Anne Arundel Public Schools Capsules Boys Lacrosse Preview

March 22, 1995|By Doug Brown

Annapolis Panthers

1994 record: 16-2. Coach: Dan Hart.

Top players: Eric Morgan, Sr., A; John Brianas, Jr., A; Josh Morgan, Sr., M; Ryan Sears, Sr., M; Geoff Mears, Sr., M; Brian McNew, Jr., M; Gus Samaras, Sr., D; Ryan Little, Sr., D; Beau Watkins, Sr., D; Tobin Poole, Jr., G; Ryan Van Riper, Sr., G.

Outlook: Although the Panthers lost current college players Dave Winegrad, Jack Copus, Scott Regina, Taylor Boone and Morgan Hurt from the team that won the state Class 3A-4A championship, they are not hurting. "We don't rebuild at Annapolis," said Dan Hart, the 1994 All-Metro Coach of the Year.

"We reload. This isn't the first time we've lost quality seniors. It's not about individuals; it's about a team. The single toughest thing to do in sports is to repeat, but we'll be ready." Hart thinks his players have "a good team concept, with no one having to carry the load." The defense is solid and the goalie combination of Poole and Van Riper, who won five games when Poole was hurt last year, is the best Hart has had. The strong freshman class includes six who will play on the varsity.

Arundel Wildcats

1994 record: 13-3. Coach: Clint Gosnell.

Top players: Mike Haertel, Sr., M; Tom Newberry, Sr., G; Neal Weissraar, Sr., A; Jim Polucha, Sr., M; John Makowski, Sr., M; Greg Hausner, Sr., D; Ken Brown, Sr., D.

Outlook: Arundel, No. 12 in the final 1994 poll, lost twice to Annapolis, the last time in the regional final, leaving "us feeling good but not so good," Gosnell said. Not so good because of the loss, but good because graduation took only three players. The memory of the loss lingers, which will serve as motivation when the teams meet April 19.

The Wildcats have a deep, speedy midfield and an experienced attack and defense. Gosnell doesn't have to teach lacrosse skills to the players, just refine them, although sometimes that can be even more difficult. Arundel has to learn to play better defense and, on offense to move off the ball. Although "it won't be a cakewalk," Gosnell feels the team, with no glaring weakness, has the talent and balance to make a run at the state Class 3A-4A championship.

Broadneck Bruins

1994 record: 8-5. Coach: Clay White.

Top players: John Lengyel, Sr., A; Gerry Case, Jr., A; Chris Martin, Jr., M; Chris Gable, Sr., D; Matt Allen, Sr., D; Renardo Walker, Jr., D; John Svec, Soph., D; Jamie Powers, Fresh., D; Brian Lawton, Soph., M; George McConochie, Jr., A.

Outlook: After winning two straight state Class 3A-4A titles, Broadneck missed the playoffs for the first time since 1989. Why?

"We were young and inexperienced, and we still are," said White. But we could be dangerous. That could be good or bad, since you don't know how the good young players are going to react."

White applauds the players' "work ethic" as they strive to put Broadneck back in its accustomed place in the playoffs. En route, they hope to avenge drubbings by Annapolis and North County.

Chesapeake Cougars

1994 record: 7-7. Coach: Brien McMurray.

Top players: Matt Fordyce, Sr., A; Brian Smith, Sr., A; Mike Smith, Jr., M; Matt Whiteside, Sr., A; Blake Moore, Sr., M; Brandon Holmes, Sr., G; Larry Dixon, Sr., D; Mike Zeruto, Sr., M; Greg

Peters, Sr., M; Kevin Necessary, Jr., D.

Outlook: McMurray replaces Bob Connor, who in five seasons elevated Chesapeake from 3-9 to 4-8 to 6-8 and then to 7-7 two years running. It has been eight years since the Cougars advanced to the playoffs and that is McMurray's aim.

"If we can upset Broadneck and North County and go 8-4, that would be a step forward," McMurray said. "Because of the transition period, with the new staff, we feel we'll be much tougher at the end of the season. Our long-range goal is to be one of the best teams in the county and qualify for the playoffs year after year."

Although slowed by injuries in the preseason, Chesapeake's attack, paced by Fordyce, Whiteside and Brian Smith, will be a strength. Holmes, the goalie, will be the defensive pillar. McMurray is emphasizing the need for the middies and big sticks to play as a unit to promote team defense.

Glen Burnie Gophers

1994 record: 3-11. Coach: Hank Schorreck.

Top players: Jon Riley, Jr., M; Brendan Spilker, Jr., M; Bug Smith, Sr., M; Steve Meyerer, Sr., D.

Outlook: After six straight 1-11 seasons under four different coaches, rookie coach Schorreck produced a 3-11 record last year. As reasons, he cited "the kids' effort, a little bit of talent" and the promise that he'll be around for a while for coaching continuity.

Except for Meyerer, the defense is inexperienced. Accordingly, Schorreck welcomed Ron Sisk, a 250-pound football center and linebacker playing lacrosse for the first time, two converted midfielders and two JV grads. A good sign: Sixty-three boys turned out for the varsity and JV. Schorreck's goal is to win at least four games.

Meade Mustangs

1994 record: 6-8. Coach: Jon Putt.

Top players: D.J. Knott, Sr., M; Darren Burrell, Jr., M; John Pozniak, Sr., D; Don Messinesse, Sr., D; Jamey Hitaffer, Sr., A; David Hitaffer, Jr., A.

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