Div. III women preview

March 04, 1997|By Mark Hoeflich

College of Notre Dame

1996 record: 8-7

Co-coaches: Melissa Falen, Kathy Lewis

Top returnees: Rachel Barnes, Sr., A; Sarah Becker, Sr., D; Kristin Dia, Soph., D; Holly Gentempo, Jr., A; Tinah Houck, Sr., A; Lydia Jones, Soph., M; Tara Surlis, Soph., D; Teri Tobash, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Gators have one of their toughest schedules in years, but they have the offense to stand up to it. The question is whether an unproven defense can hold up. Houck (48 goals, 16 assists) and Gentempo (25 goals, 14 assists) figure to do no worse than the 73 goals and 30 assists they combined for last season, and Tobash (17 goals, 15 assists) provides extra support from the midfield. Surlis is the top defender, but Dia and Becker must play larger roles to help protect freshman goalkeeper Maureen Ober (North Harford). Judy Simon, a transfer from Harford Community College, will be a key addition to the back line.


1996 record: 18-2 (national semifinalist)

Coach: Kathy Frick

Top returnees: Kristin Carey, Jr., A; Liz Low, Sr., A; Beth Edwards, Jr., A; Jodie Manning, Jr., M; Jen Otis, Jr., M; Lindsay Ayers, Soph., M; Kate Conserva, Jr., D; Eliza Hahn, Soph., D; Dawn Dugan, Soph., G.

Outlook: The Gophers lost five key players from last year's team that won a second straight Capital Athletic Conference title and advanced to the Division III semifinals. Carey becomes the focal point on attack with goal scorers Courtney Crangi (the Division III Player of the Year) and Michele Mohlman gone. The defense remains virtually intact, but Dugan assumes the starting goalkeeper slot.

Frostburg State

1996 record: 5-7.

Coach: Sharon Irwin

Top returnees: Laura Hemmings, Soph., A; Lori Wlodarczyk, Jr., A; Khara Pence, Soph., A; Lori Vinyard, Soph., D; Alison O'Connell, Soph., D.

Outlook: With the loss of 11 players from a year ago, the Bobcats return for the 1997 campaign as a very young team. The defense was hurt the most and likely will have three underclassmen as first-year starters. Wlodarczyk, who moves from the midfield to the attack line, and Hemmings, a late-season starter last season, will be the central figures on offense. Frostburg lacks both size and depth, but hopes to utilize the speed of midfielders Wendy Redmer and Kelly Waskey (Glenelg) to create opportunities in transition.

Johns Hopkins

1996 record: 11-5

Coach: Janine Tucker

Top returnees: Mary Ann McGuire, Sr., D; Lara Fisher, Sr., D; Janice Yoo, Jr., M; Tracey Brady, Sr., A; Cathy Dancz, Jr., M; Heather Pertel, Jr., M; Nancy Kim, Soph., A; Neda Dawood, Soph., M; Anita Patibandla, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Blue Jays, who will jump to Division I in 1999, look to return to the Division III playoffs after making the national semifinals in 1994 and 1995. But Hopkins will have to do it without two of the program's all-time scorers, Francine Brennan and Jenn Ward. "Our players are determined to win a national championship at this level before we move to Division I," Tucker said. "This drives them to give that extra effort during the off-season, in practice, in the weight room and on the field." Defense is the key as second-team All-American McGuire and Patibandla are back, forming one of the most highly regarded defensive units. The attack should be balanced between Brady, Dancz, Pertel, Dawood and Kim.

Salisbury State

1996 record: 7-7.

Coach: Dawn Chamberlein

Top returnees: Laura Burkhouse, Jr., M; Shannon Cordella, Sr., A; Karen Lapolla, Jr., M; Kelly Maloney, Jr., D; Kim Smith, Sr., D; Kim Kirkbird, Sr., D; Carrie Spilecki, Sr., M; Kristin Scarola, Sr., D; Kristin Archer, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Sea Gulls return 16 letter winners to a squad that has plenty of experience and balance. The top scorer is Cordella (19 goals, three assists), named to last year's All-CAC second team, but the offense took a hit when Candice Blanchette, last year's leading scorer, decided not to come back. The midfield of Burkhouse, Lapolla and Spilecki returns intact and its speed will key Salisbury's up-tempo style as well as provide increased scoring. The defense also remains intact, led by Maloney and Smith, both second-team All-CAC selections in 1996 and is bolstered by a much-improved Archer, whom Chamberlein said is the strongest goalkeeper ever at Salisbury.

St. Mary's

1996 record: 7-3.

Coach: Sue Heether

Top returnees: Gia Trionfo, Soph., A; Missy Lewandowski, Sr., M; Kristi LaVerdera, Jr., A; Nairem Moran, Soph., D; Tara Jensen, Soph., G; Tina Wasowicz, Sr., D.

Outlook: Just five seniors return for the Seahawks and several underclassmen will have to fill key roles at the skill positions. The defense, which has Wasowicz and Moran back, will be relied upon heavily as St. Mary's tries to generate more offense from its midfield. Trionfo was last season's second-leading scorer and Lewandowski's scoring ability has vastly improved over a year ago. Freshmen Kelly Fetter and Mary Davies add depth and skill to the backline, and both could challenge for a starting spot.

Villa Julie

1996 record: 8-4.

Coach: Mary McFadden

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