susan Sipes, Soph., S.; Rachel Adamczyk, Jr., S; Kelly Miller, Jr., S.
Outlook: The Cougars are young, with a starting lineup that features no seniors and five freshmen. These young players, however, have plenty of talent and should make some noise. The offense is fast and can score, and the defense has experience.
Notre Dame Prep Pirates 1993 record: No team. Coach: John Cussom.
Top players: Stephanie Petterson, Jr., HB; Kris Bianchi, Jr., HB; Jackie Jamiris, Jr., FB; Lisa Mezzadra, Soph., HB; Courtney Walker, Soph., S.
Outlook: The team will try out fall ball with a six-game schedule -- all away. The midfield and defense should be strong, with help from Petterson and Jamiris. The offense raises some questions, but Walker could answer some of them once Cussom finds the right spot.
Overlea Falcons 1993 record: 7-4. Coach: Jim Reda.
Top players: Holly Wiitala, Sr., MF; Tamika Gray, Sr., W; Amie Palm, Sr., S; Kim Creighton, Jr., SWB.
Outlook: Wiitala and Gray, both first-team all-county and honorable mention all-state, lead a strong offense that will put points on the board. The key will be rebuilding a defense that was decimated by graduations. If the Falcons can find a way to stop teams from scoring, they could win a lot of games.
Owings Mills Eagles 1993 record: 7-4. Coach: George Erdos.
Top players: Michelle Dube, Soph., RW; Andi Graham, Soph., LW; Carly Sosslou, Jr., SB; Kristi Sachs, Sr., FB.
Outlook: They're very young, but loaded with potential. Erdos says that the increase in local club teams has helped produce the best crop of ninth graders he's ever had. Given time, the Eagles could leave their mark on the Baltimore County 1A-2A League.
@Parkville Knights 1993 record: 8-5. Coach: Kris Slaughter.
Outlook: The Knights will be one of the teams to beat in Baltimore County. They return all but one starter from last year's team, and could have all the elements to compete with Dulaney and Loch Raven for the county title.
@Patapsco Patriots 1993 record: 8-4. Coach: Pat Poletynski.
Top players: Shanan Schaeffer, Sr., HB; Jaime Driscoll, Sr., S; Samantha Porter, Sr., S; Amanda McCulley, Soph., FB.
Outlook: The Patriots return five seniors from last year's team that lost to Parkville in the first round of the playoffs. Schaeffer, a first-team all-county pick for the last two seasons, leads the way, controlling both the offense and defense. Add a group of talented freshmen to the mix and the Patriots may have what it takes to challenge Dulaney in the 3A-4A League.
Perry Hall Gators 1993 record: 10-3. Coach: Frank Insinga.
Top players: Jessica Loehr, Sr., HB; Jessa Phoebus, Jr., HB; Susan Fortkiewicz, Jr., SB; Keri Scrivani, Jr., HB; Bev Campbell, Jr., LW; Kerri Siess, Jr., F.
Outlook: Often a team with only one senior might be written off. But in Perry Hall's case, most of the starters return from one of the county's most dominant teams of a year ago. The Gators once again should stand tall in the 3A-4A League, and challenge Dulaney for the county title.
Pikesville Panthers 1993 record: 2-9. Coach: Dick Swomley.
Top players: Jessie Lehman, Sr., G; Lauren Rivkin, Jr., RW; Laura Green, Sr., FB; Julie Stein, Soph., HB.
Outlook: They are young and not very deep, but the Panthers should be able to win their share of games. Anchoring the team in goal will be Lehman, an honorable-mention all-county performer. But Swomley also will be forced by circumstance to start three freshmen.
@Randallstown Rams 1993 record: 0-12. Coach: Sue Lane.
Outlook: It remains questionable whether the Rams will have a team this year. Transfers and academic ineligibilities have taken their toll on the program, and only 10 players came out for the squad. Lane said she will wait until Friday to make a final decision about this season.
Sparrows Point Pointers 1993 record: 2-9. Coach: Terri Walls.
Top players: Kristen Petrovia, Fr., F; Chey Carpenter, Sr., B; Chrissy Libber, Jr., B; Stacy Perrera, Jr., F.
Outlook: After a dismal 1993 season, Walls expects a .500 season or better. Those may be high aspirations, but with an influx of talented freshmen, it's not out of the question.
Towson Generals 1993 record: 10-3. Coach: Robert Pater.
Top players: Kate Venanzi, Sr., S; Allison Sauter, Sr., SWB; Katie Barnes, Sr., FB; Karen Cullison, Soph., S.
Outlook: Defense. That will be this team's forte. The offense, however, is young. Venanzi is the only senior on an inexperienced front line. Another weak spot could be halfback, where only one of four starters return.
Western Wolverines 1993 record: No team. Coach: Andy Mark.
Top players: Erin Godwin, Soph., MF; Kelly Hoff, Soph., G; Jaime Harris, Fr., MF-B; Autumn Arnold, Fr., F-MF.
Outlook: Mark is excited about the future of this upstart team. But for now, it will be -- as in Carver's case -- a learning experience. Ten out of 18 players are freshmen.
Woodlawn Warriors 1993 record: 3-8. Coach: Carl Truxel.
Top players: Hannah Campbell, Sr., HB; Kelly Corcoran, Sr., SWB; Laura Aviles, Sr., HB; Ali Gilunas, Sr., F; Joyce Brown, Sr., FB.
Outlook: Truxel takes over as coach after a stint as commissioner of the Cockeysville Recreation Council girls program. That's interesting since one of Woodlawn's biggest problems is the lack of good feeder programs in the area. Truxel said it will be back to basics for this team. He'll try to build a solid foundation for the future.