Baltimore County Capsules High School Field Hockey Preview

September 14, 1995|By Kevin Eck

Carver A&T Wildcats 1994 record: 0-10. Coach: Christine Folden.

Top players: Carol Douglass, M, Sr.; Lisa Cullison, Sr., G; Bryna Wasserman, Jr., D; Lynn Grabenstein, Jr., D; Emily McFarlane, Soph., F.

Outlook: It should be another developmental year for the Wildcats in just their second varsity season. Carver A&T returns six players, but the bulk of the team is comprised of underclassmen. "We're just working on basic skills and trying to get them working together as a team," Folden said.

Catonsville Comets 1994 record: 6-6. Coach: Kathy Schuyler.

Top players: Lauren Nopulos, Jr., M; Chris Cush, Jr., D; Annie Yager, Jr., M.

Outlook: Schuyler said she is anticipating a winning season for the Comets, who should benefit by playing in the weaker division. The Comets, who lost 13 seniors from last season's team, have six seniors and 12 juniors. Schuyler said the midfield appears to be the Comets' strength, while the attack needs improvement. "Several players went to camp this summer, but more than skill, the camaraderie is what's really evident," Schuyler said. "We're more of a team right now than we were halfway through last season."

Chesapeake Bayhawks 1994 record: 6-5. Coach: Corliss Johnson.

Top players: Keri Hopkins, Sr., F; Tanya Fisher, Sr., D; Tiffany Creel, Sr., F/D; Kimlimn Gray, Sr., M; Dawn Venanzi, Sr., F; Courtney Rohde, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Bayhawks have been around .500 the last couple of seasons, and Johnson said a .500 mark this season "would be a real success." Chesapeake, perhaps one of the teams on the bubble, will compete in the stronger division. Chesapeake has eight returning players, but the defense was hit hard by graduation and, like several teams in the county, it has no junior varsity.

Dulaney Lions 1994 record: 5-4-1. Coach: Anita Crotty.

Top players: Karen Libby, Sr., M; Mary Enoch, Sr., F; Susan Tomback, Jr., F; Ericka Anderson, Jr., M; Christy Wooton, Jr., M; Theresa Loercher, Sr., D; Clary Creighton, Jr., D.

Outlook: Crotty, who coached the JV team the past two seasons, has switched jobs with Melba Williams, who had been the varsity coach for 29 years. The Lions are expected to be one of the favorites in the Herons Division. The forward line figures to be strong with Enoch, last season's top scorer, and Tomback, who led the JV in scoring last season. At midfield, Libby is a solid player who takes care of the ball and Anderson possesses great stickwork and an ability to score. "We're fine-tuning skills and concentrating on timing and passing drills," Crotty said. "Our goal is to win our region and go to the states."

Dundalk Owls 1994 record: 2-10. Coach: Ann Merritt.

Top players: Tia Taylor, Sr., D; Jenn Stahl, Sr., M; Sarah Thall, Jr., F; Jaclyn Urlahs, Soph., F; Leslie Schaefferman, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Owls have won only five games over the past two seasons, but Merritt expects her team to be improved. And with the realignment -- Dundalk is in the weaker division -- a .500 or better record is not out of the question. Last season, Dundalk had 15 players who had never played the sport before and the nucleus of that team is back. "They've improved so much," Merritt said.

Franklin Indians 1994 record: 9-4-1. Coach: Carol Smith.

Top players: Lisa Bradley, Sr., D; Amy Whitcomb, Sr., G; Lacy Milson, Sr., M; Tammi Norris, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Indians rebounded last year from a 5-5 season in 1993 -- their worst record in 14 years under Smith -- and again should be among the county's elite teams. Whitcomb and Bradley, both three-year starters and first-team All-County performers, will anchor a strong defense. "It will be hard for any team to match my defense," Smith said. Franklin has seven returning starters, but it did lose several attack players. Norris, however, led the team in scoring as a sophomore last season.

Hereford Bulls 1994 record: 8-5. Coach: Tammy Mundie.

Top players: Jen Krantz, Sr., F; Erin Wirtz, M, Sr.; Christina Hihn, Sr., F; Allison Turnbaugh, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Bulls graduated several key players, but they return 14 players, including five starters. "We lost some top athletes, but the team has pulled together," Mundie said. "A lot of girls have gone to camp and played in summer leagues. The improvement is tremendous." Mundie said the attack is strong but the defense needs improvement if Hereford is to be competitive in the tough Herons Division.

@Kenwood Bluebirds 1994 record: 6-5-2. Coach: Mary Toten.

Top players: Lori Page, Sr., F; Amanda Bettleyan, Sr., F; Jackie Heilman, Jr., M; Trisha Deilhart, Sr., M/F; Nicole Cover, Sr., M/F.

Outlook: The Bluebirds, who have their third coach in as many seasons, have a mix of veterans and newcomers that make it difficult for Toten to predict how well they will do. "We have 11 seniors, but the other part of the team has never played before," she said. Toten said she likes her team's aggressiveness on offense, but the defense appears to be weak. Kenwood, competing in the Herons Division, may be hard-pressed to surpass last season's record.

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