BALTIMORE COUNTY TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES Baltimore City/County Girls Lacrosse Preview

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Carver A & T Wildcats

1994 record: No team. Coach: Bob Russell.

Top players: Heather Ng, Fresh., A; Beth Hoeckel, Soph., D; April Johnson, Soph., A.

Outlook: This marks the first girls lacrosse team for the program, as the Wildcats decided to field a varsity over a junior varsity team this year. Most of the Wildcats played soccer or field hockey, and are very athletic. Russell, who is known for building programs, said he looks for the Wildcats to steal two or three victories.

Catonsville Comets

1994 record: 9-3. Coach: Kim McNemar.

Top players: Meghann Mohler, Jr., M; Carrie Jacobs, Sr., M; Angie Wiley, Sr., A; Christine Tanner, Sr., D; Chrisie Lanman, Jr., A; Emily Henderson, Jr., D, Kelly Fetter, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Comets are looking to make a move this year under first-year coach McNemar. The midfielders are versatile, and the defense and attack are solid and hustling. McNemar brings 11 girls up with her from the county champion junior varsity squad. Mohler is the top returning offensive threat.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 3-6. Coach: Joyce Kerr.

Top players: Ann Nida, Sr., M; Kim Bevins, Sr., A; Kim Mryncza, Sr., M; Laura Caldwell, Jr., M; Kisha Thomas, Sr., D; Nicole Ikena, Jr., A; Carrie Hopkins, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Bayhawks' talent lies heavily in the defense, but they have depth in the midfield. Kerr said Nida is one of the best defensive players in Baltimore County. Mryncza and Bevins will lead the attack.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 15-2. Coach: Anita Noel.

Top players: Betsy Mueller, Sr., A; Dawn Will, Jr., A; Nicole Zimmerman, Sr., A; Kelly Berzins, Jr., M; Marissa Perman, Sr., D; Betsy Moore, Sr., D; Lindsey Schafer, Sr., D.

Outlook: The obvious problem for the 3A-4A runner-up Lions is finding a way to replace last year's state leading scorer and first-team All-Metro Aimee Vaughan, who is at James Madison. The Lions have adjusted to a more balanced attack, which Noel considers a bigger problem for opposing defenses. Perman is the top defender and has worked hard off-season in winter leagues. The starting goalkeeper slot is still undecided with last year's starter Jen Maser and freshman Trish Dabrowski as the top candidates.

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 6-6. Coach: Darryl Garland.

Top players: Joy Urlahs, Sr., G; Kim Rodriguez, Jr., G; Becky Sowden, Sr., M; Kathleen Reesey, Sr., A; Jade Rose, Jr., D; Leslie Schafferman, Jr., D; Lauren Lader, Soph., A.

Outlook: The Owls lost seven players to graduation, but bring up a talented sophomore class with first-year coach Garland from junior varsity. The defense is the Owls' strength as the offense is mainly inexperienced. Garland said the speed of his offensive players will offset some skill deficiencies. Urlahs and Rodriguez will alternate in goal.

Franklin Indians

1994 record: 8-5. Coach: Dee Mullineaux.

Top players: Darla Burns, Jr., M; Alexia Savold, Sr., A; Kelly Schaefer, Sr., D; Jennifer Stephenson, Sr., M; Jill Smith, Sr., M; Nancy Cha, Jr., M; Erin Watson, Jr., A; Amy Whitcomb, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Indians have 11 returning players, but have started slowly in scrimmages. Mullineaux wants to improve the aggressiveness of the defense and the movement of the offense. Burns is a proven leader at both the offensive and defensive ends.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1994 record: 7-3-1. Coach: Karen Mallonee.

Top players: Jacque Weitzel, Jr., M; Lauren Klein, Jr., M; Tina Schroeter, Sr., D; Tricia Ward, Jr., A; Lindsey Foster, Sr., M.

Outlook: After losing in the AIS A Division quarterfinal last year, the Grizzlies, who ended last season ranked 12th, are looking to make a big move. With 10 seniors back and many of them veterans of last fall's championship field hockey team, the Grizzlies have experience and balance and know how to win. Weitzel, Klein and Ward can score a lot of goals and the defense has a solid anchor in returning goalie Chrissy Cooper.

Hereford Bulls

1994 record: 6-5. Coach: Nancy Love.

Top players: Portia Gotwalt, Soph., A; Brooke Lang, Soph., M; Kelly Swift, Jr., A; Kristen Meyer, Jr., D; Laura Gauger, Jr., A; Adrienne Allen, Jr., A; LeAnn Bateman, Jr., A; Audra Truland, Sr., A; Alex Rohlafs, Sr., G; Karen Roberts, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Bulls have a new coaching staff and will be rebuilding under Love. The core of the Bulls is underclassmen, who mainly have the ability to score. The Bulls might have to withstand some early losses before they find team cohesion.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1994 record: 9-3. Coach: Kathy Luby.

Top players: Tracy Dobson, Sr., A; Megan Schoff, Sr., M; Kelly Shearer, Jr., M; Heather Crawford, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Bluebirds look to capitalize on their trip to the 3A-4A region semifinals. They return a seasoned core of eight players. The Bluebirds will rely on their high-scoring offense to carry them.

Lansdowne Vikings

1994 record: 1-8. Coach: Kelly Terry.

Top players: Michelle Currie, Jr., A; Sarah Dymond, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Vikings return two proven scorers from a team that continues to try and rebuild under second-year coach Terry. They had finished in the middle of the Baltimore County 3A-4A league, before last season's last-place finish.

Loch Raven Raiders

1994 record: 16-0. Coach: Wendy Galinn.

Top players: Kim Allen, Sr., D; Robyn Harry, Sr., M; Alison Jones, Sr., M; Gia Trionfo, Sr., A; Misty Doonis, Sr., A; Tina Guevara, Sr., G; Anne Heine, Sr., D.

Outlook: Although the Raiders lost five starters from last year's Baltimore County and state Class 1A-2A champions, they return good athletic talent and the largest senior returning group under Galinn. Harry is a returning first-team All-Metro selection, and Allen and Jones made last year's first-team All-Baltimore County team. The defense is virtually set, but there are newcomers on offense.

Maryvale Lions

1994 record: 8-3. Coach: Mary Clare McFadden.

Top players: Meghan Doyle, Sr., A; Meghan McLaughlin, Sr., M; Angie Tamberino, Sr., G; Gennie Gigliotti, Jr., D; Jenny Gray, Soph., M.

Outlook: On attack, the Lions are loaded with Doyle (55 goals, nine assists) and McLaughlin (22, nine), but they have some rebuilding to do on defense. McFadden has plenty of raw talent to fill those defensive spots, but she has to find the right combinations. After improving from 2-10 in 1993, the Lions are looking to take another step up this year, and if they talent pans out, they should be among the AIS A Division's best.

McDonogh Eagles

1994 record: 3-11. Coach: Karen Janiga.

Top players: Nicole Wittlesberger, Soph., A; Susan Pitt, Jr., M; Liz French, Sr., D; Megan O'Neill, Jr., G; Lynn Macioleck, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Eagles had a rocky season last year, but with a new coach and lots of experienced players they hope to leave that far behind. Janiga, who coached for the last six years in Rockville, has veterans sprinkled all over the field, and if a few freshmen starters come on strong, the blend could carry them back over .500 in the AIS A Division.

Mount de Sales Sailors

1994 record: 19-2. Coach: Bill Held.

Top players: Lisa Banbury, Sr., M; Amy Buck, Sr., A; Christy Buck, Jr., A; Ana Martinez, Sr., D; Katie Santry, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Sailors, who ended the season ranked

ninth, bowed out in the semifinals of the AIS A Division tournament last season and this veteran squad doesn't want to see that happen again. The Sailors might boast the toughest attack in the league with All-Metro first-teamer Banbury (85 goals, 11 assists) and second-teamer Amy Buck (73, 20), but their defense is no slouch either. The one question is in goal, but Held is pleased with freshman keeper Chandler Vicchio's progress.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1994 record: 8-4. Coach: Mary Bartel.

Top players: Sheehan Stanwick, Soph., A; Lacy Aumiller, Soph., A; Lacy Pica, Sr., M; Stephanie Petterson, Jr., M; Colleen Keeney, Sr., A; Maggie Kilroy, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Pirates could get off to a slow start after graduating 12 seniors, half of them starters, from the No. 8 team that reached the AIS A Division championship. It might take a while for the Pirates to find new leadership and to work out a few kinks in the line defense, but with so much talent, especially in the sophomores and defensive anchor Petterson, the Pirates should in position to make a good run at tournament time.

Oldfields

1994 record: 7-5. Coach: Beth Franks.

Top players: Laurel Mullen, Sr., M; Caroline Jones, Sr., A; Margaret Crane, Sr., D; Emily Deutchman, Sr., A.

Outlook: With more than half the roster underclassmen, Oldfields could be a year away from the form that took it to the AIS B Division championship in 1993. A lot of questions remain on the defense and in the goal where Kate Kelly and Courtney Taylor are vying for time. However, Oldfields should be a more passing-oriented team than in the past two years and Jones and Mullen should be the top attack threats.

Overlea Falcons

1994 record: 6-8. Coach: Tammy Jackson.

Top players: Jessica Stumpfel, Jr., M; Aisha Eversley, Sr., A; Carly Shifflet, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Falcons have experience with a roster dominated by juniors and seniors. They are well-balanced with speed throughout the lineup. The problem could be defense with two newcomers still vying for starting spots.

Owings Mills Golden Eagles

1994 record: 1-10. Coach: Sarah Krucoff.

Top players: Andi Graham, Soph., M; Cindy Kim, Jr., A; Carly Sosphlau, Jr., D; Shelly Katzef, Jr., D; Beth Schwartzman, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Eagles are slowly establishing their program, fielding their first junior varsity team and having just one player who has never played lacrosse before. They are shooting for a .500 season. The strength is defense with Schwartzman, who started the second half of last season.

Park Bruins

1994 record: 10-3. Coach: Allison Ferguson.

Top players: Alexa Wilder, Sr., A; Kara Keith, Sr., A; Allison Brown, Soph., G.

Outlook: The defending AIS B Division champs return 10 seniors making them the favorite to repeat. With a powerful attack, the Bruins will concentrate on beefing up the defense, which also could be quite strong. Ferguson hopes the Bruins will be more competitive with the A Division teams on the schedule, and if they are, they could roll through the B Division.

Parkville Knights

1994 record: 6-6. Coach: Nancy Gross.

Top players: Holly Milanicz, Sr., A; Erin Shipley, Sr., M; Debbie Curran, Jr., M; Tara Tutt, Jr., D; Jenn Mezzadra, Soph., M.

Outlook: The Knights have surprised Gross with a solid defense in early scrimmages. The true strength of the Knights is offense, but Gross wants the communication to improve. Megan Milburn, who played tennis last spring, will start in goal. The success of the Knights depends on how they fare in a tough early schedule.

Patapsco Patriots

1994 record: 4-8. Coach: Lori Sauer.

Top players: Marlena Trotta, Sr., D; Jaime Phillips, Sr., D; Jen Stephenson, Jr., A; Andrea Shinsky, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Patriots showed improvement last season, winning four games after going winless the year before, and look to continue the upgrade of the program. This season's success depends on how the Patriots adjust from losing a solid senior class of five players including their top attack player, Melissa Spinnato, and goalkeeper Bobbie Zalewski. The majority of the Patriots are freshmen and sophomores.

Perry Hall Gators

1994 record: 11-1. Coach: Wendy Samuels.

Top players: Jessa Phoebus, Jr., M; Lori Grant, Sr., D; Amanda Kelly, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Gators could find difficulty in continuing their traditional success with only three seniors. Jenn McCarty, who started last year for the junior varsity, will be in goal. Phoebus and Grant are the most experi

enced players and are very capable field leaders.

Pikesville Panthers

1994 record: 9-3. Coach: Jen MacLea.

Top players: Laura Green, Sr., D; Lauri Green, Sr., A; Melissa Sugars, Sr., D; Laurie Better, Sr., M; Lauren Kallens, Sr., A; Beth Cohen, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Panthers lost All-County defender Jaime Robins, but return Laura Green and Sugars on defense. The offense is very intelligent, patient and unselfish, and look to make a repeat appearance in the regional final, where it lost to eventual state champion Loch Raven last year.

Randallstown Rams

1994 record: 0-14. Coach: Kendra Young.

L Top players: Danielle Williams, Jr., G; Dana Tedder, Jr., M.

Outlook: Young, a former player at UMBC, continues to rebuild a struggling program. The Rams have only won two games in the last three seasons. The biggest problem for second-year coach Young is finding experience, as a majority of the Rams are still learning the game.

St. Paul's Gators

1994 record: 3-8. Coach: Sandy Hoody.

Top players: Tice Burke, Sr., A; Mills Hook, Soph., A; Nancy Sawyer, Sr., G; Danielle Brewster, Sr., D; Nikki Satyshur, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Gators return a solid nucleus on defense as well as a couple of powerful attackers in Burke and Hook. Although the rest of the attack was wiped out by graduation, Hoody expects the Gators to retain a strong balance all over the field. They face an uphill battle in the tough AIS A Division, but the Gators could pull an upset or two as they did last year when they beat Mount de Sales.

St. Timothy's

1994 record: 4-3. Coach: Janet Powers.

Top players: Meghan Jakovics, Jr., M; Paige Wunder, Sr., D; DTC Margaret Pilachowski, Jr., A; Erin Bowman, Soph., A.

Outlook: After losing nine seniors, Powers is rebuilding with a young group. Most of the strength returns on attack, which is a switch for the traditionally defensive-oriented AIS B Division team. Pilachowski and Bowman should do most of the scoring. (( Point Wunder is the only veteran back on defense where there also will be a new goalie, Rachel Goldstein.

Sparrows Point Pointers

1994 record: 1-11. Coach: Linda Gray.

Top players: Laura Machulis, Sr., M; Lisa Newman, Sr., D.

Outlook: The biggest problem for the Pointers is to find a replacement for first-team All-Baltimore County 1A-2A goalkeeper Roni Bienert. The Pointers are dominated by

underclassmen still trying to develop basic skills.

Towson Generals

1994 record: 9-3. Coach: Sue Beeler.

Top players: Julie Muth, Sr., D; Katie Barnes, Sr., D; Lindsay Carey, Jr., A; Kellyy Thomaas, Sr., A; Katie Venanzi, Sr., A; Sarah Lev, Fr., A; Molly Fair, Soph., A; Meg Stringer, Jr., M.

Outlook: Although they have lost leading scorer Kristen Carey, the Generals will win games with their attack as they try to stabilize their defense. They have a large youth movement with freshmen and sophomores, and most of their seniors are role players. A major change involves shifting Barnes from goal to a field position.

Towson Catholic Owls

1994 record: 1-8. Coach: Tom Blair.

Top players: Maria Cocoros, Sr., A; Josie Arrowsmith, Jr., A; Trisha Orndorff, Soph., M; Nicole Alfred, Jr., M; Kate Rust, Soph., G; LaPorsh Brown, Jr., M.

Outlook: In his first season, Blair is planning to put down the foundation for a program that can be competitive in a few years. With a young team, the Owls aren't ready to challenge the AIS B Division's top teams, but they are ready to improve. The Owls have good speed and balanced scoring.

Western Tech Cobras

1994 Record: No team. Coach: Jill Chambers.

Top players: Dana Beasley, Jr., A; Jamie Harris, Fresh., M; Erin Shutt, Fresh., M; Destiny Dowdy, Soph., D; Laura Smith, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Cobras are fielding their first varsity team and have only 14 players. The first week's practice has been devoted to passing and catching skills. Harris is the only player with lacrosse experience.

Woodlawn Warriors

1994 record: 6-8. Coach: Sally Maycock.

Top players: Breia Mason, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Warriors have a quick group of midfielders led by Mason. The Warriors, who lost 13-7 to Franklin in the 3A-4A South Region semifinals, have a good nucleus of sophomores

and juniors.

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