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

September 15, 1994|By Doug Brown

Holly Colajezzi (above) was incorrectly identified in a photo that appeared in Thursday's editions of The Sun and The

Evening Sun.

Annapolis Panthers

1993 record: 8-5-1. Coach: Jennifer Russell.

Top players: Erika Knutson, Sr., M; Lisa Jewell, Sr., M; Sharon Carswell, Sr., D; Ali Hollander, Sr., F; Erin Miller, Sr., F; Eleni Kacoyianni, Sr., G; Angela Walton, Sr., D; Amy Brew, Jr., F.


Outlook: Imagine second-year coach Russell's surprise when Brew announced she wanted to try field hockey. Russell had coached Brew in lacrosse, and when Brew said she didn't want to play soccer this fall, Russell said, "Why not come out for field hockey?" The idea appealed to Brew, whose older sister Kate was a second-team All-County field hockey defenseman last year. "Amy will be one of our top scorers," Russell said. "You can tell by watching her in practice. She's aggressive and has incredible speed. You can put her anywhere on the field, even though she's never played before. In a scrimmage, she scored our only goal." Last season, Russell's first as head coach, Annapolis lost to Calvert in the last minute in the second round of the regional playoffs. Russell might not be blessed with a lot of returnees, but she does have a newcomer, Brew, who should provide a lift.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1993 record: 7-9. Coach: Mary Pat Bozel.

Top players: Cara Tracey, Sr., M; Anne Mattison, Sr., M; Amanda Gildark, Sr., G; Amanda Adams, Sr., D; Jami Duffy, Sr., F; Tara Shea, Sr., D; Stephanie Paxson, Jr., F.

Outlook: Spalding lost only three players, but one was Marie Swartwood, a first-team All-County center back. Swartwood, the first player Bozel has sent on to college in four seasons as coach, is starting for Division III Johns Hopkins as a freshman. Adams is in Swartwood's spot. "The team relied on Marie too much," Bozel said. "We're more well-rounded this year, with no shining star." All six seniors are three-year varsity members. The team's strength is depth. "For the first time since I've been here," Bozel said, "every player on the varsity is capable of starting. Once someone gets tired, I can put someone in and not leave a big hole on the field." Bozel still is striving to build a winning tradition. The Cavaliers have had one winner during her tenure, 8-4-1 in 1992. "But, considering Spalding was 0-12 before I arrived, we've really come up," Bozel said.

Arundel Wildcats

1993 record: 8-5. Coach: Clint Gosnell.

Top players: Lisa Howard, Jr., M; Tobi Owen, Sr., M; Michelle Haynie, Sr., A; Kim Gonski, Jr., A; Carla Navarro, Jr., M; Jamie Sroka, Sr., M; Jessica Dorr, Sr., G; Amanda Gottschall, Sr., G.

Outlook: Gosnell anticipates having a "very good team," in part because the Wildcats "now have the tools athletically. The players are quicker, faster and more seasoned. A lot of them play two or three sports. They're seasoned athletes who have game and field sense. Our strength is speed and quickness. We were fast last season, but we're even quicker this year." The Wildcats graduated a lot of defensemen and lack experience in that area. "The big problem is that ninth grade is often the field hockey entry level," Gosnell said. "It's hard to build on nothing. At Arundel, girls soccer usually has the more experienced athletes because they start in sixth, seventh or eighth grade."

Broadneck Bruins

1993 record: 5-9. Coach: Phoebe Kelly.

Top players: Ann Rodriguez, Sr., F; Colleen Harding, Jr., F; Kara Gittes, Sr., G; Debbie Knorr, Sr., D; Lisa Foertsch, Jr., F; Katie Lengyel, Jr., M; Meredith Bender, Jr., M.

Outlook: With nine seniors, most of them on the varsity since they were sophomores, Kelly thinks Broadneck will have team unity, good scoring patterns and plays and a sound defense. The main need is a more productive offense. "We've been scoring more in clinics, scrimmages and practice," Kelly said. "We've found the key to getting the ball in the cage. The players are skilled enough to be able to pound and rush the goalie."

Chesapeake Cougars

1993 record: 10-2-2. Coach: Jerry Raab.

Top players: Rachel Barrett, Sr., D; Holly Colajezzi, Sr., G; Emily Plenge, Sr., A; Cammie Owens, Sr., M; Laura Hemmings, Sr., M; Jena Sullivan, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Cougars lost eight players, including two key defenders, but "should be strong again," said Raab, who's in her 18th season. Returning for her final year is Plenge, who led Chesapeake with 11 goals and three assists. Raab will fill in around Colajezzi and Plenge, both first-team All-County last year. Colajezzi's backup is Courtney Miller, who played almost half the time. Colajezzi allowed only two goals all season, Miller three. Chesapeake lacks experience on defense, with only Barrett returning. "I hope our strength will be attack," Raab said. "That, and goalie." The team will be buttressed by juniors Kristin Bonk, Erin Piechowiak and Sara Keil, all up from the JV.

Meade Mustangs

1993 record: 5-6-1. Coach: Kelly Holden.

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