Carroll County Team-by-team Capsules Boys Lacrosse Preview

March 22, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham

Liberty Lions

1994 record: 6-6. Coach: Troy Barnes.

Top players: Jeff Bachman, Sr., G; Matt Piechocki, Sr., D; Chris Younger, Sr., D; Chris Frantz, Sr., A; Mark Miller, Sr., A; Mark Ozgar, Sr., M; Chris Cougnet, Sr., M; Ryan Pagels, Soph., D.

Outlook: No single player sticks out on this year's Lions squad, it just has plenty of experience and balance. The Lions will rely on a sturdy defense led by Bachman in goal and an attack that will spread the scoring. "We don't have any real standouts, but as a unit we've come along real well," said Liberty assistant Jim Langrall. "We're pretty balanced throughout. They're moving the ball around real well." Bachman, a tri-captain, gets it all started from the back with plenty of help from Piechocki, Younger and Pagels. "Jeff's looking real strong. He's quick, has a lot of experience and is good at getting the ball out for our transition," Langrall said. "The defense has played together for awhile and communicate real well. Communication is the key to defense." The Lions will go with three midfield lines with each of equal ability. Ozgar brings a lot of energy to the position and is complemented by Cougnet. Both are captains. "Our strength is at midfield. Mark and Chris are two guys who ran together on junior varsity when they were freshmen," Barnes said. "They know each other so well and play off each other real well." Frantz and Miller are the big threats up front, but Barnes is anticipating a number of candidates will be able to score -- including the midfielders. "In years past it's been two or three guys. This year, we feel we have scorers all over the field," Barnes said.

North Carroll Panthers

1994 record: 1-12. Coach: Tom Davidson.

Top players: Bert Magladry, Sr., D; Bill Beltz, Sr., D; Matt Ruhlman, Sr., M; Jamie Rill, Sr., M; Matt Devers; Sr., A; Jason Elmo, Sr., A.

Outlook: The North Carroll roster is full of first- and second-year lacrosse players as Davidson continues to work on building a foundation in his second season. The Panthers' 1-12 record last season is deceiving in that they always came right at teams and did a good job of staying close. "We had chances to win some games, but had silly penalties late or made other mistakes," Davidson said. "This season, we want to turn the fourth quarter into a win instead of a loss." The Panthers' strength will be on defense with the return of Magladry and Beltz. Senior Clint Shamer will see most of the time in goal. The big question comes at the offensive end where the Panthers have no proven scorers. This year's entire roster provided only three goals for the Panthers all of last season and no single player back had more than one goal. Sophomore John Dubicki, who led the junior varsity team in scoring last year, moves up to varsity and might provide a spark. "The defense seems to be where we're most experienced and that's where everything will start from. We have to hold the ball and play more of a control game," Davidson said. "We're moving the ball around pretty well up front. Everyone is cutting in the right places, but panicking a little when they get there. It's a split-second decision and we're hurrying a little too much, hitting the [goalie] in the chest or sending [shots] wide. We're working on finishing with a lot of repetitions." Ruhlman and Rill anchor the midfield with sophomore Shane Latlay up from junior varsity to handle most of the faceoffs.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1994 record: 7-4. Coach: Jeff Alisauckas.

Top players: Dan Hughes, Sr., M; Tom Luster, Sr. A; John Eaton, Sr., M; Jeremy Esworthy, Sr., D; Tom Shaffer, Sr., G; Dave Price, Jr., M.

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