Aberdeen Eagles

'91 Girls Lacrosse Preview/the Teams, Coaches And Players

March 31, 1991

Coach: Ken Zorbach, 6th season.

Assistants: Amy Ferrand, Patty Banick.

Last year's record: 1-11.

Starters lost: 2.

Top returnees: Kate Germano, sr., A; Linda Hogin, sr., A; Sally Sobczyk, sr., A; Mary Ann Cochran, sr., C; Cindy Theisen, sr., A; Julie Bensch, sr., D; Connie Dalton, sr., D; Stacie Edie, sr., D; Trish Roberts, sr., G; Aida Gonzalez, jr., G.

Newcomers: Tricia Knopp, jr., D; Belinda Petry, jr., D; Betty Peterson, jr., A; Dawnavan Scott, jr., A; Audrey Steirer, jr., D; Kyla Rohrs, jr., A; Jen Reynolds, jr., A; Amy Moxey, jr., D; Connie Lawing, jr., D.

Coach's outlook: "Last year's jv was 9-1-1, so they're coming in off a successful season. They're able to step in and help right away without going through that transition period. Last year's team was all jv from the year before, so we played like a jv team for the first half of the year. This group won't make those kinds of mistakes."

Harford County Sun's outlook: After going 9-3 in 1988 and 8-4 in 1989, the Eagles took a tremendous fall last year, and Zorbach is hoping they will get back on the winning track this year. So far, the Eagles have shown a patient, balanced attack that has even gotten some bench scoring. At midfield, the Eagles have some speed and a strong transition game. The problem facing Aberdeen isbolstering the close defense, where they lost two tremendous talents. However, if the attack can take some of the pressure off the defense, the Eagles will have a chance to pick up a few more wins this year.

BEL AIR BOBCATS

Coach: Carol Barker, sixth season.

Assistants: Suzanne Strahorn, Kathy Lewis, Maureen Jones.

Last year's record: 6-6.

Starters lost: 3.

Top returnees: Heather Heitz, sr., A; Kristine Svec, sr., A; Kristen Wagner, sr., A; Robin Veidt, sr., A; Marjie Wasson, sr., A; Jocie Curtis, sr., M; Jill Schmidt, sr., G; Michelle Acosta, sr., D; Ledys Valle, sr., D; Nicole Lenzi, sr., D; Carly Bivens, jr., D; Jill Schultz, jr., D.

Newcomers: Teri Fox, jr., A; Michelle Thomas, jr., D.

Coach's outlook: "Last year, we had only three seniors with experience, so I think we have the ability to improve our record. We have some nice talent, but we can't afford any injuries, especially on defense. That's our area of weakness simply because some of the girls are learning new positions. It takes a whileto learn to play with each other."

Harford County Sun's outlook: The Bobcats have one of the toughest schedules in the county,including five teams that went to the state playoffs last year. But while heryoung defense is coming along, Barker has a high-powered attack to take some of the pressure off. Heitz (53 goals, nine assists) led the county in scoring last year. Svec and Wagner should also score plenty. Defensively, the Bobcats have more speed than in the past. Schmidt has improved in the goal, but she will have to stay healthy, because Barker doesn't have a backup. If the field defense can come around quickly, look for the Bobcats to be in the top three in the county.

C. MILTON WRIGHT MUSTANGS

Coach: Kathy Breymaier, 13th season.

Assistants: Gloria Liedlich, Kristin Brown.

Last year's record: 6-5.

Starters lost: 4.

Top returnees: Meredith Peters, sr., A; Alison Braue, sr., A; Carrie Supik, jr., A; Rachel Phillips, sr., A; Tara Rhodes, sr., A; Kelly MacNeill, sr., M; Angie Knott, sr., D; Tammy Schmidt, sr., D; Jenny Nelson, jr., G.

Newcomers: Debbie Keiser, so., D; Leigh Biggerman, sr., D; Stacey Milton, so., D; Sara Sloop, jr.,G; Julie Jakum, so., A.

Coach's outlook: "These kids are going tobe competitive. The last two years, we had a lot of inexperience, and things never really jelled. A lot of them have been to camp, and wehave some strong new girls. We usually don't have this many athletes."

Harford County Sun's outlook: The Mustangs look strong on attack, where they return every starter. Peters and Braue are the top scoring threats, although the Mustangs could have one of the most balanced attacks in the league. Attack wings Phillips and Rhodes and center MacNeill will also do a lot of scoring. One of the league's top midfielders, MacNeill gives the Mustangs a strong transition game. Defensively, only Schmidt and Nelson return to the starting lineup, but the Mustangs have strong talent up from jv. Biggerman will provide a boost at defense wing while Sloop, a convert from softball, provides somedepth in the goal. If the attack can remain balanced, the Mustangs should be able to cover for some of their defensive inexperience. Thatshould put them in the county's top three or four.

EDGEWOOD RAMS

Coach: Sally van Deusen, second season.

Assistant: Joan Potanova.

Last year's record: 2-10.

Starters Lost: 5.

Top Returnees: Nicole Klein, sr., A; Melissa Muhl, sr., A; Jennifer MacArthur, jr., M; Jennifer Miller, jr., D; Tina Harmon, sr., D; Lany Wallace, sr., D;Lisa Whitt, sr., D; Chris Gowetski, sr., G; Jenn Wolfe, sr., A; Amy Hamilton, jr., A; Theresa Delgatti, jr., A; Dawn Simms, jr., D; Andrea Sill, jr., A.

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