Cougars setting sights on state championship

September 11, 1994|By Mark Hoeflich

Aberdeen Eagles

1993 record: 2-8. Coach: Jim McClenahan.

Top players: Valerie Birch, Jr., G; Amanda Laughton, Soph., S; Joanna Rizzuto, Jr., S; Nicole Scott, Soph., S; Casandra Smith, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Eagles are a thin squad and McClenahan admits this will be a rebuilding season. Five sophomores will start and there are more newcomers, yet talent is there. The lack of experience will show more on defense. Laughton, second on the team in scoring a year ago, and Scott form a good front line.

Bel Air Bobcats

1993 record: 7-5. Coach: Bill Zimmerman.

Top players: Christie Hall, Sr., S; Casey Hemtz, Sr., D; Lauren Hess, Soph., D; Jackie Hinson, Jr., G; Kim Kafka, Jr., S; Jean Tyrell, Sr., M; Lynn Wilkinson, Jr., S.

Outlook: Although Bel Air lost four starters from a year ago, the Bobcats have what it takes to be a strong contender. They have three legitimate scorers in Tyrell, last season's leader, Wilkinson and Hemtz, who gives the Bobcats an extra weapon with her likely move to the front line. Bel Air's speed will make up for a rather weak defense.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1993 record: 12-1-1. Coach: Ken Dawson.

Top players: Jackie Bangert, Sr., M; Liz Batten, Jr., M; Tiffany Corsi, Jr., D; Becky Gerhart, Jr., S; Miranda James, Jr., S; Jen Kuehn, Jr., D; Erin Lesh, Soph., M; Amanda Moculski, Jr., M; Amy Morse, Sr., D; Nancy Tevulat, Jr., D; Erin Updegrove, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Mustangs had one of their finest seasons a year ago, finishing undefeated in the county and advancing to the regional finals before losing to Dulaney, 1-0. A defense that gave up just five goals last season lost two four-year starters and will have a lot to do with how far the Mustangs go. The offense, however, should have no trouble scoring with all the starters back, including James and Bangert, who combined for 29 goals a year ago.

Edgewood Rams

1993 record: 0-10. Coach: Christy Kessler.

Top players: Jen Collins, Sr., S; Shana Harry, Sr., S; Amy Higgins, Soph., M; Nicole Hill, Soph., D; Kristen Jester, Sr., D; Ronilyn Kirby, Sr., D; Kristen Lee, Sr., D; Jen Palazzi, Jr., S; Jessica Palazzi, Sr., M.

Outlook: First-year coach Kessler is enthusiastic about the Rams' improvement. The Rams still have a lot of rebuilding ahead but the defense -- with two seniors -- should be strong. Up front, Collins, Harry and Higgins are capable scorers, and freshman Nicole Miller figures to provide support.

Fallston Cougars

1993 record: 11-4. Coach: Nancy Ferguson.

Top players: Courtney Benner, Jr., S; Beth Blasi, Jr., S; Suzy Harrison, Sr., G; Beth Rappled, Jr., D; Meghan Tulley, Jr., D; Jenny Weber, Sr., S; Cindy Wolf, Soph., D; Kelly Wolf, Sr., D.

Outlook: Fallston has everything it needs in its quest for a state title and appears the front-runner in Harford County. All but one starter returns from last season's state semifinalist team. Blasi was last season's top scorer, and Benner and Weber are fine contributors. The Cougars get better with a stout defense that figures to be quite stingy.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1993 record: 1-12. Coach: Tara Custer.

Top players: Jennifer Crouse, Sr., D; Erica Hagelin, Jr, S; Heather Hooker, Jr., S; Pam Craig, Jr., D; Jen Spooner, Jr., S; Nicole Snyder, Soph., S; Cheryl Yankolonis, Soph., S.

Outlook: Second-year coach Custer is enthusiastic about her Warriors building on last year's record. The Warriors are still young, but are much stronger than in the past and they are moving the ball a lot better. Hagelin and Yankolonis make for a solid front line and the defense appears more aggressive.

John Carroll Patriots

1993 record: 14-4. Coach: Joe Rehrmann.

Top players: Meghan Giorno, Jr., D; Amy Goetzinger, Jr., S; Kate McAveney, Sr., G; Christine Martin, Soph., S; Annalisa Paaby, Jr., M; Jessica Schrader, Sr., D; Trisha Taylor, Soph., D; Katie Tiburzi, Soph., D.

Outlook: Catholic League A Division runner-up a year ago, the Patriots are looking for consistent scoring and a finisher on attack to complement Goetzinger, their big scorer and one of best players in the county. Giorno could be the answer at sweeper and there is promise with

several newcomers. The defense is young and inexperienced.

Joppatowne Mariners

1993 record: 6-6. Coach: Chris Myers.

Top players: Erika Adams, Sr., D; Carrie Gorsch, Soph., D; Lora Harkins, Jr., M; Natalie Majerus, Sr., S; Nicole Simone, Soph., S; Kris Voit, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Mariners lost many close games last season but with 10 players back, Myers hopes that trend will change. Joppatowne's scoring was well-balanced last year and Myers will play four midfielders with Harkins helping out the scoring. The Mariners will again be in every game with three seniors on defense, anchored by Voit, who gave up less than two goals a game a year ago.

North Harford Hawks

1993 record: 11-3. Coaches: Tom Burg, Ray Hruz.

Top players: Wendy Diettr, Sr., S; Shannon Harmon, Sr., S; Dawn Harrison, Sr., D; Danielle Konschak, Soph., S; Tina Kidd, Sr., D; Erin Kroneberger, Sr., G; Karen Phipps, Jr., S; Amy Pistel, Sr., S; Shana Pitarra, Jr., S; Tara Schlerf, Soph., D; Kristen Ullaman, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Hawks should keep stride in the county race despite having five sophomores and four freshmen. There is a lot of talent, especially Konschak, whose 18 goals and 12 assists was second in the league a year ago. Concerns are on defense where the Hawks are less experienced. Burg expects bigger things from Schlerf at sweeper, after she earned All-County honors as a freshman a year ago.

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