A capsule look at Howard County girls lacrosse teams

March 19, 1997|By Stan Rappaport

Atholton Raiders

1996 record: 0-12-1 overall, 0-7 league.

Coach: Carol Stevens.

Top players: Samantha Belin, Soph., M; Katie Lee, Soph., M; Anne Greenfield, Jr. D.

Outlook: Stevens sees "a dramatic improvement overall" from last year, especially in her team's speed and ability to catch the ball, which were weaknesses. "This might be the fastest team I've coached," Stevens said. "Every day these kids are pushing themselves. And every day their times are getting better." Only three seniors will start, among them returning goalie Natalie Baker. "We have some young players that have talent," Stevens said. "I'm really excited about this year." Stevens said the team has been able to execute "more attack plays thanwe did all of last year." Baker and senior Rachel McQueeney (A/D) will serve as co-captains.

Centennial Eagles

1996 record: 11-6 overall, 6-1 league.

Coach: Nickie Jordan.

Top players: Jen Simon, Sr., A; Kristen Dinisio, Jr., A; Alexia Vogler, Soph., M; Brianna Zolak, Jr., M; Mary Christine, Jr., D; Jessica Euler, Jr., M.

Outlook: Jordan, who replaces Gail Purcell, said the biggest difference between this year's team to years past is its "solid bench. I'm keeping the largest varsity squad [22] we've every had at Centennial." The Eagles will run a lot this season and Jordan said she "wants to keep a fresh group in there to wear other teams down. It's all about running in this game." Dinisio, who had 42 goals and 20 assists last year, and four-year varsity player Simon (36 goals, seven assists) will lead the offense. Jordon also "expects a lot of good things" from freshman attack player Bethany Bunce. "She's fast, quick and finds the goal easily," Jordan said. Euler still is recovering from mono, and Jordon hopes to have her back after spring break. Melissa Dugan, one of six sophomores, will contribute on defense. Sophomores Danielle Martin and Jane Williams are the goalies. Martin was the varsity soccer team's goalie last fall and played on the JV lacrosse team last year. "The girls are working really hard and the attitudes are great," Jordan said. "We're trying to keep it fun, because when you're enjoying what you're doing, you're going to maintain your enthusiasm longer. But we'll never lose sight of why we are there."

Glenelg Gladiators

1996 record: 7-7 overall, 2-5 league.

Coach: Ginger Kincaid.

Top players: Camey Brian, Sr., A; Andie Marks, Sr., D; Maggie Burk, Sr., M; Denise Karahasan, Sr., A; Darcie Badger, Sr., D.

Outlook: With Brian (26 goals), Burk (17) and Karahasan (14), last year's second-, third- and fourth-leading scorers, returning, the Gladiators have some offensive punch. The defense will feature some new players, including sophomore goalie Beth Bettien, who started last year for the JV. Badger is moving from offense to defense this season, where she will join, among others, senior Christy Privitera. Senior all-county soccer player Carolyn Flowers will play for the first time, and junior Erin Kortecamp, a top scorer last year in Maine, should help the offense. Kincaid, whose team lost in the 1A/2A West region final last year to eventual champion Catonsville, said one of her priorities is getting her defense playing well enough "to give Beth a chance to mature" in goal. Brian was a second-team all-county pick last year.

Glenelg Country School Dragons

1996 record: 6-8-1 overall.

Coach: Barbara Brummett.

Top players: Elena Diaz-Martin, Sr., D; Rachel Baron, Soph., M; Lindsay Lehmann, Sr., M; Laura Kolosvary, Soph., M; Julie Everett, Jr., G.

Outlook: Diaz-Martin, Baron and Lehmann are the only returning starters for the Dragons, who finished 3-5-1 in the AIS B Conference last season. "We're young and inexperienced," said Brummett. "It's a building year. We're working on basic team offense and defense." Baron and Lehmann will need to provide some offense, as will sophomore Megan Reuwer. Everett, who started in goal last year before being injured, and Diaz-Martin will key the defense.

Hammond Golden Bears

1996 record: 3-10 overall, 2-5 league.

Coach: Gay Petrlik.

Top players: Lindsay Kolesar, Sr., A; Amanda Almon, Jr., A; Mandy Schroeder, Jr., A; Lauren Traber, Soph., M.

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