March 22, 1996|By Stan Rappaport

Atholton Raiders

1995 record: overall 1-11, league 1-6

Coach: Carol Stevens

Top players: Top players: (Light) Jennifer Benjamin, Sr., M; Mel -- Goglia, Sr., A; Sara Pierson, So., M.

Outlook: "We should do better than we did last year, that's for sure," said Stevens. "These girls consistently work hard." Stevens said an improved midfield led by Benjamin, Pierson, Erin Compton and newcomers Reagan Kimball and Anne Greenfield and an aggressive defense will key the Raiders. Stevens said junior goalie Natalie Baker, up from the junior varsity, "is doing quite well."

Centennial Eagles

1995 record: overall 12-2, league 6-1.

Coach: Gail Purcell

Top players: Becca Armiger, Sr., A; Gina Dinisio, Sr., M; Jen Simon, Jr., A; Shayna Smith, Sr., D; Lauren Perkins, Sr., M; Tiffany Cronin, Sr., M; Liz Sturm, Sr., M; Allison Altscher, Sr., M; Kari Meyer, Sr., M; Lauren Molinaro, Jr., M.

Outlook: Purcell said it's difficult to select a preseason favorite, but it would be a "reasonable pick" to choose the Eagles considering their returning talent. The top three scorers Armiger, Dinisio, Simon return, but the Eagles' defense will have to be strong in front of senior goalie Teresa Cabanilla, who never has played the position. The key for Centennial, which lost all-county players Emily Ward to graduation and goalie Katie Garrity to a move to Texas, is that its players have been together for a number of years. "This is a group that has a lot of equal ability," said Purcell, who will retire from coaching lacrosse at the end of the season. "They know each other so well. That will be their strong suit, their ability to play together." Said Armiger: "Even though we have a lot of players back, this is a completely different team from last year. Last year, we were a lot of individuals. This year we're completely team oriented. We're out there as a team, not individuals."

Glenelg Gladiators

1995 record: overall 4-8, league 1-6

Coach: Ginger Kincaid

Top players: Suzy Mundy, Sr., M; Angel Frace, Sr., G; Christin Whitaker, Sr., M; Camey Brian, Jr., M.

Outlook: Kincaid said the Gladiators have more depth and experience then a year ago and are "a more solid team from beginning to end. I'm looking for us to be pretty strong." Mundy, who led the team with 40 goals last year, will head the offense along with junior Denise Karahasan. A junior, Karahasan had 12 goals last season and Kincaid said, "I think she can double that." Junior Darcy Badger moves up from the junior varsity where she had 23 goals and three assists last season. With a solid defense and a good group of players up from the junior varsity, Kincaid is expecting good things this season. "We'll do much better than last year," she said.

Glenelg County School Dragons

1995 record: overall 15-4, league 4-3

Coach: Barbara Brummett

Top players: Top players: (Light) Carrie Everett, Sr., M; Jessica Brendel, Sr., D; Megan Duzor, Sr., D; Joyelle McCullough, Sr., D; Smita Sharma, Sr., A.

Outlook: With the leadership of all-county returnees Everett and Brendel, Brummett said the Dragons "should be very competitive this year. I think we have a strong team." The Dragons, who last year reached the Association of Independent Schools B Division tournament semifinals, have seven experienced seniors. Everett and Sharma were the second- and third-leading scorers last season, respectively, with 56 and 36 goals. Brummett, starting her fourth season, said the Dragons have an "awesome defense," led by Brendel, Duzor and junior Elena Diaz.

Hammond Golden Bears

1995 record: overall 5-8, league 4-3

Coach: Gay Petrlik

Top players: Ashley Decker, Sr., A; Brandy Peaker, Sr., D; Becky Bays, Sr., D; Cayley Pendergrass, Sr., G; Emily Bielefeld, Jr., M.

Outlook: Decker had 13 goals and 10 assists last year and Petrlik said, "I expect her to step up and do more scoring this year." Petrlik said the Golden Bears have "a good mix of defensive players," led by captains Peaker and Bays and also Jen Vonieff. Goalie Pendergrass returns after stopping 189 of 359 shots against her last season. Petrlik expects to get some scoring from Bielefeld, but her main responsibility is the midfield. "She's very instrumental in controlling the midfield for us," said Patrlik. "If there's anything up for grabs, Emily's got it." Petrlik said she has "very aggressive kids this year" whose "basic skills are very solid. I'm hopeful."

Howard Lions

1995 record: overall 8-5, league 3-4.

Coach: Pat Becker

Top players: Erica Hensley, Sr., A; Amanda Eldrige, Jr., A; Karen Krupka, Sr., D; Kelly Krantz, Jr., A; Julie Breen, Sr., M; Shelly Ross, Sr., G; Jen Chaflin, Sr., D.

Outlook: Becker said the Lions "should be very competitive" because of their experience and good shooters. All-county performer Hensley, the third-leading point leader last season in the county with 55 goals and 19 assists, returns and along with Eldrige form a potent attack. Krupka heads the defense and Ross, who had 209 saves last year, returns in goal. "We have a very good team this year," said Hensley. "We have a lot of unity. We lost only one senior from last year's team."

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