Local Sports: High School Field Hockey Preview

August 29, 1996|By Stan Rappaport

Atholton Raiders

1995 record: 8-4-1.

Coach: Carol Stevens.

Top players: Rachel McQueeney, Sr., D; Livy Adams, Sr., F; Elizabeth Gaeta, Jr., F; Erin Rieben, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Raiders return six starters from last year's team that tied Centennial for the county title (5-1-1). Co-captains Adams and McQueeney are back, as are seniors Rachael Bornstein (D), Katie Long (M), Megan Prentess (F) and junior Bri Brumsted (D). Last year's leading scorers, Shannon Carter and Lea Nichols, and first-team all-county goalie Sarah Geatz have -- graduated. The Raiders also lost some players to River Hill, including junior forward Holly Gick. Stevens said her team has "a lot of smart players who are dedicated to do well and have fun." She feels the defense will be strong, and likes the aggressiveness in many of the junior players. Offensively, Stevens is counting on Prentess, Adams and Gaeta. Sophomore Shannon Sullivan, up from the junior varsity, will be in goal. Said McQueeney: "Hopefully, we'll be just as competitive and do as well or better than last year."

Centennial Eagles

1995 record: 11-4-2.

Coach: Gail Purcell

Top players: Sara Beck, Sr., F; Christine Davies, Sr., D; Mary Christine, Jr., M; Jessica Euler, Jr., M; Kristin Gaudio, Jr., F; Sarah Davis, Jr., D; Emily Rothschild, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles lost a significant amount of talent from last year's Class 3A state championship team, including county Player of the Year Liz Sturm and first-team players Allison Altscher, Jen Davis and Becca Armiger. Still, Centennial, which tied with Atholton for the county championship (5-1-1 records), has a solid group returning and has the ability to capture its fourth straight county title. Replacing Armiger in goal will be Jodi Godbout, a senior who is playing field hockey for the first time. Purcell asked Godbout about playing goalie a couple of weeks before school ended in June. "I guess it's just in my nature to try new things," said Godbout, who also has played soccer, basketball and softball at Centennial. She has decided not to play basketball this season but will stay on the softball team. "Goalie is a position that interested me. It sounded like fun," said Godbout. Purcell said she is "very confident" that Godbout will play well. Purcell added that four sophomores -- midfielders Lauren Koch and Liz Kurpe, fullback Melissa Dugan and forward Jessica Manzone -- will see plenty of action and could start.

Glenelg Gladiators

1995 record: 6-9.

Coach: Ginger Kincaid

Top players: Jill Ruprecht, Sr., M; Rachel Ford, Jr., F; Alanna Dean, Sr., M; Katie Jones, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Gladiators return four starters from last year's team that finished fifth (4-3) in the county. Kincaid said her squad has "no stars but is pretty solid." The strength of this year's team is its defense, which is expected to get a boost from senior Nicole Apatof. The loss of some promising juniors to River Hill likely will hurt this year's team, but the coaching trio of Kincaid, beginning her 20th season, Anna Spring (junior varsity) and Liz Brigham (volunteer assistant) will make the Gladiators competitive.

Glenelg Country Dragons

1995 record: 7-7-1.

Coach: Natalie Santos

Top players: Heather Sutherland, Sr., G; Elena Diaz-Martin, Sr., F; Lindsay Lehmann, Sr., M; Kiron Mallya, Sr., M; Jordana Woodford, Sr., D; Sehla Ashai, Sr., F.

Outlook: Santos, an assistant the past two years, replaces Patti Ordonez, who guided Glenelg County to the AIS B Division regular-season championship the last two years. The Dragons graduated eight seniors, including Carrie Everett, who led the county in goals scored with 11. But Glenelg County does have six seniors on this year's team -- including goalie Sutherland and sweeper Woodford -- and a promising group of freshmen the should make the team competitive in the AIS.

Hammond Golden Bears

1995 record: 4-9-1.

Coach: Gay Petrlik

Top players: Katie Reytar, Sr., G; Colleen Hartman, Sr., M; Allison Harriman, Sr., D; Michelle Zavage, Sr., D; Kelly Gailey, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Golden Bears (1-5-1) tied for sixth in the county with Oakland Mills last season, and Petrlik expects a "much better" showing this year. Said Reytar, a 6-foot goalie with a 4.0 grade-point average: "We are definitely going to give the better teams in the county a fair fight." Petrlik said this year's squad has good quickness and stick work, and is "more intense" that last year's team. "It seems like they are going to jell together very well," said Petrlik. Hoping to give the offense a boost will be sophomore Mandy Schroeder and junior Mara Finglass. Schroeder had five goals and Finglass four for last season's junior varsity team.

Howard Lions

1995 record: 7-6-1.

Coach: Pat Becker

Top players: Susan Mancho, Sr., D; Erica Rhodeside, Sr., G; Michelle DeYoung, Sr., F; Amanda Eldridge, Sr. F; Kelly Krantz, Sr., F.

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