Harford County at a glance BOYS LACROSSE PREVIEW

March 21, 1997|By Mark Hoeflich

Aberdeen Eagles

1996 record: 6-6. Coach: Craig Tillman.

Top players: Mike Demerst, Sr., A; Andy Gasdia, Sr., A; Joe Gasdia, Sr., D; John Huber, Sr., D; Justin Moe, Sr., G.

Outlook: With good leadership in 12 seniors, the potential is there for a rare winning season for the Eagles. And Moe, starting his third season in goal, betters their chances, having posted a superb 200 saves over the last two seasons. A thin defense boasts only Joe Gasdia with any experience.

Bel Air Bobcats

1996 record: 9-5. Coach: Bill Zimmerman.

Top players: Peter Cunningham, Sr., A; Josh Manifold, Jr., M; Brian O'Connor, Sr., A; Mike Schanberger, Jr., G; Tim Smallwood, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Bobcats are faced with having to replace their entire defense but do have four starters back at other key positions. Among them are Cunningham, who needs to play a larger role on attack, and Schanberger, who must take charge on defense.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1996 record: 12-4. Coach: Carl Greenberg.

Top players: Pete Fountain, Sr., M; Dan Giordano, Sr., D; Chris Kehr, Sr., D; Steve Milano, Sr., M; Todd Strausberg, Sr., M; Zach Smith, Sr., D; Nick Walls, Sr., G.

Outlook: Greenberg enters his 20th season with the county's best and deepest defense, which includes three-year starters and first-team All-Harford County selections Kehr and Giordano. The Mustangs get better with a strong midfield that should support a rather young and untested attack line. Walls' ability in goal will keep Wright in the running for the league title.

Edgewood Rams

1996 record: 6-9. Coach: Jim Lamb.

Top players: Bruce Beegle, Sr., G; Randy Cottreal, Sr., M; Derrick Davis, St., D; Rob Gaines, Sr., A; Barry Hammen, Sr., M; Corky Rider, Sr., M; Eric Sinar, Jr., M.

OutlooK: Despite a losing record, the Rams advanced to the region finals a year ago before losing to Kent, and a repeat trip is within reach with a senior-laden team made up of several three-year starters. Lamb hopes to produce a lot of shots with an up-tempo attack that centers around Gaines (30 goals, 20 assists) and Sinar, both of whom must play a more disciplined style. Davis is the cover point in the back and Beegle's aggressiveness in goal should keep Edgewood in games.

Fallston Cougars

1996 record: 8-7. Coach: Joe Groszkowski.

Top players: Matt Herbert, Sr., D; Chris Ogle, Sr., A; Rich Schwartz, Sr., A; Matt Sochurek, Sr., M; Fred Trentzsch, Jr., M.

Outlook: The emphasis will be on defense as the Cougars will try to cut down on goals allowed. Herbert is the toughest marker and should get a lot of help from a balanced midfield unit. Ogle and Schwartz combined for 62 points a year ago.

Harford Tech Cobras

1996 record: 0-10. Coach: Tom Nelson.

Top players: Jerry Bonds, Sr., D; Chris Fielder, So., G James Glassman, Sr., M; Jason Hughes, So., M; Brian Sehain, So., M.

Outlook: The Cobras nearly doubled their turnout and Nelson has seen an improvement in overall skill, yet the squad remains young and untested.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1996 record: 2-10. Coach: Dave Wehage.

Top players: Eric Johnson, Sr., M; Paul Johnson, Sr., M; Joe Smith, Jr., A; Rob Spicer, Jr., M; Ryan Thomas, Jr., D; Ryan Walke, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Warriors have little experience winning, but Wehage thinks a more disciplined group is on the right track. The Johnson brothers have the most ability among the starters and a rather weak defense will likely face a season-long struggle.

John Carroll Patriots

1996 record: 14-2. Coach: Boo Smith

Top players: Pat Boyle, Sr., G; Doug Haller, Jr., D; Greg Leary, Sr., M; Aaron Naworol, Sr., M; Dave Saul, Jr., A; Clay Ulman, Sr., M.

Outlook: The MIAA B Conference champions of year ago were hit hard on offense with the graduation of Tim Parks and Brian Barrett, who combined for 77 points last season. The Patriots also lost two starting defenders and Smith hasn't yet figured out how to make up for it. John Carroll will lean heavily on two equal midfield units to help revitaliza a depleted attack.

Joppatowne Mariners

1996 record: 3-8. Coach: Bill Waibel.

Top players: Chris Dougherty, Sr., M; Ray Dougherty, Jr., A; Mark Faber, Sr., D-M; Chris McKemy, Sr., D; Chip Reiter, Jr., M; Chris Ward, Sr., A.

Outlook: Waibel is forced to start several first-time players after having to convert a defenseman and an attackman to midfielders to plug some holes. The Mariners look to stay competitive with the close defense of McKemy and Faber.

North Harford Hawks

1996 record: 9-6. Coach: John Grubb

Top players: Nik Agostino, Sr., M; Galen Beers, Jr., M: Ryan Clark, Sr., D; Glen Folck, Sr., G; Rueben Kraft, Jr., D; Angelo Romano, Sr., M; Chris Peacock, Jr., M.

Outlook: Just three starters return and Grubb will attempt to rebuild the attack line with several starting sophomores. Any offense generated is likely to come from the midfield. A rather young team, the Hawks will mature quickly with a schedule that includes McDonogh, St. Paul's and John Carroll in addition to the league games.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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