'Lacrosse for Leukemia' to benefit from area's top girls, boys players

May 27, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Some of the area's most-talented high school lacrosse players will display their skills for charity in tonight's 13th annual Lacrosse for Leukemia Tournament at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

Eighty-seven seniors -- 49 boys and 38 girls -- from public and private schools from the Baltimore metropolitan area will compete in two games, beginning with the girls exhibition at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available at the gate for $6, with all proceeds going to the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America.

The girls game will feature players from both public and private schools, and the boys contest will match the top seniors from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association -- formerly the MSA -- against the Metro all-stars from the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

The girls West contingent, coached by P.J. Kesmodel of Mount Hebron, will feature two of Kesmodel's Vikings, Cathy Nelson and Nicole McGowan. They'll be joined by Howard County standouts Lindsay McCaskill (Hammond), Kim Drieser (Wilde Lake) and Meagan Anne Lewis (Glenelg). Joining them from the Association of Independent Schools are Jodie Cowan (Oldfields), Kimberly Schloss (McDonogh), Eliza Shoemaker (Garrison Forest) and Sarah Long (Severn).

Aimee Vaughan of Dulaney, who led the state in scoring this spring with 98 goals and 25 assists, will lead the East, along with private school stars Peggy Boutilier (Roland Park), Heather Castle (Notre Dame Prep) and Bridget Greenwalt (Maryvale).

The second game, which is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., features two boys teams with highly explosive attacks and equally impressive defenses.

The MIAA all-star team boasts a formidable midfield, which includes Gilman's Mark Cornes (34 goals, 16 assists) and St. Mary's Todd Vizcarrondo (30, 9). St. Mary's goalie Jim Brown, whose high school career ended in a loss to Gilman in the MIAA A Conference championship, will share time in the net with Sean Keenan of St. Paul's.

Gilman's high-powered attack will be represented by Michael Allan (29 goals, 39 assists) and Tom Coleman will represent the Greyhounds' stingy defense that yielded 4.9 goals a game. Tony Coatsolonia, a midfielder who led John Carroll to the B Conference title, will join forces with James Heath of Forest Park and Richard Matthews of Lake Clifton.

The Metro boys team will be paced by Spencer Ford (54, 39), Dan Ross (51, 30) and Ian Wildey, who led Towson to its third consecutive 1A-2A state title by defeating North Harford, 9-8, Wednesday at UMBC.

North Harford defenseman Jay Heil, who did his best in trying to contain Ford and Ross earlier in the week, will be their allies as a member of the Metro squad. Fred Sheckells of Fallston leads the Metro midfield along with Annapolis' Scott Regina, Chris Turner of Arundel and Loch Raven's Tyson Su.

Rounding out the attack for the Metro all-stars are Greg Prochazka (Southern-AA), Dan Sherwood (Dulaney), Nick Cowan (Perry Hall) and Jon Wright (North Harford).

The public schools' defensive unit features Dave Winegrad (Annapolis), Aaron DeVos (Dulaney), Bryan Dobson (Broadneck) and Dave Augustyniak (Perry Hall).

"It's a great privilege to be around so many great players, and we're just going to go out there and have some fun. That's what all-star games are all about," said St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead, who will coach the MIAA boys team.

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