Howard County Field Hockey Capsules

September 14, 1995|By Stan Rappaport

Atholton Raiders 1994 record: 8-4-2. Coach: Carol Stevens.

Top players: Shannon Carter, Sr., F; Sarah Geatz, Sr., G; Melissa Goglia, Sr., D; Lea Nichols, Sr., F.

Outlook: With nine of 11 starters returning, Stevens, beginning her seventh season, is excited about this year's team. "I'm very confident," said Stevens, who feels her team has the ability to unseat defending county champion Centennial. "We have great intensity. They find it in themselves; they don't have to be pushed." Stevens said the team has "very good stickwork" and is working on its passing game. The Raiders lost the Class 2A regional final last season to Pikesville, and Stevens said this year's goal is to win the regional title. Atholton has moved to Class 3A. Nichols (nine goals, four assists last year) and Geatz (133 saves, six goals allowed) made first-team All-County last year. Carter (five goals, four assists) and junior defender Rachel McQueeney made second-team All-County. Stevens also praises the play of Holly Gick, who started last year as a freshman. "She's definitely someone to look out for," Stevens said.

@Centennial Eagles 1994 record: 14-1. Coach: Gail Purcell.

Top players: Allison Altscher, Sr., F; Becca Armiger, Sr., G; Jen Davis, D; Liz Sturm, Sr., M; Christine Davies, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles have seven starters returning, but graduated Baltimore Sun Player of the Year Emily Ward, who had 18 goals last season. Playing in Ward's right wing position will be sophomore Kristen Gaudio, who, Purcell said, "has better stickwork then Emily did as a sophomore." Three other sophomores will start -- defender Mary Christine, forward Sara Beck and midfielder Jessica Euler. Another sophomore, Sarah Davis, will see a lot of playing time on defense. Connie Garrant, a junior forward, and senior defender Jamy Barahona also will start. "I didn't think we'd be as good as we are," said Armiger. "In a year everyone has brought up their skill level a lot higher." The Eagles have won five county titles, including the last two seasons.

Glenelg Gladiators 1994 record: 3-9. Coach: Ginger Kincaid.

Top players: Sheri McCready, Sr., F; Kelly Waskey, Sr., M; M.C. Duke, Sr., G; Kelly Brown, Sr., D.

Outlook: "We'll have a little different look than we've had in the past," said Kincaid, who begins her 19th season. "We look to get a little more offensive punch out of the new lineup." Kincaid said the team also is counting on Jen Ford, a junior up from the JV. "She'll be an important spark for us this year," Kincaid said. Senior Seri Zlatin will anchor the defense. "We will rely on her to keep the defense steady," Kincaid said. Kincaid likes her team's stickwork ability, but said she would like to see a little less

finesse and more intensity and aggressiveness.

Glenelg Country Dragons 1994 record: 11-3-1. Coach: Patti Ordonez.

Top players: Carrie Everett, Sr., F; Meagan Duzor, Sr., M; Jessica Brendel, Sr., D; Joyelle McCullough, Sr., D.

Outlook: After a perfect regular season last season in the AIS B Division, the Dragons lost in the championship game, 1-0, to Seton Keough. Everett, a first-team All-County and AIS all-star last year, was the team's second-leading scorer (seven goals) and led the Dragons in assists (seven). Ordonez, county Coach of the Year last season, expects Duzor to play "more of a major role this season. We need her scoring, her leadership and we want her to be more aggressive." Defensively, Brendel, a county second-team selection last year, and McCullough will lead the way. Ordonez said McCullough "is in much better shape and mentally stronger. I have a feeling she will shine

this year." Ordonez also praised junior goalie Heather Sunderland -- "she's more focused and much more aggressive" -- and junior sweeper Jordana Woodford -- "I'm impressed with her work ethic and her determination." Ordonez, who lost four staters, has many seniors returning. She said her team needs to work on its short passing game.

Hammond Golden Bears 1994 record: 6-5-1. Coach: Gay Petrlik.

Top players: Jenny Pollock, Sr., F; Kim Stetson, Sr., M; Colleen Hartman, Jr., D; Lolita Johnson, Sr., D; Katie Reytar, Jr., G.

Outlook: Pollock, last season's leading scorer, will captain the team along with senior forward Kerri Bishop and senior halfback Maria Mercurio. "I'm looking forward to seeing how far we can go," said Petrlik, who likes her team's speed. "They're intense and serious and work hard to correct their mistakes. They seem

very mature. That's going to help."

Howard Lions 1994 record: 8-5. Coach: Pat Becker.

Top players: Erica Hensley, Sr., F; Heather Perkins, Sr., M; Julie Breen, Sr., F; Amanda Eldridge, Jr., F.

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