Roland Park wants to go to head of class

March 21, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Roland Park goes after more than its fourth straight Association of Independent Schools lacrosse title this spring. The Reds are also after a place in AIS history.

Last year's three-peat put the Reds in a class with Maryvale, the only other team to win three straight titles (1986-88). Now, the Reds want to be in a class by themselves.

But the rest of this well-balanced league has other ideas. Last year's runner-up Mount de Sales, along with Friends, Notre Dame Prep and Bryn Mawr, appear to have the best shots at knocking off the Reds, who lost only to Mount Hebron last season.

The B Division appears to be a three-way race between defending champion Oldfields, runner-up IND and always-tough Park.

The league could be just as tight as last season when Oldfields won four of five league games by two goals or less. They also beat IND by just one goal in the title game.

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1993 record: 8-5. Coach: Libby Davis.

Top players: Sara Jordan, Sr., D; Emily Hickman, So., M; Christine Lazatin, Jr., A; Amy McCormick, Sr., D.

Outlook: After four years at Mercy, Davis takes over one of the perennial contenders in the AIS A Division. The Mawrtians return a balanced group of veterans and look especially strong on attack. A few newcomers need to blend into the defense where the communication could be better.

Catholic Cubs

1993 record: No team. Coach: Amy Rose.

Top players: Kate Grubb, Jr., D; Gretchen Frey, Jr., M; Vicki Battaglia, So., A; Jessica Peacock, Fr., A; Holly Quaranta, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Cubs debut in the AIS B Division after fielding a club team last season. Even though they are young, the Cubs have players and a coach with recreation experience. The question is how well they can hold up against the league's more experienced teams.

Friends Quakers

1993 record: 9-3-2. Coach: Carol Samuels.

Top players: Shawny Nellums, Sr., M; Aubin McCarthy, Sr., D; Kim Stude, Sr., A; Summer Downing, Jr., M; Amy Kremen, Sr., M.

Outlook: Samuels' teams always are built on defense and this year is no different. The Quakers allowed just four goals a game last year and they return a solid unit led by All-City/County line defender McCarthy. In addition, the Quakers have speed in the midfield and patience on attack.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1993 record: 4-5-1. Coach: Karen Mallonee.

Top players: Liza Shoemaker, Sr., D; Vanessa Vercollone, Sr., D; Jacque Weitzel, So., A; Lauren Klein, So., A; Maggie Shoemaker, So., M.

Outlook: The Grizzlies always have been late bloomers, mostly because they come off of a two-week spring break and launch right into their season. That probably won't change this year, because the Grizzlies have few returning players on defense other than Liza Shoemaker, an All-City/County pick, and Vercollone. However, the attack looks stronger since three freshman started there last season.

IND Indians

1993 record: 7-8. Coach: Mary Beth Bollinger.

Top players: Debbie Krastel, Jr., M; Kim Kelly, So., A; Chrissy Senseney, Sr., D; Diane Fales, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Indians lost half of their starters from the team that went all the way to the final of the AIS B Division tournament before falling to Oldfields by one goal. The defense should be the strength of this team, with Fales anchoring a veteran group. The midfield could be slow coming along with several new players at the wings.

Maryvale Lions

1993 record: 2-10. Coach: Mary Clare McFadden.

Top players: Megan Doyle, Jr., A; Bridget Greenawalt, Sr., M; Megan McLaughlin, Jr., M; Tina DeRose, Sr., D; Kyla Donovan, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Lions could be the turnaround team of the AIS A Division this season. With lots of experience returning, they have already beaten John Carroll, 1-0, and could match last season's win mark this week. However, the Lions are still young with a lot of juniors and sophomores as well as a couple of freshmen.

McDonogh Eagles

1993 record: 2-9. Coaches: Andy Simmers, Cathy Shorreck.

Top players: Alison Schroeder, Sr., D; Christina Coroneos, Sr., M; Anne Stuart Dawson, Sr., A; Evanthe Sophocleus, Sr., M; Leigh Simons, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles suffered through a painful season in 1993 when they were expected to be among the AIS A Division's best teams. There's reason for optimism, though. The defense, which lost just one starter, will have to play well early to make up for a young keeper. The attack looks strong, too, although it's young.

Mercy Sharpshooters

1993 record: 3-7. Coach: Joy Bogusky.

Top players: Maura Hilgartner, Jr., D; Heather Misciewitz, Jr., M; Kelly Swift, So., A; Lisette DeMarais, Sr., D.

Outlook: With a lot of freshmen and sophomores, rookie head coach Bogusky fields one of the youngest squads in the AIS B Division. The team's goal is to go over .500 in this building year. Despite its youth, the attack looks strong, and Swift could score a lot of goals. Transition could be a problem early.

Mount de Sales Sailors

1993 record: 19-1. Coach: Bill Held.

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