Baltimore County LOCAL SPORTS: HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY PREVIEW

August 29, 1996

Heron Division

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995 record: 1-10.

Coach: Corliss Johnson.

Top players: Jodie Ulrich, Sr., G; Jenn Jackson, Sr., M/D; Gina Bish, Jr., M; Janell Schenning, Jr., F; Theresa Kirschner, So., F.

Outlook: The Bayhawks struggled in the county's tough Heron Division last season and they may have a tough time again without the benefit of a JV. Their biggest problem has been scoring goals and they managed just four all of last season. However, Johnson said she now has more scoring potential in veterans Schenning and Kirschner. Another plus is the return of Ulrich, who has an improving defense in front of her.

Dulaney Lions

1995 record: 8-6.

Coach: Anita Crotty.

Top players: Susan Tomback, Sr., F; Ericka Anderson, Sr., M; Christy Wooton, Sr., M; Clary Creighton, Sr., D; Heather Benson, Sr., G; Christy Gordon, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Lions came on late last season to win five of their final seven games. They reached the regional final but fell 3-2 in double overtime to Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County. With nine seniors returning, the Lions should have the experience to start off a bit quicker this time and make a run for the county's Heron Division title. Tomback and Anderson should do most of the scoring while Creighton anchors a rebuilding defense. Even with a bit less experience on defense, Crotty expects veteran Benson to hold off the opposition. If the defense holds, the Lions have the experience to aim for their first appearance in the state tournament in 10 years.

Franklin Indians

1995 record: 9-3.

Coach: Shannon Perry.

Top players: Tammi Norris, Sr., F; Wendie Speed, Sr., D; Clara Kim, Sr., M; Erin Spatafore, Jr., F; Julie Cray, Jr., D.

Outlook: Newcomer Perry has some pretty big shoes to fill, but she knows all about that. She played for coach Carol Smith, who retired after fielding contending teams for 16 years. Perry picked a good time to take over. Only four starters graduated and the Indians figure to again contend for the Heron Division title. The Indians boast plenty of scoring potential in Norris, a second-team All-Baltimore City/County pick who finished second in the metro area in scoring last year. But Norris will need some help because the opposition will have her marked from the start. Otherwise, the Indians have plenty of balance in the midfield and on defense as well as a promising new goalie in sophomore Jenny Arnold.

Hereford Bulls

1995 record: 8-6-1.

Coach: Tammy Mundie.

Top players: Teri Cox, Sr., M; Allison Turnbaugh, Sr., F; Cara Lang, Jr., M; Amber Bell, Jr., F; Jennifer Benhoff, Jr., D.

Outlook: Graduation hit the Bulls hard, claiming 11 seniors. That should mean a rebuilding year, but Mundie isn't so sure since a lot of players move up from a j.v. that went unbeaten and won the county title. Despite the lack of varsity experience, Mundie said the Bulls should be able to hold their own in the Heron Division. The biggest rebuilding chore comes on defense where everyone graduated. Benhoff will be one of the key defenders moving up from JV along with junior goalie Kelly Dixon.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1995 record: 2-10-1.

Coach: Mary Toten.

Top players: Jackie Heilman, Sr., M; Lauren Olszewski, So., M/D; Meghna Chandel, So., F; Erica Pauley, So., F.

Outlook: The Bluebirds finally have some consistency in coaching as Toten returns for a second season. Unfortunately for Toten, the team had a huge turnover. Eleven players graduated and Heilman is the only senior. With no JV, Toten has nine girls on her 19-girl roster who have never played the game. The lack of experience will hurt the Bluebirds, especially in the tough Heron Division, but the team has some quick learners and good communication, so Toten is encouraged about the future.

Loch Raven Raiders

1995 record: 9-4-1.

Coach: Kathy Railey.

Top players: Holly Chattin, Sr., F; Kim Roil, Sr., F; Liz Elliott, Sr., G; Jennette Chon, Sr., M; Nina Wu, Sr., M; Danielle Brewer, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Raiders may have more scoring potential than any team in the Heron Division -- and they will need it. Few starters graduated, but those who did were defenders. Railey, who played defense at Loch Raven and Gettysburg and coached the Raiders junior varsity last year, may switch at least one of her veteran midfielders to defense to help veteran goalie Elliott. While the defense comes together, the Raiders will need the offense to make the difference. With veterans Chattin and Roil and JV high-scorer Lauren Dutton, that shouldn't be a problem.

Parkville Knights

1995 record: 5-7.

Coach: Lisa Zahner.

Top players: Kelly Kehne, Sr., F; Tina Riley, Sr., F; Angeli Shah, Jr., F; Erin Peer, Jr., D; Jessica Hedderick, Jr., G.

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