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Association of Independent Schools LOCAL SPORTS: HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1995 record: 8-1-4.

Coach: Jeanette Budzik.

Top players: Gailor Large, Sr., M/D; Kim Smith, Jr., F; Jen Coughlin, Sr., D; Kate Cole, Jr., F; Katie MacColl, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Mawrtians could not have come closer to reaching the A Division tournament final for a second straight year. They lost to St. Paul's in a shootout. Don't look for the Mawrtians to lose much ground since they lost only three starters. There is some work to do on the defense, but returning goalie Ellen Phillips will help. Smith could emerge as one of the top scorers in the league and defensive-minded Large gives the Mawrtians a huge boost at midfield.

Friends Quakers

1995 record: 10-4-2.

Coach: Carol Samuels.

Top players: Ellen Morrow, Sr., G; Abby Owen, Sr., F; Ella Mason, Jr., M; Caroline Keelty, Jr., M; Maron Deering, So., D; Molly O'Connor, So., D.

Outlook: All of the Quakers' 1995 losses were by one goal including a 1-0 loss to Bryn Mawr in the A Division tournament quarterfinals. But with seven starters lost to graduation, the Quakers face a rebuilding season. Not only are they inexperienced at the varsity level, but they are young. Only two seniors return. Samuels is looking for some strong j.v. players to play key roles. Defensively, returning Morrow along with two steady sophomores should help, but the offense is still in question.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1995 record: 8-0-5.

Coach: Micul Ann Morse.

Top players: Devin Fitzpatrick, Sr., F; Cantey Boyd, Jr., F; Hathaway Ingraham, Sr., D; Karie Reed, Jr., D; Courtney Fisher, Jr., M; LaKeisha Jones, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Grizzlies have not lost a game in two years in rolling up back-to-back A Division titles. This year, they may have a difficult time keeping that streak alive. Not only did the Grizzlies lose eight starters, but the A Division is even more competitive this year with newcomers St. Mary's and Spalding. However, the Grizzlies should not be counted out. They return a lot of players who saw plenty of action last season and recent history brings a lot of confidence. Developing a new forward line and a new goalie will be the keys.

Lutheran Saints

1995 record: 9-4-5.

Coach: Linda Weinreich.

Top players: Shana Opdyke, Sr., F; Becky Hamman, Sr., F; Jen Werner, Sr., M/D; Heather Grose, Jr., G; Jessica Salter, So., M; Heather Lauer, So., M.

Outlook: The Saints made a big move last season improving from 5-4-2 in 1994 to reach the B Division title game where they fell 1-0 to Oldfields. Graduation took a toll on that experienced squad so Weinreich expects a rebuilding season. Still, there is scoring potential in Opdyke and Hamman and a solid returning goalie in Grose, so if the Saints can develop some young players they could make a strong showing come tournament time.

Maryvale Lions

1994 record: 5-7-2.

Coach: Jennie Blenckstone.

Top players: Maura Doyle, Sr., F; Katie Lafferty, Sr., F; Maggie Litz, Sr., M; Kelly Everling, Sr., M; Nikki Zappacosta, Sr., M; Meghan Gollkasian, Sr., D.

Outlook: Blenckstone, a St. Paul's graduate and three-time All-American at Washington College, takes over a team that has struggled for the past few years. This year, however, the Lions might have the talent and the experience to boost their record back over .500 in the A Division. There's plenty of balance, speed and scoring potential. The only question is who will start in the goal although Blenckstone said she has two strong candidates.

McDonogh Eagles

1995 record: 9-5-4.

Coach: Cathy Schorreck.

Top players: Sara Herman, Jr., M; Alison Friedman, Sr., G; Ashlee Silver, Sr., F; Kristen Lyall, Sr., M; Phyllis Byrd, Jr., F; Becca Johnson, Jr., M.

Outlook: One of the A Division's most improved teams last year, the Eagles hope to go a step further this season and move into the league's elite. They certainly have the talent with several girls who have been involved with the Olympic Development-style Futures Program. All-Metro second-teamer Herman, a Junior Olympian and member of the under-16 national team, and Friedman, an alternate to the under-18 national team, give the Eagles a solid foundation. There's still some work to do on the defense, but if the Eagles can stay focused, they should make a run at the top.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1995 record: 5-2-5.

Coach: Kathleen Gower.

Top players: Kate Kaiser, Jr., F; Sofia Lyford-Pike, Sr., M/D; Megan Rector, Sr., F; Lacey Aumiller, Sr., F., Valerie Leuchs, Sr., D; Lacy Pica, Sr., M; Amy Baird, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Pirates lost six starters, but the strength of their returning contingent gives them high hopes for another good season. There's plenty of scoring potential as well as a balance of experience all over the field. Gower hopes to see more scoring and fewer ties. She said so many ties, including three in a row late in the season, left the Pirates unsettled and unsure of themselves. That probably won't happen this year since many of the Pirates now know what it's like to win it all after playing on the A Division champion lacrosse team last spring.

Oldfields

1995 record: 5-10-1.

Coach: Stephanie Hedges.

Top players: Annie Finney, Sr., M; Holly Perzynski, Sr., F; Elizabeth Richie, Sr., F; Dealey Campbell, Jr., G.

Outlook: Last year's team sure knew how to peak at the right time. They had just two wins going into the B Division title game but strung together three shutouts to win the championship. Only two starters graduated from that team, which beat Lutheran, 1-0, in the final. This time, they should get off to a quicker start especially with three of the league's top players in Finney, Richie and Campbell.

Park Bruins

1995 record: 5-6-3.

Coach: Barbara Purkey.

Top players: Anya Salkowski-Bartlett, Sr., M; Rebecca Shapiro, Jr., G; Aparna Wilder, Jr., M; Lisa Miller, So., F; Megan Gauvey-Kern, So., M.

Outlook: The Bruins lost eight players from the only team Purkey has ever coached to a losing record. Despite 11 returnees, the Bruins remain young although they have considerably more experience. Salkowski-Bartlett leads a veteran midfield and top scorer Miller is back. Purkey will work to bolster the defense where Shapiro and senior Jen Cook should be the anchors. With so many powerhouse teams in the A Division, it may be difficult for the Bruins to make a big move, but look for them to make a run at surging back over .500.

Roland Park Reds

1995 record: 5-6-3.

Coach: Debbie Bloodsworth.

Top players: Alli Harper, Sr., F; Tammy Passano, Sr., M/D; Reagan Raneri, Sr., D; Nikki Sheridan, Sr., D; Emily Lough, Sr., LTC M/D; Erin McInnes, Jr., F; Lauren Miller, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Reds return one of the more experienced field defenses in the A Division, but they were tough on defense last year and still posted the worst record in Bloodsworth's 15-year tenure. What the Reds need is offense. Bloodsworth is looking for leadership and aggressive play on the line, where Harper and McInnes return. The Reds also need to capitalize on opponents' mistakes, something they didn't do last year. A boost may come from the sophomore class, which has a number of players who could push the veterans for their positions.

Seton Keough Gators

1995 record: 2-9-2.

Coach: Debbi Pearson.

Top players: Becky Sokol, Sr., F; Mollie McDonnell, Sr., D; Katie Roscher, Jr., G.

Outlook: Even though the Gators lost most of their experienced players to graduation, Pearson said that hasn't deflated their enthusiasm. Many including Roscher move up from j.v. and that might be a bonus since Pearson coached j.v. last season. The Gators are working on a more controlled short-passing game instead of the hit-and-run game they relied on last year in the B Division. With her speed, Sokol did most of the scoring on the break, but Pearson hopes to see more balance.

St. Paul's Gators

1995 record: 11-1-4.

Coach: Eileen Alban.

Top players: Sarah Oglesby, Sr., M; Mills Hook, Sr., F; Libby Hoyle, Sr., F; Michelle Wachter, Sr., F; Alyson Bowyer, Jr., D; Allison Polk-Williams, So., M; Hilary Polk-Williams, So., M.

Outlook: The Gators were the turnaround team of the season last year improving from 3-8-2 in 1994. They went all the way to the A Division championship without a loss before falling to Garrison Forest, 1-0. Once again, the Gators should be in the title race. All but four starters return led by Oglesby, a first-team All-Metro pick. The midfield looks promising around her as does the scoring potential on the line. The rebuilding chore comes on defense where two backs, the sweeper and the goalie graduated.

St. Timothy's

1995 record: 1-8-1.

Coach: Janet Powers.

Top players: Sorin Martin, Sr., G; Jen Waltz, Sr., D; Stephanie Schroyer, Sr., D; Lizzie Steptoe, Sr., M; Amelie Wilson, Sr., F.

Outlook: St. Timothy's has struggled recently with inexperience, but this could be the year for a big move in the B Division. Most of the defense returns including Martin. The big improvement should come on attack where there is great potential to improve on last year's three-goal scoring total. With last year's j.v. much improved, Powers should reap the benefits with the players who move up.

Pub Date: 8/29/96

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