Essex to defend National JuCo title

April 23, 1992|By James H. Jackson | James H. Jackson,Staff Writer

Defending champion Essex Community College has clinched a sixth consecutive berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association lacrosse tournament May 8-9.

Essex (7-2) earned the trip to Farmingdale, N.Y., by beating Catonsville, Harford and Anne Arundel community colleges to wrap up the Maryland junior college title.

"We didn't play well early in the season," said Essex coach Tim Puls. "We had some guys who thought that all they had to do was step on the field and they'd win. We got that straightened out with some role changes and by impressing on the players that it takes a lot of hard work to win lacrosse games."

The offense is led by attackman Sean Heffernan (Dulaney) and midfielder Andy Martin (Edgewood), both of whom are headed for Loyola College next fall. Chad Christian (Franklin), who had been playing at midfield, has been switched to attack, solidifying the offense. Christian has been accepted at Salisbury State, St. Mary's and Franklin & Marshall.

"Our defense has done a great job for us all season," Puls said. "Vince Rose [Overlea] has been great in the goal for us, and our close defense has been shutting the other teams' attacks down."

Starting at defense are Robby Troy (Huntington, N.Y.), Sean O'Connell (Oakland Mills) and Darby Subotich (Calvert Hall). Kip Foulks (W.T. Woodson) and Zack Thornton (John Carroll) are both top-flight defensive midfielders.

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