Centennial in line to stage a repeat act 1994 HOWARD COUNTY BOYS LACROSSE PREVIEW

March 22, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Centennial rates as a heavy favorite to repeat as county lacrosse champion.

The Eagles return 11 players from last season's 14-2 team that lost in the state semifinals, including three players who combined to score 99 goals.

Mount Hebron, Glenelg, Oakland Mills and Howard should battle for second place.

Here is a look at each of the county's teams.

Atholton Raiders

Wendell Thomas returns to coach his 16th season and brings nine players back from last season's 4-10 squad that went 2-5 in league play.

"We'll be a middle-of-the-pack team," Thomas said. "I was worried about the offense but we did well in a scrimmage."

Seniors Jason Albert and Mike Marcyz will start on attack with sophomore Mitch Treese.

Seniors Matt Treese and Chris Buscher and junior Seth Lyons will start at midfield. Treese is the team's best player and leading scorer last season.

The starting defense includes returning senior Adam Shaivitz and junior newcomers Matt Raddik and Joe Garrison.

Senior Tony Vallance and junior Mike Radford will split time at goalkeeper.

Other returnees are senior midfielder Sean David and sophomore midfielder Peter Monti.

Other newcomers include senior defensemen Dan Garrison, Matt Kucuda and Adam Martiny, and junior defenseman Colin Esais. Also new are sophomore midfielder Tim Buscher, senior midfielder Albert Montagna and sophomore attackman John Pramik.

Centennial Eagles Mike Siegert returns to coach his 17th season at Centennial and will have the preseason favorite to repeat as county and regional champion.

The Eagles (14-2, 7-0), who were loaded with 10 sophomores, lost to Broadneck in the state semifinals.

Those 10 sophomores are back along with returning senior Tony Harding. The Eagles averaged 13.9 goals and allowed 6.3 goals.

"We're real optimistic but we're no lock," Siegert said. "We're short on depth and our second midfield is untested."

Centennial graduated its first midfield, starting goalkeeper and two defensemen.

Harding's 36 goals and 27 assists lead the attack that includes Brian Rowe and Davis Saunders (41 goals, 15 assists).

Midfielder Rob Hauffman set a school record with 94 points, 42 goals and 52 assists. The assists were also a school record.

Joe Lowrance and Mike Shakelford complete the returning midfield.

Returning defenders include Matt Rainwater, Steve Puckett, Chris Cochran and Brian Harding. Brian Carr is the returning goalkeeper. All of these players are juniors except Rowe.

Add in newcomers junior attackman Jeff Ianarrino and sophomore goalkeeper Mike Cochran as players who'll see some action. Senior midfielder Andy Lett and freshman midfielder Scott Bross also are looking good.

Siegert coaches the defense and Bill McDermott coaches the offense.

Glenelg Gladiators Gladiators coach Rick Kincaid is optimistic despite graduating top scorer Brent Graebel (31 goals, nine assists) and nine other ++ players from an 8-6 team that went 5-2 in the league.

The Gladiators also will lack depth. They have a 22-man squad.

But over the last three seasons, Glenelg has compiled a 27-15 record, and Kincaid sees that trend continuing.

"Our strength will be midfield and I think we have a nice defense although it is unproven," he said.

Kincaid, coaching his 14th lacrosse season and sixth at Glenelg, thinks Glenelg's stick skills are improved.

"Our goal is to win the county," he said.

Glenelg's last county title was in 1985. The Gladiators scrimmaged Arundel March 15 and lost by only one goal, an effort that pleased Kincaid since Arundel usually has powerful teams.

The midfield that Kincaid thinks will be the team's strength includes seniors Jeff and Chris Cordisco and Chris Schaefer. Both Cordisco brothers have speed.

Chris Forespring, a junior attackman, is a returnee along with seniors Dave Willis and Dave Costello.

Returning seniors Dan Gardner, Brandon Mitchell and John Simms comprise the defense.

The goalkeeper is senior Toby Husser.

Other midfielders include seniors Brad Dockins, Stanton Salter and freshman Conner Pett.

Pett's older brother, Jason, was a former Glenelg star who now plays second midfield for the University of Notre Dame, where he a junior.

Greg Edell, a sophomore attackman, also should see plenty of action.

Glenelg lost to Mount Hebron twice last season, once in the regional semifinals, 10-7. Its other county loss was to Centennial, 8-6.

Glenelg Country School Dragons The Dragons have a coaching staff with some impressive credentials.

Head coach Kevin Boland played midfield for two national championship teams at the University of Maryland in 1973 and 1975. His assistant coach, Jim Deitsch, was an assistant coach at Maryland during those years.

Boland, the head of the middle school at Glenelg Country, is concentrating on teaching basic lacrosse.

The Dragons, 2-7 last season, play an independent schedule and have 18 players on varsity.

"We're looking forward to a winning season," Boland said. "We'll slow it down on offense and will need to play smart."

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