New coaches put new look on new season 1994 CARROLL COUNTY BOYS LACROSSE PREVIEW

March 22, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Some names have changed but the results could be the same as the Carroll County boys lacrosse scene takes on a new look with three new head coaches.

Leading the way is South Carroll first-year man Jeff Alisauckas, who will try to pick up where former coach Gene Brown left off as the Cavaliers look to win their eighth straight county title. With a solid group back, they appear to be in good shape to do just that.

Liberty, under new coach Troy Barnes, could surprise with a solid group back, particularly up front with five experienced seniors. North Carroll will look for a fresh start under new coach Tom Davidson, who's had plenty of success as an assistant with the Panthers' strong wrestling and softball programs.

Westminster coach Jim Peters is the lone veteran in the county entering his 13th season as the Owls' head coach. The Owls are coming off a banner 9-3 season with a senior-laden team from last year. He'll rely on an experienced midfield to carry much of the load while the young Owls' attack and defenders get adjusted.

Liberty

Call it a changing of the guard.

For the past three years, new Liberty coach Troy Barnes was former coach Jim Langrall's right-hand man. This year, the roles have reversed.

"We've had a close working relationship the last three years. We've always made decisions together and the biggest change is he had the final decision before and now I have it," Barnes said.

"The relationship hasn't really changed any; we're just trading places."

The Lions have a strong cast of veteran players returning with 14 of the 25 varsity players being seniors.

Barnes is looking for more balance this season offensively and has five solid attackers to get the job done.

Mark Aprile, Jon Cougnet, Brendon Bengermino, Tony DeLuca and Brian Trone are seniors. They'll look to offset the production of graduated Ross Yastrzemsky, who had 27 goals and 28 assists as a repeat first-team all-county selection in 1993.

"We want every man touching the ball being a threat," Barnes said.

"We don't want to have to rely on just one or two guys. We want to make opposing defenses respect everyone."

That also goes with the Lions' midfield. Barnes will have three lines running at midfield with experienced players on each line.

Seniors Justin Cross, Bill Nichols and Grant Goodwin are back from last year's team and Barnes is high on fellow senior Jason Dunbar, who played defense on the junior varsity as a sophomore. Barnes said senior Steve Reigel and Goodwin are the "lightning on the team."

"We're relying on everyone to not only score some goals, but also play strong transition between the restraining lines," Barnes said.

The defense looks solid with senior Paul Lichtinger returning in goal and Chris Grubb also back in front of him. Juniors Matt Piechocki, Chris Ridgely and Chris Younger all have played two years at the junior varsity level and appear ready to make the transition.

North Carroll When former coach Chris Kraft unexpectedly resigned from his post less than three weeks before the start of the season, the shuffling began at North Carroll.

That's where Tom Davidson comes in, a former assistant softball coach under the now retired Phil Bonnell who was supposed to take over his reign.

Instead, Davidson will fill the void left behind by Kraft and is excited about the prospects of a solid season.

"Everyone is very positive and they've responded smoothly," Davidson said.

"I've never played the game, my brothers always played and I was a big fanatic. As the year's went by, I went to some clinics, but always played baseball."

Davidson has a veteran cast to work with, led by senior Sam Seashole, who returns up front as the team's leading scorer. Steve Redmer and Chad Vrany are also back from last year's squad with Marc Cross -- who returned to the area after transferring from Vermont -- also a welcome addition. He was in the North Carroll program as a freshman. All three are seniors and Davidson is looking for leadership and scoring from each.

"I think they can do the trick," Davidson said.

"They all show good stickwork and have good ball movement."

The midfield also is senior-laden with Davidson relying on two key lines.

Seniors Bryan Tayman, Blaine Cover and Grant Gibson comprise the first line. Senior Jason Hale teams with juniors Damien Deiaco and Bryan Cutair on the second line. Davidson said the two are interchangeable.

"The senior midfield is a pretty close-knit group and we don't lose anything with the second group," Davidson said.

"We're hoping for scoring from a lot of different people, which is everyone's dream, and we'll be in great shape."

The defense is young with a pair of juniors -- Bert Magladry and Bill Beltz -- leading the way with senior Tom Bosley also starting. Bosley is a first-year lacrosse player after playing baseball his first three years.

Who will be in the cage remains a concern for Davidson with

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