Baltimore City/County Girls Lacrosse Preview


March 23, 1995|By Katherine Dunn and Mike Frainie

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1994 record: 9-4-1. Coach: Libby Davis.

Top players: Emily Hickman, Jr., M; Christine Lazatin, Sr., M; Ramsey Neale, Sr., A; Nancy Kim, Sr., A; Christine Lee, Sr., D; Kristin Garro, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Mawrtians ended last season ranked No. 13 and nine seniors return. With a mix of veterans and promising newcomers, the Mawrtians should make a strong run at improving. The defense is a bit young in terms of experience, but a strong bench, balanced scoring and speed in the midfield should provide time for quick development.

Catholic Cubs

1994 record: 0-10. Coach: Amy Rose.

Top players: Kate Grubb, Sr., A; Gretchen Frey, Sr., A; Vicki Battaglia, Jr., D; Jessica Peacock, Soph., A; Stephanie Blevins, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Cubs took their lumps in their first season of AIS B Division competition, but Rose thinks they are ready to win a few games. Nine seniors graduated, but this team has more finesse, better depth and a stronger knowledge of the game. The key is getting more aggressive on attack and taking shots rather than

passing off.

City Knights

1994 record: 2-1-0. Coach: Amy Houston.

Top players: Ebony Thompson, Sr., M; Olayemi Ikusika, Sr., A; Molly Cohen, Jr., A; Jennifer Jacobs, Sr., A.

Outlook: Houston takes over this team after coaching the middle school program at Roland Park County School, and said she is pleasantly surprised by the skill level. Thompson and Ikusika, a transfer from Poly, will lead the attack, which Houston said is very quick. Houston said the team is very motivated, and the fact that they have only three underclassmen should make City one of the top teams in the citywide league.

Forest Park Foresters

1994 record: 3-3-0. Coach: Robert Britt.

Top players: Twanda Sands, Jr., D; Camilla Green, Soph., A; Kita Gross, Soph., M; Stacey Leach, Jr., D; Tracey Leach, Jr., D.

Outlook: This team only has two seniors, but Britt is optimistic about its chances. The attack will be led by Green, and sophomore Tiffany Taylor, and should be the strength of the team. Only four players graduated from last year's team, but two of them were defensive starters, so Britt is concerned

with his back line. Sands, the only returning defensive starter, will need to provide leadership if the Foresters are to do well. Britt said if the team finds a defense, it will be a force in the citywide league.

Friends Quakers

1994 record: 4-5-1. Coach: Carol Samuels.

Top players: Summer Downing, Sr., M; Lauren Ellis, Sr., D; Tracy Harrison, Sr., M; Annie Holder, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Quakers are always tough on defense and this year should be no exception. They have speed and good connections in the midfield, but this AIS A Division squad also needs some scoring from the

veteran midfield while the line attack develops. Samuels said this year's team has better chemistry, so if that ability to work together translates into goals, the Quakers should post a winning record.

Institute of Notre Dame Indians

1994 record: 5-6-1. Coach: Mary Beth Bollinger.

Top players: Debbie Krastel, Sr., A; Kim Kelly, Jr., A; Melissa Sexton, Jr., A; Tina Schofield, Jr., D; Melissa Slater, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Indians, AIS B Division tournament finalists two years ago, have a fine attack combination in Krastel and Kelly, who have worked together for several years. However, they lost a number of defenders, so that's where Bollinger has the Indians working hardest. Freshman keeper Jill Thanner has plenty of potential along with some other young defenders.

Mercy Sharpshooters

1994 record: 8-7. Coach: Joy Bogusky.

Top players: Maura Hilgartner, Sr., D; Heather Misciewitz, Sr. M; Shannon Cohen, Sr., A; Megan Evans, Sr., G; Anne Balser, Sr, D; Kellee Yates, Sr., A.

Outlook: In her first season, Bogusky nearly tripled the Sharpshooters' win total and guided a young team to the AIS B Division title game where they lost by one goal to Park. Most of those starters return, making the Sharpshooters a favorite again. While strength returns on attack and defense, the midfield should be the most improved area.

Northwestern Wildcats

1994 record: 3-1-0. Coach: Lillian Brown.

Top players: Keisha Todd, Soph., A; Nakisha Lewis, Jr., A; Chamika Hill, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Wildcats return five players from last year's team. Brown said she expected a better turnout than 15 players, so depth could be a problem. Northwestern should have a lot of speed, but Brown said that finding a capable goalkeeper has been a challenge. This team features many underclassmen and no seniors, so look for Northwestern to build for the future.

Patterson Clippers

1994 record: 7-2-0. Coach: Wrae Wene.

Top players: Tishina Lacey, Sr., A; Sue Hunt, Sr., A; Adrienne Briley, Sr., D; Amy Collett, Sr., A; Teresa Scheve, Sr., A.

Outlook: Wene said the team has seven strong returnees and likes the devotion the players have shown to the sport. Scheve, a

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