Carroll County girls lacrosse capsules

March 19, 1997|By Jeff Seidel

Liberty Lions

1996 record: 11-4.

Coach: Courtney Vaughn.

Top players: Kari Evans, Sr., M/A; Lyndsey Tohlit, Sr., D; Kay Hannon, Jr., A; Krista O'Brien, Jr., A; Trish Young, Soph., A; Jen Berarducci, Soph., M; Beth Ledda, Jr., D; Jessica Ruguski, Fr., A.

Outlook: The talent is here, but the experience is not. Vaughn said this team is working extremely hard in practice and has some good possibilities, but it's the youngest squad she's had in some time. The Lions will carry five freshmen, five sophomores, seven juniors and only two seniors -- and Vaughn never had more than two ninth-graders at a time. But despite the youth, this team should be better than last year's squad that captured a seventh straight county title. Vaughn loves this group's work ethic, saying it reminds her of some of her top-notch teams from a few years ago. Evans should have a big year on offense, and Tohlit -- who missed half of last year with a broken foot -- will spark the defense. The youth brings with it a lot of questions, but it could be a good season if everything clicks.

North Carroll Panthers

1996 record: 5-6.

Coach: Denean Koontz.

Top players: Carisa Kreichauf, Sr., A; Annie Eggers, Sr., A; Chiara Dieaco, Sr., A; Ahna Hentz, Sr., D; Megan Rittler, Sr., A; Kristen Dowlin, Jr., A.

Outlook: With eight seniors, the Panthers have a good group of leaders for a team that's growing. The offense will get some help this season from Kreichauf, last season's goalie, who should provide some spark. Eggers and sophomores Kellyn Hentz and Danielle Shearer also should contribute to the balanced attack Koontz wants. Ahna Hentz will help anchor the defense during her third varsity season; a group that's young and needs some time to come together. Koontz hopes the Panthers can move the ball better than last year and is banking on good teamwork. This group has played together a few years now, going back to junior varsity, and could be coming into its own. Koontz also hopes for a quick start to give the team some confidence.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1996 record: 7-6.

Coach: Stacy Stem.

Top players: Jaime Yokay, Sr., A; Lyndsay Pyles, Sr., A; Becky Buppert, Jr., A; Heather Stoetzer, Jr., D; Michelle Deitrich, Sr., D; Michele Eckes, Jr., D.

Outlook: This is an interesting group. The first thing Stem will say about this team is: "young, young, young." The next thing is: "I'm really excited about this team." Yokay, Pyles and Buppert form a strong base on offense and should be able to score often. The Cavaliers also have some speed for the first time in a few years, which should help them be able to run with Liberty and others. But the defense is very young, and the whole team has spots of inexperience as Stem may have to start three sophomores and a freshman. The team may take some hits early on, but if everything comes together, it could make things very interesting later in the season.

Westminster Owls

1996 record: 5-8.

Coach: Suzanne Peters.

Top players: Stevie Brumfitt, Sr., D; Sarah Palaia, Jr., D; Meghan Smith, Sr., C; Bridget Geiman, Sr., A; Amy Bittinger, Sr., A; Dena Mielke, Sr., A; Kelly Berkle, Sr., A; Nicole Ches, Sr., D; Lisa Dukes, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Owls lost several players from their much-improved team of a year ago, but plenty of talent remains. Peters has several players who are in their third varsity season, namely Brumfitt, Palaia, Geiman, Bittinger and others. Dukes had two strong years in goal for the JV, and Peters looks for a solid season from her. The Owls should be able to score goals, but the defense is young. Only two seniors are back there, but the rest played well on the JV. The question is how fast they can adjust. The key is how quickly everyone can jell on the field.

Pub Date: 3/19/97

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