Howard County teams at a glance BOYS LACROSSE PREVIEW

March 20, 1997|By Rick Belz

Atholton Raiders

1996 record: 7-9 overall; 3-4 league

Coach: Wendell Thomas

Top players: Travis Bradshaw, Sr., A; Matt Halloran Sr., M; Brady Kim, Jr., D; Neil Beauchamp, Jr., GK; Jared Albert, Jr., A/M; Bryan Loeffler, Sr., M; Jeff Shaivitz, Jr., A; Shane Baird, Jr., A; Russ Miller, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Raiders return their third-leading scorer, Bradshaw. Baird was brought up for the playoffs last season. Shaivitz has size and skill but did not play last season. His brother plays for Cornell. Albert also has size and skills but did not play last season. "We have some talent but lack varsity experience," Thomas said. "It depends how quickly we adjust."

Centennial Eagles

1996 record: 3-11 overall, 2-5 league

Coach: Mike Siegert

Top players: Scott Bross, Sr., D; Joe Iannarino, Jr., A; Ben Ryan, Jr., A; Nick Sfakianos, Sr., M; Carl Noble, Sr., M; Sam Hyman, Sr., D.

Outlook: "Our goal is to win the county, and I think that's reasonable," Siegert said. "We'll definitely be real competitive." The Eagles return their two top scorers, Iannarino and Ryan. Bross is headed to Duke as a faceoff specialist. Sfakianos has a grant-in-aid and will play for Lynchburg. Hyman will play for St. Mary's. "We have three equal midfields, and that's the first time I've ever had that kind of depth. Our players worked real hard in the off-season, so we're optimistic."

Glenelg Country School Dragons

1996 record: 3-8

Coach: Kevin Boland

Top players: Nick Woodford, Jr., D; Andrew Garthoff, Fr., GK; Garth DeAngelis, So., D; Josh Hyman Jr., M; Justin Bray, Sr., M; Kevin Eyre, So., M; Jon Bullock, So., A.

Outlook: The strength of the team is defense. The Dragons have some size. Woodford is 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. DeAngelis is 6-5, 200. Woodford is a three-sport athlete with good stick skills. Garthoff played for a Columbia Optimist travel team, and Boland said he is "very good." Eyre's older brother was the team's leading scorer and now plays for Bucknell. The team plays in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Division. Boland is hoping for a .500 season.

Glenelg Gladiators

1996 record: 10-6 overall, 5-2 league

Coach: Rick Kincaid

Top players: Conner Pett, Sr., M; Mike Neale, Sr., A; Dan Latimer, Sr., GK; Whit Faris, Sr., D; Josh Hatmaker, Sr., D; Seamus Conlin, Sr., D; Todd Brian, Sr., M/A; Matt Mulhern, Sr., M.

Outlook: "We hope to contend for the county title," Kincaid said. "We're experienced and pretty good. And it's a determined group that has come through adversity. They lost a lot of their friends through redistricting." Glenelg lost top scorer Beau Pich, whom many coaches think is the best player in the league, to River Hill through redistricting, as well as Ken Hutton, an outstanding defenseman. Pett, second-team All-County, scored 32 goals and had 22 assists and is a four-year player. And Neale scored 31 goals and had 15 assists, so the offense still looks strong. Latimer returns from a knee injury that caused him to miss last season.

Hammond Golden Bears

1996 record: 8-8 overall, 4-3 league

Coach: Larry Luthe

Top players: Posido Vega, Sr., GK; Brian Mueller, Sr., D; Todd Barshinger, Sr., M; Chris Reagle, Sr., M; Tom Brown, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Bears expect to have a more experienced midfield, a solid defense and a more potent offense. They graduated Defensive Player of the Year Dave Friedman (Towson State). zTC "We lack depth at midfield, so injuries would hurt us," Luthe said. "But we expect to finish among the top four teams. A lot of our kids played indoor lacrosse this winter and have a good work ethic." Mueller had 78 ground balls last season. Posido, second-team All-County, saved 61 percent and may be the top (( goalkeeper this season.

Howard Lions

1996 record: 0-11 overall, 0-7 league

Coach: Glenn Lentz

Top players: Curtis Armstrong, Sr., M; Mark Roscue, Sr., M; Evan Bourne, Jr., D; Ed Couvillion, Sr., M; Chris Bowers, Jr., GK; T.J. Clay, Jr., A; Matt Mongello, So., M.

Outlook: The Lions return five starters and have a nice influx of younger players. "We have a lot of young talent," Lentz said. "And we're thinking as a team." Howard usually lost by lopsided scores last season. "Last year, we had no goalkeeper," said Lentz, who expects his team to be more competitive. Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet called Howard "a dark horse."

Long Reach Lightning

1996 record: No team

Coach: Tom Minard

Top players: Ian Woods, Jr., A; Alberto Gutierez, Jr., D; Darrell McKinstry, So., M; Rob Garcia, Jr., A.

Outlook: "We're not worried about wins and losses right now. We're just looking for improvement," Minard said. "Once we get better, the wins will take care of themselves. Our goal is to do something today better than you did it yesterday. Long Reach has six juniors, eight sophomores and 20 freshmen in its combined varsity and JV programs.

Mount Hebron Vikings

1996 record: 14-3 overall, 7-0 league

Coach: Jeff Doolan

p players: Mike Stromberg, Sr., D; Mike Machiran, Sr., D; Jon Smith, Sr., D; Mike Huppman, Sr., M; Kyle Campbell, Jr., A; James Thomas, Sr., A.

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