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Anne Arundel teams at a glance BOYS LACROSSE PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Annapolis Panthers

1996 record: 11-3

Coach: Dan Hart

Top players: Tucker McNeely, Sr., A; Dan Marcellous, Jr., A; Steve Brianas, Jr., A; Craig Rentch, Jr., A; Dexter Spriggs, Sr., A; Brad Downer, Jr., M; Pete Ludlum, Jr., M; Dustin McConnaughhay, Sr., M; Niels Fromm, Sr., M; Mike Donlin, Jr., D; Sam Albaugh, Sr., D; Judd Carstens, Jr., D; Paul Haberlin, So., D; Jeff Childs, Jr., D; Ely Feldman, Sr., G.

Outlook: Hart is his usual optimistic self as he begins his ninth season at Annapolis (90-23) and 17th (other years at Meade) in the county. "We've got all the ingredients to win and be a strong contender," said the feisty Hart, who led Annapolis to a state title in 1994 (16-0). "We only lost four players, have 19 returning." The Panthers boast a wealth of experience on the attack with such returnees as McNeely (26 goals, 20 assists), Spriggs (22-7), Rentch (13-5) and Brianas (6-2), whose older brother Joe is now at Navy after a senior All-County season. Marcellous is another key attackman while two junior starters in Downer (11-8) and Ludlum (10-3) are back on the midfield. McConnaughhay and Fromm will vie for midfield time with a corps of promising freshmen in Cole Gelrod, Brett McConnaughhay (Dustin's brother), Josh Lesko, Will Phillips and David Wooster. It won be easy replacing four-year starter in the goal, Tobin Poole, now at Anne Arundel C. C. Feldman has the nod over JV grad, Justin Nurin, also a senior, for now. "It's a matter of getting through our county where we beat each other for a shot at the state championship," said Hart.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1996 record: 8-10

Coach: Steve Seivold

Top players: Kevin Angelis, Sr., A; Neil Adams, Sr., A; Sean

McGraw, Jr., A; Mike Matera, Jr., M; Mike Sinco, Sr., M; Josh Hardy, Jr., M; Dan Toomey, Sr., D; Mike McGraw, Sr., D; Randy Rachino, Sr., D; Kevin Gilligan, Sr., G.

Outlook: Seivold replaces Jay Trainor, a former St. Mary's and Johns Hopkins player who went 14-20 in two seasons as Cavaliers coach. Trainor had hoped to return, but athletic director Lee Dove decided to make a change with Seivold, a 1986 Severn grad who was an All-County running back in football and third time All-County attackman in lacrosse. "I had my eye on the Spalding job for awhile and knew about their turnover," said Seivold, who coached City of Baltimore to a 5-7 record last spring. "Being in the area it is and less expensive than many of the private schools, there is a lot of potential in terms of building a program." Seivold expects his Cavs to win their division and make the MIAA B Conference playoffs with newcomer Adams, Angelis (28-13), S. McGraw (11-5) and Gilligan the lead men. "Adams is our most dangerous attackman, has an awesome shot and Gilligan in the goal is a strength for us," said Seivold. The starting midfield of Matera, Sinco and Hardy will get help from seniors Neil Little and Brian Schwartz.

Arundel Wildcats

1996 record: 9-5

Coach: Clint Gosnell

Top players: Mike Lynch, Sr., A; Eric Kuiper, Sr., A; Ron Sroka, Sr., M; Joe Parker, Sr.,M; Deke Kelly, Sr., M; Nick Smith, Sr., M; Joel Miller, Sr., M; Sean Patrick, Sr., M; Joe Schram, Sr., D; Eric Lewis, Sr., D; Howard McDonald, Jr., D; Greg Wotech, Jr., D; Mike Watkins, Sr., G; Ryan Harris, Jr., G.

Outlook: Depth, balance and experience are the ingredients Gosnell hopes will give his Wildcats a shot at its first county title since 1989. Arundel won its fourth state championship in 1995 (others in 1980, 1981 and 1988), but hasn't won a county championship in eight years. "That's one of our goals, but this league keeps getting tougher," said Gosnell, who begins his 21st season at the Gambrills school. "We have a good corps of returning players with a better backup group than we had last year." Six senior midfielders are expected to anchor the team with senior attackmen Lynch and Kuiper adding scoring pop. The defense also boasts experience. Senior Watkins and junior Harris are expected to share time in goal.

Broadneck Bruins

1996 record: 19-1

Coach: Clay White

Top players: Nate Williams, Sr., A; Joey Case, So., A; Erik Holt, Sr., M; Justin Nash, Sr., M; Brian Lawton, Sr., M; Matt Atkinson, Jr., M; Cody Martin, Sr., M; John Svec, Sr., D; Jamie Powers, Jr., D; Jess Carson, Sr., D; Kevin Pollock, Sr., D; Mike Allen, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Class 3A-4A defending state champion Bruins are seeking their fourth state crown in six years and fifth since 1987. Beginning his 12th season at Broadneck, White has to bring along inexperience on the attack and in the goal. Leading scorer and All-Metro attackman Gerry Case, who had a school record 64 goals and 14 assists, has moved on to Loyola and seasoned goalie Matt Coy also graduated. Williams -- the second-leading scorer on attack with 12 goals and three assists -- will anchor a young attack and Allen is battling juniors Tom Dryer and Fred Hill for the starting position. "Our strengths are midfield and close defense," said White. Holt, who will attend Navy or Ohio State, scored 30 goals and three assists as a junior middie and will get help from four-year player Brian Lawton (UMBC), J. Nash and three-year junior, Atkinson. Svec, who is Loyola bound, was second-team All-County last year and will anchor the defense with Powers and Pollock (St. Mary's College). Holt, Lawton, Svec and Powers are team captains, with Powers the first underclass captain under White. "This team is motivated, and that's what it will take to beat out teams like Severna Park, Annapolis and Arundel," said the coach.

Chesapeake Cougars

1996 record: 9-7

Coach: Brien McMurray

Top players: Erik Kittle, Sr., A; Rob Bookhamer, Sr., A; Todd Mitchell, Jr., A; Randy Findley, Sr., M; Jason Gogolinski, Jr., M; Jimmy Rogers, Sr., M; Christian Boyd, Sr., M; Juston Wooldridge, Sr., M; Andy Fileta, Jr., M; Bryan Shanahan, Sr., D; Jon Eser, Jr., D; Nick Garufi, Jr., D; Howie Otto, So., D; Sean Oakley, Sr., G; Rob Planey, Jr., G.

Outlook: After posting the Cougars' first winning season since 1989, McMurray hopes to raise his squad to the level of the top Class 4A teams. "We're going to be stronger," said McMurray. "We've got depth on attack and the midfield." Second team All-County choices Bookhamer (26-23) and Kittle (22-23) are being counted on to mount the firepower, and underclassmen Mitchell (seven goals) and Mike McIntyre, a sophomore up from JV, are expected to chip in. Findley (8-3) and Rogers are the top returning midfielders with Shanahan, who is a tri-captain with Bookhamer and Rogers, the main man on defense after being named second-team All-County as a junior. The goal is unsettled and inexperienced with Oakley and Planey vying for the position. "Our defense is young, but more athletic, and once we get past the rigorous part of our schedule, our defense should get better," said McMurray, referring to his team's first four games (all on the road) -- C. M. Wright (Harford County power), Severna Park, Annapolis and defending Class 3A-4A state champion Broadneck.

Glen Burnie Gophers

1996 record: 7-7

Coach: Hank Schorreck

Top players: Brad Bauer, Sr., A; James Riley, Jr., A; Mike King, Sr., M; Joe Schaffer, Sr., M; Jason Fisher, Sr., D; Brian McKean, Sr., D; Rich Kuczinski, Sr, D; Steve Eide, Sr., G.

Outlook: After posting its first non-losing season in 20 years and knocking off perennial contender Arundel, the Gophers' hopes for a winning record rest on avoiding injuries. "We can't afford to get anybody hurt," said fourth-year coach Schorreck, a former Severn School assistant. "We have only 18 players on the varsity and a few more on the JV, but they're not ready. We're looking to be competitive." If the Gophers can keep the doctors away, their defense should keep them in a lot of games. The trio of McKean, Fisher and Kuczinski return on defense, with Eide in the goal. Riley, second-team All-County as a junior, and Bauer can score from the attack, and will be complemented by King and Schaffer while Schorreck searches for additional offensive punch. "We're very thin, but we expect to hold our own," said the coach.

Meade Mustangs

1996 record: 0-14

Coach: Bill Smith

Top players: Eddie Borys, Jr., A; Chris Whipple, So., M; Mark Whipple, So., M; Tom Myers, Jr., M; Carlos Gonzales, Jr., D; Billy Harrison, Jr., D; Randy Baron, Jr., D; Nick Tackett, Sr., G.

Outlook: Smith and his two assistants, Jason Gilman and James Wilkinson, bring a much needed winning attitude to a floundering program that hit rock-bottom last year, going winless. Smith and Gilman are proteges of very successful Arundel coach Clint Gosnell. They played for Gosnell at Arundel and coached the Wildcats' JV last year; Wilkinson played for Clay White at Broadneck. The young staff is fielding a young team -- 10 juniors, nine sophomores, four freshmen and just two seniors. "We had a group of seniors come out, wanting to play Meade ball [the way it had been], but when we insisted things were going to change and they were going to work harder, they didn't stay around," said Smith, who had 40 candidates show up for a meeting, but only 26 (there'll be no JV) actually came out. "We saw a lot of them on the JV level last year and have been able to point things they need to do better." Smith is encouraged the kids want to turn it around. Tackett is the only senior who is starting and Smith is looking for big things from Borys on attack and Chris Whipple, one of the twins, to sparkle.

Northeast Eagles

1996 record: 3-11

Coach: Steve Gorski

Top players: Josh David, Sr., A; Lee Erisman, Sr., A; Doug Troyer, Fr., A; Tom Collins, Sr., M; Brian Gossman, Sr., M; Adam Mulbauer, Jr., M; Joe Rothgeb, So., M; Anthony Maggio, Sr., D; Jesse Thieme, Sr., Ben Franz, Sr., D; Ross Canby, So., D; Mike Whisman, So., G.

Outlook: Fresh out of UMBC, Gorski takes over at his alma mater where the Class 2A Eagles struggled the last two seasons (5-23) under Carl Doneski, who is now coaching Catonsville High. Gorski is approaching his new job with optimism and enthusiasm. "Lacrosse is a sport where size of school doesn't matter as much to be successful," said the rookie coach, who is excited about his midfield and overall offense. Gorski is building by blending 10th-graders Troyer on the attack, Rothgeb at midfield, Canby on defense and Whisman in the goal with a nucleus of returning seniors. "They're picking up some of the new things [such as a zone defense] we're trying to do, and I'm seeing improvement," said Gorski. "They've lacked structure in terms of discipline and fundamentals, and I expect we will grow throughout the season and make a statement at the end."

North County Knights

1996 record: 12-6

Coach: Paul Shea

Top players: Bob Lincoln, Sr., A; Joe Mocarsky, Sr., A; Dallas Simmons, Jr., A; Chad Scheider, Jr., A; Chris Mangum, Sr., M; Shurland Murren, Sr., M; Justin Bates, So., M; Andrew Walenga, Jr., D; Mike Parks, Jr., D; Eric Nolan, Sr., D; Ray Krick, Jr., D; Mark Bloomquist, So.,G.

Outlook: No matter how many seasons they've been at it, even veteran coaches such as Shea, who begins his 20th season (13 at Andover) in the county, seventh at the Ferndale school, can't predict what's ahead. "I truthfully can not get a handle on the pulse of this team," says Shea. "But I do know we have good senior leadership and camaraderie, which can be worth a couple wins." A pair of second-team All-County selections return in Lincoln and Mangum, who will attend Maryland. Lincoln, a four-year letterman, will be joined on the attack by second-year starters Mocarsky and Simmons with juniors Scheider and Brian Ashburn waiting in the wings. Mangum will be flanked by Murren and Bates with not a lot of depth behind them. Murren never picked up a stick until last spring but is a superb athlete with blazing speed that has caught the attention of Maryland. Shea predicts his main man on defense, Walenga will be "one of the best in the state," and sophomore goalie Bloomquist "will be heard from, has excellent mechanics and composure." Shea's concerns center on his team being thin in overall experience and numbers (20 players).

Old Mill Patriots

1996 record: 3-11

Coach: Fran Duffy

Top players: Mike Lloyd, Sr., A; Travis Greer, Sr., A; Paul Denturella, So., A; Jim Fox, Sr., M; Dennis Duncan, Sr., M; Don Drapalski, Sr., M; Chris Francis, Sr., D; Tim Shylanski, Sr., D; Ben Hines, Sr., D; Bobby Clow, Jr., D; Cory Rayburn, Sr., G; John

Reed, Jr., G.

Outlook: Duffy and his Patriots have some experience and are hoping to pull off "an upset here or there" in the toughest prep league around other than the MIAA A Conference. Lloyd, who scored 26 goals and had 17 assists as a junior, is nursing a pulled groin muscle that could slow him down at times, but is still expected to lead the attack. The senior starting midfield will get adequate backup from juniors Isaac Dechaine and Justin Jones, and sophomore Kenny Johns. On defense, Shylanski in Duffy's words "is an excellent one-on-one man," and Hines is very aggressive and athletic. Hines also played football and wrestled at the Millersville school. Francis the third defenseman and Clow the top long stick. Rayburn and Reed are battling for the starting goalie position. "We're looking for improvement, and I would consider a .500 season successful," said Duffy, starting his third year.

St. Mary's Saints

1996 record: 17-0

Coach: Jim Moorhead

Top players: Josh White, Sr., A; Jamison Mullen, Sr., A; Brian Messineo, Jr., A; Chris Summers, So., A; Jim Hardesty, Sr., M; Ryan Metzbower, Sr., M; Bryant Airey, Sr., M; Adam Shiley, Jr., M; Blaine Manning, Sr., M; Jon Harasyn, Jr., M; Dylan Hooker, Sr., M; Brian Kingsbury, Sr., D; Rob Hoffman, Jr., D; Greg Ponne, Jr., D; Pat Grizzle, Jr., D; Eric Schmidt, Jr., G; Chris Garrity, So., G.

Outlook: An encore 17-0 season (the greatest in 46 years of lacrosse at St. Mary's) is unlikely, but another run at the MIAA A Conference title is a given. "It's going to be one of my greatest challenges, because teams are going to be anxious to get us," xTC said Moorhead, who begins his 18th season just four wins shy of 200 (196-67, .743) career wins. Few teams return two outstanding attackmen, as the Saints do in White, who will attend Princeton, and Mullen, who signed with Virginia, other than Boys' Latin with Greg Patchak and Ian Shure. While Sun Player of the Year Dan Marohl has moved on to UMBC with his 43 goals and 36 assists, the All-County duo of White and Mullen return with a combined 77 goals and 38 assists. They join Patchak and Shure as pre-season All-State selections. "Josh and Jamison are quality players, but one of them will get the other team's top defender, as Marohl did, and it's a matter of how they adjust," said Moorhead. "Our first midfield is gone, we lost five of our first six defensemen, and our goalie, but when you have the kind of year we had, that's expected." Hardesty, a pre-season All-State headed to North Carolina, will anchor the midfield and Kingsbury, second team All-State, the defense. All-County goalie Jon Horrigan, who gave up just 4.7 goals a game, will be replaced by either Schmidt or sophomore Garrity. "We have to forget last year and [not] put pressure on ourselves to repeat last year, " said the coach.

Severn Admirals

1996 record: 6-9

Coach: Charlie Toomey

Top players: John Neely, Sr., A; Doug Machen, Jr., A; Brandon McDowell, Sr., A; Joe Gargaliano, Sr., M; Randy Newman, Jr., M; Dave McDermott, Sr., M; Matt Wright, Jr., M; Rob Hantske, So., M; Sean Songer, Sr., D; Tim Staines, Sr., D; Zach Mills, Jr., M; James Carter, Sr., G.

Outlook: After a so-so 1996 season, Toomey and his troops are looking to sneak up on the big dogs in the tough MIAA A Conference and post their first winning season in four years. "I'm optimistic, because opposing teams are going to have a tough time scouting us," said Toomey, beginning his second season. "We don't have a go-to guy, and that can be a good thing, because other teams won't know who to concentrate on. We're looking to surprise." Among those Toomey is counting on for offensive power are his returning attackmen, Neely (15-9), McDowell, a converted middie, and Machen; two returning starters on the midfield in Gargagliano and McDermott and Southern transfer, Hantske. Songer will lead the defense, and goalie Carter paid his dues sitting behind Willie Wu for three years. Toomey has gone from a 26-man roster to 31 this season.

Severna Park Falcons

1996 record: 9-6

Coach: Greg Manley

Top players: Mickey O'Connor, Sr., A; Josh Cornett, Jr., M; Darrin McAlister, Jr., M; Mike Beaver, Jr., M; Rob Worthing, Sr., M; Andy Mueller, Sr., D; Pat Tewes, Sr., G.

Outlook: Manley said a few words best describe his team -- "athletic," "speed" and "very deep." When told opposing coaches have been saying, almost to the man, that "Severna Park is loaded," the third-year coach said: "That's what I've been hearing at meetings and all, but as you know, there are no guarantees. I'm going to have a hard time giving everybody [29 players] the playing time they want." Manley feels he has "the best close defense in the league," led by Worthing, who will attend Bucknell, Harvard-bound Mueller, and "an outstanding goalie" in Tewes. Offensively, the points should come from Ohio State-bound O'Connor with help from Severn transfer, sophomore Mike Cosper, the speedy and very athletic junior midfield of Cornett (a player to watch), McAlister and Beaver, a St. Mary's transfer. Manley, a former All-American midfielder at Loyola College, also is excited about five freshmen who will get a lot of playing time, midfielders Jerry Cornett (runs the 40 in 4.4) and Starke Mueller -- both younger brothers -- Paul Gillette and Dennis Cantwell, and defenseman Dave Wagner.

South River Seahawks

1996 record: 9-9

Coach: Greg Carroll

Top players: Dan Johnson, Sr., A; SEan Hogan, Sr., A; Steve Fisher, Jr., A; Sean Kelly, Jr. A; Ken Handy, Sr., M; Kevin Sweeney, Sr., M; Chris Worsham, Sr., M; Chris Macke, Jr., M; Dan Summey, Jr., M; Eric Mills, Jr., M; Greg Galipeau, Sr., D; Brian Poet, Jr., D; Ken Adams, Jr., D; Kevin McClellan, Sr., D; John Higdon, Jr., G.

Outlook: With a wealth of experience, Carroll and his Seahawks could make a serious run at the Class 1A-2A title for the second time in three years. Carroll's Hawks lost the state final in 1995 to North Harford, 12-5. "This team has a great attitude, and what we are lacking in skills, we make up for with work ethic," said Carroll, who is in his 20th season as head coach in Edgewater. A seasoned attack, led by Johnson and Hogan, will get support from juniors Fisher and Kelly and promising freshman, Jeff Mullenix. Seven returning midfielders and a defense with three returnees, Galipeau, Poet and Adams, plus goalie Higdon, who Carroll says is excellent, will enable the Class 2A Seahawks to compete in the 4A-laden county league.

Southern Bulldogs

1996 record: 5-7

Coach: Ray Bowen

Top players: Adam Leitch, Sr., A; Adam Pumphrey, Sr., A; Albert Mudd, Jr., M; Brian Kadjeski, Jr., M; Andy Robson, So., M; Mike Price, Sr., D; Noah Williams, Sr., D; Phil Glenn, Jr., D; Paul Dixon, So., D; Brian Kilpatrick, Sr., G.

Outlook: Bowen welcomed back a host of returning starters from a group that has gone 5-7 two years in a row and might be ready to climb to .500 or above despite the heavy Class 4A (eight of 12 league games) schedule. In basically the same boat as fellow Class 2A-school South River, Southern hopes to profit from the ++ tough county grind. "Injuries are always a concern for us, because we're not that deep [22 boys], but our 12 [regular season] "scrimmages" should get us ready for the playoffs," said Bowen. "We've got more experience and talent than we've had." Leitch (18 goals, 24 assists), Pumphrey (11-9) and Kadjeski (6-3) will score. The Price-led defense and three-year goalie Kilpatrick will prevent goals.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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