Baltimore City Private Schools Capsules

March 22, 1995|By Steven Kivinski and Lem Satterfield

Archbishop Curley Friars

1994 record: 9-9. Coach: Barry Brownlee.

Top players: Nick Brownlee, Jr., M; Gordon Topper, Jr, M; Kevin Chaney, Sr., M; Tim Asher, Sr., A; Chris Coker, Sr., A; Eric Schmith, Sr., A; Matt Ziemski, Sr., D.

Outlook: Curley returns only one starter on defense, which could create some problems early on but the Friars' attack and midfield is intact, which could cause some problems for B Conference powers John Carroll and Friends. "We don't have an easy game on our schedule," said Brownlee, who will rely on Asher to shoulder the bulk of the scoring load. "We have to play sound, fundamental lacrosse to be successful."

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1994 record: 5-10. Coach: John Mosier.

Top players: Robert Brauns, Jr., M; Scott Henry, Jr., A; Will Jaquet Jr., D; Jeff Manalansan, Fresh., G.

Outlook: Graduation left the Crusaders with a squad devoid of any seniors and Mosier said he expects the 1995 season to be a "terminal rebuilding year." The Crusaders' roster boasts only four juniors and the rest sophomores and freshmen. Jaquet anchors Gibbons' young, but experienced, defense that will have to step up and try and create some low-scoring games.

Friends Quakers

1994 record: 10-5. Coach: Jon Garman.

Top players: Mike Fine, Sr., G; Josh Salcman, Sr., D; Ned Fitter, Sr., D; James Simermeyer, Jr., D; Adam Dougherty, Sr., M; Trevor Coe, Sr., M; Doug Nilson, Sr., M; Taylor Smith, Sr., A; Trevor Soponis, Sr., A.

Outlook: Friends has experienced seniors at every position, including Fine, a four-year starter in goal. The Quakers have three seniors at midfield, three on defense and two on attack, which could create some problems next year but Garman isn't looking that for ahead. "I'm curious to see how our less experienced guys develop," said Garman. "So far, the seniors have set an excellent tone. Now they all have to come together."

Gilman Greyhounds

1994 record: 16-2. Coach: John Tucker.

Top players: Lorne Smith, Sr., A; Chase Martin, Jr., A; Corey Popham, Sr., G; James McIntyre, Sr., M; Scott Banerjee, Sr., M; Dave Biddison, Sr., D; Chris Tully, Jr., D; Patrick Rodgers, Jr., D.

Outlook: Mark Cornes, who was named All-Metro Player of the Year last season after leading Gilman to an MIAA A Conference championship, is at Delaware, and Mike Allan, another big part of last year's success, is at Princeton but the Greyhounds still have enough veterans to repeat. Smith and Martin, who combined for 68 goals and 27 assists last year, return with Popham, who led a defense that yielded fewer than five goals a game.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1994 record: 5-8. Coach: Steve Szlasa.

Top players: Jason Born, Jr., G; Brian Kelly, Sr., D; Rob LaNoue, Sr., M; Steven English, Sr., M; Brad Wolters, Sr., M; Josh Vicchio, Sr., M; Josh Hockstra, Sr., A.

Outlook: Only nine of the 28 players Drew Bowden had on his roster are back for first-year coach Szlasa, but that could be viewed as good news considering the Gaels' record last season. With the two top teams from each of the three three-team divisions of the A Conference making the playoffs, Mount St. Joe will have to produce a better league record than Boys' Latin or Calvert Hall. "The kids have put in a good effort in adapting to a new system," said Szlasa. "They've gotten used to working hard because that's what we demand."

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