Owls hope attack can put them on the move Westminster's concerns are depth and midfield 1993 high school boys lacrosse preview

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

Westminster coach Jim Peters calls the start of this season the craziest he has been part of in his 14 years of coaching -- 12 of which have been with Owls lacrosse.

By season's end, it also has the possibility of being one of the best for Peters and his experienced Westminster squad.

"It's really hard to tell. We've had 15 days of practice up to this point and have only gotten out on grass three times," Peters said.

"We've got some very good seniors who are working hard and ready to go."

Peters' entire attack consists of seniors, led by John Bolesta and Chris Ahrens. Bolesta led last year's 3-9 squad in scoring with 26 goals and six assists, and Ahrens -- starting in his third season this year -- had 12 goals and 11 assists. Jim Zoulias returns as the third starter.

"Those three have been playing together for quite some time now. They all have great field sense and solid skills. Most importantly, they're all very smart players," Peters said.

"I don't give them any restrictions. It's just fun to watch them play."

The Owls' biggest concerns are a lack of depth and a lack of midfield experience. Peters is relying heavily on seniors Gabe Zepp and Jamie Grocki to carry them through.

Zepp, a three-year starter, will run with junior Mark Mariaca and sophomore Paul Binetti on the first line. Grocki will work with junior Sean Donovan and sophomore Marc Ruby on the second line. Peters likes the mix he has with those two lines and also can go to juniors Jason Dudderar, Bryan Rogers and Adam Tozer if needed.

"Midfield's definitely a place we're going to have to concentrate on getting better," Peters said.

"Gabe and Jamie have always been solid and are great leaders for the younger guys. Teams are going to be concentrating on our attack, and our midfield is going to have to come through and threaten to relieve some pressure on our attack."

The Owls are set with senior Adam White in goal, but he is the only goalie on the varsity roster.

"He's our man, and if he stays healthy, we'll be fine," Peters said. "He's experienced and a technically sound tender. He went to some camps and played during the off-season and has come in and worked hard -- he's really set to go."

White has plenty of quick and experienced defenders to work with, led by seniors Paul Orvis, Mike Bolesta and Raul Eusantos. Senior Steve Strahotsky also will play a lot.

Orvis is a three-year starter. Peters says Mike Bolesta may be the team's best player, and he added that Eusantos and Strahotsky also have great athletic ability.

"Our starting three have better stickwork than most of our midfield. All are very solid," Peters said.

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