For a program that was elevated to varsity status four years ago, Navy's women's soccer team has some pretty lofty goals for 1997.
Mids coach Carin Gabarra, who inherited a team that played on the club level as recently as 1993, is Gabarra confident that this year's team is poised to win the Patriot League crown and advance to the NCAA playoffs.
Gabarra's optimism stems from the presence of her seniors, the academy's first women's soccer recruits.
Maryland's program, in its 11th season, has its sights set on the NCAA final four, which the Terps fell one game short of reaching the past two seasons.
Maryland will try to survive one of the toughest schedules in the nation, and Towson, which enters the season with a new coach for the second straight year, aims to successfully defend its America East title.
Coach: Dave Gerrity.
1996 record: 13-5-1.
Top returning players: Erin Gilroy, Sr., G; Jamie DeSoto, Jr., MF; Meredith Shea, Jr., MF; Cara Mooney, Sr., MF/F; Tricia Witte, Sr., F; Krystin Porcella, Sr., MF; Denise Serafin, Sr., MF/F; Meryl Friedermann, Jr., D.
Top newcomers: Amy Goetzinger, Fr., D; Jessica Sheehan, Fr., F.
Outlook: The Greyhounds return eight starters from last year's team, which won its second MAAC title in three seasons. Among the veterans is Mooney, a two-time all-MAAC selection and graduate student who is set to complete her fifth year of soccer eligibility. "We're a team that knows each other very well and we have more depth than we've ever had before," Gerrity said.
Coach: Alan Kirkup.
1996 record: 19-5-2.
Top returning players: Emmy Harbo, Jr., F; Keri Sarver, Jr., F; Michelle Deville, Sr., F; Michelle Salmon, Sr., MF; Emily Janss, Soph., MF.
Top newcomers: Terri Greer, Fr., D; Courtney Martinez, Soph., MF; Riki-Ann Serrins, Fr., G.
Outlook: After reaching the NCAA quarterfinals the past two seasons, the Terps are looking to go farther. Maryland returns eight starters, including forwards Harbo and Sarver, who are quickly becoming one of the best one-two punches in women's soccer. Sixteen of Maryland's 20 opponents appeared in last year's NCAA tournament and had a combined regular-season record of 228-77-20.
Mount St. Mary's
Coach: Laura Johnston.
1996 record: 8-9-1.
Top returning players: Christy Wicks, Sr., F; Amanda Gilbert, Jr., FB; Tammy Palmer, Sr., D; Jenny Klimes, Sr., MF; Nicki Trumpler, Jr., G; Lacey Morley, Soph., MF.
Top newcomers: Kate Korrow, Fr., F; Gwyneth Fallis, Fr., MF; Melanie Sichak, Fr., MF; Amanda Rocco, Fr., F/M; Tara Schlerf, Fr., MF.
Outlook: The Mountaineers coach inherits a team with nine returning starters, including Wicks, an all-NEC pick the past two years, all-NEC back Gilbert and Trumpler, who yielded just over 1.3 goals a game last season. Johnston's emphasis on match fitness has changed the way the Mountaineers operate and could translate to wins right away.
Coach: Carin Gabarra.
1996 record: 11-6-2.
Top returning players: Cori Thornton, Sr., F; Shannon Filbin, Soph., F; Michelle Nance, Soph., MF; Cristina Esposito, Sr., F; Nicole Aunapu, Jr., D; Amy Hakola, Sr., G.
Top newcomers: Lauren Jacobson, Fr., MF; Sarah Wilson, Fr., G.
Outlook: Thornton, a three-time all-Patriot League player, leads a talented group of forwards. The Mids, who have their sights set on a Patriot League title, played 18 games last spring and posted a 14-0-4 record. Hakola, Navy's captain, is a three-time first-team all-Patriot League goalkeeper, and Aunapu is a two-time all-league defender.
Coach: Woody Sherwood.
1996 record: 10-7-2.
Top returning players: Christie Landi, Sr., F; Megan Lumsden, Sr., G; Emeri Yarnoff, Soph., F; Kari Colsey, Jr., MF; Robyn Harry, Jr., D; Shelley Seivert, Jr., D.
Top newcomers: Jenn Cook, Fr., D; Tina Steck, Fr., G; Stacy Ring, Fr., F.
Outlook: The Tigers have nine starters back from last year's defense-minded team that captured its first America East title, as well as its first winning season. Landi, Towson's top returning scorer, and Lumsden, MVP of the America East tournament, are the only seniors.
Coach: Amanda Cromwell.
1996 record: 10-6.
Top returning players: Shannon Bagrosky, Sr., MF; Theresa Rosbert, Soph., F; Kathy Zonis, Sr., F; Jessaka Phoebus, Soph., MF; Renny Trelllis, Jr., MF; Mandy Robins, Soph., G.
Top newcomers: Erin Lesh, Fr., F; Megan Smart, Fr., G; Kristen Bakia, Fr., G.
Outlook: The Retrievers graduated three second-team all-Big South selections but return two proven performers, Bagrosky and Rosbert. Bagrosky, a first-team all-conference pick, will anchor the defense. Rosbert led the Big South in assists and her team in scoring. "Our defense was tremendous last year, but we can't rely on them to win us a ballgame every time out," Cromwell said.
Pub Date: 9/02/97