Local Sports : High School Lacrosse Preview

March 21, 1996|By Pat O'Malley

Teams at a glance

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Annapolis Panthers

1995 record: 11-4.

Coach: Dan Hart.

Top players: Tobin Poole, Sr., G; James Feddor, Sr., D; Kevin McAndrews, Jr., D; Justin Heatherington, Sr., D; Brian McKnew, Sr., M; Mike Zajicek, Sr., M; Mike Elton, Sr., M; Brandt Hager, Sr., M; John Brianas, Sr., A; Steve Brianas, So., A; Dan Marcellus, So., A; Craig Rentch, So., A; Tucker McEneely, Jr., A.

Outlook: Hart, who has gone 72-24 in seven years at Annapolis including 28-2 vs. public school competition over the past two seasons, expects his Panthers to be a "strong contender for the 3A-4A state championship." Annapolis, the '94 state champion, lost in the region final to eventual state champion Arundel, 9-7, last spring after defeating the Wildcats, 8-6, in the regular season. Hart is looking to blend a wealth of experience with a promising group of underclassmen. Poole is back for a fourth year in the cage and has gone 35-5 against state public schools in his career. Midfield stalwart McKnew, who Hart says "has an impeccable work ethic and dedication," and John Brianas, are two more four-year players. Brianas is joined on the attack by his younger brother Steve, one of three sophomores (Marcellus and Rentch) expected to get a lot of minutes. Hager, who made the Panthers as a freshman before moving to Hawaii, returned last fall and is a welcome addition to a deep midfield. "We've got good team speed and good athletes," says Hart. "Our slogan is New Year, new team, the same results."

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1995 record: 6-10. Coach: Jay Trainor.

Top players: John Edwards, Sr., G; Clayton Greene, Sr., M; Adrian Hinton, Jr., M; Doug Johnson, Jr., M; Kevin Angelos, Jr., A; Sean McGraw, Jr., A; Kevin Ludlam, Sr., D; Ryan Crutchfield, Sr., D.

Outlook: Inheriting a 1-13 team in his first season, Trainor, a former St. Mary's and Johns Hopkins player, led the Cavaliers to six victories in '95, but graduated 14 players from that team. The Cavaliers are off to a 1-1 start with a one-goal victory over Sts. Peter and Paul (Del.) and a loss to Mount St. Joe. "We lost five of our six attackmen," said Trainor, a computer scientist for the Department of Defense. "Our strength has to be our midfield." Greene, Hinton and Johnson return to the midfield and seniors Ludlam and Crutchfield return on defense with three-year starter Edwards in the goal. Trainor says Edwards, who is headed to UMBC, will be "one of the top keepers in the county and our conference." The Cavaliers play in the MIAA B Conference and Trainor's goal is to put them on the level of the top three teams in their league John Carroll, Friends and Park.

Arundel Wildcats

1995 record: 16-2. Coach: Clint Gosnell.

Top players: Jamie Doffermyre, Sr., M; Ron Sroka, Jr., M-A; Joe Parker, Jr., M; Ron Watkins, Jr., G; Ben Butcher, Sr., D; Adam Sayani, Sr., D; Adam Berlew, Sr., D.

Outlook: The talent appears to be there for an encore, but at the moment the confidence is not as the Wildcats attempt to repeat as 3A-4A state champions. All-County midfielder Mike Haertel, who scored six goals in the 12-11 overtime state championship victory over Mount Hebron last year, is now at Navy prep school in Newport, R.I. Haertel is one of 16 Wildcats who graduated, 14 of whom are playing college lacrosse. "We have more raw talent than last year, but we lack experience and confidence," said Gosnell, who starts his 20th season with nearly 200 career

victories. "Everybody wants to beat Arundel anyway, but being defending state champion gives them a little more incentive to beat us." Gosnell expects his veteran defensive unit of Butcher, Sayani and Berlew to carry the Wildcats while they build their confidence offensively. For now, the Wildcats don't have a Keith Sharp, an All-County attackman who scored 48 goals for the state champs. Watkins steps into the cage for graduated All-County goalkeeper Tom Newberry, who attends the Naval Academy and the former should profit from the veteran defense. "We won't sneak up on anybody this season," said Gosnell.

Broadneck Bruins

1995 record: 9-5. Coach

Clay White.

Top players: Gerry Case, Sr., A; Paul Marek, Sr., A; George McConochi, Sr., A; Erik Holt, Jr., A; Jeremy Eckman, Sr., A; Chris Martin, Sr., M; Peter Flickinger, Sr., M; David Schilling, Sr., M; Eric Shaw, Sr., M; Brian Lawton, Jr., M; Renardo Walker, Sr., D; John Svec, Jr., D; Jamie Powers, So., D; John King, Sr., D; Matt Coy, Sr., G.

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