Loch Raven team to beat again in 1A-2A BALTIMORE COUNTY GIRLS LACROSSE

March 21, 1994|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

Several Baltimore County teams appear poised to make runs at state girls lacrosse titles, but this year will be much the same as last in 1A-2A -- the year of the Raiders.

At Loch Raven, the Raiders will again be the team to beat. Despite the graduation of many of last season's starters, the Raiders have the benefit of excellent depth and a potent JV program. If Loch Raven falters, look for Pikesville, Towson, and Catonsville -- which played in the 3A-4A league last year -- to challenge for the title.

In the 3A-4A league, there could be a change at the top.

Perry Hall's Gators lost their share of seniors last year, and Dulaney, which only lost three seniors from a 10-5 team, should be ready to move up.

Dundalk also should challenge for the 3A-4A title.

3A-4A LEAGUE

Dulaney

1993 record: 10-5. Coach: Anita Noel.

Top players: Aimee Vaughn, Sr., M; Jen Bacon, Sr., A; Marissa Perman, Jr., D; Kara Lipski, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Lions only lost three seniors from a team that lost in the second round of the regional playoffs. Noel, in her second year, says the team has good balance all over the field with more than average strength and speed. Vaughn and Bacon will be counted on for scoring and leadership, and the Lions should feature an improved defense led by Perman. Dulaney's JV team lost only one game last year en route to a county title, so the adjustment that younger players like sophomores Ali Schuch and Jen Maser make will be pivotal.

Dundalk

1993 record: 5-7. Coach: Sandy Magsamen.

Top players: Jen Stahl, Sr, M; Becky Sowden, Jr., M; Holly Collins, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Owls return an experienced squad from last season's team, which made it to the state playoffs for the first time in many years. Stahl and Sowden will lead a strong midfield, and the Owls return most of their attack and midfielders from last year. Magsamen says junior Julie Urlahs and sophomore Kim Rodriquez have been impressive in the goal and should shore up a solid back line.

Franklin

1993 record: 9-3. Coach: Dee Mullineaux.

Top players: Jennifer Ammon, Sr., A; Jennifer Cooper, Sr., D; Jill Smith, Jr., M; Darla Burns, So., M.

Outlook: The Indians will field only three seniors this season, but Mullineaux is counting on returnees from a good JV team to fill the holes. Mullineaux is hoping a leader will emerge. The team should be strong in the midfield, but finding an attack could be a problem. Mullineaux is also trying to find a good goalie.

Kenwood

1993 record: 3-9. Coach: Kathy Kline.

Top players: Kim Filling, Sr., A; Danielle Baker, Sr., M; April Jones, Sr., A; Melissa Cover, Sr., D.

Outlook: First-year coach Kline, who played at UMBC last year, returns four seniors to a team that will carry 15 players from the JV last year. The Bluebirds feature strong leadership and Kline is impressed by their stickwork. The midfield will be a strength for the Bluebirds, with Baker providing the experience. Kline says the team possesses good transition skills and ball movement, which should help the defense.

Lansdowne

1993 record: 4-7. Coach: Kelly Terry.

Top players: Shannon McGarrigle, Sr., D; Michele Beaver, Sr., A; Michelle Currie, So., A; Michelle Schleicher, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Vikings, under first-year coach Terry, had 50 players show up for the first practice. This team will feature an abundance of defense, led by McGarrigle, an honorable mention all-county selection last year. Beaver and senior Robin Robinette return to lead a good attack. They will be buoyed by Sarah Dymond, the JV's leading scorer last season.

Parkville

1993 record: 4-8. Coach: Nancy Gross.

Top players: Shannon O'Brennan, Sr., A; Kelly Enders, Sr., A; Holly Malanicz, Jr., A; Erin Shipley, Jr., D.

Outlook: This should be a rebuilding year for the Knights. Gross says she has a good group of players, but Parkville lost almost its entire defense and most of its attack to graduation last season. The team will rely heavily on O'Brennan and Enders, the only two senior on the team, to provide much-needed leadership. Gross will move sophomore Karen Henneman from attack, where she played last year, into the goal.

Patapsco

1993 record: 0-11. Coach: Lori Sauers.

Top players: Melissa Spinnato, Sr., A; Connie Moxey, Sr., A; Tammy Jones, Sr., A; Samantha Fugate, Sr., D; Bobbie Zalewski, Sr, G.

Outlook: Although the Patriots did not win a game last season, nine players return to pave the way for Patapsco, which was a 1A-2A school last season. Several of the players attended lacrosse clinics, so the skill level should be much improved. Last year, this team doubled the number of goals it had scored in 1991.

Perry Hall

1993 record: 11-2. Coach: Wendy Samuels.

Top players: Karen Bradley, Sr., A; Lori Grant, Jr., D; Keri Foley, Sr., A.

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