Local Sports : High School Lacrosse Preview

March 21, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham

Teams at a glance

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Francis Scott Key Eagles

1995 record: no team

Co-coaches: John Baugher and Carroll Seiler

Top players: Mike Corsini, Sr., A; Andy Foglesong, So. A; Mark Plank, Jr., G; Jason Fitzgerald, So, D; Ryan Day, Jr., D; Dan Edwards, So. A; Tim Beale, So., M; Davis Swain, Jr., M; Brandon Hoffman, Sr., G; Matt Adams, So., M; Ben Davis, So., M; Justin Day, Fr. M; Jason Davis, Sr., A/M; Clint Parrish, So., M; Dominic Mallaardi, Jr., D.

Outlook: Lacrosse comes to Uniontown on a club level this season where the Eagles will compete in the Western Maryland Lacrosse Conference. There's 30 players on the inaugural roster with the majority new to the game. Baugher and Seiler are stressing the fundamentals to get the program off the ground. Baugher is impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication shown by his players. A lot got their first taste of organized play last weekend when they played Thomas Johnson in a scrimmage. "The kids did an excellent job and I think we were above expectations," Baugher said. Corsini and Foglesong, two players with Gamber Smallwood rec league experience, will carry most of the load up front. Beale, a county wrestling champ, will see a lot of time at midfield with Swain. Plank, an offensive lineman and heavyweight wrestler, is a first-year player in goal. Baugher said he has made great strides in learning the position. The Eagles, playing an 11-game slate, will try a lot of different things this season and look to improve as the season goes on.

Liberty Lions

1995 record: 8-6.

Coach: Troy Barnes

Top players: David Johnson, Sr., G; Ryan Pagels, Jr., D; Gaelen Cross, Sr., D; Zach Dietrich, Jr., A; Roy Geiser, Sr., A; Mike Worozbyt, Sr., M; Jimmy Fitze, Sr., M; Chris Berarducci, Sr., M; Brett Dobelstein, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Lions are coming off their most successful season reaching the region final and are looking to build on it this year. Barnes is solid throughout his starting lineup and has some good but inexperienced athletes behind them. The Lions will rely heavily on their starting three midfielders Worozbyt, Fitze and Berarducci while a group of talented sophomores gain experience on the second line. Johnson returns to the goal after playing last season on defense. Cross is a tough presence at inside defense with Pagels, a three-year varsity player and still a junior, a standout outside. Dietrich had 24 goals last season to lead the attack, where Barnes will also rely on Dobelstein this season. "We're pretty solid on attack, at first midfield and are decent on defense, the question will subbing where there's inexperience. We have good athletes, just inexperience," Barnes said. The Lions make the jump to 3A-4A where they will see the likes of Centennial, Mount Hebron and South Carroll. "We're going to respect everybody we play, but we're also not going to back down from anyone," Barnes said.

North Carroll Panthers

1995 record: 0-10.

Coach: John Piper.

Top players: Shane Lattau, Jr., M; John Dubicki, Jr., M; Tim Hackler, Jr., A; Randy Sullivan, Sr., D; Jeremy Edwards, Sr., D; Will Smith, Sr., M.

Outlook: Piper takes over a team that has won a total of one game the past two seasons. The goals are to work hard on fundamentals, improve as the season goes on and have some fun playing lacrosse. Piper has liked what he's seen so far, starting with the turnout. There was 28 players out for the team this season, 13 more than last year. "There hasn't been the winning feeling here at North Carroll for awhile so we're trying to get a positive attitude," Piper said. "We have a lot of work ahead of us." There's not a lot of flash in the Panthers' lineup, but a lot of solid players. Piper is comfortable with any of his six defenders and they'll have to all do their share with juniors Tim Schestag and Billy Aberts both still learning the goalie position. Lattau is a two-year starter at midfield and Smith is the kind of player that does a little of everything. Piper said there's some speed in the midfield and others with sound stickwork. Hackler leads an attack that will work hard and improve as the season progresses. Of the 28 players on the roster, only eight are seniors and 19 are newcomers to the varsity level.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1995 record: 12-3.

Coach: Jeff Alisauckas.

Top players: Rob Witte, Sr., A; David Price, Sr., A; Charlie Gibson, Jr., M; Tim Bettis, Sr., D; Charlie Gallagher, Sr., D; Dan Wroten, Sr., M; Rob Onda, So., M; Mike Rabinovitz, So. M; Jason Weisenborn, Jr., A; Kjeld Lauritzen, Sr., G.

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