Anne Arundel County girls lacrosse capsules

March 19, 1997|By Bill Free

Annapolis Panthers

1996 record: 20-0

Coach: Dave Gehrdes

Top players: Kelly Dirks, Jr., A; Kristen Kapusta, Sr., M; Brooke Wagner, Jr., A; Susan Berotti, Sr., A; Jen Jefferson, Jr., M; Torrey Hunter, Sr., M; Kate Bjorke, Sr., M; Suzanne Graf, Sr., D; Abby Pheiffer, Sr., G.

Outlook: All-Metro Player of the Year Amy Brew has graduated to James Madison with her 60 goals and 29 assists, Becky Morris is off to Duke with her 30 goals and 17 assists and premier defender Stephy Samaras will be playing at Virginia this year. But don't feel sorry for the Panthers, who just might be good enough to go unbeaten again, repeat as Class 3A-4A state champs and gain the No. 1 ranking in the metro area. They have nine starters back and standout junior defender Kerry Miller has transferred from North County to Annapolis. The Panthers have two strong goalies, Pheiffer and junior Lauren Gulotta, to back up an offense that could come close to matching last season's 317 goals. Returnees Dirks, Wagner, Berotti and Jefferson combined for 130 goals last season and all figure to be even better this season. Annapolis is so strong that Gehrdes took his junior varsity team with the varsity to South River last Saturday to compete against some of the six other schools in a marathon four-hour "Play Day." The reason? "I never want to show my varsity off too much this early," said Gehrdes.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1996 record: 6-6

Coach: Tom Prickett

Top players: Bridget McGeady, Sr., A; Phyllis Peyser, Sr., D; Amanda Gibboney, Sr., D; Caroline Petrovick, So., M; Megan Donovan, So., M; Jessica Bohm, So., G; Kat Brady, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Cavaliers move into the AIS B Conference this season after a somewhat disappointing .500 independent season last year in what turned out to be a farewell season for coach Mary Pat Bozel after eight years. Bozel has given up the Spalding girls job to coach her two sons in the Green Hornets recreation lacrosse league. Prickett takes over after serving one season as Bozel's assistant and coaching boys and girls recreation lacrosse and soccer 13 years. "I have my own system and we plan to fare well in the AIS B league," said Prickett. McGeady and Brady should be our leading scorers. We'll have average speed and be fairlywell-balanced but we'll be young. I feel we can hang with the likes of Seton Keough and Mount de Sales."

Arundel Wildcats

1996 record: 6-7

Coach: Christina Fellona

Top players: Jill Jones, Sr., A; Lisa Gibbons, Sr., M; Karen Diacont, Sr., M; Jessica Lewis, So., G; Sarah Herman, Jr., D; Margaret Greenlee, So., M; Meghan Sheperd, Jr., G; Colleen Conaway, So., M.

Outlook: Fellona believes this is the season the Wildcats could arrive in a big way in the county and break into the ranks of those schools, such as Broadneck, that are just below the super powers, which include Annapolis, St. Mary's and Severna Park. One of the main reasons for her optimism is the arrival of transfers Greenlee from St. Mary's, Sheperd from Spalding and Conaway from the Eastern Shore. "We're pretty psyched," said Fellona. "Greenlee and Sheperd come from good lacrosse schools and Conaway can play. We've had a lot of success in girls sports at Arundel lately and I want it to carry over to girls lacrosse. This is my fifth year as coach and I'd like to knock at the door soon with Annapolis and Severna Park." Jones and Gibbons should do a lot of scoring and Diacont is expected to be tough on the draws. Juniors Jessica Hall and Erin Sturgis and sophomore Katie Stoddard also are expected to help the Arundel cause.

Broadneck Bruins

1996 record: 11-5

Coach: Leann Shuck

Top players: Megan Santacroce, Sr., M; Brooke Toomey, Sr., A; Lauren Peck, So., M; Corinne Shuck, Jr., M/D; Katie Pickett, Sr., D; Stacy Smith, Sr., D; Fran Schlossman, Jr., G; Jaime Flynn, Jr., M; Ellen Bangert, Jr., M; Vicki Schlossman, Jr., D.

Outlook: Leann Shuck replaces her sister, Jennifer, as head coach this season after being a Broadneck assistant girls lacrosse coach for several years. The timing might be perfect for Leann, who appears to be taking over a very talented and deep team that continues to chase Annapolis, Severna Park and St. Mary's for top county honors. First-team All-County selections Santacroce and Toomey headline an athletic cast of players who figure to thrive on defense, speed in the midfield and experience. Peck also will be a major midfield threat. "We should be peaking at the end of the season when we have to play Annapolis, Severna Park, South River and Arundel in our last four games," said Leann Shuck, whose move to the head coaching position was necessitated by her sister's increased duties as an attorney.

Chesapeake Cougars

1996 record: 6-8

Coach: James Buchan

Top players: Tammy Athas, Sr., G; Mard Wald, Sr., D; Stacey Walker, Sr., D; Fajen Barker, Sr., D; Laura Basil, Sr., A; Ryane Bellarin, Sr., A.

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