Liberty introduces new faces, three midfield lines for season Preview

March 24, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Liberty third-year coach Jim Langrall made a promise to his star attacker Ross Yastrzemsky.

"I told Ross we'd find someone to help him carry the scoring load this season," Langrall said. "We just can't afford to be a one-man team up front."

Yastrzemsky led the county in scoring last season with 20 goals and 29 assists as the Lions finished 9-3 overall and 4-2 in the county.

John Monar, who finished just behind Yastrzemsky last season with 29 goals and 19 assists, has since graduated and Langrall is relying on a new face or two to pick up the scoring void.

"I'm pretty confident we have some guys who can pick up the slack," Langrall said.

"Seventy percent of our goals last season came through transition -- that's where Ross got the majority of his goals -- and we've been consistently working on that. But we're also working on more settled situations and hope to get more scoring punch out of our midfield."

Working up front this season with Yastrzemsky are seniors Chris Gray and Brian Holland, along with juniors Brendon Bengermino, Brian Trone and Jon Cougnet. Langrall is particularly high on Gray and also believes the others can be strong contributors.

The Lions will try to wear down opponents by going with three midfield lines. Senior Roman Geiser is the lone returning starter at midfield. Fellow senior Greg Schad saw plenty of time on the Lions' second line last season, and Langrall says senior Scott Hall is his most improved player.

"This will be the first time in a good while I've gone with three midfields, but I feel very comfortable with my third line," Langrall said. "We're just going to try to keep fresh legs running throughout."

Langrall has one of the county's top defenders back in senior Mike Heilman -- a three-year starter.

"Mike doesn't look very big, but he's a surprisingly strong player who has great stick work and does a good job of positioning himself. I wish some of my midfielders had the same stick work," Langrall said.

Joining Heilman are seniors Keith Eberwein and Matt Bryson. The rest of the defense is talented, but mostly untested at the varsity level.

Langrall says the goalie position is still undecided with senior Ryan Williams and junior Paul Lichtinger both vying for the spot.

Despite its apparent lack of experience, Langrall is optimis tic about his team.

"We have a solid group of junior varsity players that went 10-1 last year and have played together the past four years. I think we'll be in the hunt in the county race," Langrall said.

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