Raiders' talented cast shares lacrosse stage

April 18, 1991|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Evening Sun Staff

It is difficult, perhaps even impossible, to select one top player on Loch Raven's girls lacrosse team.

That in itself says a lot about the team that has won eight of the last 10 state regional titles and the first ever state Class 2A/1A tournament championship last spring. Nearly the same lineup is back under coach Wendy Galinn, and it still contains only four seniors.

In four games this season, the unbeaten Raiders have scored 87 goals and allowed 10.

OK, so they need to work on that defense a little, but it is hard to imagine a more explosive attack.

It begins at the defensive end of the field where junior Suzanne Waire either plugs the crease and initiates a clearing break, or helps control a draw and starts the action.

Invariably, Waire reacts to the opponents' strategy. She is quite capable of taking the ball on a dodging drive to the goal, but is equally adept at passing to an unguarded teammate.

"Suzanne can play both ends of the field," said Galinn. "She has outstanding speed and the ability to make her way through the defense."

If the defenders adjust to stop her, she easily finds senior Christy Dial, The Evening Sun Player of the Year last spring.

Dial, too, is fast, clever and quick to spot a defensive weakness.

The major recipient of both players' prowess is attacker Michele DeJuliis. The sophomore has scored 26 goals, picking up where she left off last year.

"I didn't increase my scoring until about the time we went into county and regional playoffs last year," said DeJuliis. "It took me that long to really learn what I should be doing. I never played lacrosse before last year, so I had a lot to learn."

Dial hadn't picked up a stick until the ninth grade either, although many of the Raiders have come up through the Loch Raven recreation leagues.

"It's so much fun, playing with this team," said DeJuliis. "We all like each other and enjoy playing together. I know if I work to get open, someone is going to get the ball to me and I love to look for them when I have the ball."

Hereford coach Sue Leslie, whose team bowed to Loch Raven last week, 18-2, was not sure where to begin when ask to assess the Raiders.

"Loch Raven is just an exceptional team," she said. "They communicate so well and definitely are unselfish."

"We don't ever think about losing," said DeJuliis. "I think if we ever lost, we would just sit down and cry, but we always think positive."

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