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Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1996 record: 11-2-4.

Coach: Jeanette Budzik.

Top players: Kim Smith, Sr., F; Kate Cole, Sr., M; Ellen Phillips, Sr., G; Jessica McAdam, Jr., F; Paige Donaldson, Sr., M.

Outlook: For two years, the Mawrtians have come within a shootout of the AIS A Division title game. Now, they face an uphill battle to get that close again. With eight starters lost to graduation, the Mawrtians have major rebuilding ahead, although veteran keeper Phillips could keep them in games. On attack, the Mawrtians have one of the area's top shooters in 1996 Junior Olympian and All-Metro forward Smith (10G, 1A). Budzik is cautious, but there is plenty of talent here. The only question is will it jell.

Friends Quakers

1996 record: 6-5-6.

Coach: Carol Samuels.

Top players: Molly O'Conner, Jr., M; Maron Deering, Jr., M; Ella Mason, Sr., F; Caroline Keelty, Sr., D; Sara Barss, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Quakers enjoy one of their strongest returning units in a while with only three starters lost to graduation. O'Conner and Deering provide a sound midfield while Mason and some talented youngsters have good scoring potential. The Quakers also return one of the league's top corner combinations, which is how they scored most of their goals last season. There are a few holes to fill in the defense, but that's where Samuels' teams tend to excel. Look for the Quakers to make a move in the A Division.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1996 record: 7-4-5.

Coach: Micul Ann Morse.

Top players: Cantey Boyd, Sr., F; Karie Reed, Sr., D; Courtney Fisher, Sr., M/D; Mindy Walman, So., F; Carey Ann Aprahamian, So., D; Melissa Harrison, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Grizzlies dropped back to the pack last fall after consecutive unbeaten A Division-championship seasons in 1994 and 1995. They were young and will be even more so now, and it doesn't help that Harrison will miss the early going after a hand injury that required 40 stitches. However, the Grizzlies have a reliable attack as well as a couple of strong transfers and some promising talent up from JV.

Lutheran Saints

1996 record: 3-10-2.

Coach: Linda Weinreich.

Top players: Heather Grose, Sr., G; Jessica Salter, Jr., F; Heather Lauer, Jr., F; Angie Crenshaw, So., D.

Outlook: Last year, the Saints fielded a team of mostly underclassmen, but those youngsters have grown enough to make a run at moving up in the B Division. Only three players graduated last year, but they took most of the scoring with them. If the Saints can fill that void, they should be OK with a defense anchored by Grose.

Maryvale Lions

1996 record: 4-5-1.

Coach: Jennie Boyce.

Top players: Jessica O'Conor, Sr., D; Christina Enoch, Jr., M; Shannon Kron, So., F/M; Alicia Elan-Harkum, Jr., D, Katie Nolan, So., M; Kara Flanigan, So., F.

Outlook: In her second season, Boyce is hoping the Lions can be a force in the A Division. Although they have only two seniors and lost three key defenders, the Lions have more speed and scoring potential. However, they suffered a setback when senior goalie Tasha Nechay came down with appendicitis. She will miss a couple more weeks but junior Becca Kelly has come on strong in the meantime. The Lions may be a year short of breaking into the league's elite.

McDonogh Eagles

1996 record: 10-3-5.

Coach: Cathy Schorreck.

Top players: Sara Herman, Sr., M; Phyllis Byrd, Sr., F; Becca Johnson, Sr., D; Kim Yeargin, Sr., D; Kirsten Daub, Sr., D.

Outlook: With nine senior starters back, the Eagles have one of the most seasoned squads in the A Division. Four of those seniors -- Herman, Byrd, Johnson and Yeargin -- have played together for four years. The Eagles' game is centered around 1996 Junior Olympian and All-Metro link Herman. But Schorreck also has five freshmen on the roster, so the question is whether all of the individual talent will translate into a great team game. The Eagles broke into the league's elite last year before Severn dismissed them from the tournament in the first round. If all that talent comes together, the Eagles could reach the final this time.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1996 record: 8-2-4.

Coach: Kathleen Gower.

Top players: Kate Kaiser, Sr., M/F; Lauren Aumiller, Jr., M/F; Mary Beth Laverghetta, Jr., D; Emily Baggan, Sr., F; Kerri Owen, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Pirates suffered both of their 1996 losses to Roland Park -- the last, 1-0 in an A Division tournament semifinal shootout. Although the Pirates lost much of their defense, they return so much strength in the midfield and on attack that they should remain a factor in this season's race. Led by Futures veterans Kaiser, an All-Metro second-teamer, and Aumiller, the midfield has a decidedly attack flavor which will benefit finishers Baggan and Owen. Laverghetta is the key defensive veteran.


1996 record: 4-8-3.

Coach: Stephanie Hedges.

Top players: Dealey Campbell, Sr., G; Ashley Vizzi, Jr., F; Sloan Spaulding, Sr., D; Talbot Britt, Sr., D; Kristan May, Jr., F.

Outlook: This is a team that knows how to peak at the right time. Last year, they tied John Carroll for the B Division tournament championship after winning just two league games. The year before, they won the title outright even though they did not win a league game. After graduating nine seniors, Oldfields again will look to build toward the tournament.

Park Bruins

1996 record: 8-4-3.

Coach: Barbara Purkey.

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

Outlook: The Bruins enjoyed great success last season with a young group and should be even better now. They lost only three starters and their top four returning players are Futures veterans. The midfield and line return almost intact, although there is some work to do on defense. With second-team All-Metro keeper Shapiro returning, the Bruins shouldn't give away much.

Roland Park Reds

1996 record: 12-2-3.

Coach: Debbie Bloodsworth.

Top players: Erin McInnes, Sr., F; Elizabeth Ryan, Jr., F; Lauren Miller, Sr., D; Kristen Raneri, Sr., M; Stasia Thomas, Jr., F; Gretchen Crook, Jr., G; Anna Hitchner, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Reds rebounded last year from their worst record (5-6-3) in 15 years to reach the A Division tournament final. The 1996 Baltimore City/County Coach of the Year, Bloodsworth returns almost everybody from the squad that fell 2-0 to St. Paul's in the tournament final. The Reds have speed, skill and quickness all over the field as well as loads of depth. They return their forward line almost intact as well as a solid defense anchored by veterans Miller and Crook. With so much returning talent, the Reds are the team to beat in the A Division.

Seton Keough Gators

1996 record: 3-8-1.

Coach: Debbi Pearson.

Top players: Katie Roscher, Sr., G; Lorey Molick, Sr., D; Keirsten Lehner, Sr., M; Stephanie Roscher, Jr., F.

Outlook: Graduation took a toll on the Gators, claiming 11 players including nine starters. Still, the attack appears more aggressive and veterans return at key defensive spots -- Katie Roscher in the cage and Molick at sweeper. The Gators will need the most work in the midfield where an entirely new unit will be the key to their success in the B Division.

St. Paul's Gators

1996 record: 11-0-5.

Coach: Eileen Alban.

Top players: Alison Polk-Williams, Jr., M; Hilary Polk-Williams, Jr., M; Alyson Bowyer, Sr., D; Kate Ahearn, Sr., D; Erin Oglesby, Jr., D; Jenny Landsman, So., F; Marcela Sardi, Sr., D.

Outlook: The defending A Division champs return a lot of talent, but they graduated their spark, All-Metro Player of the Year Sarah Oglesby, as well as All-Metro forward Mills Hook. Those two combined for 15 goals and six assists, and the Gators need to find someone to take over those leadership roles. There are plenty of candidates, including the Polk-Williams twins and Landsman, all Futures veterans. Alison Polk-Williams was a silver medalist at the Junior Olympics in August. Defensively, the Gators return more strength although they will have a new goalie in Laura DiCamillo. Oglesby and Sardi are also Futures veterans.

St. Timothy's

1996 record: 3-5.

Coach: Janet Powers.

Top players: Anna Goldstein, Sr., F; Michelle McCollum, Sr., M; Patty McDaniel, Sr., G; Colston Stuart, Sr., M.

Outlook: This is one of most experienced St. Timothy's teams in years. The seniors have been around for two or three years and there is a strong junior class as well. There is balance, a strong midfield, scoring potential and a solid defense anchored by McDaniel. Although St. Timothy's is always slow getting started -- classes don't begin until this week -- they could emerge as a force in the B Division.

Pub Date: 9/09/97

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