Team-by-team Capsules Local Sports: High School Field Hockey Preview

September 15, 1994|By Katherine Dunn

Atholton Raiders

1993 record: 2-6. Coach: Carol Stevens.

Top players: Sarah Geatz, Jr., G; Rachel McQuenney, Soph., D; Melissa Goglia, Jr., D; Kathryn Glasgow, Sr., F; Shannon Carter, Jr., F; Rachel Black, Sr., M/D.

Outlook: Despite losing more than half of their starters, the Raiders should be among the county's most improved teams. For the first time since she took over six years ago, Stevens has reason to believe the Raiders might improve enough to grab a regional playoff berth. "In all our games last year, we were competitive," said Stevens. "We lost only one game by more than one goal. With so many kids going to camp this summer and running two sessions during the first week of practice, that should help us as a team to be more competitive." The Raiders return most of their strength in the defense with McQuenney, Goglia and Black back in the starting lineup. Gaetz also saw a lot of action last year. Glasgow and Carter have speed on the line, so if the midfield can provide enough offensive push, the Raiders should improve on their record.

Centennial Eagles

1993 record: 10-3-1. Coach: Gail Purcell.

Top players: Emily Ward, Sr., F; Karyn Bruns, Sr., D; Becca Armiger, Jr., G; Liz Sturm, Jr., M; Keri Jones, Sr., D; Kim May, Sr., D.

Outlook: The defending county champions lost only three seniors, so they return much of the power that took them to their regional final a year ago. One notable exception is Player of the Year Katrina Wolfe, who graduated, but the Eagles are determined to prove that they can win with this more balanced squad. Purcell expects a season that will at least match last year's. "This is the best team I've ever had," she said. "For the first time, I've got a group on attack that thinks, redirects and is hungry. This is a very competitive team." Although Purcell expects the scoring to be balanced, the top threats come from wings Ward and junior Connie Garrant. Defensively, the Eagles return a solid unit in Bruns, Jones and May as well as veteran keeper Armiger. "Last year, they depended on Katrina to the point where they let her orchestrate what went on, but this team is 11 strong and I can't say I have any holes. Because these kids know there's no one outstanding player, they're going to do it together," Purcell said.

Glenelg Gladiators

1993 record: 3-6-3. Coach: Ginger Kincaid.

Top players: Upkar Chana, Sr., M; Natalee Green, Sr., M; Jessica Horwath, Sr., G; Sheri McGready, Jr., F; Shannon Sneed, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Gladiators struggled through a rebuilding season a year ago, and after losing nine starters, they are in for another uphill climb. But this year, the Gladiators have the potential to score more goals, and that could translate into more wins. "We've been down, so we're not going to be the strongest team, but we could upset a few teams," said Kincaid. "The difference is that last year we didn't have any finishers. This year, it's just a matter of doing it when they need to." McGready should do a lot of the scoring, benefiting from an offensive push from Chana and Green in the midfield. The Gladiators plan to tighten up their game, relying on small passes rather than big hits. The only returning starters are Horwath and Sneed. Another starter, senior Erica Beall, is lost for the season with a chronic back problem.

Glenelg Country Dragons

1993 record: 3-6-2. Coach: Patti Ordonez.

DTop players: Robin Zimmerly, Sr., D; Carrie Everett, Jr., F: Allison Hoke, Sr., M; Megan Duzor, Jr., M; Heather Sutherland, Soph., G.

Outlook: Only three seniors graduated from a team that made it to the semifinals of the AIS B Division tournament before falling to eventual co-champ Oldfields last fall. The Dragons return a lot of strength in Zimmerly and Everett, who led the team in scoring with six goals. But the real cornerstone of this team should be its versatile midfield of Hoke, Duzor and junior Smita Sharma, who moves up from JV. Ordonez said the Dragons hope to make a move in the B Division, especially now that co-defending champ Park has moved up to the A Division. "The girls have been playing together for so long and they want it so bad," said Ordonez. "They know Park's out of the division, so they see they have a chance. Last year was a losing season, but they gained a lot of confidence and pulled it all together in the tournament."

Hammond Golden Bears

1993 record: 8-5. Coach: Gay Petrlik.

ATop players: Kara Stockham, Sr. D; Kalina Sliwinski, Sr., G; Erin Webb, Sr., M; Jenny Pollock, Jr., F; Heather Brown, Sr., D; Jessica Jay, Sr., M; Kelly Eberhart, Sr., F.

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