County Team-by-team Field Hockey Capsules

September 10, 1995|By Mark Hoeflich

Aberdeen Eagles

1994 record: 5-6. Coach: Sandy Levin.

Top players: Sarah Collins, Sr., O; Christen Valentino, Jr., M; Shea Wagman, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Eagles look ahead to a rebuilding year having lost 11 seniors from last year's squad. Only one senior is mixed in a roster full of sophomores, many with little to no varsity experience. Levin will devote most of this season to improving overall skills while rotating many players in and out of games.

Bel Air Bobcats

1994 record: 12-3. Coach: Phyllis Hemmes.

Top players: Jen Adams, Sr., O; Becky Fox, Sr., M; Margy Gentile, Sr., M; Shannon Martin, Sr., D; Margo Stamenov, Sr., D.

Outlook: Over the last two seasons, most of the Bobcats' games have been decided by two goals or less. Bel Air will start a handful of seniors but many have seen few minutes. Also, the offense will need to find a leader to score. Thus, the defense will be relied on heavily to keep Bel Air in games. Questions remain at goalkeeper and the experience in the middle will be needed with tough games against Dulaney, Centennial and Glenelg.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1994 record: 4-4. Coach: Julie Holmes, Rachel Phillips.

Top players: Kelly Donovan, Sr., M; Shara English, Sr., O; Colleen Lueckel, Sr., D; Carlye Milore, Sr., O; Kristi Reedy, Sr., G; Jen Reedy, Soph., G; Christie Schwartz, Sr., D.

Outlook: First-year coach Holmes, C.M. Wright's third in as many years, has a well-conditioned group full of seniors, most of whom have been together for four years. Offensively, the Mustangs figure to put more pressure on the goal, led by English and Milore, while a senior-laden defense could be quite stingy. The Mustangs will get a good idea of their postseason potential right away with nonleague games against North East and Elkton.

Edgewood Rams

1994 record: 0-4. Coach: Kate Fitzgerald.

Top players: Michelle Fatula, Sr., D; Marianne Herneker, Sr., D; Leslie Marzicola, Jr., M; Jeannie Quinn, Sr., D; Dana Planger, Sr., G; Terry Price, Soph., M.

Outlook: Because of such a low turnout of players, Edgewood eliminated its JV team and will field one team at the varsity level. A squad that consists of mostly juniors and sophomores returns just four seniors, all of whom play defense. First-year coach Fitzgerald said the forward line needs the most work and that most of the season will be devoted to player development.

Fallston Cougars

1994 record: 16-0. Coach: Alice Puckett.

Top players: Julie Clark, Sr., G; Carrie Grable, Sr., M; Susan Madren, Sr., G; Barbara Ordes, Sr., D; Rachel Simon, Sr., M; Katie Wirth, Sr., D.

Outlook: The defending 2A state champions lost their entire front line as they move up to 3A; but there is little concern. The Cougars have five senior returnees -- two of whom were All-County selections -- strength in

the middle of the field and two extremely talented sophomore starters up front. The hole is at sweeper, which will be filled by senior Carie Preston. Puckett said this team has more athletic ability than in years past.

Harford Christian

1994 record: 6-4-1. Coach: Cathy Reese.

Top players: Natalie Cooper, Fresh., O; Danielle Cupido, Fresh., M; Kim Cox, Soph., O; Jamie Dougpery, Sr., O; Rebecca Freeman, Fresh., D; Shea Kragul, Jr., M; Tess Wilcox, Sr., M.

Outlook: Harford Christian lost 18 of last season's 24 players, seven of whom were seniors. So it will go back to the basics and rebuild around a very young team. As many as four freshmen will start, with Wilcox leading the defense and Kragul the offense.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1994 record: 5-7. Coach: Judy Forder.

Top players: Renee Grainger, Sr., M; Kristen Kim, Sr., O-D; Carrie McCone, Sr., M; Jen Supik, Sr., D.

Outlook: Last season's team of 23 players has been reduced to (( 18 this year, yet all but three are seniors. The Warriors have seen steady improvement over the last two years, especially in quickness and stickwork and could finish with a .500 record. Much of that will depend on whether the offense can find a finisher. Forder is very confident in sophomore goalkeeper Kate Boyle and the rest of the defense.

John Carroll Patriots

1994 record: 5-6. Coach: Tess Gauthier.

Top players: Robin Abair, Jr., M; Emily Barnes, Jr., D; Lorraine Barberry, Jr., M; Sarah Dammenseler, Jr., M; Kim Delich, Sr., D; Joy LaGreca, Sr., G; Jenn Locke, Sr., O; Katie Sullivan, Sr., O.

Outlook: The Patriots lost nine players to graduation and just 14 players make up this year's squad -- four of whom are seniors. With such small numbers, there is a lack of depth and the front line needs scorers. The Patriots were 4-1 within the Catholic League B Division a year ago, and they should remain competitive with LaGreca and Delich in the back.

Joppatowne Mariners

1994 record: 6-5. Coach: Pam Reich.

Top players: Jen Bucher, Sr., D; Julie Clisham, Sr., O; Kelly Dehne, Jr., G; Jessie Eisner, Sr., D; Chris Margolis, Sr., O; Kim Reiter, Sr., M; Kim Rohrs, Jr., O; Marie Stout, Jr., M.

Outlook: Reich has a more cohesive group this year after several players attended camp in the off-season. Team speed and conditioning are up as the Mariners return eight players, including Rohrs, who led Joppatowne with eight goals, and the entire starting defense. With a definite improvement in skill and a lot of depth, the Mariners hope to reverse the trend of losing

close games.

North Harford Hawks

1994 record: 4-8. Coach: Barb Waite.

Top players: Heather Frei, Sr., D; Angie Gray, Sr., O; Trish Potler, Sr., D; Kelly Reimer, Sr., M; Stacy Rose, Jr., M.

Outlook: A handful of players moved up from the junior varsity to strengthen the midfield but the most experience is on defense. And it will be needed with a new goalkeeper. Gray is the only proven scorer and newcomers Jen Axelsson and Jodie Lynch will be forced to step up and help with nonleague games against Loch Raven and North East.

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