Team-by-team Capsules

March 23, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko

Annapolis Panthers

1994 record: 15-2. Coach: Dave Gehrdes.

Top players: Stephy Samaras, Jr., D; Amy Brew, Jr., M; Jamie Pleyo, Sr., A; Karen Hunt, Sr., A; Ali Krieger, Jr., A; Becky Morris, Jr., M; Dana Curran, Sr., M; Erika Knutson, Sr., M; Kate Bjorke, Soph., M.

Outlook: Annapolis lost some tremendous players to graduation, but it retains All-County selections Samaras (six goals, four assists, 80 ground balls) and Brew (24 goals, nine assists, 89 ground balls), along with Hunt (44 goals, 16 assists), the county's third-leading scorer who had five goals in a 16-9 loss to Mount Hebron in the 3A-4A state semifinals. In all, eight starters are back, so Gehrdes doesn't fear a drop-off from last season. "We have a pretty good nucleus. Somebody's just going to have to step up, and we have people on offense who can do it," he said. Pleyo transferred from Northeast and will start, giving Gehrdes some added offensive punch. "Defense is where we're a little younger," Gehrdes said. Sophomore Abby Phieffer is the probable starter in goal, though junior Kristen Booty and sophomore Lauren Gullota are making a strong push. Senior Elenikac Yiani, up from the JV, is expected to start on defense. Among the returnees are seniors Medea Elvy (D) and Laura Zimmerman (M), junior Kate Wagner (D) and sophomore Susan Berotti (M).

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1994 record: 4-11. Coach: Mary Pat Bozel.

Top players: Cara Tracey, Sr., M; Jami Duffy, Sr., M; Anne Mattison, Sr., A; Stephanie Paxson, Jr., M; Gilda Zoccola, Jr., M; Allison Tridil, Jr., D; Katie Fitzpatrick, Jr., D; Amy Sledgeski, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Cavaliers are young, but they have 13 players back. Six newcomers also made the team, giving Bozel her largest squad. There are only three seniors, and a freshman, Meghan Sheperd, will start in goal. "She's a real good goalie. She just has youth. But she comes in with some experience," Bozel said. The attack returns juniors Jen O'Neil, Kathy Bauhauf and Emilie Frye, and sophomore Bridget McGeady. Junior Shannon Cashour is back on defense. Among the promising newcomers are sophomore midfielders Amanda Gibboney and Amy Costello, whose speed will be an asset. Juniors Laura Liberatore (D) and Jennifer Thomas (M) and sophomore Courtney Morgan (M) also will help. "We should build a positive year so that next year, when the kids have more maturity, they can really do some nice things," Bozel said. "The schedule is more balanced, so

hopefully we'll finish above .500."

Arundel Wildcats

1994 record: 10-5. Coach: Christine Fellona.

Top players: Nicole Ross, Sr., M; Kristen Wolff, Sr., D; Michelle Haynie, Sr., A; Tara Surlis, Sr., D; Jeni Miller, Sr., M; Carla Navarro, Sr., M; Jill Jones, Soph., A; Karen Diacont, Soph., M; Amanda Sites, Soph., M/A.

Outlook: Ross, who has committed to Temple, moves from the wing to Katie Hanburger's vacated center position, and is "just ,, as strong, if not stronger," Fellona said. "She's fast and she's mentally tough. She's ready to take that plunge." Ross is one of nine players back who started at some point last season. Juniors Megan Crouse (M), Lisa Howard (D) and Kim Klingler (M), and sophomore Laura Buchman (D) also return. Senior Kim Kesselman takes over in goal for Katie Miller, who decided not to play. "She's an incredible athlete. I've been trying to get her to play lacrosse for two years," Fellona said of Kesselman. Senior defender Amanda Gottschall came back to Arundel after one year at Glen Burnie. Sophomore Lisa Givens would have started at attack, but she injured her knee and might be out for the season. Also on the varsity are juniors Jean Benoit (M), Lauren Deacon (M) and Stacey Gibson (A), and sophomores Kerri Hodges (M) and Megan Miller (M). "Last year was the first time we ever went to the playoffs. Now, they know it's possible. They know what it takes to get there," Fellona said.

Broadneck Bruins

1994 record: 11-4. Coach: Jennifer Shuck.

Top players: Jessica Hull, Sr., M; Megan Branning, Sr., M; Liz Goodrich, Sr., A; Ann Rodriguez, Sr., M/A; Tara Jensen, Sr., G; Vickie Hartt, Sr., D; Jen Reesey, Sr., D; Alicia Nagowski, Jr., D.

Outlook: The defense took a big hit to graduation, but five solid starters are back from last year in Hull, Branning, Goodrich, Rodriguez and Jensen. Reesey is being moved from the midfield to defense. Nagowski was on the attack last year, but also is being moved to aid the defense. Two juniors, Jamie Misel and Jenna Bajus, will be strong at attack. Junior Molly Branning brings good speed to the midfield. "I think we'll be contending again," said Shuck, whose team lost to Annapolis, 11-5, in the 3A-4A East Region semifinals. "Last year, we had a big problem finding someone to take it to the hole. We're running a new type of offense now and if they can catch and throw, it will be beautiful. We're looking forward to going to the regions again." Juniors Lisa

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