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Division III


1999 record: 5-10

Coach: Jim Lyons (20-41)

Key players: Will Kolodziej, Sr., D; Jonas Seigel, Sr., M; Qadir Stern, So., A/M; Phil Anthony, So., A; Mike Amash, So., G; Mark Kelley, So., M.

Top newcomers: T. Scott Robertson, Fr., M; Cameron Fawkes, Fr., A; Paul Powell, Fr., D; Todd Litterbrant, Fr., M.

Outlook: Robertson is a newcomer in every sense of the word, coming east from Englewood, Colo., to test his skills against the youngsters from this hotbed of lacrosse. Robertson, like all players from the West, will have to prove himself. But Lyons has already called him "a big sleeper" and believes he is the kind of player who will help Goucher close the gap on the likes of Mary Washington and St. Mary's in the Capital Athletic Conference. Lyons doesn't talk much about gaining ground on defending NCAA Division III champion Salisbury State, which is virtually in a class by itself in the CAC. "Salisbury is on a different level," said Lyons. "For us, a .500 season is a very realistic goal."

St. Mary's

1999 record: 10-5

Coach: Jason Hurley (82-51, 11th season)

Key players: Ryan Heacock, Jr., M; David Moss, Sr., M; Brett Tillett, Jr., D; Kevin Pollock, Jr., D; Andrew Toussaint, So., A; Steve Vallandingham, Jr., A.

Top newcomers: Brian Barros, Jr., A (Anne Arundel CC); Mike Watkins, So., G ( Anne Arundel CC); Andrew Gerner, Fr., D.

Outlook: Coming off a near major upset of Salisbury State in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game last season, St. Mary's heads into the 2000 campaign with renewed hope for catching the defending NCAA Division III champion Sea Gulls at the top of the league. Hurley has some outstanding athletes with good speed and he has some depth this season. But the bad news is that the school's all-time leading goal scorer, C.J. Lauer, has graduated and there is a lack of experience. "It was a great game [7-5 loss] against Salisbury State in the conference final," said Hurley. "Salisbury is a level above us. We have to slow the game down and play nearly perfect lacrosse to beat them." Hurley insists he isn't quite sure where his goal scoring will come from this season with Lauer gone. "I guess the midfield groups will have to take up the slack in the scoring department," said the 11th-year coach. "They have the experience."

Salisbury State

1999 record: 18-1 (NCAA Division III champion)

Coach: Jim Berkman (151-19, 12th season)

Key players: Joe High, Sr., A; Kevin Fox, Sr., A; Rob Bates, Sr., A; Tim Parks, Sr., M; Chris Turner, Sr., M; Jimmy Barnes, Sr., M; Josh Bergey, Sr., M; Dave DiPaola, Jr., M; Mark Breier, Jr., D; Hirbod Azmi, Sr., D; Ryan McKenzie, Sr., M; Chris Martin, Sr., M.

Top newcomers: Chris Criswell, Jr., M (Towson); Rob Bookhamer, Jr., M (Limestone ); Scott Chandler, Sr., A (Virginia Wesleyan); Craig Rhodey, Fr., A.

Outlook: Talk about a lacrosse dynasty that shows no signs of weakening. The Sea Gulls were truly the Division III team of the '90s, compiling a 142-14 record and capturing three of the last six national championships. Salisbury has either been to the final four or won the national title five of the last six years. The latest national championship run came last spring when the Sea Gulls dazzled Middlebury (Vt.), 13-6, in the final. Berkman has built a powerhouse that is the model for every small lacrosse school in the country. Youngsters line up to play for Berkman and he is loaded again in 2000. Salisbury already owns an 8-7 scrimmage victory over Division I Delaware and is everybody's preseason No. 1 choice. The hoopla is so high for the Sea Gulls that Berkman admits to being concerned about overconfidence. "I've told the kids that they might get straight A's by reading their clippings, but that won't help us on the field. We have to prove it every day out there." There are eight preseason All-Americans on this team, led by High, who had 49 goals and 30 assists last year.

Villa Julie

1999 record: 9-6

Coach: Skeets Chadwick (First year)

Key players: Travis Williams, Jr., M; Rob Ruff, Jr., M; Andy Cunningham, Sr., A; John Doby, Jr., D; Dan Giordano, Jr., D; Kjeld Laurentzen, Sr., G.

Top newcomers: Greg Bardzik, Jr., M (UMBC); Larry Dawson, Fr., M; Josh Zanarro, Fr., A; Stu King, So., A (Harford CC); Jack Rose, Jr., D (Catonsville CC), John Bowman, Fr., D.

Outlook: Chadwick has already given Villa Julie instant recognition with his storied background as a goalkeeper at Towson High and Washington and Lee. He also brought in his former standout teammate, Skip Lichtfuss, as his assistant, and the two have pulled off a major recruiting coup by getting Bardzik to transfer from UMBC. "Bardzik is the real deal," said Chadwick. "He and Ruff give us a lot of speed in the midfield and we have depth. We should also be strong defensively. Basically, I'll be working with the defense and Skip will work with the offense, kind of like offensive and defensive coordinators."

Washington College

1999 record: 12-3

Coach: J.B. Clarke (12-3, second season)

Key players: J.D. Radebaugh, Sr., M; Jon Fellows, So., A; Ray Pagano, So., G; Will Gibbs, Sr., D; Michael Kent, Sr., D; Kevin Dorst, Sr., M; Owen Mulhern, Sr., M; Mike Campbell, Jr., D; Curtis Gilbert, Jr., D.

Top newcomers: Eric Kuehn, Fr., A; Craig Earley, Fr., M; Jeremy Shannon, Fr., M; John Thomas, Fr., M.

Outlook: The Shoremen suffered a hard fall from the top of the NCAA Division III pack last season, being bounced unceremoniously out of the Division III championship tournament, 16-7, by Middlebury in the quarterfinals. Washington not only lost a chance to repeat as Division III champion, but lost a substantial amount of scoring punch with the graduation of John Fuller, Matt Swift and Justin McCarthy, who combined for 81 goals and 34 assists last season. They were among 13 seniors who departed from a program that had produced three straight NCAA Division III championship-game appearances. But don't feel too sorry for Clarke and the Shoremen. They reloaded a little on defense this season and will send out proven high scorers in Fellows and Radebaugh to make another run at a national title. Fellows was the team's leading scorer last season (25 goals and 26 assists) and Radebaugh (23 goals, five assists) was fifth. Radebaugh is a preseason first-team All-American. Also back in the goal is Pagano, who was superb in a 16-15 overtime loss to Salisbury State last season, making 20 saves. "I'd say we're very close to being a national championship-caliber team," said Clarke.

Western Maryland

1999 record: 5-9

Coach: Keith Reitenbach (54-43, eighth year)

Key players: Tom Brown, So., A; Anthony Burgos, Sr., M; Gaelen Cross, Sr., D; Dave Riley, Jr., M; Jason Wiles, So., D; Brett Sweeney, Jr., A; Brian Nottingham, So., G.

Top newcomer: Joe Ellis, Fr., A.

Outlook: The Green Terror didn't have an abundance of talent assembled for this season, but it became a lot thinner when senior attackman Rob Witte decided he didn't want to play anymore and senior midfielder Tom Caldwell opted to transfer to West Chester State. Witte (27 goals, six assists last season despite numerous injuries) walked away from the game even though he was close to moving into the Top 10 all-time scorers in school history with 137 points. Caldwell (23 goals, nine assists last year) was a second-team All-Centennial Conference selection last season, along with Witte. The departure of Witte and Caldwell leaves Brown (25 goals, 16 assists last season) as the only proven scorer on the team. But Reitenbach is trying to be brave in the face of adversity, with Riley expected to add some punch to the offense as he moves to midfield after being a defenseman for two years. Also, Burgos and Nottingham are returning after sitting out last year. Burgos, a three-year starter at defensive back for the Green Terror football team, is being billed by Reitenbach as "the fastest lacrosse player in the Centennial Conference."

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