PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jen Ahn, midfield, Bryn Mawr
The only returning player who received both All-Metro and All-State first-team honors last year, Ahn helped the Mawrtians to a share of the AIS A Division championship. The versatile left link scored nine goals as a junior including the one that tied Roland Park in the AIS title game.
Becky Arnold, goalkeeper, Francis Scott Key
As a junior, Arnold allowed just seven goals in 13 games, fewer than any other Carroll County keeper and one of the metro area's best numbers. She had eight shutouts and made 67 saves or clears against 77 shots.
Carey Fetting-Smith, midfield,
A member of the 16-and-under national team who was selected to the U.S. Field Hockey Association's A Camp this summer, Fetting-Smith showed excellent stickwork and dodging skills as a sophomore. She also contributed six goals and eight assists.
Katie Jeschke, forward,
A second-team All-Metro and honorable mention All-State pick, the senior led Howard County in scoring with 16 goals and two assists last fall. Jeschke, a receiver on penalty corners, relies a strong, accurate shot and solid stickwork.
Jacque LaFleur, forward, Bel Air
The top returning player in Harford County scored 14 goals with 10 assists last fall as a junior. An aggressive, skilled right inner who can dominate, LaFleur made a name for herself by scoring 22 goals as a sophomore.
Erin Shaklee, forward,
The Anne Arundel County scoring leader last fall with with 15 goals and eight assists, Shaklee had a knack for getting her the ball in front of the cage. The senior scored three times in one game and twice in three other wins.
Games to watch
No. 2 Severna Park at No. 4 Roland Park
Sept. 18, 10 a.m.
The Reds have won both meetings between these two perennial powers by a single goal -- 1-0 in 1997 and 2-1 last year. Last year's game at Roland Park's Sally Nyborg Tournament ultimately made the difference between the No. 1 and No. 2 rankings.
No. 2 Severna Park vs.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase at Roland Park
Sept. 18, 2: 15 p.m.
The marquee game of Roland Park's Sally Nyborg Tournament features a showdown between the top two public school programs in the state. The Falcons are the defending state Class 4A champions and have won 11 titles since 1979. B-CC has won four straight Class 2A titles and eight since '88.
No. 8 North Carroll at No. 7 Westminster
Sept. 21, 6: 30 p.m.
These Carroll County foes split two league meetings within two days last fall. The Owls spoiled North Carroll's bid for an unbeaten league record by taking a 2-1 victory in the season finale.
No. 1 Bryn Mawr at No. 3 Garrison Forest
Sept. 29, 3: 45 p.m.
This annual private schools showdown, which could be the key game in the new Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, features twin sisters on opposing sides. Last year, Lee Wheeler's Mawrtians nipped Kate Wheeler's Garrison team, 1-0.
No. 5 Fallston at Bel Air
Oct. 13, 3: 30 p.m.
These two are almost always battling for the Harford County championship as the regular season winds down. Last fall en route to the state Class 3A championship, Fallston won two overtime games from the Bobcats.
Pub Date: 9/02/99