Glenelg Country School hopes to feed off success

September 16, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

At Glenelg Country School, a strong middle-school feeder system for field hockey is a mixed blessing for coaches Patti Ordonez and Barbara Wolf.

Unlike the county public schools, Glenelg Country, which plays in the Association of Independent Schools B Division, has a feeder system.

Its eighth-grade team was so strong last year it beat Roland Park, whose varsity has won or shared the last three AIS A Division championships and has been to the title game six straight years. That should bode well for the Dragons' future.

But Ordonez and Wolf just cannot hold on to many of their top players.

"Most of the girls on that team have gone on to other [public] schools," said Ordonez.

By moving on, Ordonez said, the top players get more exposure because the county league offers tougher competition.

After losing so much talent every year, the Dragons face a battle to be competitive in the AIS B Division, which they have been a part of for three years. Last year, they won just one game.

This season, however, the Dragons return a bit more experience.

"Last year, we had a lot of inexperienced players," said Ordonez. "This year, we have a lot of returning players and only one or two beginners. That right there will give us a real advantage."

The Dragons will be rebuilding on defense, so they will rely on some veteran forwards and midfielders.

Juniors Robin Zimmerly and Allison Hoke return to starting spots on the line, and Ordonez expects them to contribute a lot of scoring. Senior Carrie Barbash and sophomore Ashley Baugh also could emerge as big threats on the line.

Sophomore link Megan Duzer also returns to a starting spot and could add some scoring from the midfield.

The other starting spot goes to senior Rowena Mukhi, who saw plenty of action last season.

The rebuilding defense should include sophomore halfback Jessica Brendel, senior back Stacey Lay and possibly sophomore Elena Heifetz. Sophomore Lena Mittal will take over in the cage.

"This group is very motivated," said Ordonez. "The fact that they're building a team motivates them even more, because they hope to prove themselves. They want the competition."

Perhaps the game the Dragons most look forward to is a non-league game against Atholton on Oct. 11.

The coaches and players would prefer to play teams in their own backyard regularly, but for now, the Dragons are more competitive against AIS B Division teams.

"It would be great to be in a league with the county schools, but we don't have the strength yet," said Ordonez.

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