1994 County Girls Lacrosse Preview

March 20, 1994|By Mark Hoeflich

Aberdeen Eagles

1993 record: 3-8. Coach: Sandra Salters.

Top players: Loretta Anderson, O, Sr.; Shannon Edie, O, Sr.; Kelly Gast, G, Sr.; Kim Grant, O, Soph.; Mary Ishibashi, D, Sr.; Becky Mortus, O, Sr.; Maria Nasidka, O, Sr.; A. J. Poper, D, Sr.

Outlook: A year of experience and a solid core of 12 returnees has the Eagles looking at a promising season. First-year coach Salters has the Eagles in better shape and there is plenty of depth at both ends. A senior attack could see good things, particularly with the addition of sophomore hopeful Grant. Gast, a four-year starter, will anchor the defense.

Bel Air Bobcats

1993 record: 3-9. Coach: Carol Barker.

Top players: Kelly Christ, O, Sr.; Amy Rafalski, O, Sr.; Melissa Schauron, D, Sr.; Miki Schultz, D, Sr. Outlook: The Bobcats look to regroup after the loss of 10 players. A lot of quality players came up from junior varsity, yet overall team experience is low and Barker must hope that a consistent scorer emerges. Bel Air's strength is at midfield. Schauron will lead a defense that starts a first-year goalkeeper. Rafalski's quickness could make her a potentially big scorer.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1993 record: 14-1. Coach: Kathy Breymaier.

Top players: Amanda Fouts, D, Sr.; Becky Gerhart, O-D, Jr.; Amy Hypes, O, Sr.; Willow Waldrop, O, Sr.

Outlook: With the loss of eight starters, the Mustangs will have their work cut out for them this season. Breymaier will play six sophomores, and although she sees her squad starting slow, she believes there is enough raw talent to surprise opponents come mid-season. The attack features good stickwork and quickness -- especially with Gerhart -- but the defense is young and inexperienced. A difficult non-league schedule begins with Dulaney and includes Centennial and Oakland Mills.

Edgewood Rams

1993 record: 3-8. Coach: Michele McGinley.

Top players: Alison Byrnes, O, Sr.; Angie Eichencehr, D, Sr.; Lisa Fotia, O, Sr.; Kim Gowetski, D, Sr.; Christine Kanopp, D, Sr.; Roni Lyn Kirby, O, Jr.; Jessica Lancaster, O, Jr.; Amy Muhl, O, Sr.

Outlook: Early season injuries to some key starters on defense leave the backfield a little shaky with a first-year goalkeeper. McGinley looks to improve upon last season's record, but that will have to come with scoring and McGinley sees no real leader. The Rams are quick and most talented at midfield and, if they can remain healthy, they could see a chance to make the regional field.

Fallston Cougars

1993 record: 10-3. Coach: Nancy Ferguson.

Top players: Krissy Battefeld, O, Jr.; Daina Burton, O, Sr.; Julie Haire, O, Jr.; Janae Szerensits, D, Jr.; Jenny Weber, M, Jr.; Anne West, M, Soph.

Outlook: Although this team won't be as strong as some of the Cougars' teams in the past, it still will have enough to remain near the top of the county standings. Ferguson, whose team lost to Loch Raven in the 1A/2A state semifinals a year ago, doesn't have a lot of depth and said it will take more time for her squad to develop -- especially at the defensive end. The attack appears more prepared and there are many capable scorers but no go-to player. Overall team speed is not great, and the Cougars will rely on some of the inexperienced players to step up.

John Carroll Patriots

1993 record: 8-5-1. Coach: John Hughes.

Top players: Molly Brumfield, D, Sr.; Beanie Lund, M, Sr.; Krystin Porcella, O, Sr.; Jessica Schrader, D, Jr.; Lindsey Tognochi, O, Fr.

Outlook: Back are perhaps two of the best scorers in the metro area -- Lund and Porcella -- and both figure to have big seasons carrying the load on attack. The two were also AIS all-stars last season as juniors. Concerns remain on defense, where there is little experience, but if things come around, the Patriots just might see a high seed come tournament time. The team hopes to improve on last season's 3-2-1 record inside the conference.

Joppatowne Mariners

1993 record: 4-6. Coach: Pam Reich.

Top players: Jackie Bass, O, Jr.; Kim Cosby, O, Sr.; Jaimie Doss, M, Jr.; Jody Howell, M, Jr.; Karen Lemley, G, Jr.; Natalie Majerus, D, Jr.; Lisa Maly, M, Jr.; Binnie Nyugen, D, Sr.; Betty Ann Perce, O, Sr.

Outlook: With its largest squad in some time and 12 strong returning starters, the Mariners appear ready to show some real improvement in the county standings. Reich, impressed by what she has seen so far, has a solid attack -- both shooting and passing -- and Cosby, Bass and Perce work well together. Also, the defense is quick and has good stick skills and is led by Lemly, a co-captain, in goal. Lemly is vocal and is coming off a fine sophomore season.

North Harford Hawks

1993 record: 8-4. Coach: Barb Waite.

Top players: Aaron Chaney, D, Jr.; Erin Crondberger, D, Jr.; Wendy Dieter, M, Jr.; Jamie Hawkins, G, Jr.; Christine Homa, O, Sr.; Renee Kehler, M, Jr.; Dawn Kozlowski, O, Sr.; Natasha Windberg, O, Jr.

Outlook: The Hawks finished in the top three in the county a year ago and they figure to remain a challenge this year. The attack shouldn't have any problems scoring but the defense has

newcomers. This year, the Hawks match up with CMW and Fallston twice.

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