Broadneck looks for an early lift from defense Arundel hopes to continue its rebuilding program 1993 high school boys lacrosse preview

March 24, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Annapolis

Dan Hart sounds more like a weatherman these days than he does the fifth-year head coach of the Annapolis boys lacrosse team.

"The skies are looking bright again," said Hart, who along with assistants Bob Glassman, Bob Bohanan, Wayne Daniels and Mike Rose will try to get the Panthers back to the playoffs, which they missed last year for the first time in four years.

"This group has come together very nicely. The camaraderie and team chemistry have been outstanding, and it might even be the best I've ever had here at Annapolis."

Hart's optimism is justified with the Panthers' returning seven true starters and 13 players from last year's 6-8 squad. If Annapolis can surpass last year's win total by one, Hart would pick up his 100th career victory.

"We have a real good nucleus," said Hart, who enters the season with a 93-62 record, which includes eight seasons as head coach at Meade. "My close defense group is the best I've had since I've been here at Annapolis, and this is the best freshman crop I've had since I've been here."

If Annapolis is to return to the playoffs, the Panthers will get there with their defense. Senior Brendan Bellotte and sophomore David Winegrad both started last season and should anchor Annapolis' close defense. They'll be joined by seniors Craig Harrison and Tim Cook and junior Jack Copus, who were the fourth, fifth and sixth defenders, respectively, last season.

Rounding out the defense are sophomores Beau Watkins and Gus Samaras.

"Our goalie is probably our biggest question mark coming into this season," said Hart. "This spot is definitely wide, wide, wide open right now."

The three leading candidates to fill that opening are junior Jeff Ogle, who started in the net for the Panthers' junior varsity last season, sophomore Ryan Little and freshman Tobin Poole.

"They're all pretty much equal, and right now, they are untested," Hart said of his keepers. "All I'm looking for is someone who can make the average save and be consistent. With as good as our close defense is, we should be OK."

On attack, the Panthers return two true starters from last season, junior Taylor Boone (16 goals, 17 assists) and sophomore Eric Morgan (14, 12). Vying for the third attack spot will be senior Jesse Jordan, juniors Chris Harris and Shawn McFaden and sophomore Forest Roderick.

The Panthers have three starters back at midfield in senior Mike Fraioli (13, 6), senior Clancy Cornwall (10, 8) and sophomore Josh Morgan. Filling the Panthers' next three midfield positions will be Scott Regina, Kevin Belt, Brian Jefferson and Morgan Hurt.

Also seeking a role in the first or second midfield groups are sophomores Ryan Sears and Geoff Mears.

"One thing I guarantee is that we will be mentally and physically prepared and we will show up for every game," Hart said.

Archbishop Spalding

Archbishop Spalding's first-year boys lacrosse coach Dave Kraf has a simple philosophy.

"Execute properly on the field," said Kraft, "and the wins will come."

The wins didn't come as fast as former Cavaliers coach Terry Magnan would have liked last season, but their 6-5 record in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference was a step in the right direction, and Kraft intends on keeping Spalding on that path.

"Our team goal is to improve by at least one game each year," said Kraft, whose team will open league play at home Friday against Friends. "We don't want to go in cocky, but confident."

Senior attackman Dan Wolf should have all the confidence in the world. Wolf has been a starter since his freshman year and has been the Cavaliers' leading scorer the past two.

"Dan's tough," said Kraft. "He's not real flashy, but he's strong."

Junior attackman Anthony Mattera is another Cavalier who shouldn't be short on poise. Mattera was a major contributor as a sophomore and is expected to rattle opposing nets again this spring.

"In the past, Spalding teams have depended mainly on the attack to handle the bulk of the scoring, but we're going to need more scoring from our midfield," said Kraft. "Last year, the midfield played more of a defensive role. This year, we will go to more of the traditional midfield unit of doing both."

Senior Brian Zemanick is one midfielder who has proved he can get the job done offensively. However, if he continues at his current pace, he could find himself filling one of Spalding's positions at attack.

Among the other midfield candidates are seniors Pat Kiley, John Donohue, Jamie Fiegle and Scott Mattison and junior Jason Duffy.

The Cavaliers' defense is sound with seniors Rich Reilly, Tim Alber and Dennis Fohner roaming around the crease. Senior Keith Ramsey has started in the net for the Cavaliers the past couple of seasons, but he is being challenged by junior Steve Windsor, a transfer from Old Mill.

F: "They're pretty even right now," Kraft said of his two

goalies. "Our goalie is the quarterback on defense, so he has to be vocal and take control. Choosing between the two is going to make my job a lot tougher."

Arundel

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