Team-by-team outlook 1993 high school girls lacrosse preview

March 25, 1993|By Katherine Dunn and Mike Frainie

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1992 record: 8-5. Coach: Pat Becker.

Top players: Carole Fakhry, Jr., A; Ramsey Neale, Jr., A; Emily Hickman, Fresh., M; Sara Jordan, Jr., D; Kisha Ford, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Mawrtians are still fairly young, but they return some experience. Last year, the inexperience showed, but now a solid corps returns both on offense and defense. The Mawr-tians also should have more balance at both ends of the field. Fakhry and Neale should do a lot of scoring, and Jordan anchors the defense. The Mawrtians also will have more ability all over and that can only be helped by the addition of Hickman at center and Ford at defense wing. Although the Mawrtians have a history of peaking well before the AIS A Division tournament, this group could save its best for last.

Catonsville Comets

1992 record: 9-2. Coach: Debbie Clem.

Top players: Amy Kuehnl, Sr., M; Tracy Neckamkin, Sr., M; Cristie Krabitz, Sr., M; Amanda Deems, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Comets lost their two leading scorers from last year (Jill Altschuler and Jacquie Stigall) and All-Star defender Jenny Phelps, but Clem is confident that Catonsville can duplicate its success from last year. Junior Kate Stewart and Kuehnl will look to pick up the scoring slack. Clem is unsure about her goalkeeper and the defense, but she says that the defense will be much faster than last year. Deems, who helped lead an attack that took the Comets to the state semifinals last season, could be an offensive threat again this year. Catonsville lost seven seniors, so leadership may be a problem.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1992 record: 0-10. Coach: Joyce Kerr.

Top players: Shannon Lessner, Sr., A; Ashley Ament, Sr., A; Amy Ament, Sr., A; Jessica Jefferson, Sr., A.

Outlook: This is only the third season of girls lacrosse for the Bayhawks, and Kerr returns only four seniors. But she is optimistic that the eight freshmen on the team will learn the game quickly. The Bayhawks will count on their talented group of seniors on attack to increase the goal production from last season, and freshman goalkeepers Jennifer Roth and Stacey Sowa to keep the opponents from doing the same.

Dulaney Lions

1992 record: 10-1. Coach: Anita Noel.

Top players: Aimee Vaughan, Jr., M; Lindia Papavasilou, Sr., D; Natalie Thinglestad, Sr., M; Marilee Bosley, Sr., A.

Outlook: First-year coach Noel will coach a young team that features only three seniors, yet she says the team will have speed and a lot of depth. The attack, led by Bosley and juniors Kara Lipski and Jennifer Bacon, should be a strength for the Lions. Establishing a defense could be a problem, however. Noel will start sophomore goalkeeper Julie Easter, who did well on the junior varsity last season, and Noel says the team has a great attitude.

Dundalk Owls

1992 record: 2-9. Coach: Sandy Magsamen.

Top players: Alisha Abad, Sr., G; Claire

Tagg, Sr., D; Kelly Carneal, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Owls lost only two key players from last year, so this year's team should be much improved. The defense should be a strength, with first-team goalkeeper Alisha Abad guarding the back line. Magsamen likes the speed on the team and is expecting big things from defenders Jen Stahl and Becky Sowden. The team's weakness is probably a lack of experience, and Magsamen says they need to work on the fundamentals.

Franklin Indians

1992 record: 6-6. Coach: Dee Mullineaux.

Top players: Bethany Fromm, Sr., A; Jaimie Darr, Sr., A; Amie Hale, Sr., D; Angie Castro, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Indians will have experience. Eleven seniors of the 18 players return from a team that lost in the first round of the regionals to Woodlawn. Mullineaux is high on the midfield, which has looked good in scrimmages. Freshmen Heidi Shaneybrook and Darla Burns have made favorable impressions there and will see a lot of playing time. Fromm, a first-team All-County performer, and Jaimie Darr, who made the second team, will return to lead the attack. If there is a concern, Mullineaux says it will be her defense, which had a tendency to commit too many fouls last season. Hale and senior Molly Goldman will quarterback the defense in front of goalkeeper Castro.

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