Selected Division I Teams At A Glance

March 03, 1994|By Doug Brown

ARMY Coach: Jack Emmer, 11th season, 85-55

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Outlook: One look at what Army has returning from last year's NCAA tournament team suggests that Emmer is confronted by a rebuilding year. The Cadets lost 60 percent of their offense from a team that set an academy record for wins (12) and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals before bowing to North Carolina. Call it reloading, Emmer says, not rebuilding. He points to an experienced midfield unit and a talented defensive group anchored by co-captain Sean Turner and G Rick Aguilar, a three-year starter. Aguilar allowed 9.21 goals a game last year and held seven opponents to less than 10. "There are lots of ways to be successful," Emmer said. "Our scoring punch last year was on attack. This year our emphasis will be on the veteran middies." M Mike Colon (22 points) is the top returning scorer. Dan Brostek, last year's Patriot League Co-Rookie of the Year, scored four goals in the NCAA opening-round win over Maryland and will be asked to increase his production of 14 goals and five assists.

BROWN

Coach: Peter Lasagna, second season, 10-3

record: 10-3

Outlook: Brown has beefed up its schedule, reviving the Fleet Invitational, an early April event that will bring in Syracuse, Hofstra and Massachusetts. The tournament will increase the schedule from 13 to 15 games. C.W. Post and Providence have been dropped and replaced by Duke and Hofstra, both ranked in the top 12 in last year's final poll. "I'm excited about the schedule changes," said Lasagna, whose Bears failed to receive an NCAA tournament berth despite a 10-3 record. Gone are Andy Towers and Oliver Marti, Brown's top two all-time goal scorers. The offensive leader is David Evans, a sophomore attackman out of Loyola who was Ivy League Rookie of the Year and No. 4 in the league in scoring (30 goals, 23 assists). Evans will lead a young attack unit that will include freshmen Josh Selig, Jay Moody, Brett Frood and Tom Gilbane. All-American G Jay Stalfort, who allowed an average of 8.52 goals, leads the defense.

DELAWARE

Coach: Bob Shillinglaw, 16th season, 122-114

record: 5-9

Outlook: Playing one of the nation's stiffest schedules year after year has meant one thing for the Blue Hens -- a record around .500 and an NCAA tournament snub. Their only tournament appearance was 1984. Although the schedule again is testy, peppered with nine teams ranked in last year's final Top 20, Shillinglaw is confident the team can gain the tournament. Eight starters return from the squad that won its second straight North Atlantic Conference title and was ranked No. 2 in the final USILA poll. "We're a lot stronger than last year," said Shillinglaw. "We lost a lot of close games [five by four goals or fewer] and I think that's why we stayed in the rankings. We looked very good last fall. We have the potential to make the NCAAs." Delaware has one of the nation's top attackmen in junior Anthony DiMarzo. He was the NAC Player of the Year, led the country in assists (50) and set a school record with 76 points.DUKE Coach: Mike Pressler, fourth season, 23-17

record: 9-5

Outlook: Duke has what Pressler calls "some very pivotal games." North Carolina is one. Navy is another. "A Navy loss kept us out of the NCAA tournament twice," Pressler said. Despite a 9-5 record and a No. 12 ranking in the final poll, Duke failed to make the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils reached the tournament for the first time in 1992 with a 7-7 record. "Our goal is to get to the NCAAs again," Pressler said. "Not only that, but win a first-round game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and, of course, win the tournament itself." Duke returns three of its top four points leaders from the team that outscored opponents by almost 100. The leaders are A Scott Harrison (25, 17) and Ken Fasanaro (26, 12) and M Matt Ogelsby (19, 12). And defense? "It's without question the deepest and most athletic I've had at Duke," Pressler said.

JOHNS HOPKINS Coach: Tony Seaman, fourth season, 27-13

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