Team-by-team Capsules

March 23, 1995|By Katherine Dunn

Atholton Raiders

1994 record: 3-8-2. Coach: Carol Stevens.

Top players: Melissa Hill, Sr., A; Sarah Bottomly, Jr., M; Kathryn Glasgow, Sr, M; Paola Zbinden, Sr., M; Amrit Dhillon, Sr., D; Sarah Geatz, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Raiders lost just three starters and with their returning experience, they already are on a pace ahead of last year's team. With only a few holes to fill, Stevens is spending a lot of time working on two of last year's problem areas -- shooting accuracy and team defense. Hill and Melissa Goglia should improve the shooting percentage while Tamara Palenque and Kelly Burke also will contribute. With better speed and quickness in the midfield and on defense, the Raiders should be more effective at slowing the opposition's transition game. Beefing up the defense all over the field is also a priority because the Raiders need to cut down on the number of goals they allow.

Centennial Eagles

1994 record: 12-2. Coach: Gail Purcell.

Top players: Emily Ward, Sr., M; Gina Dinisio, Jr., M; Lauren Molinaro, Soph., A; Becca Armiger, Jr., A; Lauren Perkins, Jr., M; Shayna Smith, Jr., D.

Outlook: Purcell expects this to be a building season for her young team, but even so, the Eagles still should have enough strength to end up no worse than second in the county. Bringing together a lot of strong athletes whose primary commitments are to other sports, this team already has come together quickly and shown some creativity on attack. They also have a lot of speed in the midfield with center Ward and wings Dinisio and Tania Riismandel. However, the Eagles return only one true defender, so it might take time for them to gel back there. Cover point Smith and point Chrissy Sfakianos will play critical roles with sophomore Katie Garrity taking over in goal.

Glenelg Gladiators

1994 record: 1-11. Coach: Ginger Kincaid.

Top players: Suzy Mundy, Jr., M; Angel Farace, Jr., G; Upkar Chana, Sr., A; Christin Whitaker, Jr., M; Kelly Waskey, Jr., M.

Outlook: Despite their lopsided record, the young Gladiators were competitive in nearly every game last season. A lot of those losses came by three goals or less. Now the Gladiators look much better especially in the midfield where the connections broke down under pressure last year. With the added experience, the Gladiators know how to handle that pressure and work the ball through the opposing defense. There's also more speed, which should enhance the transition game. On attack, Chana and sophomore Denise Karashan should be the big guns. Defensively, the Gladiators are young and they have a few kinks to work out but Kincaid expects them to come along quickly.

Glenelg Country Dragons

1994 record: 8-5-2. Coach: Barbara Brummett.

Top players: Robin Zimmerly, Sr., M; Carrie Everett, Jr., M; Jessica Brendel, Jr., D; Ashley Baugh, Jr., M; Megan Duzor, Jr., D.

Outlook: Most of the returning Dragons already have been part of at least one other regular-season championship team this year, so their winning attitude should carry over. With only two starters gone, the Dragons should challenge for the AIS B Division title. Zimmerly and Everett lead a balanced scoring unit that should get a boost from homes Smita Sharma and Allison Hoke. Defensively, Brendel and Duzor are a proven tandem on line defense. Freshmen Julie Everett and Siri Worthington are vying for the starting goal job. Another addition that should help the Dragons is assistant coach Natalie Santos, a 1994 Virginia graduate who helped the Cavaliers to two national titles.

Hammond Golden Bears

1994 record: 6-6. Coach: Gay Petrlik.

Top players: Nicole Losonsky, Sr., A; Heather Brown, Sr., M; Cayley Pendergass, Jr., G; Emily Bielefeld, So., M; Kara Stockham, Sr., D; Brandy Peaker, Jr., D.

Outlook: Petrlik sees more commitment from this year's team and that gives her hope for breaking above .500. The Bears

have enough returning talent that they don't have any glaring weaknesses. Losonsky (37 goals, 12 assists) is the top returning scorer and she will get help from attack wings Brown and Ashley Decker although just about everyone on the team has good shooting skills. With better skills, athletic ability, speed and quickness all over the field, the Bears still need to bolster the defense. With Stockham, Peaker, Becky Bays, Kim Ciliberti and Robin Palmatier all showing promise on line defense, that should come along with game experience.

Howard Lions

1994 record: 7-5. Coach Pat Becker.

Top players: Laura Foerster, Sr., M; Erica Hensley, Jr., M; Kelly Krantz, Soph., A; Amanda Eldridge, Soph., A; Julie Breen, Jr., M; Karen Krupka, Jr., D.

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