Harford County at a glance GIRLS LACROSSE PREVIEW

March 20, 1997|By Mark Hoeflich

Aberdeen Eagles

1996 record: 1-10

Coach: Susan Lindsey

Top players: Crystal Carroll, Jr., D; Tonya DeBoard, Jr., G; Erin Gibas, Sr., A; Stephanie Spangler, Sr., A; Melinda Weller, Jr., D.

Outlook: With an increase in turnout, the Eagles hope to steadily improve at both ends of the field. The attack will build around Spangler and the defense around Carroll.

Bel Air Bobcats

1996 record: 5-7

Coach: Ken Zorbach

Top players: Courtney Christ, Jr., A; Ann Clark, So., D; Stephanie Cole, Sr., D; Shelly Duguid, Sr., D; Kathy Holmes, Jr., A; Megan Hughes, Sr., D; Lindsay MacLeod, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Bobcats will have to adjust to an influx of underclassman, especially on attack, where a leader must emerge. Holmes steadies the midfield, but returners Duguid and Cole face a big challenge protecting a sophomore goalkeeper.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1996 record: 12-2

Coach: Paul Snyder

Top players: Jamie Gerhart, Jr., D; Kristin Joel, Jr., D; Jen McHugh, Jr., G; Rachel Sappington, So., A; Jessie Zarzycki, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Mustangs have a new coach and not nearly as much offensive firepower as last season's state semifinalist. Wright will lean heavily on the close defense of Gerhart and Joel while a depleted attack finds a rhythm. "It will be interesting to see if the older kids can carry the younger ones as the season goes on," Snyder said.

Edgewood Rams

1996 record: 2-7

Coach: Michelle McGinley

Top players: Joddi Anacay, Sr., A; Nikki Price, Sr., D; Leslie Marzicola, Sr., D; Nichol Miller, Jr., A; Terri Staab, So., M.

Outlook: With only 13 varsity players, the Rams look forward to another rebuilding season. Scoring is a question and Edgewood will need better goaltending to break last season's record.

Fallston Cougars

1996 record: 11-3

Coach: Gina Hormes

Top players: Allison Fisher, Jr., A; Daniel Marconi, Jr., D; Nicole McNeil, Jr., A; Emmy Muraro, Sr., A; Christy Peterson, Jr., M; Kate Simon, Jr., M; Kate Sturm, Sr., D.

Outlook: After spending six years as an assistant under Nancy Ferguson, Hormes begins her first season as head coach and acquires one of the Cougars less-experienced teams. Fallston won't be as potent on offense but Peterson and Simon are an excellent duo in the midfield. The backfield is young but quick and should get solid play from Tiburzi in goal. McNeil must become more of a scorer on the attack line.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1996 record: 0-8

Coach: Judy Forder

Top players: Kate Boyle, Jr., G; Beth Carr, Jr., D; Tara Hoover, Jr., D; Kristen Morris, Jr., A.

Outlook: The goal last season was simply to learn the fundamental skills. Now the Warriors hope to use them to get a win in the program's second season. A lighter schedule should help build some confidence. "We're accomplishing things that took us an entire season to do last year," Forder said.

John Carroll Patriots

1996 record: 12-2

Coach: John Hughes

Top players: Brooke Barrett, Jr, G; Kristin McGraw, Jr., A; Katie Tiburzi, Sr., D; Lindsey Tognochi, Sr., A; Brooke Whaples, Jr., M; Britney Whitehurst, Sr., M; Kelly Wilson, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Association of Independent Schools B Division champions of a year ago move up to the A Division, but don't expect a letdown. Hughes has all but two starters back, and the defense remains intact, anchored by an aggressive Barrett in goal. Whitehurst is good on draws and keys John Carroll's quick transition game. The Patriots will be tested tough early with games against Maryvale, Notre Dame Prep, St. Mary's and Roland Park among its first five games.

Joppatowne Mariners

1996 record: 5-7

Coach: Pam Reich

Top players: Nicole Duval, Sr., A; Joline Kraft, Jr., D; Brandy Livsay, Sr., A; April Metzger, Sr., D; Kim Rohrs, Sr., D; Kim Shoul, Jr., D.

Outlook: After a year off, Reich returns as coach and hopes to bring some consistency to the offense. Rohrs is an excellent all-around player who supplies a scoring touch from the defensive end, where the Mariners are the strongest. Count on Reich to have Joppatowne well-prepared for the late-season finish in the county.

North Harford Hawks

1996 record: 12-4

Coach: Barbara Waite

Top players: Jen Axelsson, Sr., A; Cari Baker, Sr., D; Susan Eyler, Jr., A; Nicole Hanratty, Sr., G; Danielle Konschak, Sr., D; Stacy Rose, Sr., A; Tara Schlerf, Sr., D; Erica Schneider, Jr, A.

Outlook: This could be a break-through season for the Hawks. There is an abundance of experience, with nine starters back and North Harford's great depth -- as many as 12 substitutes will see action -- will wear opponents down. The Hawks will keep the pressure on with as many as six possible scorers and team speed. A stingy defense that includes returnees Baker, Konschak and three-year starter Hanratty in goal, just might be Harford County's best.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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