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LOCAL SPORTS : HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Teams at a glance

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Annapolis Panthers

1995 record: 11-4.

Coach: Dan Hart.

Top players: Tobin Poole, Sr., G; James Feddor, Sr., D; Kevin McAndrews, Jr., D; Justin Heatherington, Sr., D; Brian McKnew, Sr., M; Mike Zajicek, Sr., M; Mike Elton, Sr., M; Brandt Hager, Sr., M; John Brianas, Sr., A; Steve Brianas, So., A; Dan Marcellus, So., A; Craig Rentch, So., A; Tucker McEneely, Jr., A.

Outlook: Hart, who has gone 72-24 in seven years at Annapolis including 28-2 vs. public school competition over the past two seasons, expects his Panthers to be a "strong contender for the 3A-4A state championship." Annapolis, the '94 state champion, lost in the region final to eventual state champion Arundel, 9-7, last spring after defeating the Wildcats, 8-6, in the regular season. Hart is looking to blend a wealth of experience with a promising group of underclassmen. Poole is back for a fourth year in the cage and has gone 35-5 against state public schools in his career. Midfield stalwart McKnew, who Hart says "has an impeccable work ethic and dedication," and John Brianas, are two more four-year players. Brianas is joined on the attack by his younger brother Steve, one of three sophomores (Marcellus and Rentch) expected to get a lot of minutes. Hager, who made the Panthers as a freshman before moving to Hawaii, returned last fall and is a welcome addition to a deep midfield. "We've got good team speed and good athletes," says Hart. "Our slogan is New Year, new team, the same results."

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1995 record: 6-10. Coach: Jay Trainor.

Top players: John Edwards, Sr., G; Clayton Greene, Sr., M; Adrian Hinton, Jr., M; Doug Johnson, Jr., M; Kevin Angelos, Jr., A; Sean McGraw, Jr., A; Kevin Ludlam, Sr., D; Ryan Crutchfield, Sr., D.

Outlook: Inheriting a 1-13 team in his first season, Trainor, a former St. Mary's and Johns Hopkins player, led the Cavaliers to six victories in '95, but graduated 14 players from that team. The Cavaliers are off to a 1-1 start with a one-goal victory over Sts. Peter and Paul (Del.) and a loss to Mount St. Joe. "We lost five of our six attackmen," said Trainor, a computer scientist for the Department of Defense. "Our strength has to be our midfield." Greene, Hinton and Johnson return to the midfield and seniors Ludlam and Crutchfield return on defense with three-year starter Edwards in the goal. Trainor says Edwards, who is headed to UMBC, will be "one of the top keepers in the county and our conference." The Cavaliers play in the MIAA B Conference and Trainor's goal is to put them on the level of the top three teams in their league John Carroll, Friends and Park.

Arundel Wildcats

1995 record: 16-2. Coach: Clint Gosnell.

Top players: Jamie Doffermyre, Sr., M; Ron Sroka, Jr., M-A; Joe Parker, Jr., M; Ron Watkins, Jr., G; Ben Butcher, Sr., D; Adam Sayani, Sr., D; Adam Berlew, Sr., D.

Outlook: The talent appears to be there for an encore, but at the moment the confidence is not as the Wildcats attempt to repeat as 3A-4A state champions. All-County midfielder Mike Haertel, who scored six goals in the 12-11 overtime state championship victory over Mount Hebron last year, is now at Navy prep school in Newport, R.I. Haertel is one of 16 Wildcats who graduated, 14 of whom are playing college lacrosse. "We have more raw talent than last year, but we lack experience and confidence," said Gosnell, who starts his 20th season with nearly 200 career

victories. "Everybody wants to beat Arundel anyway, but being defending state champion gives them a little more incentive to beat us." Gosnell expects his veteran defensive unit of Butcher, Sayani and Berlew to carry the Wildcats while they build their confidence offensively. For now, the Wildcats don't have a Keith Sharp, an All-County attackman who scored 48 goals for the state champs. Watkins steps into the cage for graduated All-County goalkeeper Tom Newberry, who attends the Naval Academy and the former should profit from the veteran defense. "We won't sneak up on anybody this season," said Gosnell.

Broadneck Bruins

1995 record: 9-5. Coach

Clay White.

Top players: Gerry Case, Sr., A; Paul Marek, Sr., A; George McConochi, Sr., A; Erik Holt, Jr., A; Jeremy Eckman, Sr., A; Chris Martin, Sr., M; Peter Flickinger, Sr., M; David Schilling, Sr., M; Eric Shaw, Sr., M; Brian Lawton, Jr., M; Renardo Walker, Sr., D; John Svec, Jr., D; Jamie Powers, So., D; John King, Sr., D; Matt Coy, Sr., G.

Outlook: Here is the coaches' consensus "team to beat" in the public school league, a squad that has come of age. After winning two consecutive state titles in 1992 and 1993, the Bruins failed to qualify for the playoffs the past two seasons. With the open tournament, the Bruins are already in postseason with a senior-laden squad. "We have over 20 returning varsity players and we have as good a shot as anybody this year," said White, whose Bruins claimed victories over state champion Arundel, Annapolis and South River, a 1A-2A finalist last spring. White starts his 11th season at Broadneck with two solid midfields headed by superb face-off man Martin and the Case-led attack. Case scored 40 goals and had eight assists to earn All-County honors as a junior. Walker, a three-sport standout (also football and basketball), Svec and keeper Coy anchor the defense.

Chesapeake Cougars

1995 record: 5-7. Coach: Brien McMurray.

Top players: Kevin Necessary, Sr., D; Mike Cappe, Sr., G; Mike Smith, Sr., M; Rob Bookhamer, Jr., A; Eric Little, Jr., A; Phil Demske, Sr., D; Todd Redding, Sr., M.

Outlook: McMurray begins his second season as Cougars coach with hopes of posting the school's first winning season since 1989. Necessary, who has signed with the University of Maryland, is expected to lead the Cougars, who had a bad case of snakebite last year. "We lost four games by one goal and should be a lot better this year," said McMurray. The Cougars dropped one-goalers to four teams with at least nine wins each in C.M. Wright (8-7), South River (6-5, OT), Severna Park (4-3) and North County (6-5). McMurray likes this team's attitude and work ethic and expects an improved offense with Bookhamer and Kittle and goalie Cappe to be among the best in the county. "Our goal is to have a winning season and be competitive with the big teams in the playoffs," said the coach.

Glen Burnie Gophers

1995 record: 2-10. Coach: Hank Schorreck.

Top players: Jon Riley, Sr., M; Brendan Spilker, Sr., M; Mike King, Jr., M; Joe Schaffer, Jr., M; James Riley, So., A; Brad Bauer, Jr., A; Josh Mills, Sr., A; Bryant McKean, Sr., D; Tom Fout, Sr., D; Bobby Hall, So., Jason Fisher, Jr., D; Steve Eide, Jr., G.

Outlook: Schorreck has brought continuity to a program that has had a revolving door of coaches and six straight 1-11 seasons before he came aboard three years ago and won three games. The Gophers haven't had a winning season since the late 70's and Schorreck, a retired government worker who coached the Severn fresh-sophomore team for ten years, is determined to turn it around. "The main problem is we don't have a feeder program in our area and we get kids who are playing lacrosse for the first time," said Schorreck. "But we've built a staff that hopes to stay for a while and develop a positive attitude." The Gophers lack depth but hope their first midfield of Riley, Spilker and King will keep them competitive.

Meade Mustangs

1995 record: 5-7. Coach: Ross Stimely (acting).

Top players: Heath Barkley, Sr., A; Jamie Hitaffer, Sr., A; Darren Burrell, Sr., M; John Rosenblatt, Sr., M; Carlos Gonzalez, So., D; George Fewster, Sr., D; Nick Tackett, Jr., G.

Outlook: Stimely, a former Andover and Catonsville Community College player who was the Mustangs JV coach last year, is the acting coach. Due to a job change, John Putt stepped down after one season with Stimely elevated. Stimely expects the Mustangs to be competitive with the upper echelon by season's end because of Barkley and Hitaffer, and a group of good athletes. "Our strength is on the attack with the two returnees on the wings in Barkley and Hitaffer," said Stimely. "They have a real presence on the field." Stimely also has several players from the Mustangs' football playoff team including Fewster, an All-Metro center and winner of the Al Laramore Trophy as the county's top lineman. "George is playing lacrosse for the first time and I don't think I've ever seen somebody pick up the game so fast," said the coach. Meade is expected to be one of the county's most physical teams because in the words of Stimely, "They've got that football mentality."

North County Knights

1995 record: 10-4. Coach: Paul Shea.

Top players: Jason Stiegler, Sr., G; Ryan Ross, Sr., M; Chris Mangum, Jr., M; Aron Walenga, Sr., M; Bobby Lincoln, Jr., A; Brian Balonis, Sr., A; Joe Mocarsky, Jr., A; Kevin Bloomquist, Sr., D; Andrew Walenga, So., D.

Outlook: Shea is starting his sixth season at North County and 19th overall (13 at Andover) in the county with what he says is "the type of team that needs a lot of repetition but hasn't been able to get it because of the bad weather." The Knights lost to Annapolis in the 3A-4A playoffs last year and lost a few key players, including all three starting defensemen, to graduation, leaving them thin overall. "We have to expect a slow start, but this group has unlimited potential and once they get a lot of time together, they should do well," said Shea. Stiegler is a three-year starter in the cage and Ross, who will attend NAPS, anchors a capable midfield that includes Air Force Academy-bound Walenga and Mangum. The defensive play and leadership of senior Bloomquist will be crucial to success.

Northeast Eagles

1995 record: 2-12. Coach: Carl Doneski.

Top players: Kevin Doucet, Sr., D; Keith Mursch, Sr., G; Tom Collins, Jr., M; Eddie Murdock, So., M; Jeff Willis, Sr., M; Lee Erisman, Jr., A.

Outlook: Doneski returned to his alma mater, where he played in the late 70s, to succeed Kevin Buckley last season. Buckley was the Eagles' coach for 14 seasons and had a lot of success for one of the county's small schools. Doneski hopes to return the program to winning ways and is counting on blue-chipper Doucet to show the way. Doucet, who is a possible Academic All-American and being recruited by Loyola College, is a three-year starter. "Kevin is a complete player, plays all 40 minutes, can face off, play defense and can score," said %J Doneski. "He plays close defense, but we have some rides and clears where we sneak him down to score." Doneski is excited about his team's speed, balance and quantity with 26 varsity players, which is a lot for the 2A school. Junior Erisman "has one of the hardest shots I've seen in a while," according to the coach.

Old Mill Patriots

1995 record: 3-11. Coach: Fran Duffy.

Top players: Francis, Sr., M; Justin Thomas, Sr., D; Devin Fitzpatrick, Sr., M; Brian Roche, Sr., A; Chris Francis, Jr., D.

Outlook: With only six returning players who either started or got a lot of time on the field a year ago, the Patriots are in a rebuilding mode. Sean Francis, Thomas, Fitzpatrick and Roche are the only seniors on a junior-dominated team. "There are no individuals, it's going to be a team effort, and after making some mistakes last year as a first-year coach, I intend to have zero tolerance this year," said Duffy, who coached four seasons 10 years ago at Towson Catholic. Duffy says he has "no top players," but just a group working together. The coach did say he "definitely" expects to improve and the Patriots will be stronger in the midfield.

Severna Park Falcons

1995 record: 9-4. Coach

Greg Manley.

Top players: nett, So., M; Darrin McAllister, So., M; Andy Mueller, Jr., D; Ryan Miller, So., A; Chad Roberts, Sr., G; Pat Tewes, Jr., G.

Outlook: Manley lost a lot to graduation, including All-County and All-Metro midfielder Mark Frye, who scored 25 goals and 15 assists last spring. "We lost practically our whole team," said the second-year coach, a former Loyola College All-American midfielder and assistant coach. The Falcons don't yet have a face-off man and a go-to guy and while they gain experience they will have to rely on their two goalies, Roberts and Tewes, who will split time in the cage. Mueller, a St. Mary's transfer along with Miller, is looking to attend Princeton in two years and Manley predicts the junior will be one of the best in the county at his position.

Severn School Admirals

1995 record: 6-8. Coach: Charley Toomey.

Top players: Josh Simms, Sr., M; Peter Janney, Sr., A; Willis Wu, Sr., G; Kevin Schelenski, Sr., D; Mike Greer, Sr., D; Joe Gargaliano, Jr., M; Randy Newman, So., M; John Neely, Jr., A; Sean Songer, Jr., D.

Outlook: Toomey brings a seasoned coaching background and a positive attitude to a once-lofty program. Toomey, who was coach at NAPS before spending the past two years as a Navy varsity assistant, replaces Mike Burnett. Severn has not had a winning season in three years and the Admiral JV hasn't won a game in two years, but Toomey intends to change all that. "I expect good things and we have high hopes of having a successful season," said Toomey, an Annapolis native who played at Spalding, Boys' Latin and Loyola College. Good reasons for his optimism are the likes of Simms, Janney, Wu, Schelenski, Greer and Gargagliano, a Broadneck transfer. It's a group of seniors plus the junior Gargagliano who should be the heart and soul of the team in its quest to win in the fast MIAA A Conference. Severn carried only 17 varsity players last year, but has 26 on this year's roster. "We did away with the fresh-soph team for a couple years and are running a varsity and JV while we build a winning attitude," said Toomey.

Southern Bulldogs

1995 record: 5-7. Coach: Ray Bowen.

Top players: Bobby Procopio, Sr., M; Adam Leitch, Jr., A; Brian Kilpatrick, Jr., G; Nick Wolf, Sr., A; Adam Pumphrey, Jr., A; Mike Price, Jr., D.

Outlook: Southern has more depth 20 varsity players than at any time in the four years Bowen has been coach. "We're very young, but very talented," said Bowen. "We hope to be old by the playoffs." Other than depth, Bowen said his team's strength is attack where he has three returnees in Wolf, Leitch and Pumphrey, and Procopio leading the midfield. "Bobby Procopio is among the top five midfielders in the county and is our leader," said Bowen. Goalkeeper Kilpatrick also should be a strength as the Bulldogs trek through the county 4A teams on the way to the 1A-2A playoffs where they hope to make an impact this season.

South River Seahawks

1995 record: 11-7. Coach: Greg Carroll.

Top players: Matt Haines, Sr., A; Dan Johnson, Jr., A; Steve Fisher, So., A; Brian Fisher, Sr., M; Dan Summey, So., M; Seann Hogan, Jr., M; Adam Ward, Sr., D; Ken Adams, Jr., D; John Higdon, So., G.

Outlook: It's pretty much the same old story in Edgewater that it has been for most of the 20 years Carroll has been coach the Seahawks will make gradual progress and be there at the end. "We're in pretty much the same position we usually are at this time of the year, with the same problems," said Carroll who led his Hawks through the county schedule playing mostly 4A and 3A schools before advancing to the 1A-2A final, where they dropped a 12-5 decision to North Harford. Carroll, who was the county Coach of the Year in '95, said his offense needs to work together and his defense needs experience. The first attack of Haines, Johnson and Steve Fisher ranges from senior to sophomore, and Ward is the only experienced defenseman. Adams is moving from midfield to defense and Higdon got some playing time in the cage as a freshman. "This team has potential and they're exhibiting a good attitude," said Carroll.

St. Mary's Saints

1995 record: 10-5. Coach: Jim Moorhead.

Top players: Jon Cline, Sr., D; Zach Burke, Sr., D; Josh Rudder, Sr., D; Brian Kingsbury, Jr., D; Jon Horrigan, Sr., G; Dan Marohl, Sr., A; Jamison Mullen, Jr., A; Josh White, Jr., A; Chris Criswell, Sr., M; Brian and Marcus LaChapelle, Sr., M; Jim Hardesty, Jr., M; Ryan Metzbower, So., M; Gray Pfarr, Sr., M; Will Gibbs, Sr., M.

Outlook: Clearly the class of Anne Arundel County lacrosse, the Saints have the potential to become the class of the highly competitive MIAA A Conference this season. That's if their defense can cover for any lack of firepower on offense with the graduation of 80 percent of their scoring in Dan Collins and Justin Bowman. "We lost a lot of offense, but our defense should be pretty tough with five of the six (first two units) seniors and Kingsbury the only junior," said Moorhead, recently inducted into the school's Hall of Fame after starring as a Saints midfielder and going on to become an All-American at Johns Hopkins. Moorhead, who has led his alma mater to a 177-67 (.725) mark in 16 seasons, boasts a physical first defense that averages 215 pounds, with Cline, Burke and football middle linebacker Rudder. "The key is definitely going to be team defense for us because we don't have any big dodgers on offense," said Moorhead. Marohl, second-team All-County last year with 20 goals, teams up with Mullen and White, two guys who flip-flopped last year on the attack. Criswell and the LaChapelle twins, who are headed to Maryland, give the Saints a solid first midfield with a lot of depth in the ranks. "Gilman is defending champ and the team to beat," said Moorhead, whose Saints visit the Greyhounds Tuesday in Baltimore.

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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