Baltimore County teams at a glance BOYS LACROSSE PREVIEW

March 21, 1997|By Steven Kivinski

Boys' Latin Lakers

1996 record: 15-4. Coach: Bob Shriver.

Top players: Greg Patchak, Sr. A; Ian Shure, Sr. A; Tom Glatzel, Sr. A; David Ulrich, Sr., A; Holt Hopkins, Sr., A; Aaron Vercollone, Sr., M; Ryan Mollett, Sr., M; Todd Ulrich, Sr., M; James Watson-Galbraith, Jr., M; Steve O'Neil, Sr., M; John Glatzel, Sr., D.

Outlook: With nine of 10 starters back from last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinalist, the Lakers are everyone's preseason favorite. The Lakers have four blue-chippers in Vercollone (Virginia), Patchak (Duke), Shure and Mollett (Princeton) and a host of other players being wooed by Division I programs.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1996 record: 10-5. Coach: Bryan Kelly.

Top players: Tom Tamberrino, Sr., A; Beret Dickson, Sr., GK Bryan Mulford, So., A; Nick Piraino Sr., A; Dan LaMonica, Fr., A; Mike Norton, So., A; Adam Borcz, Sr., M; Nick Lockwood, Sr., M; Jason Bukowsky, Sr., M; Bernie Norton, Sr., M; Michael LaMonica, Jr., M; Brett Wagner, Jr., M; John Ritcey, Jr., M; Jesse Radebaugh, Sr. D; David Rongione, Sr. D.

Outlook: The Cardinals lost their defensive unit but return one of the area's top goalies, Dickson. Borcz and Lockwood, who are headed to Navy next fall, will lead the Cardinals in the midfield, and Tamberrino (Georgetown) anchors the attack.

Carver A&T Wildcats

1996 record: 13-1. Coach: Dave Wrzesinski.

Top players: Gil Wilt, Sr., M; Omar Ali, Jr., G; Aaron Keeny, Jr., A; Kevin Ayd, Jr., M; Mike Johnson, Fr., A.

Outlook: The Wildcats have a tough act to follow after winning last year's Baltimore County Division III title. Carver lost only two defensemen from last year's team, which Pikesville knocked out of the playoffs. Keeny and Wilt can score, but Ali will have to pick up the slack early behind the Wildcats' rebuilt defense.

Catonsville Comets

1996 record: 11-5. Coach: Warren Como.

Top players: Ryan Davis, Sr., M; Brenndan Mohler, Jr., M; Matt Thompson, Sr., M; Paul Baader, Sr., M; Chris Coberth, Sr., M; Sean Daley, Jr., D; Bob Bennett, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Comets lost only two starters from a team that fell to Hereford, 8-7, in the Class 1A-2A state championship. Catonsville's defense and midfield are intact, but its attack is young and inexperienced. Como will rely on midfielders Mohler (24 goals, 13 assists), Davis (22, 14) and Baader (27, two) for point production.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1996 record: 1-9. Coach: Bob Petry.

Top players: Kevin Nida, Sr., M; Trent Cougle, Sr., M; Chris Porter, So., D; Eric Hunt, Jr., A; Cheyenne Hammer, Jr., M; Tony Vest, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Bayhawks, who never had more than 11 players, lost five games by two goals or less last season. There are 16 players this spring, which will provide the starters some relief. Goalie Pat Malucci, who averaged 20 saves a game last season, transferred to Patapsco, leaving a huge hole.

Dulaney Lions

1996 record: 12-3. Coach: Gary Schreiber.

Top players: Jeff Champney, Sr., G; Bill Kauffman, Sr., A; Greg Bartzick, Sr., M; Carson Yoder, Sr., D; Steve Will, So., A.

Outlook: Joe High is gone and so are four midfielders, but don't shed any tears for the Lions. They're still loaded. "We're pretty enthused. So far, things are looking pretty good," said Schreiber, who is relying on Kauffman and Will to supply the bulk of the scoring. "I think we have as good a shot this year as we did last year [of winning a state championship]." Dulaney's biggest test comes in April, against Boys' Latin at Johns Hopkins.

Dundalk Owls

1996 record: 6-5. Coach: Brian Tallon.

Top players: Travis Williams, Sr., M; Tim Miller, Sr., M; Troy Franz, Sr., M; Klaus Lygren, Sr., A; T.J. Sroka, Sr., A; Mike Schmitz, Sr., G.

Outlook: The good news is the Owls return seven starters. The bad news is that's half the team. Williams, the team's leading scorer the past three years, returns after posting 68 points last year, as does Sroka (42, 18).

Eastern Tech Mustangs

1996 record: 10-5. Coach: Chad Roeder.

Top players: Doug Johnson, Sr., M/A; Marc Phillips, Sr., A; David Ware, Sr., D; Larry Jaski, Sr., D; Brian Johnson, Fr., A/M; Justin Foudos, Fr., G; Allen DuFord, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Mustangs, who defeated Dundalk and Woodlawn in the playoffs before losing to Dulaney in last year's region final, lost only three starters to graduation. Roeder expects big things from the Johnson brothers, as well as Phillips and DuFord.

Franklin Indians

1996 record: 2-9. Coach: Earl Deickman.

Top players: Ben Murray, Jr., D; T.R. Walters, Sr., D; Blake Kellner, Sr., M; Josh Radtka, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Indians return six players from a team that won only two games last season. Deickman isn't expecting a big turnaround in 1997 but says he wouldn't be surprised if his team finished above .500.

Hereford Bulls

1996 record: 14-3. Coach: Whit Morrill.

Top players: Bob Rinehimer, Sr., A; John Porter, Sr., M; Curtis Gilbert, Sr., D; Eric Hester, Sr., D; Tim Mascari, Jr., G; John Vogt, Sr., A; Dave Noel, Sr., M; Tony Vachino, Sr., M; Pat Curtis, Jr., M.

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