Carver A&T; Wildcats (7-4)
Coach: Denise Junkerman
Outlook: Brimming with youth, the Wildcats are looking to improve on last year's first-round loss in the postseason. Junkerman lost only two seniors to graduation and expects big contributions from midfielder Vicki Goldsmith, forward Michelle Fisher, and defender Erika Gross.
Catonsville Comets (11-2-1)
Coach: Kathy Schuyler
Outlook: Late-season injuries thwarted the Comets' bid last fall to reach the state semifinals for a second straight year. With midfielder Erin Cobreth returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament to rejoin defender Chrissy Blake and forward Kara MacLeod, the Comets should vie for county and regional titles.
Dulaney Lions (11-3-1)
Coach: Jolene Zeigenfuse
Outlook: The Lions lost six seniors from a team that reached the state Class 3A semifinals, but new coach Zeigenfuse said she has a stronger attack this season. Led by midfielder Kelly Slear and sweeper Becky Gerkins, the Lions have many players from JV teams that won county title the last two years.
Dundalk Owls (3-5-3)
Coach: Danielle Grzebien
Outlook: Grzebien's goal is to convert last season's ties into wins. She will depend on goalie Lindsey Wolfe, a four-year varsity starter who stopped 86 percent of her opponents' shots. With four goals each, forwards Sarah Little and Laura Massoni will lead the attack.
Eastern Tech Mavericks (3-9)
Coach: Sandra Metz
Outlook: With four years as an assistant field hockey coach at Easton High School in Talbot County, Metz takes over the Mavericks helm. The team features the return of every starter, including forward Kristina Grhe and midfielders Jennifer Crunkilton and Melisha Peregoy.
Franklin Indians (NA)
Coach: Angie Keck.
Outlook: Keck, a former Franklin player, takes over a team looking to jump back into contention after several years. The Indians are rebuilding on defense, but have nine solid returning players including veteran forwards Debbie Park and Danielle Laudeman and link Saira Haider.
Garrison Forest Grizzlies (7-3-5)
Coach: Micul Ann Morse
Outlook: The Grizzlies return eight seniors and should make a run at the top spot in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Division. The defense, anchored by veteran goalie Catie Corbin, returns nearly intact, while Caroline Cox leads a balanced attack that could boost some of those ties into the win column this season.
Hereford Bulls (14-3-1)
Coach: Tammy Mundie
Outlook: The County and state co-champion Bulls lost three key players including City/County Player of the Year Sarah Warner, but they return eight starters including midfielder Jen Marstellar, defender Melanie Schwarzmann and goalie Jen Kostik. The Bulls graduated most of their offense, but a defensive unit returning intact should help make up for that loss.
Kenwood Bluebirds (8-4)
Coach: Stacey Kalwa
Outlook: With former head coach Mary Castaldo on maternity leave, Kalwa moves up from assistant coach and inherits a squad that lost four senior defenders. But she still has wing Kara Kulczycki, the team's leading scorer for the past two years, goalie Krista Mazziot, and assists leader Jennifer Svec.
Lansdowne Vikings (7-8)
Coach: Kelly Bippus
Outlook: The Vikings lost seven seniors who helped power the squad to the second round of the regionals. Moving from the defensive end to the offensive one, forward Shannon Stottlemire will lead a youthful team that includes wing Kristina Hubbard and midfielder Aubrey Poysa.
Loch Raven Raiders (NA)
Coach: Jennifer Allen
Outlook: The Raiders return a veteran group that Allen said is more fundamentally sound and could make a move against their Baltimore County foes. Katie Fox and Kimberly Mooney anchor the midfield while Annie DeCosta returns at sweeper.
Lutheran Saints (9-6-5)
Coach: Michelle King
Outlook: Runners-up to John Carroll in the AIS B Division last year, the Saints lost only four players. They have 12 seniors including goalie Kristen Williamson, forward Nikki Null and versatile Angie Crenshaw, so the Saints should contend for the first IAAM B Division title.
Maryvale Lions (3-8-4)
Coach: Jennie Boyce
Outlook: The Lions lost just three starters, so they are working to improve last year's record. Returning forwards Shannon Kron and Shannon Hanley and halfback Kate Nolan lead a team that also has a talented group moving up from a JV that lost just one game.
McDonogh Eagles (6-9-4)
Coach: Katie O'Connell
Outlook: The Eagles return 16 players many of whom went to camp or played in Europe over the summer, so former assistant coach O'Connell takes over a team looking to move up. Goalie Sabrina Gill and back Gina Zanella anchor a solid defense while Heather Warnken leads the offense.
Notre Dame Prep Pirates (8-8-1)
Coach: Kathleen Gower
Outlook: Gower returns after a year off to have a baby and she has a lot of new players to work with because nine seniors graduated. Lauren Keller is the top returning forward while Kristen Miller and Bridget Morris return to the midfield.
Coach: Stephanie Hedges
Outlook: Graduation claimed almost the entire team, so, for a second straight year, Hedges faces a rebuilding season. Only five players return including link Meredith Eisenhart and defenders Gretl Stoudt and Lauren Tilley.
Overlea Falcons (2-6-2)
Coach: Heather Shoemaker
Outlook: Midfielder Colene Sipes is the lone senior on a young Falcons squad, which also includes forward Danielle Rabuck and sophomore Jennifer Alevetsovitis. Although seven players from last year's team return this season, Shoemaker characterizes it as a "rebuilding" year.
Owings Mills Eagles (6-5)
Coach: Sharon Adedeji
Outlook: Rookie coach Adedeji is blessed with a strong attack and midfield, but needs to shore up her defensive corps. Goalie Carrie Gardner and midfielders Shannon Schuman and Shira Reicher are the top returning players.
Park Bruins (8-6-4)
Coach: Barbara Purkey
Outlook: The Bruins graduated 11 seniors, so Purkey will be trying to build for post-season. Defender Anna Colvin, forward Candace Maslan and midfielder Kris Hogan will lead a team that is athletic but lacks varsity experience.
Parkville Knights (1-10)
Coach: Sandy Hoody
Outlook: Hoody, former head coach at St. Paul's, takes over a young and inexperienced Knights squad. She will be looking to build on the foundation provided by veteran goalie Mary Trautner and midfielder Meagan O'Donnell.
Patapsco Patriots (11-2)
Coach: Lori Powers
Outlook: Winner of the Mallard Division crown for the past three years, the Patriots will move up to the competitive Heron Division this fall. Although the team lost six seniors to graduation, Powers can rely on midfielder Lisa Molina, goalie Jen Sobczak and 20-goal scorer Ashly Fishell, and the team's leading scorer for the past two years.
Perry Hall Gators (5-7)
Coach: Deanna Smith
Outlook: The Gators return all but five players and even those up from JV have speed and solid basics. Led by forward Lori Baran, midfielder Natalie Sigward and goalie Jill Baran, the Gators could be back in contention in the county for the first time in several years.
Pikesville Panthers (7-5-3)
Coach: Tim Fowler
Outlook: The Panthers lost six seniors but return veteran midfielders Tara Posner and Leslie Weiss and defender Stephanie Buck. If the Panthers stay together and stick to the team game, as Fowler said they have in preseason, they could be a team to contend with.
St. Paul's Gators (11-4-4)
Coach: Heather O'Neill
Outlook: New coach O'Neill takes over a squad that brings up a strong junior class to fill in the middle of the field where graduation took a toll. However, with forwards Jenny Landsman and Lauren Dahdah and goalie Laura DiCamillo returning, the Gators shouldn't lose much ground.
St. Timothy's (1-6-1)
Coach: Janet Powers
Outlook: St. Timothy's will be a team to watch in the IAAM with most of the team returning. Forwards Kate Drury and Candi Vossler and twin defenders Meredith and Mija Gibboney lead a team with an excellent chance to boost last year's record.
Sparrows Point Pointers (3-5-1)
Coach: Christa Alexander
Outlook: A 7-2 record in 1997 lost its luster after last season's disappointing run, but Alexander is looking forward to fielding a squad loaded with 13 returning seniors. Forward Casey Foulke, midfielder April Phillips, and sweeper Katie Ignautowski will try to help the Pointers return to the division's elite.
Towson Generals (7-7-1)
Coach: Holly West
Outlook: Graduation wiped out the Generals' entire defense and the heart of their midfield, so West will be rebuilding with help from veterans Rachel Flint, Whitney Kline and goalie Mollie Gallagher. Although they are young, the Generals have a solid attack and could emerge as spoilers.
Pub Date: 9/02/99