Ais Capsules High School Field Hockey Preview

September 14, 1995|By Katherine Dunn

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians 1994 record: 10-3-2. Coach: Jeannette Budzik.

Top players: Emily Hickman, Sr., M; Gailor Large, Jr., D; Kim Smith, Soph., F; Jen Couglin, Jr., D; Janice Kim, Sr., D; Katie MacColl, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Mawrtians reached the AIS A Division tournament championship game last year for the first time in four years, but they lost eight starters to graduation. Despite their youth, they have plenty of skill, stickwork and athletic ability. All-Metro pick Hickman, Large, and transfer Smith give the Mawrtians a solid foundation. If the younger players can mesh with the veterans they should make another run at the title.

Friends Quakers 1994 record: 9-8. Coach: Carol Samuels.

Top players: Emily Santos, Sr., M; Lydia Reis, Sr., F; Simone Stalling, Sr., M/D; Susannah Gust, Sr., F; Gwen Armbruster, Sr., D; Cary Pirone, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Quakers won their half of the A Division only to fall in double overtime in the tournament opener. With a strong returning nucleus, they have speed, power and finesse. Most of the attack returns, so the rebuilding job comes on defense, where the Quakers usually shine. The experience of the forwards and midfielders should keep the Quakers competitive while the defense catches up.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies 1994 record: 11-0-3. Coach: Micul Ann Morse.

Top players: Jacque Weitzel, Sr., G; Lauren Klein, Sr., F; Courtney Austin, Sr., F; Cortney Foster, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Grizzlies pulled off a rarity en route to the AIS A Division championship last year -- an undefeated season. They boasted one of the stingiest defenses around allowing three goals in 14 games and only giving up one in the tournament. Most of that defense is gone, but the Grizzlies should rebuild quickly with the help of veterans Weitzel and Foster. A powerhouse attack could make up for any defensive lapses with five returning veterans. The Grizzlies seem to have everything they need to challenge for their fifth AIS title in 12 years.

Lutheran Saints 1994 record: 6-13-1. Coach: Linda Weinreich.

Top players: Brandy Busick, Sr., D; Jen Werner, Jr., D; Sara Cole, Sr., D; Jessica Schneider, Sr., F; Jenn Mosko, Sr., F; Heather Grose, Soph., G.

Outlook: With their entire defense returning, the Saints could make a big move in the B Division. Halfbacks Busick, Werner and Cole all have experience and they should be able to hold off much of the opposition while Grose gets used to the varsity level. In addition, the Saints should have a more balanced attack with several strong forwards returning.

Maryvale Lions 1994 record: 7-4-4. Coach: Teddi Burns.

Top players: Jen Gray, Jr., M; Mary Kate Morris, Sr., G; Erin Brooks, Sr., D; Molly O'Conor, Sr., F; Candace Cummings, Sr., F; Katie Lafferty, Jr., F.

Outlook: Like many of the other AIS A Division teams, the Lions lost most of their defense to graduation. Returning Brooks and Morris should help the young sters learn quickly. With so much returning power on attack, Burns doesn't see how the Lions could not score a lot of goals. McDonogh

Eagles

1994 record: 5-7-2. Coach: Cathy Shorreck.

Top players: Kristen Ward, Sr., D; Sara Herman, Soph., M/F; Catherine Ampagoomian, Sr., F; Kristin Lyall, Jr., F; Ashlee Silver, Jr., F; Taryn Goodman, Sr., D.

Outlook: Last year was a transition year for the Eagles, who were young and had a new coach. Shorreck expects to reap the rewards with a faster, more determined squad. The Eagles struggled to finish their scoring opportunities last year, so more experience on the line should mean more goals. With just four starters to replace, the Eagles could be among the A Division's most improved teams.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates 1994 record: 3-5-2. Coach: Kathleen Gower.

Top players: Katie Daniecki, Sr., D; Kate Kaiser, Soph., F; Sophia Lyford-Pike, Jr., M; Betsy Campbell, Sr., F; Maggie Kilroy, Sr., F; Liz Brown, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Pirates hope to get back on track with a veteran squad that will get a boost from players moving up from a strong junior varsity. The Pirates have speed and skill spread throughout the field, but their strength should be on the line where three players return. With so much experience, it shouldn't take the Pirates long to improve on last year's record.

Oldfields

1994 record: 2-10-2. Coach: Betsy Jennings.

Top players: Annie Finney, Jr., M; Holly Perzynski, Jr., F; Julia Carroll, Jr., M; Nicole Root, Jr., F.

Outlook: This should be a rebuilding year for Oldfields after losing 10 seniors to graduation. Very little experience returns from a team that fell by one goal in the final 18 seconds of overtime during last year's B Division tournament semifinal. Still, Oldfields has a lot of athletic ability and a strong midfield, so it should at least keep pace with last year's record.

Park Bruins 1994 record: 8-2-3. Coach: Barbara Purkey.

Top players: Rebecca Shapiro, Soph., G; Anya Salkowski-Bartlett, Jr., M; Aperna Wilder, Soph., F; Leah Rabin, Sr., D; Lisa Miller, Fresh., F; Megan Gauvey-Kern, Fresh., D.

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