Coaches making debuts, new goals Towson seeks good year

Maryland thinks title

Women's soccer preview

September 05, 1996|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

There are three new head coaches among the area's Division I schools.

One -- UMBC's Amanda Cromwell -- is looking to rebuild her program with a young but enthusiastic squad.

Another -- Towson State's Ron Rainey -- hopes to attain the first winning season in school history.

And the third -- Maryland's Alan Kirkup -- wants to win the national championship.

Will these coaches and their 11 counterparts in the state reach their respective goals?

Stay tuned.

Here's a look at the 14 area teams:

Division I

Loyola

Coach: Dave Gerrity.

1995 record: 10-6-4.

Top returning players: Cara Mooney, Sr., M/F; Erin Gilroy, Jr., G; Danielle Rausch, Sr., M/D; Denise Serafin, Jr., M/F; Stephanie Roberts, Sr., D.

Top newcomers: Alison Yankanich, Fr., F; Karen Guisti, Fr., M/F; Janet Ricards, Fr., M; Maureen Hoyt, Fr., M.

Outlook: Last season, the Greyhounds won their third MAAC regular-season title in four years under Gerrity. They also advanced to the tournament championship game for the fourth consecutive year, although they lost in the final for the third time. With Gerrity's best recruiting class ever and 10 returning starters, Loyola appears to have the depth and experience necessary to again challenge for the regular season and tournament titles.

Maryland

Coach: Alan Kirkup.

1995 record: 18-6-0.

Top returning players: Emmy Harbo, So., F; Michelle Deville, Jr., F; Keri Sarver, So., F; Robin McCullough, Jr., M; Michelle Salmon, Jr., M; Erin Taylor, Sr., D; Kassie Knecht, So., G.

Top newcomers: Emily Janss, Fr., M; Jackie Mynarski, Fr., M; Lindsay Basalyga, FR., M; Julie Nelson, Fr., D.

Outlook: Kirkup, whose Southern Methodist teams finished in the nation's Top 20 rankings each of the past six seasons, takes over a Maryland team that came within a goal of making the Final Four last season. Kirkup -- who ranks sixth in career victories (148 in 10 years) -- and a talented and experienced squad make the Terps a contender for a national championship. Maryland, ranked 10th in Soccer America's preseason poll, returns its top three goal-scorers.

Mount St. Mary's

Coach: Wayne Sanchez.

1995 record: 7-8-1.

Top returning players: Christy Wicks, Jr., F; Tonia Bruno, Sr., G; Nicki Trumpler, So., G; Amanda Gilbert, So., D.

Top newcomers: Megan Molloy, Fr., D; Robin Coveleski, Fr., F; Lacey Morley, Fr., M; Kim Wernick, Fr., M; Kelly Shearer, Fr., M.

Outlook: The Mount lost just two starters from last season's team, which was the best in the program's five-year history. Combine that with a good crop of freshmen and a pair of excellent goalkeepers in Bruno and Trumpler and it's easy to understand why Sanchez is optimistic. Like everyone else in the NEC, however, the Mount will be chasing league power Monmouth.

Navy

Coach: Carin Gabarra.

1995 record: 10-7-1.

Top returning players: Cori Thornton, Jr., F; Cristina Esposito, Jr., F; Kelly Kast, Sr., M; Carrie Dalton, So., M; Nicole Aunapu, So., D; Amy Hakola, Jr., G.

Top newcomers: Kristen Riismandel, Fr., M; Michelle Nance, Fr., M; Julie Faulkner, FR., D; Amber Hopeman, Fr., D.

Outlook: The Midshipmen have shown gradual improvement in their three varsity seasons and this could be the year they join the upper echelon of the Patriot League. Navy returns 15 players, including all of its starters. Goalkeeper is probably Navy's strongest position, with two-time All-Patriot League junior Hakola in the net. Gabarra won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the U.S. women's soccer team at the 1996 Games.

Towson State

Coach: Ron Rainey.

1995 record: 3-11-2.

Top returning players: Ashlee Douglas, Sr., F; Melissa Galietta, Sr., M; Jessica Graham, Sr., M; Jaime Hartigan, Sr., D; Christie Landi, Jr., F.

Top newcomers: Alicia Howell-Czander, Fr., D; Kelly Ollis, Fr., D; Melissa Landis, Fr., G; Bridget Harthausen, Fr., M/D; Stacey Sochacki, Fr., M/D.

Outlook: First-year coach Rainey says the Tigers have a realistic chance at their first winning season in the history of the program. He has 11 returning players, including four seniors. Douglas, a starter since her freshman year, was the Tigers' top scorer last season (six goals, seven assists) and is the second-leading scorer in school history.

UMBC

Coach: Amanda Cromwell.

1995 record: 8-10-1.

Top returning players: Shannon Bagrosky, Sr., D; Laura Dvorak, Sr., M; Kristen Einarson, Sr., M.

Top newcomers: Mary Robins, Fr., G; Michelle Claire, Fr., F; Lindsey Poland, Fr., M/F; Jessaka Phoebus, Fr., M.

Outlook: With 12 freshmen, a new coach and the loss of five starters, it will be a rebuilding year for the Retrievers. Three All-Big South performers -- Bagrosky, Dvorak and Einarson -- will provide leadership.

Division III

Frostburg State

Coach: Ray Kiddy.

1995 record: 10-7-1.

Top returning players: Danielle Picker, So., M/D; Sharon Colantonio, So., G; Erin Hawley, Jr., F; Leslie Liddick, Jr., M/D.

Outlook: Eight players return as the Bobcats enter their third varsity season. Kiddy believes this is Frostburg's best overall group of athletes in its brief history.

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