LOCAL SPORTS : HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE PREVIEW

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Boys' Latin Lakers

1995 record: 16-2. Coach:

Bob Shriver.

Top players: el, Sr., D; David Rose, Sr., D; Aaron Vercollone, Jr., M; Ryan Mollett, Jr., M; Pat Radebaugh, Jr., M; Chris Lamonia, Sr., M; Ian Shure, Jr., A; Greg Patchak, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Lakers graduated 18 players, including four members of the school's all-time top 10 scoring list. Chris Turner, John Fuller, Brad Gilroy and J.D. Radebaugh have all graduated but don't start feeling sorry for Boys' Latin just yet. The Lakers' close-defense is intact with Fitez, Glatzel and Rose back and, as always, BL has plenty of people who can dent the nets.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1995 record: 10-6. Coach

Brian Kelly.

Top players: fer, Sr. D; Corey Comen, Sr., M; Tom Tamberrino, Jr., M; Adam Borcz, Jr., M; Jerry Schiavino, Sr., A; Bernie Norton, Jr., A; Nick Piraino, Jr., A; Bob Carr, Sr., A; Nick Lockwood, Jr., M.

Outlook: Kelly, a 1987 graduate of Calvert Hall, is looking to return the Cardinals lacrosse program to former heights. "We're not mentioned in the same breath as other schools like Gilman, Loyola and Boys' Latin and our kids take that personally," said Kelly.

Carver A&T; Wildcats

1995 record: 3-7. Coach: Dave Wrzesinski.

Top players: Luke DeAtely, Sr., D; Gil Wilt, Jr., M; Joe Brooks, Sr., A; Josh Brooks, Sr., M; Omar Ali, So., G; John Krol, Jr., A.

Outlook: Like the rest of the teams in the county's third division, the Wildcats are inexperienced and simply looking to improve on last year's mark.

Catonsville Comets

1995 record: 11-3. Coach: Warren Como.

Top players: Kevin Gemmell, Sr., A; Ryan Davis, Jr., M; Jack Rose, Sr., D; Sean Bailey, So., D; Jessie Quimby, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Comets, who made it to the state semifinals last season before losing to eventual state champ North Harford, have the numbers but lack the experience, especially at midfield where nine of their 11 athletes are underclassmen. "We hope to get better each week," said Como, who has placed the scoring burden on Gemmell, Davis and Quimby.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995 record: 4-8. Coach: Bob Petry.

Top players: Will Smith, Sr., M; Trent Cougle, Jr., M; Kevin Nida, Jr., M; Jason Simmons, Sr., D; Pat Mellucchi, Fr., G.

Outlook: The Bayhawks first-year coach said he is prepared for a long season. Of the 15 players on its squad, Chesapeake has only two seniors and four players with any lacrosse experience. "We're a start-up team with a start-up coach," said Petry.

Dulaney Lions

1995 record: 12-2. Coach

Gary Schrieber.

Top players: Joe High, Sr., A; Bill Kauffman, Jr., A; Greg Bardzik, Jr., M; Justin Landman, Sr., D; Carson Yoder, Jr., D; Jeff Brooks, Sr., G; Geoff Champney, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Lions, who made it to the state semifinals last season before losing to Arundel, are loaded this season and appear poised to return to the state playoffs. "At Dulaney," says Schrieber, "we're always gearing toward a state championship and I think we have the personnel this year."

Dundalk Owls

1995 record: 8-3. Coach: Brian Tallon.

Top players: Travis Williams, Jr., M; T. J. Sroka, Jr., A; Victor Slater, Sr., D; Dominic Perez, Sr., D; Chris Caruso, Fr., A.

Outlook: The Owls lack depth but Williams and Sroka in the midfield should help them remain competitive. Dundalk graduated five players, including three starters from last year's team that lost to Dulaney in the first round of the playoffs.

@Eastern Tech Mustangs

1995 record: 7-5. Coach: Chad Roeder.

Top players: Doug Johnson, Jr., A; Marc Phillips, Jr., A; Chris Mitchem, Sr., D; Jason Roberts, Jr. D; Tim Cooper, Sr., G.

Outlook: With Cooper back in goal and Johnson and Phillips back at attack the Mustangs expect to match or improve on last year's record.

Franklin Indians

1995 record: 4-6. Coach: Earl Deickman.

Top players: Chris Chaney, Sr., A; Ian Friedman, Sr., D; Brian Brittingham, Sr., M; Blake Kellner, Jr., M.

Outlook: Deickman has 17 players on his team but no one with any goalkeeping experience. Chaney and Brittingham can score and they will have to until someone steps forward and proves he can mind the net.

Hereford Bulls

1995 record: 9-4. Coach: Whit Morrill.

Top players: Dave Lock, Sr., M; Brian Cox, Sr., A; Jeff Griest, Sr., D; Devin Hoeckel, Sr., D; Curtis Gilbert, Jr., D; Eric Hester, Jr., D; Bob Rinehimer, Jr., A; Tim Mascari, So., G.

Outlook: The Bulls have finished 9-4 the past three seasons, but they may be hard-pressed to repeat that mark this year while competing in the county's strongest division. For it to happen, Hereford is going to need strong performances from Rinehimer (10, 16) and Cox (18, five).

Kenwood Bluebirds

1995 record: 3-7. Coach: Russell LeBlanc.

Top players: Jamie Fraley, Jr., A; Will Miller, Sr., M; Matt Hauf, Sr., M; Rick Miller, Sr. M; Scott Coppinger, Sr., D; Matt Horton, Sr., D; Jason Shellenberger, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Bluebirds have a lot of seniors but a lack of game experience has LeBlanc hoping for nothing more than a winning record.

Lansdowne Vikings

1995 record: 8-3. Coach: Jason Rubin.

Top players: Ryland Spicer, Sr., D; Allen Bosley Sr., G; Val Schaefer, Jr., D; Jake Smith, Jr., M; Chris Rush, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Vikings graduated eight of 10 starters from last year's team that earned a region playoff berth. Lansdowne lost its entire attack and first midfield unit and will rely on its defense, anchored by second-team All-County selection Spicer.

Loch Raven Raiders

1995 record: 9-4. Coach: Charles Weitz.

Top players: Jeremy Bley, Sr., M; Scott Chalkley, Sr., M; Michael Huck, Sr., G; Ron Dejulius, Jr., M; Josh Phillips, Jr., D; Joe Lancelotta, Jr., D.

Outlook: Graduation, injuries and some unexpected departures could add up to a long season for the Raiders, who are relegated to Baltimore County's most competitive division. "We're not going to do well this year," said Weitz.

Loyola Dons

1995 record: 12-3. Coach: Joe McFadden.

Top players: Todd Maher, Sr., D; Pat Miller, Jr., D; Bill Bollinger, Sr., M; Pat McGinnis, Jr. G; Dave Cummings, Sr., M; Chris Purpura, Sr., M; Chris Malone, Jr. M; Arthur Price, Sr., M; Colin Dougherty, Sr., A; Seth Meiler, Sr., A; Alex Gibson, Sr., A; Pat McGinnis, Jr., G; Pat Jackson, So., M.

Outlook: McFadden is relying on his defense to hold his team together this season. The Dons, who lost to Gilman, 7-6, in last year's A Conference semifinals, were hit hard by graduation, but they picked up several talented players from last year's undefeated JV team. Scott Diggs (Duke), Brian Zeller (Maryland) and Tim Hahn (Brown) are gone, leaving Cummings as the lone returning starter at midfield. Maher, an All-Metro selection last season, will anchor the Dons' defense.

McDonogh Eagles

1995 record: 11-9. Coach: Jake Reed.

Top players: Art Chen, Sr., G; Tim Cober, Sr., D; Andy Hood, Sr., M; Paul Webb, Sr., D; Rick Cober, Jr., M; Marcus Webb, Jr., M; Greg Adams, Jr. A; Mike Meyer, Sr., M; Chris Bowman, So., D; James Disney, So., M.

Outlook: The Eagles lost their top three scorers from last year but Reed isn't panicking. "We're better than we've ever been since I've been here," said Reed. "We're deeper, more athletic and have better stick work than we have had in a few years."

Milford Mill Millers

1995 record: 2-9. Coach

Bob Greene.

Top players: Sean Galloway, Jr., M; Antrell Wilkins, Jr., G; Reggie Ray, Sr., M; Brandan Scarborough, Sr., M-A.

Outlook: If nothing else, the Millers will be a physical team this season. "My guys are aggressive and they love to hit," said Greene. "With our bone-crush defense and in the division we're in now [the weakest], we should win a lot of games."

Overlea Falcons

1995 record: 5-6. Coach: Tom Gere.

Top players: Matt Davis, Jr., A; Nathanial Poloma, Sr., M; Jeremy Gordon, Jr., G; Jason Dayberry, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Falcons could be in for a rough start as they open with games against Dulaney, Towson and Pikesville. Overlea has several players who have never played the game before. One that has played is Davis, the Falcons' leading scorer last season.

Owings Mills Eagles

1995 record: 3-8. Coach: Sal Picataggi.

Top players: Homer Brown, Sr., M; Anthony Smith, Jr., G; Andre Burton, Sr., D; Brett Hughes, Jr., M; Matt Lichtenberg, Jr., M; Barry Steinberg, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles return five starters, including Brown, their leading scorer last year with seven goals and 10 assists. "We've made a 180-degree turn from last year," said Picataggi.

Park Bruins

1995 record: 9-5. Coach: Lucky Malonee.

Top players: Thibault Manekin, Sr., M; Justan Goldstein, Sr., D; Derek Hickok, Sr., M; Devin Mack, Sr., G; Zach Chaiken, Jr., A.

Outlook: Park lost 10 seniors from last year's squad that lost to Friends, 9-5, in the MIAA B Conference semifinals. For the Bruins to be successful and challenge John Carroll and Friends Manekin and Goldstein must step up.

Parkville Knights

1995 record: 6-5. Coach: Phil Donlin.

Top players: Jim Butcher, Sr., M; Steve Francis, Sr., M; Jake Ermer, Jr., M; Craig Lark, Sr., A; Don Startt, Sr., A; Brant Watts, Sr., D; Tom Schisler, Jr., A; Richard Hinal, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Knights return six starters from a team that narrowly missed qualifying for the playoffs last season. Lark leads a seasoned group of attackers and Butcher and Francis should help keep Parkville competitive in the county's middle-strength division.

Patapsco Patriots

1995 record: 2-9. Coach: Sean Bowmaster.

Top players: Keith Brooks, Sr., M; Dave Dillard, Jr., G; Brendan McCartney, Sr., A; Joe Cox, Sr., D; Chris Thomas, Jr., D; Jason Tyler, Jr., A; Mike Mossmiller, Jr. M.

Outlook: Patapsco had its largest turnout in four years but Bowmaster is still waiting for a finisher to step forward. Brooks, McCartney and Mossmiller have shown promise on offense and the Patriots' defense should improve under the direction of assistant coach Bill Halagarda.

Perry Hall Gators

1995 record: 10-2. Coach: Bill Dunkerton Sr.

Top players: Mike Melka, Sr., M; Ben Schulz, Sr., A; Sean O'Meara, Sr., A; Brad Glass, Sr., M; Brian Schenkemeyer, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Gators return a good nucleus of players but their defense took a hit when All-Metro selection Ryan Pancake moved his act to Drexel. Back for Perry Hall are three capable scorers in Melka, Schulz and O'Meara.

Pikesville Panthers

1995 record: 7-5. Coach: Tano Arrogancia.

Top players: Sam Altman, Sr., A-M; Dave Gracey, Sr., A; Jeff Resch, Sr., A; Andy Homan, Sr., M; Dan Shavitz Jr. G.

Outlook: Arrogancia said he believes he has the best attack in the county among the public schools. Pikesville returns its top scorers in Altman (35, 40) and Gracey (29, 27).

Randallstown Rams

1995 record: 0-10. Coach: Jeff Tessier.

Top players: Kevin Francis, Jr., M; Parnell Tucker, Jr., M; Maurice Evans, Jr., A; Bill Klippinger, Sr., D.

Outlook: The realignment of the divisions should make life a little easier for the Rams. At least that is what Tessier is counting on. "Hopefully, each team will have a few wins," he said. "We still have a lot of kids who have never played before."

Sparrows Point Pointers

1995 record: 3-9. Coach: Sandy Runyan.

Top players: Ron Dawson, Sr. G; Josh Foulke, Sr., D; Eric Lingenfelder, So., M; Mike Michalski, Jr., M; George Kessel, Jr., M.

Outlook: With nine seniors back, the Pointers are more experienced than they've been recently. However, with no JV team or feeder program to speak of, Sparrows Point will have to rely on players with little to no experience in the sport.

St. Paul's Crusaders

1995 record: 8-8. Coach: Rick Brocato.

Top players: Chris Berrier, Sr., M; Harris Thompson, Sr., M; Tommy Halford, Jr., M; Michael Kernan, Jr., M; David deVilliers, Sr., M; Alex Poole, Soph., M; Michael Satyschur, Soph., M; Chris Kakel, Sr., A; David Rauch, Sr., A; Buggs Combs, Sr., A; Rich Yost, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Crusaders have 24 players (20 seniors) back from last season, including Princeton-bound Berrier, the team's top midfielder and faceoff specialist. St. Paul's was 7-1 before Berrier broke his foot midway through last season and they finished 8-8. Kaekel, who will attend Duke next year, returns at attack and Yost is back in the net for the Crusaders.

Towson Generals

1995 record: 12-1. Coach: Randy Dase.

Top players: Chris Kadan, Sr., D; Chris Brown, Sr., A; Eddie Dover, Sr., A; Randy Bowers, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Generals graduated their top two midfielders and their goalie, but return one of the area's premier defenseman in Kadan. "Usually we just reload, but this year we're undergoing massive reconstruction," said Dase. "We have a fairly established defense but the biggest mystery will be the offense and whether they can dent the nets this year."

Towson Catholic Owls

1995 record: No team. Coach: Bob Wright.

Top players: Khary Richburg, Sr. A; Nick Jones, So., A; James Dickey, Sr., M; Ryan Cox, Fr., M; D. J. Simon, Sr., G.

Outlook: Wright realizes that his Owls may take thier lumps during their inaugural season but he's looking forward to it nevertheless. "It's going to be baptism by fire when we meet John Carroll in the first [MIAA B Conference] league game," said Wright.

Western Tech Wolverines

1995 record: No team. Coach: Michael Rozalski.

Top players: Ian Anderson, Jr., M; Jon Gasdick, Jr., M; Andy Levin, Jr., D; Greg Marchand, G.

Outlook: With no seniors and not much depth, the Wolverines have set modest goals this season. "We're just hoping to stay close in games and maybe pull off a couple of upsets," said

Rozalski.

Woodlawn Warriors

1995 record: 1-9. Coach: Donnie Brown.

Top players: James Jones, Jr., A; Davon Scott, Sr., M; Chaz Rollins, Fr., A.

Outlook: and "a bunch" of inexperienced sophomores so Brown is again stressing fundamentals and trying to keep the game fun. The Warriors have 25 players, more than double what they had last year.

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Preseason top 15

1. St. Mary's

2. St. Paul's

3. Gilman

4. Boys' Latin

5. Loyola

6. Severn

7. Broadneck

8. Annapolis

9. Dulaney

10. McDonogh

11. Calvert Hall

12. Arundel

13. Mount Hebron

14. Catonsville

15. John Carroll

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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