Division III capsules

LACROSSE PREVIEW:

February 21, 1997|By Steven Kivinski

Goucher College

1996 record: 2-13

Coach: Jim Lyons (second year, 2-13)

L Key losses: Brent Grabill, A; Chris Corr, A; Matt Slater, A.

Top returnees: Matt Cartwright, Jr., D; Keith Guinto, Sr., A; Craig Wolinski, Jr., M, Tim Asher, So., A.

Top newcomers: Tim Bethke, Jr., A; Jonas Seigel, Fr., M; Will Kolodziej, Fr., D.

Outlook: The Gophers didn't have a senior on their squad last season, and it showed. Despite his team's dismal record, Lyons says that his team made significant progress and hopes that it will be reflected in this season's win-loss record. Guinto, the team's all-time scoring leader, moves back to attack after accumulating 23 goals and nine assists in the midfield last season. Tim Duffy and Craig Wolinski (Parkville) will head the midfield corps.

St. Mary's

1996 record: 10-4

Coach: Jason Hurley (eighth year, 56-33)

Key losses: Steve Spence, M; Dave Weinrich, A.

Top returnees: Justin Robinson, Sr., D; J. P. Fischer, Jr., D; Roji Behr, Sr., D; Mike Fraioli, Sr., M; Greg Foti, Sr., M; Pete Dixon, Sr., A; C. J. Lauer, So., A.

Top newcomer: Terrance Buckley, Fr., A.

Outlook: The Seahawks, who finished 3-1 last season in the Capital Athletic Conference, will rely on their defense to keep them competitive early in the season. Robinson, a senior captain, will anchor the defense and provide protection for goalie Josh Bank. Fraioli (18 goals, 6 assists) will provide leadership and scoring in the midfield. Fallston graduates Dixon (27, 9) and Lauer (16, 3) are the only two starters back at attack.

Salisbury State

1996 record: 14-1 (NCAA semifinalist)

Coach: Jim Berkman (ninth year, 107-14)

Key losses: Jason Coffman, A; Paul Smith, A; Chris McQueeney, D.

Top returnees: Jake Bergey, Sr., M; Brendan Bellotte, Sr. D; John Monar, Sr., M; Jared Mills, Sr., M; Erik Anderson, Jr., M; Scott Melvin, Sr., M; Jay Owen, Sr., D.

Top newcomers: Nate Desimone, Jr., M; Joe High, Fr., A.

Outlook: Despite the loss of six starters, including five All-Americans, the Sea Gulls enter the 1997 campaign ranked No. 2 behind Nazareth in the preseason polls. Salisbury brings an NCAA-record 64-game regular-season winning streak into its season opener March 5. With Coffman, a four-time first-team All-American, now coaching at Cornell, the Sea Gulls will turn to Mills and sophomore Josh Tidwell (Arundel) to lead the attack. Salisbury's midfield unit has one of the nation's finest players in Bergey, a two-time first-team All-American who had a team-high 57 goals.

Villa Julie

1996 record: 7-7

Coach: Scott Linzey (second year, 7-7)

Key losses: Peter Nee, A; Jeremy Bender, M.

Top returnees: Chris Beck, Sr., M; Ricky Sanchez, Sr., M; Jon Ceanfaglione, Sr., M; Eric Schmith, So. A; Josh Wagner, So., G.

Top newcomers: Matt Slater, So., A; Rich Blake, So., M; Randy Shuman, Fr., D; Brian Lippa, Jr., G.

Outlook: Nee and Bender, who combined for 71 goals and 67 assists, are gone and have left a huge void in the Mustangs' scoring attack. Linzey is confident, however, that his recruiting class, including Slater, a transfer from Goucher, will be able to step in and contribute immediately. Schmith, an Archbishop Curley graduate, is back on attack for Villa Julie after posting 23 goals and 16 assists last year as a freshman. The Mustangs' midfield unit is led by Beck (35 goals, 13 assists) and Sanchez (20, 7) -- both of whom attended Calvert Hall.

Washington College

1996 record: 13-5 (NCAA finalist)

Coach: John Haus (third year, 19-13)

Key losses: Bart Jaeger, A; J. D. Radebaugh, M.

Top returnees: John Fuller, So., A; Mike Wilson, Jr., A; Chris McGlone, Sr., D; Andy Taibl, Jr., G; George Atterbury, Sr., M; Andy Van Ogtrop, Sr., M; Marc Taylorson, Sr., M.

Top newcomers: Michael Kent, Fr., D; Owen Mulhern, Fr., A, Tyler Meurlin, Fr., A.

Outlook: The Shoremen, who shocked the lacrosse community last season when they upset Salisbury State in the national semifinals, are eager to get back out on the field this spring. And why not? Washington College, which suffered a heartbreaking, overtime loss to Nazareth in last year's final, is loaded with talent. Taibl, who yielded 8.6 goals a game last season, returns and should get great support from McGlone, an All-American at close defense. Fuller (41, 12) will supply scoring at attack, and the Shoremen's midfield unit will be led by Atterbury, a first-team All-American who had 26 goals and 10 assists last season.

Western Maryland

1996 record: 10-5

Coach: Keith Reitenbach (fifth year, 33-23)

Key losses: Dean Coccia, A; Marshall Brown, M; Brian Volk, M.

Top returnees: Steve Hallowell, Sr., D; Matt Hoppe, Sr., A, Bo Schrott, Jr. A; Mike Sargent, Jr., M; John Torpy, Sr. G; Scott Schenzer, Sr., M; Mark Frey, Sr., M.

Top newcomers: Rob Witte, Fr., A; Jason Goodman, Fr., M.

Outlook: The Green Terror, which was ranked No. 18 in the country at one point last season, returns five players who filled first-line roles last season. Reitenbach is hoping that experience will help make up for the loss of Coccia, the Centennial Conference Player of the Year. Hallowell, a first-team all-conference pick, will anchor the Green Terror defense. Hoppe, a two-time all-conference selection, will try to improve on last year's numbers, which included 51 goals and 30 assists.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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