Contenders fall into line behind powerful Fallston Bel Air looks next best in balanced field 1993 high school field hockey preview

September 12, 1993|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,Contributing Writer

The Fallston field hockey team could make things hard for the rest of the county this season.

The entire Cougars attack returns from last year, led by seniors Pam Gauss and Susan Mackley -- who combined for 17 goals -- and there's a lot of depth that puts the Cougars into position to run away with the county title.

Other than the Cougars (12-2), Bel Air (9-4) was the only team in the county to finish with a winning record last year.

The defense, however, could decide exactly how far the Cougars go, with things not as settled as on the offense.

Senior goalie Jenny Smith anchors a defense that features several players who didn't play much last year.

And with the move back up to Class 2A, the Cougars will need solid play from everyone, with Loch Raven, Towson and Rising Sun as part of their regular-season schedule.

Beyond Fallston, Bel Air seems to hold the edge in a field that is marked by a lot of parity.

-! Seniors make the Bobcats very

strong on defense and in the middle, and the offense should do an adequate job of scoring.

C. Milton Wright, Aberdeen and Joppatowne figure to show the biggest turnarounds from a year ago.

The Mustangs bring back seven seniors and more aggressiveness on offense. Joppatowne packs a lot of defense ahead of senior goalie Jamie Vanderwarka. And Aberdeen's coach, Susan Sumner, who has a stronger and deeper offense, sparked by junior Susan Schwartz, remains sure that her Eagles are better than last year, when they finished 3-7.

North Harford has a new coach, Barb Waite, who will rely on several sophomores on both ends of the field.

Edgewood and Havre de Grace begin seasons of development.

Although the Warriors didn't win a game a last year, Kathy Graybeal said her team could surprise if things come together on attack.

Graybeal's defense will do better with more than enough speed and experience. The Warriors could have one of the county's more exciting players in Renee Grainger, a transfer student from New Hampshire, who has outstanding speed at the link position.

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