Baltimore City team by team 1993 high school boys lacrosse preview

March 24, 1993|By Lem Satterfield

Archbishop Curley Friars

1992 record: 8-3

Coach: Barry Brownlee

Top players: Stosh Licharowitcz, Sr., D; Mark McNicholas, Sr., D; Pietro Rallo, Sr., M; Chris Ivins, Sr., M; Josh Sutherland, Sr., G

Outlook: Although eight starters are back from last year's MSA BB Conference runner-up squad, the Friars may lack some early scoring punch. It could be up to Sutherland, a four-year starter, to anchor what Brownlee calls "an extremely good defense" until the offense comes around.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1992 record: 18-2

Coach: Bob Shriver

Top players: Andy Sharretts, Sr., M; Matt Proutt, Sr., M; Tom Saunders, Sr., M; Pat Cairns, Sr., G; Todd Quenzer, Sr., D

Outlook: The Lakers, who lost seven starters to graduation -- including four first-team All-Metro defenders -- will build their attack around Sharretts (10 goals, 17 assists) and Proutt (16, 5). Boys' Latin teams have reached eight of the past nine playoffs with five title game appearances, including four of the past five. "The kids are well-aware of the tradition here, which will help us," Shriver said.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1992 record: 9-2

Coach: Scott Morrison

Top players: Dave Kelly, Sr., G; Brandon Holly, Sr., D; Chris Freehely, Jr., M; Orlando Johnson, Jr., M; Chris Cortina, Jr., M

Outlook: Holly (6-4, 255) and Kelly anchor a defense that allowed a little more than four goals a game in last year's MSA B Conference runner-up season. Contention for the MSA's B league crown depends on whether the Crusaders' underclassmen can compete with physically more mature opponents.

Carver Bears

1992 record: No team

Coach: Earl Banks

Top players: Cedric Robinson, Jr., M; William Butler, Soph., A; Donald Stepney, Soph., A; James Hall, Jr., M

Outlook: Banks graduated from the University of Rochester, where he was a two-time All-America middie, and hopes that experience will help him lift the Bears into contention in the program's inaugural season. His magic worked in 1986, when Sports Illustrated published an article about his feeder program at Harlem Park Middle. "Now I've got to sprinkle some magic dust on this program," he said.

City Knights

1992 record: 9-3

Coach: George Petrides

Top players: Trent Green, Sr., M; Ben Posil, Jr., A; Paul Lewis, Sr., M; Jeff Krick, Jr., M; Ryan Coleman, Sr., A

Outlook: The Knights return eight starters from last year's formidable contingent, including their entire midfield. Green, the Knights' faceoff specialist, is called "one of the better players in the league," by Petrides. A question mark lingers in goal, where a starting defender from last year takes over in that spot this year.

Edmondson Redskins

1992 record: 10-0

Coach: Crawford Dennard

Top players: James Coombs, Sr., A; Chris Nesmith, Jr., M, Omar Richmond, Jr., A

Outlook: The Redskins could be as dominant as last year's squad, having lost only three starters to graduation. With Coombs and Nesmith -- each an all-conference player for the MSA C Conference champs a year ago -- the Redskins have a secure foundation.

Forest Park Foresters

1992 record: 13-1

Coach: Obie Barnes Sr

Top players: James Heath, Jr., M; Ronald Foster, Sr., A; Antonio Dunton-El, Jr., M

Outlook: Heath (32, 12) and Foster (28, 8) are two of eight returning starters for a program that has gone 37-2 over the past three years -- including 14-0 in 1991 -- under Barnes, whose teams have won both MSA C and B Conference titles.

Friends Quakers

1992 record: 11-3

Coach: Jon Garmen

Top players: Spencer Deering, Sr., A; Andy Devlin, Sr, A; Chris Baughman, Sr, A; Dave Elliott, Sr., M; Max Everett, Sr., M

Outlook: Deering (30, 33) and Baughman (9, 1) are among 10 veterans, including seven starters, who are back from last year's MSA BB Conference champion squad. Garmen calls Elliott a dominant faceoff specialist and Everett his best all-round transition player. "We're thin in numbers though, which concerns me," Garmen said.

Gilman Greyhounds

1992 record: 11-6

Coach: John Tucker

Top players: Lorne Smith, Soph., A; Mike Allan, Jr., A; Dylan Schlott, Jr., A; Mark Cornes, Jr., M; Bryan Smith, Sr., M

Outlook: Nine starters are back from a year ago, including goalies Lou Kousouris and Corie Popham, who split time last year, and attackmen Lorne Smith (20, 23), Allan (18, 27) and Schlott (19, 2), who is recovering from a ligament injury in a leg.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1992 record: 4-6

Coach: John Baker

Top players: Larry Ayd, Sr., A; Akbar Hopson, Sr., M; James Wilson, Jr., M; Harry Robinson, Sr., D

Outlook: The Lakers lost their entire defense to graduation, including their all-conference keeper. The Lakers' top scorer is academically ineligible, but they return eight sometime starters, so Baker is encouraged. "We traditionally emphasize defense, but we're hurting there. But we have some kids who are stepping up as leaders on a young team," said Baker.

Mervo Mustangs

1992 record: 0-9

Coach: Martin Church

Top players: Eric Keating, Sr., A; Joseph Coles, Sr., M; Ricky Polite, Jr., D; Donald Vaughan, Jr., D; Eric Sheppard, Jr., M

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