No tears for Liberty, just another contender Defense gone, but attack is back big 1993 high school girls lacrosse preview

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

It's hard to feel sorry for Liberty girls lacrosse coach Courtne Vaughan when she talks about losing her entire starting defense from last year's county championship team.

The reason is simple.

Vaughan has a vacuum cleaner in goal -- senior four-year starter Dani Fostik.

Fostik figures to stop almost everything that gets by her defenders. She saved 70 percent of the shots that came her way last season to lead the county, and she might be even better this season.

"Dani will be as strong as last year," said Vaughan, whose team is seeking a fourth straight county title. "She's an athlete. She's not afraid of the ball, has good reflexes and is an excellent leader."

Gone from the Liberty defense are three-year starters Erin Myers, Angie Rose and Jen Harmon, but the Lions have some good athletes who will be taking their places.

Sophomore Natalie Hannibal, senior Krista Centofanti, sophomore Kerry Adams and junior Kerry Stoffel all figure to be good on defense once the Lions get a few games into the season.

"Our attack will have to carry us until our defense gets going," said Vaughan, who has built the Lions into a girls lacrosse dynasty in the five years the sport has been played in Carroll County.

Liberty made it three straight county titles with a 5-1 record last season and was 10-3 overall.

But the Lions were victims of a major upset in the first round of the Class 2A-1A, Region I playoffs. They lost in overtime, 15-14, to North Carroll on a goal by the Panthers' Danielle Miller, who has graduated.

Liberty had beaten North Carroll twice in the regular season.

"We will be back in the regionals," said Vaughan. "But we have a tough region. We have to get by Mount Hebron, which won the state title last year after beating North Carroll real badly [23-5] in the regionals."

The Lions have two high-scoring attackers in junior Megan Horneman and senior Crissy Primavera to create all kind of problems for opponents.

Horneman had 26 goals and seven assists last season, and Primavera had 20 goals and eight assists. Horneman and Primavera should fill the void left by graduated attacker Val Swomley, who led the champs with 30 goals.

Other attackers who figure to help the Liberty cause are junior Nathalie Skovorn and sophomore Debbie Bourke. Skovorn is an aggressive player who "won't be denied the ball," Vaughan said.

"We're very young and fast and eager to learn," said Vaughan. "And this team works well together. Also our winning tradition carries us."

pTC Vaughan refused to speculate about how tough any of the other Carroll County teams will be.

"I don't worry about the other teams," she said. "I just know we're in a position to be a pretty good team."

In the midfield, Liberty has sophomore Amie Rose to lead the transition game. Hannibal and Stoffel will play in the midfield in addition to defense.

Other attackers for Liberty will be seniors Laura Pagels, Lori Hagood and Hege Ronnestad and juniors Amy Wedeking and Kym Frey.

Providing depth on defense will be juniors Rachael Granico and Beth Schlerf and senior Stephanie Dustin.

"Our defense will get better and we plan to spread our scoring around among our attack," said Vaughan.

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