Five first-year coaches set hot pace combined, their teams start 16-4-2

September 25, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Have you noticed how well the county's first-year coaches are doing so far?

Former Liberty volleyball coach Helen Derwin, whose Lions were 7-8 last season, said she figured it would be best to go out leaving something for the next coach. New coach Dave Trumbo, a longtime volleyball official, has made the most of it by leading the Lions to a 4-0 start, going into last night's match against county rival Westminster.

After needing five games to get past South Carroll in their opener, the Lions have swept past Westminster, Frederick and Owings Mills. Trumbo and his Lions have been getting the job done with a mix of experience and youth. Setter Candice Young has been running the offense with help from fellow seniors Kristen Pulio and Stacy Smith, and junior hitter Emily Stuard, the team's tallest player at 5-foot-9, has been the key at the net.

Also in Eldersburg, both Liberty soccer teams are off to fast starts under new coaches. Sam DeLaurence has the girls 4-0-1 and ranked 14th in the metro area, and Ed DeVincent has the boys, ranked 11th, off to a 3-1-1 start. Both coached their respective JV programs before stepping up to the varsity level this season.

Westminster first-year football coach Frank Mantinaos has the Owls 2-1 this season after they won only two games all of last season. At North Carroll, Lloyd Ford has the Panthers volleyball team playing in typically solid fashion. The No. 10 Panthers are 3-2 with one of their most impressive outings a tough 3-2 loss at No. 5 Francis Scott Key.

When you add it up, the five new coaches were a combined 16-4-2 before last night's action.

Two 'can't misses' tonight

Tonight's county schedule has two "can't miss" games. Both games are slated for 7 o'clock.

In field hockey: No. 6 North Carroll (4-0) travels to No. 7 Westminster (2-0). Although it's still early in the season, the Panthers and Owls have shown they are clearly the county's two elite teams.

The Panthers have the familiar talent returning -- all but two players back from last year's 11-4 squad -- and the Owls bring tradition. The key matchup will be North Carroll's senior goalie Becky Bosley against Westminster's talented forward Becky Towns, a junior.

In girls soccer: It's No. 10 South Carroll (3-0-1) hosting No. 14 Liberty (4-0-1).

Monday's action showed it won't just be Liberty and South Carroll deciding the county girls' championship this season.

Both teams needed extra time, with Liberty getting past North Carroll, 3-2, on a Shanna Ziegenfuss goal and South Carroll edging Westminster, 4-3, with an overtime goal from Michelle Mitchell.

The goal from Ziegenfuss, last year's Carroll Player of the Year, came as no surprise, but that also should be the case with Mitchell, who time and time again came up with clutch goals for the Cavaliers last season -- and continues to do it again this year.

Green Terror women

The Western Maryland field hockey team is off to a 3-1 start, and sophomore forward Amy North (Liberty) is a big reason.

North earned Centennial Conference Player of the Week honors after scoring three goals in wins against York and Muhlenburg. Going into yesterday's game at Franklin & Marshall, the Green Terror has won 12 of its past 14 games.

In women's soccer, senior midfielder Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) tied for the school lead in career assists with her 13th against Goucher last week. Murphey, a standout basketball guard, didn't play soccer as a freshman.

Sophomore forward Natalie Hannibal (Liberty) moved into second place on the school's all-time goals list with 19 tallies in about about a season and a half. Amye Walker, a 1992 WMC grad, holds the career mark with 22 goals. Hannibal's two goals in a 3-2 loss at F&M Saturday gives her a team-leading seven with the Green Terror 3-4 on the season.

Pub Date: 9/25/96

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