Coach: Steve Hornish, second year, 3-6
1992 record: 3-6
Outlook: This is the seventh year for men in the student body and the second for Division III lacrosse in the college's athletic program. Hornish, who played at Towson State when it was in Division II, got bad news at midyear when he learned five of his players had left school for academic reasons. Their departures caused Goucher to cancel scheduled games with Randolph-Macon and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Twenty-three players are left, including seven 1992 starters. Chief among these is attackman Tommy Rose, who led the team in scoring. Rose is a varsity basketball player, so he always gets a late start in lacrosse. Nevertheless, in eight games last year he accumulated 23 goals and 16 assists. Sophomore Kurt Enger, who led the team in goals with 24, also returns. Senior goalie Dave MacPherson is back. He had a .520 saves percentage last year. At crease defense, the team has picked up a good one in Bill Condon, a transfer from SUNY-Morrisville, a two-year college. Condon was an academic All-American there. Two local youngsters on the midfield are Tyrone Coleman (Lake Clifton) and Carlos Ford (Poly).
TC St. Mary's Coach: Jason Hurley, fourth year, 21-18
Outlook: St. Mary's won the championship of the Capital Athletic Conference but has lost to graduation two starting attackman, two midfielders and two defensemen. Returning is the conference's Player of the Year, junior goalie Greg Matthews, a Long Islander. Seventeen lettermen, including four starters, are back. Says Hurley: "We're deeper, and we have some good new players, like attackman Chad Christian (transfer from Essex CC), Jim Rogalski (freshman defenseman from Broadneck High) and Jimmy Mohler (attackman, Mount St. Joseph), but we've stepped up our schedule. Washington & Lee, Washington College, Dickinson and Swarthmore are new opponents for us, and they'll all be tough."
Salisbury State Coach: Jim Berkman, fifth year, 47-12
Outlook: The Sea Gulls were disappointed with their NCAA playoff performance last year, being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Ithaca, but Berkman says a powerful defense will have his team back in contention again this year. This team is anchored by two defensemen -- senior co-captains Mike Esham and Scott Petrie. Both were first team Division III All-Americans last year. Senior long-stick midfielder John Russell is also a four-year starter. Those three should help make life more manageable for goalie Eric Miller, up from Essex CC, where he was in the cage for the school's national JUCO champions in 1991. The Gulls' top scorer last year, Loyola High grad Dod Poe, moves from attack to midfield, where he'll be joined by 200-pound Todd Cliggett and Ryan Murphy, an Anne Arundel CC and Broadneck High graduate.
Washington College Coach: Terry Corcoran, 11th year, 103-48
Outlook: "We only had one senior on our team last year, so we've got a bunch of players back," Corcoran says. A few years ago that might have meant a Division III crown for the Shoremen, who annually battled Hobart for the title. But Washington, despite a 10-4 record, was only No. 10 in the country last year. Still, the team has nine starters back, including its top seven scorers, led by Jason Paige (40 goals, 16 assists), Chris Cote (34, 16) and Greg Lawler (35, 13). Senior Scott Overend leads the defense. Goalies Bill Griffin and Andy Manos return but may be challenged by John Lundberg, a freshman from Connecticut.
Western Maryland Coach: Keith Reitenbach, first year, 0-0
Outlook: For the first time, the Green Terrors have a full-time lacrosse coach. He is Keith Reitenbach, who comes to Westminster after a stint as Richie Moran's No. 1 assistant at Cornell. "I'm excited that the college has made this commitment," said Reitenbach, "and I'm particularly excited that the coach is me." Reitenbach inherits high-scoring attackman Joe Furnari for his senior year. Furnari, from Loch Raven High, led the Terrors last year with 58 points (30, 28). Also back is senior Brian Sattler, who had 54 points (36, 18). They'll be helped by a new member of Reitenbach's coaching staff, Glenn Smith, former high-scoring attack ace at Towson State. The Terrors graduated their top three midfielders, but they have two starters returning on defense (Chris Cutler and Rob Doeller) and two holdover goalies (Chris Lynch and Marc Brunco).