Local Sports : High School Lacrosse Preview

March 21, 1996|By Lem Satterfield

Baltimore City

Carver Bears

1995 record: 5-7. Coach: Jason Green.

Top players: Brandon Summers, Sr., G; Antawan Bennett, Sr., D; Donald Stetney, Sr., M; Christopher Pearson, Sr., A.

Outlook: Green summed up his optimism in one word: "Championship." "We're the best team in the city," Green said. "It's over." Summers allowed just 4.5 goals last year, and Stetney goals, 10 assists) and Pearson (eight, three) lead the charge.

City Knights

1995 record: 5-7. Coach: Steve Seivold.

Top players: Aaron Roberts, Sr., A; Ricky Holloway, So., G; John Heumann, So., A; Marcus Martin, Fr., MF.

Outlook: City has a nice coach in 1986 Severn graduate Seivold, who replaces longtime coach George Petrides. He played on three national runner-up squads at Ohio Wesleyan.

Curley Friars

1995 record: 9-9. Coach: Barry Brownlee.

Top players: Lou Bogdan, Sr., A; Nick Brownlee, Sr., M; Gordon Topper, Sr., M; Bobby Bonitz, Sr., M; Matt Hayden, Sr., M; Greg Bednarzik, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Friars, who split MIAA B games with runner-up Friends last year, are loaded in the midfield, but aren't as balanced elswhere. "We have experience, but we also have a lot of freshmen and sophomores," said Brownlee.

Douglass Ducks

1995 record: no team. Coach: Raymond Harcum.

Top players: John Robinson, Jr., M; Stephon Robinson, So., D.

Outlook: Harcum, a former recreation league coach, is getting the Ducks' inaugural season off the ground with "players who are excited about the program, and glad it's here," Harcum said.

Edmondson Redskins

1995 record: 3-7. Coach: Dexter Gaines.

Top players: Corey Brown, Sr., A; Gerard Kinsler, Sr., A; Maurice Bease, Sr., M; Charles Wilson, Sr., D; Marlo Maddox, Sr., A-M; Donald Goodman, Sr., A-G.

Outlook: There are 11 returnees, including seven starters, back for the Redskins. "These kids are coming off a disappointing season, but I'm truly impressed with their focus," Gaines said.

@Forest Park Foresters

1995 record: 8-4. Coach: Obie Barnes.

Top players: Sean Markley, Sr., A; Troy Mortin, Sr., M; Eddie Wood, Sr., M; Wendell Arnett, Sr., D; Greg Baldwin, Jr., D; Eugene Redfern, So., M; Chris Dorsey, So., A.

Outlook: Forest Park has won five championships in the past seven years. It returns seven starters, including the city's best player in Markley (143 career goals).

Friends Quakers

1995 record: 10-5. Coach: Jon Garman.

Top players: Kirk Waldman, Sr., M; James Simermeyer, Sr., D; Matt Swann, Jr., A; Rob Travieso, Jr., A; Frank Cole, Jr., M; Chris Murray, Jr., M.

Outlook: Friends was last year's MIAA B runner-up to John Carroll. Six starters return, including high scorers Swann and Travieso, but will start just two seniors. "We're young, but we've got some talent up from the conference champ J.V. squad," said Garman.

Gilman Greyhounds

1995 record: 15-3. Coach: John Tucker.

Top players: Chase Martin, Sr., A; Lawson DeVries, Sr., A; Chris Tully, Sr., D; Kirk Caldroney, Sr., M; Pat Rodgers, Sr., D; Ted Swingle, Sr., D; Nick Weiser, Sr., M; Keith Baker, Jr., M; Brandon Cornes, Jr., M.

Outlook: It's never easy in the MIAA A Conference. But even though the two-time champs return just five starters, Tucker said, "We aren't playing under any pressure. No one expected us to win last year, so I'm sure three times is completely out of the question."

Lake Clifton Lakers

1995 record: 12-3. Coach: John Baker.

Top players: Derrick Hayes, Sr., D; Terrill Lowery, Jr., M; Dante Durant, Jr., M; Anthony Jefferson, Jr., A; Reynaldo Horsey, So., D; Gary Brown, So., M; Darnell Pearsall, So., M; Damian Mason, So., M.

Outlook: The region champs return seven starters, but just one senior. "We're experienced, but young," Baker said. "The players know how to win, and they're pushing themselves to do as well or better than last year."

Mervo Mustangs

1995 record: 7-5. Coach: Martin Church.

Top players: Kenneth Brown, Sr., M-A; Millard West, Sr., M; Scott Hermes, Sr., A; Warren Snowden, Sr., D; Donald Vaughn, Sr., D; Aaron Brown, So., A.

Outlook: The Mustangs' top six players have played together since their freshman seasons. "The only questions I have are on defense, where I'll start a few underclassmen," said Church. "Otherwise, I anticipate a nice season."

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1995 record: 4-11. Coach: Steve Szlasa.

Top players: Ryan Frashure, Sr., A; Zach Sala, Sr., M; Ryan McKenzie, Sr., M; John McMahon, Sr., M; Dominic Floyd, Sr., D; David Jones, Sr., D; Jason Born, Sr., G.

Outlook: Seven starters are back from a Gaels team that last year whipped Delaware State champ Tatnall, 3A-4A runner-up Mount Hebron, and Bayside Conference champ Kent.

Northern Vikings

1995 record: 0-10. Coach: John Cooper.

Top players: David Downs, Sr., D; Terance Townes, Jr., M; Kevin Rouser, So., A-M; Anthony Jackson, So., A; Antoine Washington, So., D.

Outlook: With five starters returning, "We're going to try to be more competitive," said Cooper.

@Northwestern Wildcats

1995 record: 10-2. Coach: John Baumann.

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