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BALTIMORE COUNTY TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Boys' Latin Lakers

1994 record: 15-4. Coach: Bob Shriver.

Top players: Chris Turner, Sr., A; John Fuller, Sr., A; Brad Gilroy, Sr., A; Scott Adler, Sr., M; Timmy Roberts, Sr., M; Scott Hochstadt, Sr., M; Matt Swift, Sr., M; J.D. Radebaugh, Sr., M; Jason Quenzer, Sr, D; Eric Fitez, Jr., D; Ward Smith, Sr., D; John Glatzel, Soph., D; Andrew Hampson, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Lakers didn't have many holes to fill and the few that they had they patched with transfers and players from a junior varsity squad that went undefeated the past two seasons. Boys' Latin, which lost to eventual champion Gilman, 6-5, in the A Conference semifinals last season, has an explosive attack with Turner (48 assists), Fuller (43 goals) and Gilroy (50 points) and its midfield is equally potent with Hochstadt, Swift and Radebaugh. "Our strength is our numbers," said Shriver. "We seem to have enough players at every position."

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1994 record: 7-8. Coach: Mike Thomas.

Top players: Strider Dickson, Sr., G; Ryan Lachowicz, Sr., M; Steve Preis, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Cardinals graduated their entire starting defense, which should keep Dickson busy in goal. Preis and Lachowicz will anchor an offense that averaged four goals last season. "We're small and we make up for it by being slow," said Thomas, laughing. "We'll show up to play and on any given day, anything can happen."

Carver A & T Wildcats

1994 record: No team. Coach: Tom Rose.

Top players: Gilbert Wilt, Soph., A; Omar Ali, Fresh., D; Luke Deatley, Jr., D.

Outlook: This team was 5-5 at the JV level last season and will take its first dip into a tough county schedule. The Wildcats are thin, especially at midfield, but should improve throughout the season.

Catonsville Comets

1994 record: 10-3. Coach: Warren Como.

Top players: Kris Lindh, Sr., A; Kevin Gemmell, Jr., A; Gene Hart, Sr., A; Andrew Davis, Sr., M; Steve Phipps, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Comets should score plenty of goals, but the key to their success will be defense. They lost most of their defensemen from last year's team -- which lost to Towson in the regional finals -- and none of their three goalies has varsity experience.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 3-7. Coach: Richard Cole.

Top players: Jason Perkins, Sr., A; Jake Lewis, Sr., M; Kevin Calebaugh, Sr., M; Nat Thornton, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Bayhawks have improved steadily in each of their first two years on the varsity level, and this season should be no different. They have 17 seniors and some good talent, especially at midfield and attack. If things go well, Chesapeake should break the .500 mark.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 12-3. Coach: Gary Schreiber.

Top players: Carey Taylorson, Jr., M; Chris Gray, Sr., M; Todd Prager, Sr., M; Booth Farwelle, Jr., A; Joe High, Jr., A; Jeff Brooks, Jr., G; Jeff Champney, So., G; Mike Nelson, Sr., D.

Outlook: Despite losing two of their top attackmen and midfielders, the Lions again look to be in good shape, thanks in part to Calvert Hall transfer Taylorson. Schreiber said the defense, midfield and goalie positions look strong, but the attack is young and inexperienced. If Dulaney can score goals, it could be in for another big year.

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 8-3. Coach: Brian Tallon.

Top players: Travis Williams, Soph., M; T.J. Sroka, Soph., A; Dave Parker, Jr., G; Paul Geitka, Sr., M.

Outlook: Dundalk is young, but very talented. Williams returns after leading the team in scoring as a freshman and Sroka is strong on the attack. Despite losing 10 of 17 players from last year, the Owls filled those positions well and should be in for another strong campaign.

Eastern Technical Mavericks

1994 record: 5-6. Coach: Chad Roeder.

Top players: Doug Johnson, Soph., A; Rodney Huddler, Sr., M; Marc Phillips, Soph., A.

Outlook: The Mavericks have a young, but talented, offense. The big factor in determining their success, however, will be the defense. Every defenseman graduated from last year's team. If all goes well, they should be around the .500 mark.

Franklin Indians

1994 record: 7-5. Coach: Earl Deickman.

Top players: Ken Weagly, Sr., D; John Wissel, Sr., A; Pabs Thongsy, Sr., A; Chris Ropach, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Indians are thin and very inexperienced, but still could make their mark. They return one starter on both the defense and midfield, and two on the attack. Deickman expects his team to improve over of the season and maybe even win enough to make the regionals.

Hereford Bulls

1994 record: 9-4. Coach: Whit Morrill.

Top players: Chris Mackert, Sr., A; Shawn Beck, Sr., A; Brian Nabet, Sr., A; David Lock, Sr., M; Steve Noel, Sr., M; Brian Cox, Sr., M; Curtis Gilbert, Soph., D; Jeff Griest, Jr., D.

Outlook: A talented attack and a nine-deep midfield will try to make up 180 points in lost offense. Morrill is "cautiously optimistic," saying that his team doesn't have superstars but is strong across the board.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1994 record: 6-7. Coach: Bill Lader.

Top players: Wesley Harmon, Sr., A; Jimmy Griffin, Sr., M; Jamie Fraley, Soph., A; Jason Shellenberger, Jr., D; Justin Sampson, Sr., G.

Outlook: Lader takes over the program after spending most of his life involved in lacrosse at various levels. He said the Bluebirds have some standout athletes, but -- with no feeder programs in the area -- not many who possess good skills. Their goal is to be competitive with the league's stronger teams and to post a winning record.

Lansdowne Vikings

1994 record: 7-5. Coach: Jason Rubin.

Top players: Jerry Andrews, Sr., A; Kevin Reddish, Sr., A; Ryland Spicer, Jr., D; Dave Wingrove, Sr., D; Joe Nelson, Sr., D.

Outlook: The focus on this team is offense. With Andrews -- last year's leader in points -- keying the attack, the Vikings should score, and their defense is solid. First-year coach Rubin expects a winning season and hopes for a second straight trip to the playoffs.

Loch Raven Raiders

1994 record: 7-6. Coach: Chuck Weitz.

Top players: Gary Goldsmith, Sr., D; Mike Culigowski, Sr., D; Niven Tien, Sr., D; Rob Dean, Sr., G; Greg Anselmi, Sr., M; Bill Seegar, Sr., M; Casey Sydnor, Sr., M; Jeremy McDonough, Sr., A.

Outlook: The strength of this team is its experience. The Raiders have good senior leadership all over the field, especially on defense with Goldsmith, Culigowski and Tien. After losing to Towson in the first round of last year's playoffs, they hope to again make the regionals if not challenge for a league title.

Loyola Dons

1994 record: 12-2. Coach: Joe McFadden.

Top players: Scott Diggs, Sr., M; Brian Zeller, Sr., M; Tim Hahn, Sr., M; Jason Rickel, Sr., A; J.L. Reppert, Sr., A; Dave Fields, Sr., A; Dave Kennedy, Sr., A; Sam Hudson, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Dons have what many consider the area's best midfield unit with Diggs, Zeller and Hahn on the first line. They will have to live up to expectations considering Loyola saw its top five defensemen move on to some of the nation's premier college programs. Said McFadden: "I've always been much more comfortable trying to win 6-5 games, but this year we will have to win some 15-14 games."

McDonogh Eagles

1994 record: 4-13. Coach: Jake Reed.

Top players: Tom Layden, Sr., M; Dave Kaiser, Sr., D; Brad MacHammer, Sr., A; Bert Dudley, Sr., M; Art Chen, Jr., G; Andy Hood, Jr., A; Tim Cober, Jr., D.

Outlook: Reed said the Eagles have more experience, strength and speed than last season and he is "very optimistic" that his team will get its first league win this season -- McDonogh's fourth in the A Conference. The Eagles return their starting goalie (Chen), two of three starting defensemen, two of three attackmen and four of their top six midfielders.

Milford Mill Millers

1994 record: 0-11. Coach: Bob Greene.

Top players: Sean Galloway, Soph., M; Reggie Ray, Jr., M; Chris Lu, Sr., D; Charles Johnson, Sr., A; David Kys, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Millers look in good shape to break an eight-year losing streak. Twenty-seven players came out for the team -- far more than in past years -- and at least a handful of them possess good skills. Greene said the emphasis will be on defense and running.

Overlea Falcons

1994 record: 6-6. Coach: Tom Gere.

Top players: Matt Davis, Soph., A; Liam Tunney, Sr., M; Tom Trimble, Sr., A.

Outlook: Though thin, Overlea does have some talent. Davis, at 6-foot-4, leads the attack while Tunney will key the midfield. The Falcons should be strong enough to handle the weaker teams in the league, but they will have to be at their best to challenge opponents from the upper echelon.

Owings Mills Golden Eagles

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Sal Picataggi.

Top players: Homer Brown, Jr., M; Josh Ellin, Sr., M; Brad Kessler, Sr., D; Paul Schulman, Sr., M.

Outlook: After losing a handful of close games last year, the Eagles hope to win their share this season and pull closer to the .500 mark. The team is experienced and features a lot of returners, especially at midfield. If its thin attack can score goals, Owings Mills could improve dramatically.

Park Bruins

1994 record: 8-4. Coach: Lucky Malonee.

Top players: Kevin D'Anna, Sr., A; Matt Sledge, Sr., A; Dan Lisk, Sr., M; Damon Iamele, Sr., M; Zach Hettinger, Sr., D; Fabian Lima, Sr., G.

Outlook: A new playoff format in the B Conference improves the Bruins' chances of making it into postseason play but unless someone steps forward offensively, Park will have trouble against league powers John Carroll and Friends. "We've got a few people back and if things fall into place, hopefully we can to give Friends and John Carroll a run for their money," said Malonee.

Parkville Knights

1994 record: 3-8. Coach: Phil Donlin.

Top players: Steve Francis, Jr., M; Matt Slater, Sr., M; Todd Lipscomb, Sr., D; Craig Lark, Jr., A; Jason Smith, Sr., A; Donnie Startt, Jr., A.

Outlook: With their entire attack back and good depth, the Knights look to be a far better team than a year ago. At the end of last season, they had 12 players. They start this year with 22, including Francis, a transfer from Boys' Latin. Defense is the weak spot, but otherwise Donlin feels that turning a 3-8 record into 8-3 is realistic.

Patapsco Patriots

1994 record: 5-6. Coach: Sean Bowmaster.

Top players: Derrick Richter, Sr., M; Toby Heisler, Sr., M; Andrew Mountan, Sr., A.

Outlook: After winning just two games in 1993, Patapsco won five last year. This season, with a solid nucleus of juniors, Bowmaster hopes to get his team over the .500 mark. Richter and Heisler lead a talented midfield.

Perry Hall Gators

1994 record: 12-2. Coach: Bill Dunkerton.

Top players: Ryan Pancake, Sr., D; Mike Cavaselis, Sr., D; Brent Whitmore, Sr., D; Eric Cook, M-D.

Outlook: Perry Hall lost its starting attack, midfield and goalie, but don't look for the Gators to fold just yet. Pancake and Cavaselis are both four-year starters on defense, and Dunkerton said the Gators also have good team speed and hustle. This team may be inexperienced, but it also looks to be quite competitive.

Pikesville Panthers

1994 record: 6-5. Coach: Tano Arrogancia.

Top players: Johnny Gilman, Sr., M; Sam Altman, Jr., A; Jeff Rash, Jr., A; Danny Shaivitz, So., G; Josh Vitolo, Sr., D.

Outlook: Though the Panthers graduated their entire defense, most of the other starters from last year's playoff team return. Pikesville features a talented nucleus of midfielders and attackmen. The key to a successful season, however, is the play of its young defense.

Randallstown Rams

1994 record: 3-8. Coach: Jeff Tessier.

Top players: Tim Mierswicke, Sr., D; Jamie Gannon, Sr., A; Chip Kalish, Sr., M; James Maranten, Sr., G.

Outlook: Ten out of 17 players are new to the team, and of those virtually none have any previous lacrosse experience. Tessier will stress the basics and hopes to guide the Rams to a handful of victories.

St. Paul's Crusaders

1994 record: 8-6. Coach: Rick Brocato.

Top players: Tucker Radebaugh, Sr., A; Rob Uhlig, Sr., A; Chris Kakel, Jr., A; Chris Berrier, Jr., M; David Staples, Jr., G; Stebs Garcia, Sr., G.

Outlook: Brocato, who served as Mitch Whiteley's offensive coordinator for six years before taking over the program this season, will have to make do without Jamie Pollock (Washington College), John Solter (North Carolina) and Billy Ruhl (Maryland). St. Paul's should be able to score some goals with Radebaugh, Uhlig and Kakel at attack. The Crusaders are inexperienced at midfield and especially on defense, where they lost eight of 10 players, including goalie Sean Keenan (Maryland).

Sparrows Point Pointers

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Sandy Runyan.

Top players: Mike Prkna, Sr., M; Rick Giblin, Sr. D; Ken Zackrel, Sr., D; Josh Foulke, Sr., D; Ronnie Dawson, Jr., G.

Outlook: With no JV or feeder programs, not many players have significant experience. But the Pointers do have several seniors, and Runyan said they appear to be improving. Their goal is to avoid the blowouts of a year ago and stay in more games until the end.

Towson Generals

1994 record: 16-0. Coach: Randy Dase.

Top players: Mark Tamberino, Sr., G; Chris Kadan, Jr., D; Ian Kanski, Sr., D; Dan Keller, Sr., A; Ned Boyd, Sr., M.

Outlook: After winning 44 straight games and three consecutive state titles, the Generals will have to retool. They graduated seven of their top 10 starters, including the majority of their offense. Led by Tamberino, one of the area's premier goalies, the defense will be strong. But without any go-to players on the attack, scoring will be a chore. Nonetheless, Towson always seems to fight for a crown.

Woodlawn Warriors

1994 record: 1-11. Coach: Donnie Brown.

Top players: Mike Cunningham, Sr., D; Timmy Rogers, Jr., D; Jay Jones, Soph., A; Wayne Barbour, Jr., A-D; Andre Studivant, Fresh., A.

Outlook: Though lacking in experience, this team has the potential to surprise some opponents. Cunningham anchors a solid defense and Jones was the leading scorer on the JV last year. Brown says his young players are improving in practice each day and could win a few games.

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