Baltimore County teams at a glance GIRLS LACROSSE PREVIEW

March 20, 1997|By Katherine Dunn

Carver A & T Wildcats

1996 record: 2-8

Coach: Tom Carey

Top players: Heather Ng, Jr., M; Rachel Oram, Jr., A; Mary Wachter, Jr., M, Katie Pugh, Fr., M; Sara Loran, Fr., A; Chrissy Fredrick, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Wildcats have plenty scoring potential but new coach Carey and assistant Crissy Romano need some young players to step up. Ng, one of Division II's top players, and Oram should do most of the scoring, but the defense is young. How quickly nine freshmen develop is key.

Catonsville Comets

1996 record: 14-4

Coach: Kim McNemar

Top players: Marci Brewer, Jr., G; Renee Tirocchi, Sr., M; Annie Yeager, Sr., D; Lauren Nopulos, Sr., M; Eden Rellihan, Sr., M.

Outlook: The defending state Class 1A-2A champs have some big holes to fill, especially on defense, and McNemar may have to move some experienced midfielders, such as Nopulos, back. But the Comets still have scoring power and should be tough on transition. Blending new players and veterans is the challenge. Even so, the Comets should contend in Division I.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1996 record: 7-7

Coach: Lori Wojtkowiak

Top players: Nicole Mryncza, Jr., M; Jenna Adle, So., M; Carla Thompson, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Division II Bayhawks return just six players for new coach Wojtkowiak. The line attack and line defense are rebuilding, so the Bayhawks will rely on their talented midfielders. Another plus is last year's starting goalie, Jamie Hooke.

Dulaney Lions

1996 record: 12-2

Coach: Anita Crotty

Top players: Nicole Wittelsberger, Sr., A; Tricia Dabrowski, Jr., G; Jaime Hershner, Sr., D; Clary Creighton, Sr., M/D; Laurel Kozlakowski, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Baltimore County champs return a load of talent, including All-Metro pick Wittelsberger (82 goals, 22 assists) and second-team All-Metro goalie Dabrowski. The entire defensive unit is back, and the Lions have only a few openings at midfield and attack. The Division I Lions' biggest challenge is fielding a more balanced attack, because Wittelsberger will be heavily marked. Still, with all their talent, the Lions are favored to repeat as county champs.

Dundalk Owls

1996 record: 3-9

Coach: Mike Vetri

Top players: Heather Jones, Sr., M; Avia Kay, Jr., M; Jaclyn Urlahs, Jr., D; Kylene Layton, Sr., M; Carrie Schlimme, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Division II Owls' entire defense returns, but there's little depth because there was no JV last year. Jones and Kay can score, but the Owls will need more balance to improve.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1996 record: No team

Coach: Amy Cohn

Top players: Lisa Zanti, Fr., M; Christina Fox, Jr., M; Jessica Roberts, So., D; Carrie Oeschler, So. G; Andrea McNew, Fr., M.

Outlook: This Division II squad is the school's first girls lacrosse // team. Cohn plans to keep all 27 girls with hopes for a JV next year. Roberts, Oeschler and McNew have recreation experience, but everyone else is learning.

Franklin Indians

1996 record: 8-4

Coach: Dee Mullineaux

Top players: Melissa Posner, Sr., A; Katie Landis, Sr., M; Dawn Perry, Sr., M; Sara Teter, Jr., D; Becky Park, Sr., M; Priti Bijpuria, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Division I Indians lost nine starters, return few varsity veterans, and are rebuilding. Posner is a proven scorer but others need to help. On defense, the Indians also have new faces, and at goal, senior Samantha Bark and freshman Sarah Molinaro are battling for time.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1996 record: 9-3-1

Coach: Micul Ann Morse

Top players: Cantey Boyd, Jr., A; Hathaway Ingraham, Sr., D; Devin Fitzpatrick, Sr., M; Melissa Riggs, Jr., A; Karie Reed, Jr., M/D.

Outlook: Looking at all the talent the Grizzlies lost, it might seem that they would be rebuilding. They're not. Ten players, all who started or played a lot, return. But without last year's midfield speed, the Grizzlies must work harder on set offenses and shoot well. Still, plenty of experience and ability should keep this team among the AIS A Division's top teams.

Hereford Bulls

1996 record: 8-4

Coach: Nancy Love

Top players: Danielle Lauer, Sr., M; Portia Gotwalt, Sr., A; Brooke Lang, Sr. , M; Laurin Troup, Sr., D; Jen White, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Bulls return just five starters, but they are spread out, and Love has some strong players to fill most of the holes. The Bulls still should have depth and balance, and should, again, finish in Division I's top half.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1996 record: 5-10

Coach: Samantha Jenkins

Top players: Christina Bauer, Jr., G; Heather Backof, Jr., M; Katie Sapp, Sr., D; Jessica Todd, Fr., A.

Outlook: The Division I Bluebirds have only four returnees. New coach Jenkins has plenty of potential to build with but little experience. The former Frostburg defensive player will bolster the defense first. But so little consistency makes it tough.

Lansdowne Vikings

1996 record: 7-6

Coach: Kellie Dana-Hurst

Top players: None.

Outlook: Dana-Hurst is reluctant to name any top players while looking for the right combinations. The Division II Vikings should have strength and depth on defense, as well as speed in the midfield.

Loch Raven Raiders

1996 record: 9-4

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