Local Sports : High School Lacrosse Preview

March 21, 1996|By Rick Belz

Teams at a glance

Atholton Raiders: 1995 record: 6-9 overall, 4-3 league. Coach: Wendell Thomas.

Top players: Tim Buscher, Sr., M; Mitch Treese, Sr., A; John Pramik, Sr., A; Travis Bradshaw. Jr., A; Peter Monti, Sr., M; Rob Blanco, Sr., D; Ricky Trott, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Raiders return their top three scorers, Treese, Pramik and Buscher, who is also the No. 1 faceoff man. Blanco is the only returning defensive starter. Goalkeeping is a question mark after losing first-team All-County Mike Radford, but juniors Scott Mauriello and Victor Herman will try to fill the void. "This should be our year," Thomas said. "Our strength last season was our juniors. We'd like to go undefeated outside the county and be in the upper half of county teams."

Centennial Eagles

1995 record: 13-3 overall, 6-1 league. Coach: Mike Siegert.

Top players: Scott Bross, Jr., D; Alex Herman, Sr., M; Reid Gralia, Sr., G; Todd Merrill, Sr., M; Carl Noble, Jr., M; B.J. James, Sr., A; Matt Roney, Sr., M; Matt Stone, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Eagles graduated nine All-County players, including all-time leading scorer and assist man Robbie Hauff. They return just one starter, Bross, and he is moving from midfield to defense. Football and basketball player G. A. Mitroka, and soccer player Mike McDonald are out for the first time. Mike Clair replaces Bill McDermott as assistant coach. "We're rebuilding and have no great expectations," Siegert said. "We have potentially quality players, but they are untested."

Glenelg Country School Dragons

1995 record: 11-3. Coach: Kevin Boland.

Top players: Brad Eyre, Sr., A; Henry Johnson, Sr., A; Nick Woodford, Soph., D; Jack Keene, Sr., A; Patrick Marshall, Soph. M; Justin Bray, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Dragons join the MIAA B Division this season along with Park, Friends, Curley, Spalding and Towson Catholic. They also play Atholton and Mount St. Joe in a tough 20-game schedule. Unfortunately, they graduated 12 from last season's fine team. "And we just don't have the players to replace them," Boland said.

Glenelg Gladiators

1995 record: 5-9 overall, 3-4 league. Coach: Rick Kincaid.

Top players: Greg Edell, Sr., A; Beau Pich, Soph., M/A; Conner Pett, Jr., M; Ken Hutton, Soph., D; Whit Faris, Soph., D; Mike Neale, Jr., A; Eric Myers, Soph., GK.

Outlook: Glenelg's top three scorers, Edell, Pich and Pett are back and bring with them a total of 73 goals and 74 assists. Glenelg started four freshmen last season, so a year of experience should help them. "We're a talented bunch and should improve on last year, but we need consistency. We should score some goals."

Hammond Bears

1995 record: 3-11 overall, 2-5 league. Coach: Larry Luthe.

Top players: Posido Vega, Jr., G; Shawn Showers, Sr., M; Tom Brown, Soph., A; Andrew Feinberg, Sr., M; Hansel Henry, Sr., D; P.J. D'Domenicus, Sr., A; Brian Mueller, Jr., D; Mark Smith, Sr., A.

Outlook: The defense should be strong with Friedman and Vega, and the offense much improved. The lack of midfield depth could be a problem. "Our stick skills are improved because our guys attended a lot of camps and played in winter leagues," Luthe said. The team will rely a lot on three guys who didn't play last year, Henry, D'Domenicus and Smith.

Howard Lions

1995 record: 1-11 overall, 1-6 league. Coach: Glenn Lentz.

Top players: Jake Bakst, Sr., A; David Styles, Sr., D; Craig Calton, Sr., D; Curtis Armstrong, Jr., M; Jason Madison, Jr., M; John Rohrer, Sr., A.

Outlook: The varsity roster has expanded from 18 last season to 28 this season, so signs of improvement are in the air at Howard, after a season in which the Lions' only victory was over Wilde Lake. New assistant coach Jay Bond, who played at Hopkins and coached at St. Paul's, should help the picture. But the Lions still figure to be at best an average team.

Mount Hebron Vikings

1995 record: 14-2 overall, 7-0 league (county and region champs). Coach: Warren Michael.

Top players: Wilhoite, Sr., M; Damon Cuzmanes, Sr., M; Hak Kim, Sr., M; Mike McCarthy, Sr., M; Jeremy DeSor, Sr., A; Eric Mooney, Sr., A; Mike Stromberg, Jr., D.

Outlook: Although the unanimous choice of opposing coaches to become this season's county champ, the Vikings absorbed some heavy losses to graduation and have a lot of work to do rebuilding the team, especially the offense. They appear to have enough talented players to do that. "Potentially, we could be very good," Michael said.

Oakland Mills Scorpions

1995 record: 14-3 overall, 5-2 league. Coach: Ken Hovet.

Top players: Matt Rollman, Sr., M; Tim Wong, Jr., A; Jason Berlin, Sr., G; Brian Cole, Jr., M; Chris Dudek, Sr., A; Mark Dymczenski, Sr., D.

Outlook: The entire defense graduated, and the offense won't score as much, but Hovet still expects his team to be decent. "We should finish in the top half of the county," he said. The Scorpions will miss Iggy Levelev's 78 goals and 29 assists. They have lost in the state semifinals three straight seasons, including a 10-9 decision to South River last season.

Wilde Lake Wildecats

1995 record: 0-11 overall, 0-7 league. Coach: Mike Harrison.

Top players: Eric Lawrence, Sr., M; Brandon Hutnek, Jr., A; Matt Klingler, Soph., A; Dave Leung, Sr., G; Rob Andelman, Sr., D; James Farrar, Sr., D; John Razes, Sr., D.

Outlook: Harrison hopes to turn around a program that hit rock bottom last season. Injuries, accidents, transfers and ineligibilities have hurt Wilde Lake for the past few years. "The attitude is good this season. Everyone is enthusiastic and showing up for practice, so we are cautiously optimistic," Harrison said. "We still need some skill work." Rick Belz

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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