Experience boosts Loyola, Terps

September 03, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Loyola, Maryland and UMBC figure to be the area's top Division I women's soccer teams, and Notre Dame is expected to contend for a berth in the Division III national tournament. A look at the teams:

Division I

LOYOLA: Nine starters from last season's 13-4-3 team return for head coach Dave Gerrity. Juniors Lynn Tasca, Kiera Scharfenberger and Shannon Gillon, along with sophomore G Mary Clark, lead a defensive unit that allowed just 24 goals last season. On offense, sophomore Stephanie Roberts -- who tied for the team scoring title with 19 points -- returns.

MARYLAND: Five of the Terps' all-time leading goal scorers are among eight returning starters. Back from coach April Heinrichs' team that went 13-5-2 and was nationally ranked for the first time last season are forwards Michelle Demko and Randi Goldblatt and midfielders Leslie Kerhin, Terri Rich and Stefani Papageorge. That quintet accounted for 20 goals and 13 assists.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S: The Mountaineers, 2-11 last season, have a new head coach, Wayne Sanchez. Ten players return, but Sanchez said he may start as many as eight newcomers. Defense is a priority: Last season's team was outscored, 63-6.

NAVY: After going 2-5 in their inaugural season, the Midshipmen begin their first year in the Patriot League. Returning for coach Carin Gabarra's team are sophomore midfielders Ty Westinghouse, Jenny Meyer and Kelly Kast, who combined for seven goals and eight assists last season, as well as junior midfielder Patty Despain and junior striker Melissa Lawrence.

TOWSON STATE: The Tigers were one of the more improved teams in the country last year under head coach Debbie Michael. Entering their third season, they return nine starters from last season's team that went 7-9 after a 2-13 record in 1992. Junior Courtney McClelland, a second-team All-Big South selection last season, should lead the offense.

UMBC: The Retrievers (11-11) fell one goal short of winning the Big South title last season. Six starters

return for coach Jamie Watson, including forwards Denise Schilte, Kris Einarson and Kasy Kruger. Schilte, a first-team All-Big South and all-tournament pick, has 100 points in two seasons and is considered one of the nation's premier players.

Division III

GOUCHER: Ten starters return for coach Billy Ronson's team, which was 5-12-1 last season. The Gophers will have to compensate for the loss of MVP Libby Snyder (10 goals, three assists). Back Sherri Malloy, a three-year starter and two-time All-Capital Athletic Conference performer, is among the returnees.

NOTRE DAME: Coming off an 11-4-1 season and a Top 10 ranking in the Division III South Region for the second consecutive year, the Gators are expected to contend for a berth in the Division III national tournament. Co-head coaches Gary Lynch and Len Malinowski lost two seniors. Leading the attack will be Corina Riismandel, the Gators' all-time leading scorer (45 goals).

WESTERN MARYLAND: It could be another long season for the Green Terror. Head coach Jennifer Flynn lost six starters from last season's team that went 1-12-2 and was outscored, 41-10. Senior midfielder Christa Mose led the Green Terror in scoring last season with six points.

FROSTBURG STATE: This is Frostburg State's first women's soccer team. First-year coach Ray Kiddy will field a 23-player team, 15 of whom have played at the club level. Midfielders Debbie Frey and Kelly Moran (Towson), forwards Dina Lastner (Bel Air) and Bridget Kelly and goalkeeper Leah Angle (Wilde Lake) are among the players expected to have an impact.

JOHNS HOPKINS: The Blue Jays are still experiencing growing pains as they head into their third year. They are coming off a 2-10-1 season, in which they managed 11 goals. Seven starters return, led by sophomore forward Kerrie Cathcart (five goals, one assist).

ST. MARY'S: The Seahawks graduated one player from last year's 5-9 team. Key returnees include four-year starting goalkeeper Jackie Aitoro and sophomore sweeper Stephanie Karpinski, who led a stingy unit. Three-time All-CAC and four-year starter Brandi Van Meter (Patapsco) anchors the midfield. Jen Forbes, last year's leading scorer, leads the front line.

SALISBURY STATE: Coach Jim Berkman, who just guided the Sea Gulls to their first national men's lacrosse championship, enters a world of far lower expectations, as he launches the women's soccer program. Players to watch include forward/midfielder Ava Tasker (Broadneck), midfielder Karen Mannion (Catholic), midfielder Vicki Prince (Anne Arundel CC) and defender Cynthia Parulis (Old Mill).

VILLA JULIE: This is Villa Julie's first year, and head coach Matt Biedermann, who won 56 games in six seasons as the jayvee coach at Towson High School, takes over. Six freshmen will probably start, including forward Candice Zucker, goalkeeper Jennifer Burch (Aberdeen), defender Christie Switalski (Catholic) and midfielder Amy Adams (Mount Carmel).

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