Young North Carroll looks to move fast Could challenge county powers 1993 high school girls lacrosse preview

March 25, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

They're young, hungry, fast and out to make a name fo themselves.

Introducing the North Carroll girls lacrosse team.

"We're looking for the beginning of good things for our program," said Panthers' coach Stacy Abeles. "We have seven sophomores, which makes us an extremely young team, but all our girls have played a lot of lacrosse in summer camps and indoors."

Sophomore goalkeeper Carri Hale, already in her second season as a starter, typifies North Carroll's youth.

Hale saved 61 percent of the shots sent at her last season, helping North Carroll go 8-4 overall and 3-3 in the county.

As a freshman, Hale was part of a 15-14 overtime victory against heavily favored Liberty in the opening round of the state Class 2A-1A Region I playoffs.

But Hale and the Panthers had a big comedown in the regional semifinals, getting blitzed, 23-5, by eventual state 2A-1A champion Mount Hebron.

Many of the players from that team are gone, including Danielle ** Miller, who scored the winning goal in the upset of Liberty.

Left behind are a few veterans and the younger players.

Senior attackers Tammy Giffi and Amy Coultas are back and are expected to account for a lot of the offense.

Giffi scored six goals in the Liberty upset and figures to be one of the top scorers in the county again this season.

Junior attackers Gilit Grundland, Amber Sheppard and Laura Burkhouse also return. The top defender back to help out Hale in the net is junior Holly Serravalle.

With so much youth, it's easy to see why Abeles might be envious of Westminster, which has 15 returning seniors.

But the fifth-year coach said: "I have the utmost confidence in my young team. They play together well. My goalie is not as good as Liberty's Dani Fostik right now but she has the makings of a Fostik."

Ables believes her team can be competitive with the preseason favorites in the county, Liberty and Westminster, but she knows the Panthers will have trouble when they venture into Howard County for non-league games.

"We've seen enough of Mount Hebron and we know how good Centennial is," said Abeles. "We'll have to mature real fast."

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