1994 Baltimore City Boys Lacrosse Preview

March 22, 1994|By Marc Bouchard and Lem Satterfield

Gilman saw this same preseason ranking -- No. 2 in the area -- a year ago, only to miss the postseason tournament by a hair.

It was part of a wacky season during which the eventual champ -- top-ranked St. Mary's -- rose from a No. 12 ranking to beat Boys' Latin -- ranked No. 5 -- while Mount St. Joseph, ranked No. 8 this year, finished further back in the pack.

The league, called the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association this year, will again be loaded with Gilman, Boys' Latin and Mount St. Joseph -- the three private schools in the city -- along with No. 1 St. Mary's, No. 3 St. Paul's, No. 4 Loyola and No. 7 Severn all lining up to take their best shots.

In the city public schools league last year, Forest Park, City and Poly shared the 2A-4A division title, while Southern won last year's 3A crown.

This year, however, city teams will compete in one league. And Forest Park -- 47-5 over the past four seasons under coach Obie Barnes -- looks like the team to beat with nine returning starters.

Archbishop Curley Friars 1993 record: 2-9. Coach: Barry Brownlee.

Top players: Jeff Fabiszak, G, Sr.; John Foos, D, Sr.; Neil Fitzpatrick, D, Sr.; Joe Cieslak, D, Jr.; Chris Coker, A, Jr.; Tim Asher, A, Jr.; Mario Maney, M, Sr.

Outlook: Four of Curley's losses last year came by one goal, so Brownlee hopes this year's team learned from those experiences. The two leading scorers from last year (Coker and Asher) are back. "Hopefully, with a little more experience we can win some of those close ones," said Brownlee.

Boys' Latin Lakers 1993 record: 12-4. Coach: Bob Shriver.

Top players: Chris Gettman, D, Sr.; Bennett Dear, D, Sr.; Scott Hochstadt, A, Jr.; John Fuller, A, Jr.; Chris Turner, A, Jr.

Outlook: Despite losing three first-team All-Metro players from a squad that made it to the MSA playoffs last year, the Lakers look strong. The attack is loaded, with Hochstadt (last year's No. 2 scorer), Turner (the junior varsity MVP last year), Fuller, seniors Ned Webster and Mike Harrison and junior Brad Gilroy. The defense is solid, but the midfield lacks experience, and preseason ailments to J. D. Radebaugh (ankle) and transfer Matt Swift (virus) didn't help. "We lost four Division I players that were the heart and sole of our team," said Shriver. "We have a fair amount returning, but we need a presence on midfield."

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders 1993 record: 3-7. Coach: John Mosier.

Top players: Robert Wright, Sr., A; Chris Cortina, Sr., M; Chris Feehley, Sr., M.

Outlook: Mosier, who has spent the last five seasons helping Gilman build one of the area's top lacrosse programs, will try and work some magic at Gibbons. "We have a lot of athletic ability," said Mosier. "As a team, we'll just try and improve each time we go out on the field. With a little luck, maybe we can get in the B Conference championship."

City Knights 1993 record: 9-3. Coach: George Petrides.

Top players: Seth Murphy, Sr., D; Ben Posil, Sr., A; Xavier Logan, Sr., D; Ron Helmick, Sr., M; Frank Hutson, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Knights last year twice beat Poly, which twice beat Forest Park, which twice beat City as the three teams finished as City-Wide tri-champs. Posil (39 goals, 17 assists), who led city scorers, and Murphy were second-team All-City players. Hutson averaged 16 saves and Logan (6-0, 260) should help out. "We don't quite have last year's depth, but we have nice defense," said Petrides.

Carver Bears 1993 record: 4-6. Coach: Jason Green.

Top players: James Hall, Sr., M; Cedric Robinson, Sr., M; Brandon Summers, Soph., G; Alex Gough, Fr., D.

Outlook: Green is optimistic about improving. There is Robinson, whom Green calls one of the city's best stick handlers, and Hall (6-2, 210), along with 17 others who can catch and throw well. "With several young kids up from the middle schools, I think we have just as good a shot as anybody," Green said.

Edmondson Redskins 1993 record: 3-9. Coach: Crawford Dennard.

Top players: Omar Richmond, Sr., M/A/D; Alvin Ledbetter, Sr., D; Qwan Finch, Sr., D; Charles Sanders, Sr., A; Corey Brown, Soph., M.

Outlook: With seven returning starters, including top scorer Richmond, coach Dennard is "looking forward to a good season." Brown is the team's best overall player, and Ledbetter (6-3, 230) anchors the defense.

Forest Park Foresters 1993 record: 10-3. Coach: Obie Barnes.

Top players: James Heath, Sr., M; Corey Hill, Sr., D; Dathan Jones, Sr., A; Keith Fatherly, Sr., M; Sean Markley, Soph., A.

Outlook: From last year's squad, which lost, 8-7, to Cambridge in the playoffs, nine starters return, including second-team All-City Heath (28 goals, 15 assists), Fatherly (23, four), Jones (11, 17) and Markley, who moves to the attack as Jermaine Dickerson takes over in the goal. "We have the potential to be better than last year," said Barnes, adding that ground-ball leader Newman Thompson should become eligible with six games left.

Friends Quakers 1993 record: 11-1. Coach: Jon Garman.

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