Local Sports : High School Lacrosse Preview

March 21, 1996|By Steven Kivinski

Baltimore County

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Boys' Latin Lakers

1995 record: 16-2. Coach:

Bob Shriver.

Top players: el, Sr., D; David Rose, Sr., D; Aaron Vercollone, Jr., M; Ryan Mollett, Jr., M; Pat Radebaugh, Jr., M; Chris Lamonia, Sr., M; Ian Shure, Jr., A; Greg Patchak, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Lakers graduated 18 players, including four members of the school's all-time top 10 scoring list. Chris Turner, John Fuller, Brad Gilroy and J.D. Radebaugh have all graduated but don't start feeling sorry for Boys' Latin just yet. The Lakers' close-defense is intact with Fitez, Glatzel and Rose back and, as always, BL has plenty of people who can dent the nets.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1995 record: 10-6. Coach

Brian Kelly.

Top players: fer, Sr. D; Corey Comen, Sr., M; Tom Tamberrino, Jr., M; Adam Borcz, Jr., M; Jerry Schiavino, Sr., A; Bernie Norton, Jr., A; Nick Piraino, Jr., A; Bob Carr, Sr., A; Nick Lockwood, Jr., M.

Outlook: Kelly, a 1987 graduate of Calvert Hall, is looking to return the Cardinals lacrosse program to former heights. "We're not mentioned in the same breath as other schools like Gilman, Loyola and Boys' Latin and our kids take that personally," said Kelly.

Carver A&T Wildcats

1995 record: 3-7. Coach: Dave Wrzesinski.

Top players: Luke DeAtely, Sr., D; Gil Wilt, Jr., M; Joe Brooks, Sr., A; Josh Brooks, Sr., M; Omar Ali, So., G; John Krol, Jr., A.

Outlook: Like the rest of the teams in the county's third division, the Wildcats are inexperienced and simply looking to improve on last year's mark.

Catonsville Comets

1995 record: 11-3. Coach: Warren Como.

Top players: Kevin Gemmell, Sr., A; Ryan Davis, Jr., M; Jack Rose, Sr., D; Sean Bailey, So., D; Jessie Quimby, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Comets, who made it to the state semifinals last season before losing to eventual state champ North Harford, have the numbers but lack the experience, especially at midfield where nine of their 11 athletes are underclassmen. "We hope to get better each week," said Como, who has placed the scoring burden on Gemmell, Davis and Quimby.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995 record: 4-8. Coach: Bob Petry.

Top players: Will Smith, Sr., M; Trent Cougle, Jr., M; Kevin Nida, Jr., M; Jason Simmons, Sr., D; Pat Mellucchi, Fr., G.

Outlook: The Bayhawks first-year coach said he is prepared for a long season. Of the 15 players on its squad, Chesapeake has only two seniors and four players with any lacrosse experience. "We're a start-up team with a start-up coach," said Petry.

Dulaney Lions

1995 record: 12-2. Coach

Gary Schrieber.

Top players: Joe High, Sr., A; Bill Kauffman, Jr., A; Greg Bardzik, Jr., M; Justin Landman, Sr., D; Carson Yoder, Jr., D; Jeff Brooks, Sr., G; Geoff Champney, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Lions, who made it to the state semifinals last season before losing to Arundel, are loaded this season and appear poised to return to the state playoffs. "At Dulaney," says Schrieber, "we're always gearing toward a state championship and I think we have the personnel this year."

Dundalk Owls

1995 record: 8-3. Coach: Brian Tallon.

Top players: Travis Williams, Jr., M; T. J. Sroka, Jr., A; Victor Slater, Sr., D; Dominic Perez, Sr., D; Chris Caruso, Fr., A.

Outlook: The Owls lack depth but Williams and Sroka in the midfield should help them remain competitive. Dundalk graduated five players, including three starters from last year's team that lost to Dulaney in the first round of the playoffs.

@Eastern Tech Mustangs

1995 record: 7-5. Coach: Chad Roeder.

Top players: Doug Johnson, Jr., A; Marc Phillips, Jr., A; Chris Mitchem, Sr., D; Jason Roberts, Jr. D; Tim Cooper, Sr., G.

Outlook: With Cooper back in goal and Johnson and Phillips back at attack the Mustangs expect to match or improve on last year's record.

Franklin Indians

1995 record: 4-6. Coach: Earl Deickman.

Top players: Chris Chaney, Sr., A; Ian Friedman, Sr., D; Brian Brittingham, Sr., M; Blake Kellner, Jr., M.

Outlook: Deickman has 17 players on his team but no one with any goalkeeping experience. Chaney and Brittingham can score and they will have to until someone steps forward and proves he can mind the net.

Hereford Bulls

1995 record: 9-4. Coach: Whit Morrill.

Top players: Dave Lock, Sr., M; Brian Cox, Sr., A; Jeff Griest, Sr., D; Devin Hoeckel, Sr., D; Curtis Gilbert, Jr., D; Eric Hester, Jr., D; Bob Rinehimer, Jr., A; Tim Mascari, So., G.

Outlook: The Bulls have finished 9-4 the past three seasons, but they may be hard-pressed to repeat that mark this year while competing in the county's strongest division. For it to happen, Hereford is going to need strong performances from Rinehimer (10, 16) and Cox (18, five).

Kenwood Bluebirds

1995 record: 3-7. Coach: Russell LeBlanc.

Top players: Jamie Fraley, Jr., A; Will Miller, Sr., M; Matt Hauf, Sr., M; Rick Miller, Sr. M; Scott Coppinger, Sr., D; Matt Horton, Sr., D; Jason Shellenberger, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Bluebirds have a lot of seniors but a lack of game experience has LeBlanc hoping for nothing more than a winning record.

Lansdowne Vikings

1995 record: 8-3. Coach: Jason Rubin.

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