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Carver A & T Wildcats

1995 record: 1-9.

Coach: Betsy Betaque.

Top players: Heather Ng, So., A; Rachel Oram, So., M; Rachall Tamer, So., D; Sherri Chambers, Jr., D; Morgan Hewitt, So., A; Mary Wachter, So., A.

Outlook: In only their second year for girls lacrosse, the Wildcats remain inexperienced. A handful of players did not return and half of the 18 girls on the roster have never played before. Speedy Ng is the key to transition and also can score. Playing in Baltimore County's Division II, the Wildcats should be able to total more than last season's two goals.

Catonsville Comets

1995 record: 9-3.

Coach: Kim McNemar.

Top players: Meghann Mohler, Sr., M; Jamie Funk, Sr., M; Jen Ice, Sr., A; Kelly Fetter, Sr., D, Emily Henderson, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Comets hope to make their move but it may be tough playing in the county's tough Division I. McNemar lost two key defenders and will staff the back with mostly juniors. The Comets also have a new goalie, sophomore Marci Brewer. On attack, the Comets return high scoring Mohler (53 goals, 35 assists). Still, the Comets have speed and skill all around and this group knows what it's like to win since most of them were on the team that won the county JV title two years ago.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995 record: 3-6.

Coach: Joyce Kerr.

Top players: Keri Hopkins, Sr., D; Laura Caldwell, Sr., A; Nicole Ikena, Sr., M; Kim Warnick, Sr., D; Nicole Mryncza, So., A.

Outlook: The Bayhawks have a lot of seniors, but they remain relatively inexperienced since they have no JV feeder. Kerr didn't have to cut anyone since only 16 girls came out for the team. Still, some of the seniors have been around a while and since they are spread out, they should make the Bayhawks a bit better. Playing in Division II, they stand a better chance at improving their record.

Dulaney Lions

1995 record: 14-2.

Coach: Coach: (Light) Anita Crotty.

Top players: Tricia Dabrowski, So., G; Nicole Wittlesberger, Jr., A; Kelly Berzins, Sr., M; Dawn Will, Sr., A; Jaime Hershner, Jr., D; Clary Creighton, Jr., M; Camille Fesche, So., A.

Outlook: The Lions' only losses last season were 9-8 to Loch Raven in the Baltimore County championship and 10-6 to C. Milton Wright in the state Class 3A-4A semifinals. With a strong returning contingent and some talented newcomers, the Lions hope to avenge both of those defeats. The defense looks strong especially with second-team All-Metro pick Dabrowski back in the goal. On attack, Crotty said she has more talent than last year, but it may take a while to pull it all together since few of the starters have played together. Will led the Lions with 46 goals last year, and Wittlesberger, a transfer from McDonogh, also should be a prime contributor. The Lions have a chance to make a big move early since they play host to Loch Raven Thursday in a county Division I showdown.

Dundalk Owls

1995 record: 2-8.

Coach: Coach: (Light) Mike Vetri.

Top players: Kim Rodriquez, Sr., G; Kylene Layton, Jr., M.

Outlook: Vetri takes over a squad with only five seniors on a 25-girl roster. Still, the Owls return 22 from varsity or JV, which Vetri coached to a .500 season, so they have some experience. The key to contending in Division II will be teamwork, especially on defense where some new players have to step in.

Franklin Indians

1995 record: 10-3.

Coach: Dee Mullineaux.

Top players: Darla Burns, Sr., M; Nancy Cha, Sr., M; Heidi Shaneybrook, Sr., M; Katie Landis, Jr., A; Amy Whitcomb, Sr., G; Katie Lee, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Indians return nine seniors, so there is plenty of experience and leadership. Mullineaux is switching some players' positions to be more competitive in Division I. She wants see fewer risky passes and more double-teaming. The Indians should be strongest in the midfield where they have speed and a fluid transition.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1995 record: 10-4.

Coach: Coach: (Light) Micul Ann Morse.

Top players: Jacque Weitzel, Sr., A; Lauren Klein, Sr., M; Tricia Ward, Sr., A; Maggie Shoemaker, Sr., D; Chrissy Cooper, Sr., G.

Outlook: An All-Metro selection, Weitzel (30 G, 20 A) gives the Grizzlies a great cornerstone. Named the top schoolgirl player at the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association's national tournament last spring, she also helped the U.S. team to a second-place finish in last summer's Under-19 World Championships. And she's just the beginning of the Grizzlies' experience. So many players return that the Grizzlies seem certain to contend for the A Division title. They were the only team to beat Roland Park last year although they fell to the Reds in the tournament semifinals. With a powerful, balanced attack, the Grizzlies will work to smooth out the defense, which has a strong anchor in veteran Cooper.

Hereford Bulls

1995 record: 9-3.

Coach: Nancy Love.

Top players: Kelly Swift, Sr., A; Adrienne Allen, Sr., Portia Gotwalt, Jr., A; Brooke Lang, Jr., A; Kris Meyer, Sr., D; Danielle Lauer, Jr., A; Laurin Troup, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Bulls lost seven players, but return enough talent to claim better depth. Attack should be the strength with plenty of skill and experience. Defensively, the Bulls need to rebuild especially with goalie Jen White moving up from JV. Playing in Division I, the Bulls may have a hard time equaling last year's record, but they should be competitive.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1995 record: 5-6.

Coach: Peg Buckmaster.

Top players: Kelly Shearer, Sr., M; Nicole Cover, Sr., M; Michele Hunt, Sr., M; Erin Manear, Sr., D; Kate Sapp, Jr., D; Amanda Schreyer, Sr., A.

Outlook: Buckmaster takes over after a season as assistant coach and brings back a quick, skilled midfield anchored by Shearer and Cover. The Bluebirds have plenty of scoring potential, but they need to tighten up the defense. Buckmaster and the Bluebirds face a tough challenge playing in Division I.

Lansdowne Vikings

1995 record: 5-4.

Coach: Kelly Terry.

Top players: Michelle Currie, Sr., A; Colleen Kelly, Sr., D; Erin Sterner, Sr., D; Tina Harris, Sr., A; Melissa Drinnon, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Vikings went over .500 after finishing 1-9 in 1994. Now, they hope to post an even better record, and they should in Division II. The defense appears particularly strong with Kelly and Sterner back while the scoring should be balanced and the midfield quick.

Loch Raven Raiders

1995 record: 16-0.

Coach: Wendy Galinn.

Top players: Nicole Froman, Jr., M; Bridget Harthausen, Sr., M; Sharon Huesman, Sr., D; Christa Verleger, Sr., D; Courtney Martinez, Sr., A.

Outlook: Galinn faces the most challenging rebuilding job in her nine years at the helm of Baltimore County's most successful program. Eight starters graduated from the county and state Class 1A-2A champs, including All-Metro picks Robyn Harry and Anne Heine. This team is talented but so young that three freshmen may start. They also have a new goalie in Jebry Simon, last year's backup. The county's switch to leagues based on strength could not have come at a worse time for Galinn, but the Raiders still aim to win both the county and the state titles. The Raiders, riding a 32-game winning streak and eight straight county championships, should contend for both titles, but time may not be on their side. They face probably their toughest county competition, Dulaney, on Thursday.

Maryvale Lions

1995 record: 9-2-1.

Coach: Jeff Gray.

Top players: Candice Cummings, Sr., M; Erin Brooks, Sr., D; Jenny Gray, Jr., M; Katie Lafferty, Jr. M; Nikki Zappacosta, Jr., A; Kira Hammond, Sr., D.

Outlook: The AIS A Division Lions return a lot of experience all over the field but lost most of their scoring when Meghan Doyle and Meghan McLaughlin graduated. New coach Gray has high hopes for a balanced attack that includes a veteran midfield as well as returning line attackers Maggie Litz and Maura Doyle. Defensively, the Lions will have to tighten up with an untested keeper.

McDonogh Eagles

1995 record: 3-9.

Coach: Karen Janiga.

Top players: Megan O'Neill, Sr., G; Jonnie Russell, Sr., A; Catherine Ampagoomian, Sr., M; Janine Mok, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles have had a couple of rocky seasons and Janiga has high hopes for finally improving their record in the AIS A Division. A key to that is the return of O'Neill, who missed last season with a broken thumb. The Eagles have a strong attack and some speed in the midfield, but they have a young defense including all new starters on line defense.

Mount de Sales Sailors

1995 record: 17-1.

Coach: Mary Gagnon.

Top players: Christy Buck, Sr., A; Katie O'Connell, Jr., M; Laurie Ward, Jr., M; Chandler Vicchio, So., G; Katie Cardoni, Jr., D; Nicole Hartnagel, Jr., A; Jamie Wissmann, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Sailors graduated a host of talent including All-Metro Player of the Year Lisa Banbury, so this could be an interesting season for a team that suffered its only loss to Roland Park in the AIS A Division tournament final. There's still plenty of talent on the roster to keep the Sailors in contention especially Buck, one of the league's top attackers. With speed, skill and fexibility, the Sailors have a lot of versatility. New coach Gagnon is working to tighten up the defense, where the team is young.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1995 record: 8-3-1.

Coach: Mary Bartel.

Top players: Sheehan Stanwick, Jr., A; Lacy Aumiller, Jr., A; Lacy Pica, Jr., M; Stephanie Petterson, Sr., M; Maggy Kilroy, Sr., M; Kate Chasney, So., M.

Outlook: The Pirates have few seniors in the lineup, but don't mistake that for a lack of experience. These youngsters could carry NDP to the AIS A Division title game for the second time in three years. On attack and in the midfield, the Pirates look solid with the veterans as well as a couple of freshmen younger sisters, Lauren Aumiller and Wick Stanwick. There's a little work to do in the goal and on the line defense, where sophomore Kelly Boyle is the top returnee.

Oldfields

1995 record: 5-4.

Coach: Julie Johnstone.

Top players: Top players: (Light) Annie Finney, Jr., A; Holly Perzynski, Jr., M; Julia Carroll, Jr., D; Austi Vimmerstadt, Sr., M; Casey Latrobe, Jr., A; Christi Andrews, So., D.

Outlook: This team has a lot of strength in a balanced starting lineup and should get a boost from a host of players who took Oldfields to the B Division field hockey championship. Finney is one of the league's top attack players and Oldfields has a terrific transition game. The big problem is depth.

Overlea Falcons

1995 record: 6-5.

Coach: Lynda Slyder.

Top players: Joy Davis, Sr., G; Katrina Austin, Sr., G; Nasrin Letterman, Jr., D; Kim Creighton, Jr., D; Heather Knapp, Sr., A; Jessica Stumpfel, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Falcons lost several key players, so they will need a more balanced approach especially when it comes to scoring. Defensively, they didn't lose as much, but Slyder said the Falcons need to play better defense all over the field. The Falcons should be solid in the cage since both Davis and Austin have experience. Most of the opposition view the Falcons as the team to beat in s Division II.

Owings Mills Eagles

1995 record: 5-7.

Coach: Michelle Fitzsimmons.

Top players: Cindy Kim, Sr., M; Carly Sosslau, Jr., M; Lauren Lewkowicz, Sr., A; Michelle Dube, Jr., D; Courtney Yurow, Jr., D; Shannon Yosta, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles field the most experienced team in school history this season. Fitzsimmons, who coached the JV last year, has high hopes for the Eagles in Division II. With good speed and scoring potential, the Eagles should be among the division's top teams.

Park Bruins

1995 record: 11-4.

Coach: Allison Ferguson.

Top players: Allison Brown, Jr., G; Rebecca Shapiro, So., M; Jamie Mash, Jr., A; Aparna Wilder, So., M; Anya Salkowski-Bartlett, Jr., M; Jen Cooke, Jr., D.

Outlook: The two-time defending AIS B Division champs graduated nine seniors and lost promising sophomore Kim Smith to Bryn Mawr, so they are rebuilding. Few players return with much varsity experience although Brown is one of the league's top keepers. The Bruins face a tough challenge in the race for a third title.

Parkville Knights

1995 record: 8-4.

Coach: Nancy Gross.

Top players: Jenn Mezzadre, Jr., M; Jen Kraft, Sr., A; Kearstin Snyder, Sr., D; Tara Tutt, Sr., M.

Outlook: With half a team of underclassmen, the Knights face a tough road in Division I. The Knights are young and don't have great depth. Almost all of the line attack and line defense is new along with keeper Amanda Karbowniczek. However, Gross said the players are coachable and should improve a lot.

Patapsco Patriots

1995 record: 3-8.

Coach: Lori Sauer.

Top players: Jen Stephenson, Sr., A; Andrea Shinsky, Sr., A; Mary Barnes, Sr., A; Amy Kearney, Sr., D; Lisa Weber, Jr., D; April Rodgers, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Patriots bring back an experienced squad after losing only two to graduation. Defense should be their strength, but there is plenty of scoring potential, too, led by veteran Stephenson (20 G, 9 A). Sauer hopes to keep the Patriots moving forward in Division II, and they could post a winning record.

Perry Hall Gators

1995 record: 7-3.

Coach: Wendy Samuels.

Top players: Jessa Phoebus, Sr., M; Susan Fortkiewicz, Sr., D; Elsa Ermer, Sr., M; Jen Klima, Sr., D; Lisa Goddard, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Gators posted a good record with only three seniors, so they're hoping to capitalize on the experience. Although there is a solid midfield, some speed and some finesse, the Gators have a few holes to fill especially on attack. There isn't a lot of depth, which is something the Gators might need to compete in Division I.

Pikesville Panthers

1995 record: 7-4.

Coach: Jen MacLea.

Top players: Top players: (Light) Julie Stein, Jr., A; Lauren Rivkin, Sr., D; Melissa Effron, Sr., A; Allyson Stahl, So., M; Jackie Garonzik, So., D; Erika Feldman, Sr., M.

Outlook: After graduating seven starters, the Panthers face a rebuilding season especially on defense where Rivkin is the lone returnee. Despite their youth, the Panthers have a lot of potential. They have a handful of strong shooters on attack, especially Stein. Still, the Panthers probably don't have the experience to contend in Division I.

Randallstown Rams

1995 record: 0-13.

Coach: Kendra Young.

Top players: Meghan Duetsch, Sr., M; Sharron Tindal, Sr., D; Shannon Quinn, Jr., M.

Outlook: Young's biggest problem is trying to maintain some consistency in a program with just one win in five years. Again, many players did not return, so the Rams have to rely on their top three veterans. The move to Division II should make the Rams more competitive, but it probably won't be enough to turn things around.

St. Paul's Gators

1995 record: 6-6-1.

Coach: (Light) Sandy Hoody.

Top players: Mills Hook, Jr., A; Nikki Satyshur, Sr., D; Sarah Oglesby, Jr., A; Libby Hoyle, Jr., A; Francoise Gordon, So., A.

Outlook: With a loaded attack featuring top scorer Hook (47 G, 18 A), the Gators could make a big move in the AIS A Division. The defense isn't bad either with top marker Satyshur back and two capable goalies, Jen Girard and Joanna Renner, battling for the starting spot. Hoody said the Gators have an incredible chemistry and they know how to win because many are veterans of a turnaround field hockey team that did not lose a game until the tournament championship.

St. Timothy's Brownies/Spiders

1995 record: 2-7.

Coach: Janet Powers.

Top players: Megan Jakovics, Sr., M; Margaret Pilachowski, Sr., A; Leah Cato, Sr., D; Sarah Wells-Stick, Jr., A; Sara Buckley-Green, Jr., M; Rachel Goldstein, Sr., G; Dorsey Lockhart, Sr., M.

Outlook: After a rebuilding year, St. Timothy's should be much more competitive in the AIS B Division. Most of the attack players return including high scorers Jakovics (9 G, 8 A), Pilachowski (18 G, 3 A) and Wells-Stick (6 G, 2 A). Powers will be working to bolster the defense which suffered the most losses.

Sparrows Point Pointers

1995 record: 2-10.

Coach: Linda Day.

Top players: Tina Neuman, Jr., M; Danielle Folke, So., M; Heidi Hahn, So., M; Jaime Ruth, Jr., D; Heather McCartney, Jr., M; Amber Adams, So., G.

Outlook: The Pointers have just one senior on the team and many of the players are moving up from JV. Their strength will be the midfield anchored by Neuman, but just about everything else is rebuilding. Still, the Pointers aim to win more games than last year and they could in Division II.

Towson Generals

1995 record: 8-3.

Coach: Sue Beeler.

Top players: Meg Stringer, Sr., M; Lindsay Carey, Sr., A; Amy Stambaugh, Sr., M; Chrissy Salamone, Jr., G; Sara Lev, So., A; Jaimee Reynolds, So., D.

Outlook: The Generals reached the state Class 1A-2A semifinals last season and they may well be on their way back. In the meantime, they have some reworking to do. After graduating three key defenders, the Generals are young in the back so it helps to return Salamone. The attack should carry them in Division I early especially when Lev returns from a sprained knee suffered during basketball season.

Towson Catholic Owls

1995 record: 0-8.

Coach: Tammy Giffi.

Top players: Top players: (Light) Alisha DeLaCruz, Sr., D; Lisa Giannaccini, Fr., M; Lauren Gill, Sr., A; Nichole Alfred, Sr., D; LaPorsh Brown, Sr., D; Jessica Foltz, So., M.

Outlook: New coach Giffi, a former Towson State player, hopes to bring some stability to a program that has won just one game in the past two years. But Giffi is starting out with only 18 players, some of whom have never played. The Owls will try to improve their skill level, but they may still have a tough time in the AIS B.

Western Tech Wolverines

1995 Record: 0-12.

Coach: Jill Chambers.

Top players: Jamie Harris, So., M; Jessica Rechsteiner, Jr., D; Tracy Pobletts, Jr., A; Theresa Driscoll, Fr., A; Jen Abrhamson, Jr., G; Laura Smith, Sr., C.

Outlook: The Wolverines still are looking for the first win in the two-year history of the program. Only seven players return from a team that scored six goals last year, but they should get a boost from some newcomers with recreation experience as well as three transfers.

Woodlawn Warriors

1995 Record: 4-5.

Coach: Sally Maycock.

Top players: Tersheia Sheely, Sr., G/D; Chrissy LeTourneua, Sr., M; Keisha Wynn, Sr., D; Megan Gough, Sr., A; Leslie Johnson, Sr., M; Tarn Puvapiromaquan, Jr., G/D.

Outlook: The Warriors return a core of solid veterans who have played together for three years, but they also have seven freshmen who have never played the game. If they can come up with the right blend, the Warriors could improve on their record playing in Division II.

Pub Date: 3/22/96

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Preseason top 15

1. Roland Park

2. Annapolis

3. Garrison Forest

4. St. Mary's

5. Severna Park

6. Notre Dame Prep

7. Loch Raven

8. C. Milton Wright

9. Mount Hebron

10. Dulaney

11. Broadneck

12. Mount de Sales

13. Centennial

14. South River

15. Liberty

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