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1998 Carroll County field hockey previews


Francis Scott Key Eagles

1997 record: 11-3.

Coach: Mindi Wagner.

Top players: Stephanie Lawrence, Sr., CF; Megan Straehle, Sr., RW; Kim Mathias, Jr., CL; Jordan Torbeck, Sr., LL; Laura Thompson, Sr., CH; Becky Arnold, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Eagles were hurt by graduation, losing seven starters and eight seniors from the team that lost in the region semifinals to eventual state champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Still, this remains a talented group. Offense should be one of the strong points as leading scorer Lawrence returns along with Straehle, one of the team's top threats last year. Defense is what concerns Wagner. The positive point is Key has more speed in the back than last year, something that could help it overcome its inexperience.

Liberty Lions

1997 record: 3-10.

Coach: Diana Weinapple.

Top players: Teresa Sleeper, Sr., A; Carly Ferguson, Sr., A; Casey Sanders, Jr., L; Becca Armstrong, Jr., D; Corinne Cathey, Sr., D; Lisa Evans, Sr., A.

Outlook: Weinapple takes over for longtime coach Courtney Vaughn and will try to move the Lions back to the winning side. The new coach was pleased with the team's play in scrimmages against Catoctin and Oakland Mills, showing some punch on offense. Evans, Sleeper and Ferguson should help put the ball in the cage. The defense looked good against Oakland Mills. Her goal this season is to bring the team up to the .500 level. Fifty-four players came out for the JV and varsity, something that should help build the program for the next few years.

North Carroll Panthers

1997 record: 9-3.

Coach: Denean Koontz.

Top players: Meredith Gill, Sr., M; Jessica Bradford, Sr., F; Katie Mullinix, Sr., F; Katie Holmes, Sr., D; Devan Bosley, Jr., G; Erin German, Sr., M.

Outlook: Graduation also hit here, as the Panthers lost five starters. North Carroll still has plenty of talent but will have to fill some holes on offense. Koontz is hoping for help there from Bradford, Mullinix and others. The defense should be stingy once again, with help from Holmes and Bosley. North Carroll needs some of its new players to step up, but a tough early schedule may not help matters. The Panthers open with Liberty, South Carroll and Key, so they'll quickly be tested. Koontz is optimistic, however, saying the potential remains for a good season.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1997 record: 5-5.

Coach: Erin Soulen.

Top players: Kristen Lee, Sr., L; Angie Scott, Sr, W; Rachael Wilson, Sr., M; Sarah Jenkins, Sr., G; Melanie Amoss, Sr., A; Mandy Sndyer, Sr., HB; Lindsay Mercier, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Cavaliers lost only one starter and will have 11 seniors returning to give Soulen an experienced group. Soulen played on the 1991 state championship team at South Carroll and is hopeful to bring this team back to that level. The Cavaliers have more experience on defense than offense. Jenkins will lead the way on defense; she had five shutouts last year. On offense, Amoss and Scott were the top scorers last year and will help carry the load this season. Soulen hopes to find some more help offensively this season to let South Carroll continue improving.

Westminster Owls

1997 record: 16-1.

Coach: Brenda Baker.

Top players: Emily White, Sr., G; Carrie Reeve, Sr, D; Kelly Klima, Sr., M; Lauren Magee, Jr., M; Lisa Cavanaugh, Jr., D; Katie Sciukas, Sr., F; Jessie Ray, Sr., D; Mindi Carnegie, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Owls have just two starters back from last year's Class 4A state finalist, but they should have plenty of talent to fill the holes. White, a second-team All-Metro pick last year, was one of the area's best goalies. Reeve will be the sweeper and help ensure that White doesn't have much work thanks to a stingy defense. There are eight seniors this year who saw limited playing time last season, and Baker hopes they'll grow into their roles. Offense concerns Baker, who hopes for help from Sciukas and others. The Owls have made the state final four of the last nine years, winning the championship in 1991 and 1996. In addition, they've won the county, CMC and region crowns the last four years. Baker would like that streak to continue this season.

Top 15

1. Severna Park

2. Westminster

3. St. Paul's

4. Roland Park

5. Francis Scott Key

6. Bryn Mawr

7. Garrison Forest

8. Bel Air

9. North Carroll

10. Notre Dame Prep

11. Mount Hebron

12. Severn

13. Towson

14. Hereford

15. Chesapeake-AA

Pub Date: 9/02/98

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