1995 record: 8-4-1.
Coach: Carol Stevens.
Top players: Rachel McQueeney, Sr., D; Livy Adams, Sr., F; Elizabeth Gaeta, Jr., F; Erin Rieben, Jr., F.
Outlook: The Raiders return six starters from last year's team that tied Centennial for the county title (5-1-1). Co-captains Adams and McQueeney are back, as are seniors Rachael Bornstein (D), Katie Long (M), Megan Prentess (F) and junior Bri Brumsted (D). Last year's leading scorers, Shannon Carter and Lea Nichols, and first-team all-county goalie Sarah Geatz have -- graduated. The Raiders also lost some players to River Hill, including junior forward Holly Gick. Stevens said her team has "a lot of smart players who are dedicated to do well and have fun." She feels the defense will be strong, and likes the aggressiveness in many of the junior players. Offensively, Stevens is counting on Prentess, Adams and Gaeta. Sophomore Shannon Sullivan, up from the junior varsity, will be in goal. Said McQueeney: "Hopefully, we'll be just as competitive and do as well or better than last year."
1995 record: 11-4-2.
Coach: Gail Purcell
Top players: Sara Beck, Sr., F; Christine Davies, Sr., D; Mary Christine, Jr., M; Jessica Euler, Jr., M; Kristin Gaudio, Jr., F; Sarah Davis, Jr., D; Emily Rothschild, Sr., D.
Outlook: The Eagles lost a significant amount of talent from last year's Class 3A state championship team, including county Player of the Year Liz Sturm and first-team players Allison Altscher, Jen Davis and Becca Armiger. Still, Centennial, which tied with Atholton for the county championship (5-1-1 records), has a solid group returning and has the ability to capture its fourth straight county title. Replacing Armiger in goal will be Jodi Godbout, a senior who is playing field hockey for the first time. Purcell asked Godbout about playing goalie a couple of weeks before school ended in June. "I guess it's just in my nature to try new things," said Godbout, who also has played soccer, basketball and softball at Centennial. She has decided not to play basketball this season but will stay on the softball team. "Goalie is a position that interested me. It sounded like fun," said Godbout. Purcell said she is "very confident" that Godbout will play well. Purcell added that four sophomores -- midfielders Lauren Koch and Liz Kurpe, fullback Melissa Dugan and forward Jessica Manzone -- will see plenty of action and could start.
1995 record: 6-9.
Coach: Ginger Kincaid
Top players: Jill Ruprecht, Sr., M; Rachel Ford, Jr., F; Alanna Dean, Sr., M; Katie Jones, Sr., D.
Outlook: The Gladiators return four starters from last year's team that finished fifth (4-3) in the county. Kincaid said her squad has "no stars but is pretty solid." The strength of this year's team is its defense, which is expected to get a boost from senior Nicole Apatof. The loss of some promising juniors to River Hill likely will hurt this year's team, but the coaching trio of Kincaid, beginning her 20th season, Anna Spring (junior varsity) and Liz Brigham (volunteer assistant) will make the Gladiators competitive.
Glenelg Country Dragons
1995 record: 7-7-1.
Coach: Natalie Santos
Top players: Heather Sutherland, Sr., G; Elena Diaz-Martin, Sr., F; Lindsay Lehmann, Sr., M; Kiron Mallya, Sr., M; Jordana Woodford, Sr., D; Sehla Ashai, Sr., F.
Outlook: Santos, an assistant the past two years, replaces Patti Ordonez, who guided Glenelg County to the AIS B Division regular-season championship the last two years. The Dragons graduated eight seniors, including Carrie Everett, who led the county in goals scored with 11. But Glenelg County does have six seniors on this year's team -- including goalie Sutherland and sweeper Woodford -- and a promising group of freshmen the should make the team competitive in the AIS.
Hammond Golden Bears
1995 record: 4-9-1.
Coach: Gay Petrlik
Top players: Katie Reytar, Sr., G; Colleen Hartman, Sr., M; Allison Harriman, Sr., D; Michelle Zavage, Sr., D; Kelly Gailey, Sr., M.
Outlook: The Golden Bears (1-5-1) tied for sixth in the county with Oakland Mills last season, and Petrlik expects a "much better" showing this year. Said Reytar, a 6-foot goalie with a 4.0 grade-point average: "We are definitely going to give the better teams in the county a fair fight." Petrlik said this year's squad has good quickness and stick work, and is "more intense" that last year's team. "It seems like they are going to jell together very well," said Petrlik. Hoping to give the offense a boost will be sophomore Mandy Schroeder and junior Mara Finglass. Schroeder had five goals and Finglass four for last season's junior varsity team.
1995 record: 7-6-1.
Coach: Pat Becker
Top players: Susan Mancho, Sr., D; Erica Rhodeside, Sr., G; Michelle DeYoung, Sr., F; Amanda Eldridge, Sr. F; Kelly Krantz, Sr., F.
Outlook: The Lions finished fourth (4-2-1) last season in the county, and Becker expects this year's team to be as competitive. "They're working hard and staying on task," said Becker, who said her team's strength will be its offense. Senior forward Ruda Lee is expected to contribute to the offense. Mancho was a pleasant surprise last year, making the all-county second-team in her first season of playing the sport. Like many of her teammates, Mancho has excellent speed. Mancho believes the Lions are strong enough to compete for the county title. "We are working well as a team, and if we can work a little harder I think we can accomplish it," she said. The Lions, after years of playing their home games at Waterloo Elementary, now will play home games at Howard.
Long Reach Lightning
1995 record: 0-0.
Coach: Kelly Morano
Top players: Robin Siskind, Jr., M; An Nguyen, Jr., F; Erin Hegg, So., D; Kristin Lorch, So., M; Meghan Baker, So., D.
Outlook: The Lightning have only five players with high school experience, and none have played varsity. Siskind, who led the Oakland Mills junior varsity with two goals, and Nguyen are the only juniors. "It's going to be a building year, big time," said Morano, who takes over the new school's program after five years as head coach at Meade. "We're going to learn the basics, take it game-by-game, and build for next year." Morano, a first-team all-county player her junior and senior years at Meade before graduating in 1986, said gradual improvement will be the focus this season. "We want to see how much we can accomplish each game," she said. Two freshmen expected to get significant playing time are Theresa Heston and Shannon Woodward.
Mount Hebron Vikings
1995 record: 9-3-1.
Coach: Jeannette Ireland.
Top players: Kelly Dodson, Sr., F; Rachel Karfonta, Sr. F; Emily Payne, Jr., M; Dawn Dorsey, Sr., M; Jessica Cruttenden, Sr., G.
Outlook: "We have some things to work on, but we're getting better," said Dodson, who had 10 goals last season and is the leading returning scorer in the county this season. "Hopefully we can be county champs this year." The Vikings had a chance last year to win the county title, but a 4-3 overtime loss to Glenelg on the last day of the regular season prevented that from happening. Mount Hebron, which finished third in the county with a 5-2 mark, then lost its opening playoff game, also in overtime. This season, Mount Hebron and Glenelg meet Oct. 1, Dodson's 17th birthday. "The potential is there to be very good," Ireland said about her team. "It just depends on how we come together as a team." Also expected to help this season are senior forward Meghan McNulty, senior sweeper Margaux LaFortune, senior forwards Jeanne Choi and Delia Betro and junior Trisha Derwart, the junior varsity goalie last season who will play midfield.
Oakland Mills Scorpions
1995 record: 4-7-2.
Coach: Chris Marsiglia.
Top players: Linda Kao, Sr., F; Fidelus Dumlao, Sr., D; Amy Welsh, Sr., D; Melissa Hampshire, Sr., G.
Outlook: "We don't have as much experience as past teams," said Marsiglia, whose team finished 1-5-1 in the county last season. "It will come down to how hard we are willing to work." Marsiglia said the forward line is more aggressive than last year, when the Scorpions scored a county-low eight goals. "We want the team to grow every game, and by the playoffs I think we'll be ready." Welsh, a sweeper, and Hampshire are both captains and will lead the defense. Also expected to contribute are seniors Alison Deming (captain, forward), Vicki Hunter (defense) and Kelly Collins (forward).
River Hill Hawks
1995 record: 0-0.
Coach: Jodi Stone.
Top players: Allison Bryan, Jr., F; Courtney Weglein, Jr., F; Jennifer Groves, Jr., M; Kristin Hooker, Jr., F; Holly Gick, Jr., F; Marni Rosenbaum, Jr., D.
Outlook: It's a new school with no seniors, but for Stone the future is now. "I think we're going to be competitive," said Stone, the junior varsity coach at Atholton the past five years. "My kids are going to be tough. They are not going to be a pushover." Stone, a physical education teacher at Patapsco Middle School, coached Weglein and Groves last season at Atholton, where the junior varsity finished 9-1-2. Weglein scored a county-high 10 goals. River Hill could be successful right away because it is drawing from solid junior varsity teams at Glenelg and Atholton. "We're going to be young, but we do have players with experience," said Gick, a two-year varsity starter at Atholton. "Everything looks good so far." Amy Willis, a sophomore from Glenelg, will start in goal.
Wilde Lake Wildecats
1995 record: 3-12-1.
Coach: Karen Doerrler.
Top players: Katie Troutman, Jr., F; Kendrah Johnson, Sr., D; Anna Adler, Sr., G; Meghan King, Sr., F; Grace Song, Jr., F.
Outlook: Wilde Lake finished 0-6-1 in the county and was 0-11-1 before the playoffs started last season. Then, amazingly, the Wildecats won three straight games, all by 2-1 scorers, to capture the 2A South region title and reach the state semifinals. "We are proud of what we accomplished [in the postseason], but want to improve our regular-season record," said Doerrler. Goalie Adler and sweeper Johnson will anchor the defense. Troutman, who scored six of her team's 10 goals last year, will lead the offense, which will be helped by forwards Michelle Smith (junior) and Tyonne Carter (senior).
Pub Date: 8/29/96