Local Sports : High School Lacrosse Preview

March 22, 1996|By Katherine Dunn

Baltimore County

Carver A & T Wildcats

1995 record: 1-9.

Coach: Betsy Betaque.

Top players: Heather Ng, So., A; Rachel Oram, So., M; Rachall Tamer, So., D; Sherri Chambers, Jr., D; Morgan Hewitt, So., A; Mary Wachter, So., A.

Outlook: In only their second year for girls lacrosse, the Wildcats remain inexperienced. A handful of players did not return and half of the 18 girls on the roster have never played before. Speedy Ng is the key to transition and also can score. Playing in Baltimore County's Division II, the Wildcats should be able to total more than last season's two goals.

Catonsville Comets

1995 record: 9-3.

Coach: Kim McNemar.

Top players: Meghann Mohler, Sr., M; Jamie Funk, Sr., M; Jen Ice, Sr., A; Kelly Fetter, Sr., D, Emily Henderson, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Comets hope to make their move but it may be tough playing in the county's tough Division I. McNemar lost two key defenders and will staff the back with mostly juniors. The Comets also have a new goalie, sophomore Marci Brewer. On attack, the Comets return high scoring Mohler (53 goals, 35 assists). Still, the Comets have speed and skill all around and this group knows what it's like to win since most of them were on the team that won the county JV title two years ago.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995 record: 3-6.

Coach: Joyce Kerr.

Top players: Keri Hopkins, Sr., D; Laura Caldwell, Sr., A; Nicole Ikena, Sr., M; Kim Warnick, Sr., D; Nicole Mryncza, So., A.

Outlook: The Bayhawks have a lot of seniors, but they remain relatively inexperienced since they have no JV feeder. Kerr didn't have to cut anyone since only 16 girls came out for the team. Still, some of the seniors have been around a while and since they are spread out, they should make the Bayhawks a bit better. Playing in Division II, they stand a better chance at improving their record.

Dulaney Lions

1995 record: 14-2.

Coach: Coach: (Light) Anita Crotty.

Top players: Tricia Dabrowski, So., G; Nicole Wittlesberger, Jr., A; Kelly Berzins, Sr., M; Dawn Will, Sr., A; Jaime Hershner, Jr., D; Clary Creighton, Jr., M; Camille Fesche, So., A.

Outlook: The Lions' only losses last season were 9-8 to Loch Raven in the Baltimore County championship and 10-6 to C. Milton Wright in the state Class 3A-4A semifinals. With a strong returning contingent and some talented newcomers, the Lions hope to avenge both of those defeats. The defense looks strong especially with second-team All-Metro pick Dabrowski back in the goal. On attack, Crotty said she has more talent than last year, but it may take a while to pull it all together since few of the starters have played together. Will led the Lions with 46 goals last year, and Wittlesberger, a transfer from McDonogh, also should be a prime contributor. The Lions have a chance to make a big move early since they play host to Loch Raven Thursday in a county Division I showdown.

Dundalk Owls

1995 record: 2-8.

Coach: Coach: (Light) Mike Vetri.

Top players: Kim Rodriquez, Sr., G; Kylene Layton, Jr., M.

Outlook: Vetri takes over a squad with only five seniors on a 25-girl roster. Still, the Owls return 22 from varsity or JV, which Vetri coached to a .500 season, so they have some experience. The key to contending in Division II will be teamwork, especially on defense where some new players have to step in.

Franklin Indians

1995 record: 10-3.

Coach: Dee Mullineaux.

Top players: Darla Burns, Sr., M; Nancy Cha, Sr., M; Heidi Shaneybrook, Sr., M; Katie Landis, Jr., A; Amy Whitcomb, Sr., G; Katie Lee, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Indians return nine seniors, so there is plenty of experience and leadership. Mullineaux is switching some players' positions to be more competitive in Division I. She wants see fewer risky passes and more double-teaming. The Indians should be strongest in the midfield where they have speed and a fluid transition.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1995 record: 10-4.

Coach: Coach: (Light) Micul Ann Morse.

Top players: Jacque Weitzel, Sr., A; Lauren Klein, Sr., M; Tricia Ward, Sr., A; Maggie Shoemaker, Sr., D; Chrissy Cooper, Sr., G.

Outlook: An All-Metro selection, Weitzel (30 G, 20 A) gives the Grizzlies a great cornerstone. Named the top schoolgirl player at the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association's national tournament last spring, she also helped the U.S. team to a second-place finish in last summer's Under-19 World Championships. And she's just the beginning of the Grizzlies' experience. So many players return that the Grizzlies seem certain to contend for the A Division title. They were the only team to beat Roland Park last year although they fell to the Reds in the tournament semifinals. With a powerful, balanced attack, the Grizzlies will work to smooth out the defense, which has a strong anchor in veteran Cooper.

Hereford Bulls

1995 record: 9-3.

Coach: Nancy Love.

Top players: Kelly Swift, Sr., A; Adrienne Allen, Sr., Portia Gotwalt, Jr., A; Brooke Lang, Jr., A; Kris Meyer, Sr., D; Danielle Lauer, Jr., A; Laurin Troup, Jr., D.

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