Baltimore City teams at a glance BOYS LACROSSE PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Carver Bears

1996 record: 7-3. Coach: Paul Britt.

Top players: Alexander Gough, Sr., D; Kevin Howard, Sr., A; Corey Snipes, Jr., M; Charles Maxwell, Jr., D; Raynard McNill, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Bears return five starters from last year's squad, which had a decent season. "We're trying to gain more respect," said Britt.

City Knights

1996 record: 5-7. Coach: Angelo Jeppi.

Top players: Quantay Johnson, Sr., D; Chris Perkins, Sr., A; Ricky Holloway, Jr., G; Mike Chambers, Jr., A; Geoff Brown, Jr., M; David Cheatham, So., M; Marcus Martin, So., M.

Outlook: The Knights have some depth among players from a 29-member turnout, but need defensive help. "We have some kids who can handle their sticks well, but we're not settled defensively," Jeppi said. "How we develop there will be a key."

Curley Friars

1996 record: 8-8. Coach: Barry Brownlee.

Top players: Mike Tyler, Sr., M; Tom Gallut, Sr., A; Scott Wojciechowski, Sr., D; Chris McNelly, Sr., D; Brad Russell, Jr., M; Andy O'Hara, Jr., A; Tim Flanagan, Jr., G; Andy Brownlee, So., A; Tony Dawson, So., D.

Outlook: With a host of underclassmen among a 22-player turnout, the Friars will do well to equal last year's record.

Douglass Ducks

1996 record: 7-3. Coach: Ray Harcum.

Top players: John Robinson, Sr., M; Stephon Robinson, Jr., D; Quantay Lee, So., D; Tavon Hawkins, So., M; Lonnie Langley, So., M; John Simmons, So., D; Joe Hall, Fr., M.

Outlook: Douglass' inaugural season last spring went well, and seven starters return to go with others from Harlem Park Middle School's program. Harcum is looking for more improvement.

Forest Park Foresters

1996 record: 12-1. Coach: Obie Barnes.

Top players: Charles Davis, Sr., M; Greg Baldwin, Sr., D; Freddie Moore, Sr., A; Chris Dorsey, Jr., A; Eugene Redfern, Jr., M.

Outlook: Winners of five league titles in the last six seasons, the Foresters lost second-team All-City/County Sean Marklee to graduation, but "we're definitely still the team to beat in the city," Barnes said. With a turnout of 27 players, five returning starters and some talent up from neighborhood middle school programs, the Foresters, along with Patterson, will be ahead of most teams.

Friends Quakers

1996 record: 11-4. Coach: Jon Garmen.

Top players: Matt Swann, Sr., A; Rob Travieso, Sr., A; Mark Kelly, Sr., M; Ed Chen, Sr., M; Dave Sensinger, Sr., D; Bob Michel, Sr., G; Frank Cole, Sr., M; Chris Murray, Jr., M; Jamie Hubbard, Jr., A; Jesse Paulson, Jr., D; Joe Johnston, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Quakers were MIAA B Conference runners-up to John Carroll last year and finished ranked No. 15. And with top scorers Hubbard and Swann returning among eight starters, Friends, which beat 1A-2A state champ Hereford last season, should again rank as one of the area's best teams. "We open with John Carroll on April 1, so we'll know where we stand right away," said Garmen.

Gilman Greyhounds

1996 record: 10-5. Coach: John Tucker.

Top players: Danny Mooney, G; Brandon Cornes, Sr., M; Keith Baker, Sr., M; Brian Nottingham, Sr., G; Alex Lieske, Jr., A; Will Brassel, Jr., D; Damian Davis, So., D; Jesse Kohler, So., A; Andrew Faraone, So., M.

Outlook: There are just five returning starters and a lot of new faces on this year's Greyhounds squad, but it is still among the area's top seven or eight teams. "Our attack is a senior, a sophomore and a freshman," said Tucker. "But I think we'll be there by season's end."

Lake Clifton Lakers

1996 record: 5-8. Coach: John Baker.

Top players: Gary Brown, Jr., M-D; Renaldo Horsey, Jr., D; Javis Wiggins, So., G; Crayton Scott, So., A-M; Robert DeWitt, So., A.

Outlook: Lake Clifton suffered through a down season that included three overtime losses last season. But even with a low turnout of 19 and just four starters, the commitment is there. Baker thinks it's realistic to expect improvement.

Mervo Mustangs

1996 record: 11-3. Coach: Martin Church

Top players: Leslie Ransom, Sr., D; Aaron Brown, Jr., A; Eric Hinson, So., M; Thomas Williams, So., M; Latham Harcum, So., M; Sean Brown, Fr., A; Edwin Williams, So., G.

Outlook: The Mustangs, under sixth-year coach Church, will aim for their third straight 3A-4A playoff berth. With their first two games being against Lake Clifton and Forest Park, they'll know early whether they're in contention.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1996 record: 6-11. Coach: Steve Szlasa.

Top players: Micah Sybor, Sr., D; Adam Santry, Sr., D; Ryan Nash, Sr., G; Mike Wells, Sr., M; Jeff Newstead, Sr., A; Eddie

Murdock, Jr., Mike Garrott, Jr., D; Bert Whitelock, Jr., A; Devan Spilker, So., M.

Outlook: The Gaels beat four teams that ended the season ranked among the area's top 15 last year, and return several quality players. St. Joe already has a 2-0 record, including a 9-5 victory over Delaware state champ Caesar Rodney, ranked No. 19 in one preseason poll.

Northern Vikings

1996 record: 5-5. Coach: Ray Carpenter.

Top players: Terrence Townes, Sr., M; David Downs, Sr., M; Kelvin Williams, Jr., G-D; Antoine Washington, Jr., D.

Outlook: Carpenter, an assistant football coach at Mount St. Joseph, has just four returning starters. He'll try to build around Townes, Downs, Williams and Washington with hopes of equaling last year's effort.

Northwestern Wildcats

1996 record: 3-5 Coach: John Baumann.

Top players: Daryl Medlin, Sr., G; Richard Sherrill, Sr., D; Curtis Washington, Sr., D; Antwan Mundell, Sr., M; Colin Vaughn, Sr., M; Eugene Johnson, Jr., A; J.R. Gray, Jr., A; Brian Johnson, So., A.

Outlook: With 10 returnees from a team that lost by two goals to Forest Park last season, Baumann has good reason for optimism. "I have a fair team, better than last year's, and we have both our top scorer and assist man back," said Baumann, who had 23 players to chose from.

Poly Engineers

1996 record: 6-5. Coach: John Hammond.

Top players: Nick Mosby, Sr., A-M; Vu Vu, Sr., A; Pete Zejcazowski, Jr., M; Avengelos Koliofotis, Jr., D; Mike Forakis, Jr., A.

Outlook: Hammond is in his first season, having taken over for retired coach Augie Waibel. "We had 20 kids out, and we need to solidify our goal keeping, develop in the midfield," Hammond said.

Patterson Clippers

1996 record: 14-1. Coach: Tony Ruocco.

Top players: James Hagan, Sr., A; Tom Newell, Sr., A; George Hill, Sr., D; Rich Califano, Jr., M-A; Curtis Drayton, So., G; Brian Hopson, So., M.

Outlook: Ruocco, assistant to retired coach Bob Ecklund last year, had a turnout of 30 players -- six of whom are returning starters. "We have better athleticism in the midfield, and better stick-handling on defense than last year," said Ruocco, who watched the Clippers reach last year's 3A-4A state semifinals.

Southern Bulldogs

1996 record: 2-8. Coach: Ted Thompson

Top players: Mike Nelson, Jr., A-M-D; Gamal Johnson, Jr., A-M-D; Danny Jerome, Jr., G; Davon Cox, So., A-M-D; Ronald Ragins, So., A-M-D.

Outlook: First-year coach Thompson has set his goal: to reach .500. "We have some new kids in from middle school programs, but the talent is still untested," Thompson said.

Southwestern Sabers

1996 record: 2-9. Coach: Steve Simmons.

Top players: Andre Wooden, Sr., A; Durant Wilson, Sr., A; Carlos Mays, Jr., M; Lonnie Ervin, So., D.

Outlook: Six starters return for the Sabers, whose members will include several ninth- and 10th-graders.

Walbrook Warriors

1996 record: 6-5. Coach: Richard Hall.

Top players: Anton Jackson, Sr., A; Derron Walker, Sr., M; Donta Truitt, Fr., M.

Outlook: A .500 season may be considered a success for the Warriors, whose lack of depth -- only 17 players came out -- could cause problems in big games.

Boys lacrosse, preseason poll

1. Boys' Latin

2. St. Mary's

3. Calvert Hall

4. Loyola

5. Gilman

6. Broadneck

7. St. Paul's

8. Mount Hebron

9. McDonogh

10. Severn

11. Severna Park

12. Hereford

13. Mount St. Joseph

14. Friends

15. Dulaney

Others considered: John Carroll, Arundel, Catonsville, Annapolis

The boys preseason lacrosse poll was picked by The Sun staff.

Pub Date: 3/21/97

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