As if they need help, Cavs loaded at midfield Blizzard, Mansfield lead returnees

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

South Carroll's Gene Brown, who has coached for 15 years, says it has been quite some time since he has had a squad with so much depth at midfield.

That doesn't bode well for the rest of the county, considering the Cavaliers have gone 17-1 in county play during the 1990s.

The South Carroll dominance goes back much further than three years, and early indications are that this year will be no exception.

Brown has as many as eight quality midfielders, led by returning senior starters Brad Blizzard and Travis Mansfield.

"If you want to have depth on a lacrosse team, there's no better place than at midfield," Brown said. "We haven't been in this position for quite some time; things are looking great."

Also in the midfield shuffle are Mike Medvetz, Todd Parks, John Kinter and Westminster transfer Scott Steers. Brown believes the strong and deep midfield will help cover some possible deficiencies in the attack and defense.

"We have some really good players at the other positions, but we're just a little thin," Brown said. "I'm counting on my midfield to score a lot of goals for us and they'll be able to wear down some opponents."

Senior attacker Donnie Pyles led the Cavaliers in scoring a year ago with 19 goals and 18 assists during the regular season -- third in the county. Joining him up front will be juniors Adam Whittington and Greg Blair, along with sophomore Tom Luster.

"Pyles is a two-year starter and an excellent player," Brown said. "It's good to have our leading scorer back, and I look for him to do much of the same this season."

The defense will be anchored by senior goalie Chris Nave. Nave led the county last year with a .680 save percentage. In 12 regular-season games, he yielded 47 goals and made 104 saves.

"If you only have one good player on your team, you probably would want him as the goalie," Brown said. "We have Chris Nave back and also junior Clay Arthur -- both are very solid."

Defense long has been the forte of South Carroll's successful program, but it enters this season as a "position of concern." The surrounding help at midfield and goalie should buy the defense time to develop.

Brown has four solid defenders, led by senior Geof Weisenborn. Also back on defense will be seniors Jay Cable and Mike Wroten and junior Matt Wilson.

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