Stick to watching these 12 players, who county coaches deem the top returning players, and you should enjoy some exciting field hockey during the 1990 season.
* ERIKA BEYNON (Senior, forward, midfield), FALLSTON -- In her first season as a starter after seeing some action last year, Beynon already has made an impression on coach Alice Puckett. Beynon, according to Puckett, is a tireless performer in either the midfield or the defensive backfield.
"She's aggressive," Puckett said. "She's the first person we'll assign to the other team's best scorer and tell her not to let them score."
* CRISSY FELLONA (Senior, midfielder), JOPPATOWNE -- Fellona will shore up general leadership responsibilities wherever she's needed in the game.
She was an All-County lacrosse player after finishing last spring among the area's leading scorers. A strong, four-year starter for coach Pam Reich, Fellona's stickwork is among the county's best. She's also got speed and is a relentless attacker. Her playing style, which combines finesse, power and an ability to read the open field, will help spread the scoring to her surrounding teammates.
* DORA LYNN KELLY (Senior, defender), HAVRE DE GRACE -- Of Kelly, coach Donna Weber said, "She has excellent field vision and really has it all put together out there. She's a key player in my defense and has good ball-handling skills and control." Although she will likely be used more on defense, Kelly, a four-year starter, may play midfield this season to bolster what may be the weakest area of the Warriors' team. "She's the director and I'm giving her a lot of leeway in that area," Weber said.
* TAMMY KLOIBER (Senior, goal keeper), FALLSTON -- Kloiber, a junior, is in her second season as a starter and is considered among the area's best goalkeepers. Kloiber was an All-County and All-Metro selection in both lacrosse and field hockey. For last year's Cougars, Kloiber posted nine shutouts and had a 92 percent save percentage and an 0.4 goals against average. She ended last season with the game-winning save in the Cougars' Class 2A state championship 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten Loch Raven (14-1).
* RACHEL PHILLIPS (Senior, forward), C. MILTON WRIGHT -- Viewed by the county's coaches as the best returning player, Phillips -- a two-time All-Metro and three-time All-County selection -- has credentials that speak for themselves. She is among the county's scoring leaders with 25 goals and is being recruited by such college field hockey programs as Towson State and James Madison, as well as the universities of Richmond and Delaware.
Phillips, a B-student, participated in an Olympic Developmental camp this summer.
* TERRI RANDOLPH (Senior, forward), NORTH HARFORD -- Randolph, a second-year starter for coach Fran Norman, will be the centerpiece to what Norman called an "unpredictable" group of returning attack players. "Her strength is her steady play. She consistently does her job," Norman said.
"She has outstanding stick skills and uses them to maneuver around players."
* AMY SULLIVAN (Sophomore, midfielder), BEL AIR -- Bel Air coach Phyllis Hemmes called Sullivan a versatile player. "She is successfully making the transition from the defensive position she played on last year's unbeaten junior varsity team to playing as a forward and a midfielder," Hemmes said.
Sullivan was the top scorer on last year's unbeaten junior varsity squad.
Although Sullivan is in her first season on the varsity squad, Hemmes said she has such maturity and skillful stickwork that she is simply too good to hide in the defensive backfield.
* LEDYS VALLE (Senior, midfielder), BEL AIR -- Valle, one of four team captains this season, is back for her second consecutive year as a starter.
She started as a defender a year ago. Like Sullivan, Valle is being moved into the midfield where she can be more of an offensive threat. She honed her skills in the county's summer field hockey league, and this year is more confident and with a greater field sense. Her speed and stickwork make her an important weapon on both offense and defense.
* MARJIE WASSON (Senior, forward), BEL AIR -- Of Wasson, who is entering her third season as a starter, coach Hemmes said, "She's been there for me over the last three seasons. This year, she's been working on her patience and her open-field awareness. She knows other teams will be keying on her."
She was Bel Air's second-leading scorer with eight goals and seven assists last year. Wasson, a team captain, is always going to be around the goal.
And with the added skills she has acquired this past summer at an Olympic Developmental camp, she should be able to open things up for her teammates.
She proved that with three assists in the Bobcats' 5-0 victory over defending Howard County champion Oakland Mills.