Anne Arundel teams at a glance BOYS LACROSSE PREVIEW

March 20, 1997|By Pat O'Malley

Annapolis Panthers

1996 record: 11-3

Coach: Dan Hart

Top players: Tucker McNeely, Sr., A; Dan Marcellous, Jr., A; Steve Brianas, Jr., A; Craig Rentch, Jr., A; Dexter Spriggs, Sr., A; Brad Downer, Jr., M; Pete Ludlum, Jr., M; Dustin McConnaughhay, Sr., M; Niels Fromm, Sr., M; Mike Donlin, Jr., D; Sam Albaugh, Sr., D; Judd Carstens, Jr., D; Paul Haberlin, So., D; Jeff Childs, Jr., D; Ely Feldman, Sr., G.

Outlook: Hart is his usual optimistic self as he begins his ninth season at Annapolis (90-23) and 17th (other years at Meade) in the county. "We've got all the ingredients to win and be a strong contender," said the feisty Hart, who led Annapolis to a state title in 1994 (16-0). "We only lost four players, have 19 returning." The Panthers boast a wealth of experience on the attack with such returnees as McNeely (26 goals, 20 assists), Spriggs (22-7), Rentch (13-5) and Brianas (6-2), whose older brother Joe is now at Navy after a senior All-County season. Marcellous is another key attackman while two junior starters in Downer (11-8) and Ludlum (10-3) are back on the midfield. McConnaughhay and Fromm will vie for midfield time with a corps of promising freshmen in Cole Gelrod, Brett McConnaughhay (Dustin's brother), Josh Lesko, Will Phillips and David Wooster. It won be easy replacing four-year starter in the goal, Tobin Poole, now at Anne Arundel C. C. Feldman has the nod over JV grad, Justin Nurin, also a senior, for now. "It's a matter of getting through our county where we beat each other for a shot at the state championship," said Hart.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1996 record: 8-10

Coach: Steve Seivold

Top players: Kevin Angelis, Sr., A; Neil Adams, Sr., A; Sean

McGraw, Jr., A; Mike Matera, Jr., M; Mike Sinco, Sr., M; Josh Hardy, Jr., M; Dan Toomey, Sr., D; Mike McGraw, Sr., D; Randy Rachino, Sr., D; Kevin Gilligan, Sr., G.

Outlook: Seivold replaces Jay Trainor, a former St. Mary's and Johns Hopkins player who went 14-20 in two seasons as Cavaliers coach. Trainor had hoped to return, but athletic director Lee Dove decided to make a change with Seivold, a 1986 Severn grad who was an All-County running back in football and third time All-County attackman in lacrosse. "I had my eye on the Spalding job for awhile and knew about their turnover," said Seivold, who coached City of Baltimore to a 5-7 record last spring. "Being in the area it is and less expensive than many of the private schools, there is a lot of potential in terms of building a program." Seivold expects his Cavs to win their division and make the MIAA B Conference playoffs with newcomer Adams, Angelis (28-13), S. McGraw (11-5) and Gilligan the lead men. "Adams is our most dangerous attackman, has an awesome shot and Gilligan in the goal is a strength for us," said Seivold. The starting midfield of Matera, Sinco and Hardy will get help from seniors Neil Little and Brian Schwartz.

Arundel Wildcats

1996 record: 9-5

Coach: Clint Gosnell

Top players: Mike Lynch, Sr., A; Eric Kuiper, Sr., A; Ron Sroka, Sr., M; Joe Parker, Sr.,M; Deke Kelly, Sr., M; Nick Smith, Sr., M; Joel Miller, Sr., M; Sean Patrick, Sr., M; Joe Schram, Sr., D; Eric Lewis, Sr., D; Howard McDonald, Jr., D; Greg Wotech, Jr., D; Mike Watkins, Sr., G; Ryan Harris, Jr., G.

Outlook: Depth, balance and experience are the ingredients Gosnell hopes will give his Wildcats a shot at its first county title since 1989. Arundel won its fourth state championship in 1995 (others in 1980, 1981 and 1988), but hasn't won a county championship in eight years. "That's one of our goals, but this league keeps getting tougher," said Gosnell, who begins his 21st season at the Gambrills school. "We have a good corps of returning players with a better backup group than we had last year." Six senior midfielders are expected to anchor the team with senior attackmen Lynch and Kuiper adding scoring pop. The defense also boasts experience. Senior Watkins and junior Harris are expected to share time in goal.

Broadneck Bruins

1996 record: 19-1

Coach: Clay White

Top players: Nate Williams, Sr., A; Joey Case, So., A; Erik Holt, Sr., M; Justin Nash, Sr., M; Brian Lawton, Sr., M; Matt Atkinson, Jr., M; Cody Martin, Sr., M; John Svec, Sr., D; Jamie Powers, Jr., D; Jess Carson, Sr., D; Kevin Pollock, Sr., D; Mike Allen, Sr., G.

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