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LACROSSE PREVIEW

February 21, 1997|By JAMISON HENSLEY

Brown

1996 record: 7-6

Coach: Peter Lasagna (fifth year)

Key losses: David Evans, A; Brian McNally, A; Robin Prince, A; Alex Goodman, M; Dennis Sullivan, D.

Top returnees: Greg Cattrano, Sr., G; Brett Frood, Sr., A; Michael Satin, Jr., A; Rob Lyle, So., A; Josh Selig, Sr., M; Tom Collard, Sr., M; Brett Sowers, Jr., M; Roman Knysh, Jr., D; Phil Chesler, Jr., D.

Top newcomers: Dan Stay, Fr., A; Matt Eccleston, Fr., A; Todd McNamara, Fr., M; Zach McDonald, Fr., D.

Outlook: The Bears will be hurting on offense with the loss of four of their top five starters. The starting attack of Frood, Satin and Lyle -- which has played as a unit since the start of fall practice -- combined for 11 goals and nine assists last year. And Selig, the most experienced player on attack and first-team All-Ivy League, shifts to the midfield. While the attack sorts itself out, Brown will be carried by Cattrano, a second-team All-American who stopped 63 percent of shots on goal and allowed 10 goals a game.

Duke

1996 record: 6-6

Coach: Mike Pressler (seventh)

Key losses: James Heavey, A; Ross Thomson, D.

Top returnees: Joe Kirmser, Sr., G; John Fay, Jr., A ; Ed Fay, Sr., A; Scott Allen, Sr., A; Jim Gonnella, Sr., M; Scott Diggs, So., M; Alex Whitten, Sr., M; Tyler Hardy, Sr., D; Pat Doyle, Sr., D; Greg Ehrnman, Sr., D.

Top newcomers: Nick Hartofilis, Fr., M; Jared Frood, Fr., M; Steve Card, Fr., D.

Outlook: Duke dropped four of its last five games by an average of 5 1/2 goals to miss the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1993. Almost the entire cast returns, including its top attackman (John Fay), top midfielder (Gonnella) and Defenseman of the Year (Hardy). Goalkeeper Kirmser has shown signs of regaining his form of two years ago. Mix in last year's Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year (Diggs) with a fine recruiting class and the high-scoring Blue Devils could become a dangerous team.

Georgetown

1996 record: 8-5

Coach: Dave Urick (eighth)

Key losses: Mike Boyle, A; Dan Wychulis, D.

Top returnees: Greg McCavera, So., A; Peter Velepec, So., A; Scott Urick, So., A; Dan Brennan, Sr., A; Dan Martin, Sr., M; Doug Meehan, Sr., M; Steve Iorio, Jr., M; Scott Baughman, So., M; Matt Rienzo, Sr., D; Tim Plunkett, Sr, D.

Top newcomers: Art Price, Fr., A; Greg Papa, Fr., D.

Outlook: The Hoyas, who were 2-3 against teams in last year's tournament, make another surge for their first postseason appearance with the return of their top six goal scorers. Martin and Meehan are a talented midfield combination, totaling 37 goals and 19 assists. If Brennan recovers fully from last year's injury-marred season, Georgetown should have adequate scoring from its attack. But the defense, which allowed 12.3 goals a game to ranked opponents, needs consistency.

Johns Hopkins

1996 record: 8-6 (NCAA semifinalist)

Coach: Tony Seaman (seventh)

Key losses: Dave Marr, A; Milford Marchant, M; Jonathan Marcus, G.

Top returnees: Dan Denihan, So., A; Dan Collins, So., A; Billy Evans, Sr., M; Werner Krueger, Sr., M; Andrew Godfrey, Jr., M; Matt O'Kelly, So., M; Brian Kuczma, Sr., D; John Gagliardi, Sr., D; Aaron Van Horn, Sr., D; Eric Kuchner, Jr., G.

Top newcomers: Dudley Dixon, Jr., A (transfer from Towson State); A. J. Haugen, Fr., M; Dave Marks, Jr., A (transfer from Villanova); Brian Carcaterra, So., G (redshirt).

Outlook: The Blue Jays have the most formidable defensemen in the country with Kuczma, Gagliardi and Van Horn. Kuczma, an intelligent defender who regularly shuts down the opposition's top scorer, is the leading candidate for Defenseman of the Year. The attack has been overhauled. Transfers Dixon and Marks blend their talents with Denihan, who showed flashes as a freshman last year. The Blue Jays add Haugen, the unanimous choice as the top recruit in the country, with the offensive-minded Evans and hard-working Krueger on the first midfield. Either Kuchner or Carcaterra will start in goal.

Loyola

1996 record: 7-6

Coach: Dave Cottle (15th)

Key losses: Brendan Fry, D; Chris Lloyd, D; Brian Duffy, M; Brian Bacso, M; Mark O'Brien, M.

Top returnees: Gewas Schindler, So., A; Chris Georgalas, Jr., A; Mark Frye, So., M; David Mahoskey, Sr., M; Jamie Hanford, Jr., D; Brian Volpe, Sr., D; Jimmy Brown, So., G.

Top newcomers: Todd Vizcarrondo, So., A (redshirt); Tim O'Shea, So., A (redshirt); Matt Shearer, Sr., M (transfer from UMBC); Peter Haas, Fr., M; Kirk Blagrove, Sr., D (redshirt); Tim Goettleman, Fr., A.

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