Baltimore City/County Girls Lacrosse Preview


March 23, 1995|By Katherine Dunn and Jamison Hensley

Carver A & T Wildcats

1994 record: No team. Coach: Bob Russell.

Top players: Heather Ng, Fresh., A; Beth Hoeckel, Soph., D; April Johnson, Soph., A.

Outlook: This marks the first girls lacrosse team for the program, as the Wildcats decided to field a varsity over a junior varsity team this year. Most of the Wildcats played soccer or field hockey, and are very athletic. Russell, who is known for building programs, said he looks for the Wildcats to steal two or three victories.

Catonsville Comets

1994 record: 9-3. Coach: Kim McNemar.

Top players: Meghann Mohler, Jr., M; Carrie Jacobs, Sr., M; Angie Wiley, Sr., A; Christine Tanner, Sr., D; Chrisie Lanman, Jr., A; Emily Henderson, Jr., D, Kelly Fetter, Jr., D.


Outlook: The Comets are looking to make a move this year under first-year coach McNemar. The midfielders are versatile, and the defense and attack are solid and hustling. McNemar brings 11 girls up with her from the county champion junior varsity squad. Mohler is the top returning offensive threat.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 3-6. Coach: Joyce Kerr.

Top players: Ann Nida, Sr., M; Kim Bevins, Sr., A; Kim Mryncza, Sr., M; Laura Caldwell, Jr., M; Kisha Thomas, Sr., D; Nicole Ikena, Jr., A; Carrie Hopkins, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Bayhawks' talent lies heavily in the defense, but they have depth in the midfield. Kerr said Nida is one of the best defensive players in Baltimore County. Mryncza and Bevins will lead the attack.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 15-2. Coach: Anita Noel.

Top players: Betsy Mueller, Sr., A; Dawn Will, Jr., A; Nicole Zimmerman, Sr., A; Kelly Berzins, Jr., M; Marissa Perman, Sr., D; Betsy Moore, Sr., D; Lindsey Schafer, Sr., D.

Outlook: The obvious problem for the 3A-4A runner-up Lions is finding a way to replace last year's state leading scorer and first-team All-Metro Aimee Vaughan, who is at James Madison. The Lions have adjusted to a more balanced attack, which Noel considers a bigger problem for opposing defenses. Perman is the top defender and has worked hard off-season in winter leagues. The starting goalkeeper slot is still undecided with last year's starter Jen Maser and freshman Trish Dabrowski as the top candidates.

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 6-6. Coach: Darryl Garland.

Top players: Joy Urlahs, Sr., G; Kim Rodriguez, Jr., G; Becky Sowden, Sr., M; Kathleen Reesey, Sr., A; Jade Rose, Jr., D; Leslie Schafferman, Jr., D; Lauren Lader, Soph., A.

Outlook: The Owls lost seven players to graduation, but bring up a talented sophomore class with first-year coach Garland from junior varsity. The defense is the Owls' strength as the offense is mainly inexperienced. Garland said the speed of his offensive players will offset some skill deficiencies. Urlahs and Rodriguez will alternate in goal.

Franklin Indians

1994 record: 8-5. Coach: Dee Mullineaux.

Top players: Darla Burns, Jr., M; Alexia Savold, Sr., A; Kelly Schaefer, Sr., D; Jennifer Stephenson, Sr., M; Jill Smith, Sr., M; Nancy Cha, Jr., M; Erin Watson, Jr., A; Amy Whitcomb, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Indians have 11 returning players, but have started slowly in scrimmages. Mullineaux wants to improve the aggressiveness of the defense and the movement of the offense. Burns is a proven leader at both the offensive and defensive ends.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1994 record: 7-3-1. Coach: Karen Mallonee.

Top players: Jacque Weitzel, Jr., M; Lauren Klein, Jr., M; Tina Schroeter, Sr., D; Tricia Ward, Jr., A; Lindsey Foster, Sr., M.

Outlook: After losing in the AIS A Division quarterfinal last year, the Grizzlies, who ended last season ranked 12th, are looking to make a big move. With 10 seniors back and many of them veterans of last fall's championship field hockey team, the Grizzlies have experience and balance and know how to win. Weitzel, Klein and Ward can score a lot of goals and the defense has a solid anchor in returning goalie Chrissy Cooper.

Hereford Bulls

1994 record: 6-5. Coach: Nancy Love.

Top players: Portia Gotwalt, Soph., A; Brooke Lang, Soph., M; Kelly Swift, Jr., A; Kristen Meyer, Jr., D; Laura Gauger, Jr., A; Adrienne Allen, Jr., A; LeAnn Bateman, Jr., A; Audra Truland, Sr., A; Alex Rohlafs, Sr., G; Karen Roberts, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Bulls have a new coaching staff and will be rebuilding under Love. The core of the Bulls is underclassmen, who mainly have the ability to score. The Bulls might have to withstand some early losses before they find team cohesion.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1994 record: 9-3. Coach: Kathy Luby.

Top players: Tracy Dobson, Sr., A; Megan Schoff, Sr., M; Kelly Shearer, Jr., M; Heather Crawford, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Bluebirds look to capitalize on their trip to the 3A-4A region semifinals. They return a seasoned core of eight players. The Bluebirds will rely on their high-scoring offense to carry them.

Lansdowne Vikings

1994 record: 1-8. Coach: Kelly Terry.

Top players: Michelle Currie, Jr., A; Sarah Dymond, Sr., A.

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