Atholton Raiders 1992 Howard field hockey at a glance

September 13, 1992

Coach: Carol Stevens, fourth season

1991 record: 3-8

Returnees: Seniors Agatha Davis (GK), Kim Gaeta (SW), Katie Walter (D), Joy Gilbert (D), Carey Long (L), Laden Tankut (F), Laura Meyer (F); Juniors Pam Yep (L), Nikki Auclair (F).

Newcomers to watch: Juniors Michelle Zick (D), Lea Jones (F).

Coach's outlook: "The kids' skills have improved a lot from last year, so I can't picture their level of play going down. My whole defense is coming back, so we are definitely going to be strong in that area. Our speed is excellent, and the team also came to camp in excellent shape. The experience can only help. We'll be a better ball-control team this year. Of course, I'm optimistic."

Howard County Sun outlook: Stevens is quietly building a solid program. The Raiders lost three games in overtime last year, and they return the heart of a strong defense. Walter and Gilbert are three-year starters, while Davis is coming off a year in which she averaged seven saves. For the Raiders to contend, they need returning starters like Auclair and Long to excel at the offensive end. They should be able to crack the .500 mark for the first time under Stevens.

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