Local Sports: High School Lacrosse Preview

March 22, 1996|By Katherine Dunn

Baltimore City

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1995 record: 6-6.

Coach: Anne Townsend Kessenich.

Top players: Emily Hickman, Sr., M; Kim Smith, So., A; Janice Kim, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Mawrtians return only six seniors, so they will be considerably less experienced than last year's squad. However, this lineup includes two of the AIS A Division's top players in Hickman (44 G, 10 A), an All-Baltimore/City County pick, and Smith, who transferred from Park after helping the Bruins to the B Division title. New coach Kessenich is bolstering the young defense with a couple of converted attackers, Nina Casgar and Katie MacColl.

Catholic Cubs

1995 record: 1-9.

Coach: Mary Ann Sattler.

Top players: Vicki Battaglia, Sr., D; Jessica Peacock, Jr., A; Kelly Benjamin, Sr., D; Kim Orpin, Jr., A; Becky Bennaman, Fr., A; Kelly Zakrzweski, Jr., D.

Outlook: In their third season of AIS B Division competition, the Cubs remain fairly inexperienced, but the potential exists for a balanced attack and the defense returns three seniors to help new goalie Keitta Ribadereira. Sattler, a former Dulaney coach, spends most of her time working on the basics, so the Cubs most likely won't challenge the division's top teams, but improving their record is a possiblity.

City Knights

1995 record: 4-6.

Coach: Amy Houston.

Top players: Ebony Thompson, Sr., M; Molly Cohen, Sr., A; Ellen Magdid, Sr., D; Kenya Bates, Sr., A; Stacey Androinne, Sr., A.

Outlook: After fielding a young team last year, the Knights return a lot of seniors including one of the league's best in Thompson. Although the defense needs some rebuilding, the Knights have speed, skill and plenty of scoring potential. If they can tighten up the defense and play as a team, the Knights could make a run at the city championship.

Forest Park Foresters

1995 record: 3-5.

Coach: Robert Britt.

Top players: Lisa Lewis, Jr., D; Michele Clark, Sr., G; Ackilla McDaniels, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Foresters face a rebuilding season after graduating most of their top players. Still, Britt is hoping to post a record more like the 7-3 the Foresters finished with in 1994. He has a few good one-on-one players and a solid goalie in Clark, but his challenge is to build consistency in the program by holding onto the youngsters for three or four years.

Friends Quakers

1995 record: 4-7-2.

Coach: Carol Samuels.

Top players: Claire Mikolayunas, Sr., A; Simone Stalling, Sr., D; Emily Santos, Sr., M; Gwen Armbruster, Sr., G.

Outlook: With their lineup intact, the Quakers would have a chance at improving their record, but a handful of starters will miss several weeks on international study trips. That could mean a tough go early, but Samuels hopes they can gel in time for the AIS A Division tournament. As usual, the Quakers' strength is on defense. Their attack should be balanced.

Institute of Notre Dame Indians

1995 record: 6-9.

Coach: Mary Beth Bollinger.

Top players: Tina Schofield, Sr., D; Kim Kelly, Sr., A; Melissa Sexton, Sr., A; Melissa Slater, Sr., D; Chrissy Bates, Sr., D; Beth Milani, Sr., A.

Outlook: With so many returning seniors, the Indians have high hopes for improving their record. They also bring back junior goalie Jill Thanner, so there is no area on the field without experience. With a strong attack and a smooth transition, the Indians need a little work on defense to challenge in the B Division.

Mercy Magic

1995 record: 7-8-1.

Coach: Sabrina Linton.

Top players: Lacey Morley, Sr., M; Tina Steck, Jr., M; Shannon Cohen, Jr., M; Heather Valunas, Fr., A; Jessie Steck, Fr., D; Jessie Whippo, A, Fr.

Outlook: The past two years, the Magic has lost the AIS B Division title game by a single goal to Park. This year, the Magic has a new coach and a lot of new faces but still has the potential to be among the division's better teams. Despite only four seniors, the Magic boasts speed, depth and a strong transition.

Patterson Clippers

1995 record: 9-2.

Coach: Coach: Wrae Wene.

Top players: Karen Cornell, Sr., D; Danette Goodwin, Sr., M; Dena Jurkiewicz, Sr., A; Missy McFatten, Sr., D; Elana Ramos, Sr., A; Heather Stokes, Sr., M.

Outlook: The defending city champs lost eight starters from a team that outscored opponents 102-47, but they appear to have reloaded. Wene, whose team has lost just three games in two years, hopes to have a season comparable to last. She has a balanced squad with speed and a strong transition game.

Poly Engineers

1995 record: 2-8.

Coach: Adreon Hubbard.

Top players: Michelle Miller, Jr., A; Adrienne Carey, Sr., G/D; Mary Grandea, Sr, M; Lisa Wisniewski, Sr., A; Jessica Bannon, Sr., M; Brandis Matthews, Fr., A.

Outlook: The Engineers have one of the most experienced teams in the city and they will be looking to recapture the top spot they earned two years ago. The attack looks especially strong with Miller the leading scorer for the past two years Wisniewski and the addition of Matthews. The defense should also benefit from its experience.

Roland Park Reds

1995 record: 14-1.

Coach: Traci Magness.

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