1997 Howard County field hockey previews

September 03, 1997|By Stan Rappaport

Atholton Raiders

1996 record: 5-7-1

Coach: Carol Stevens

Classification: 2A

Top players: Bri Brumsted, Sr., D; Erin Reiben, Sr., M; Elizabeth Gaeta, Sr., M/F; Shannon Sullivan, Jr., G; Cheryl Staab, Sr., F; Katie McGuigan, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Raiders return six starters, but have only 12 varsity players. The junior varsity also has 12 players, so Stevens is hoping this week to add some novice players to the junior varsity and bring up some experienced players. The Raiders have a solid midfield with captains Reiben, Gaeta and Brumsted, the team's top defenseman and a three-year varsity player. Gaeta tied for the scoring leadership last year with five goals, and this season will get help from wings Staab and McGuigan. "It's a hard-working team that's determined to progress," Stevens said.

Centennial Eagles

1996 record: 11-3-2

Coach: Gail Purcell

Classification: 2A

Top players: Kristin Gaudio, Sr., F; Mary Christine, Sr., M; Jessica Euler, Sr., M; Sarah Davis, Sr., D; Melissa Dugan, Jr., M.

Outlook: With seven returning starters, including first-team all-county selections Gaudio and Euler, the Eagles will be a formidable opponent. "They're every bit as good as the last three teams that made it to the states. They've got that potential," said Purcell, whose 1995 team became the first from Howard County to win a state title. Christine will be starting her fourth season, and Gaudio and Euler their third. Davis will be the team's sweeper. Purcell, in her first year as the school's athletic director, said team has good balance, decent speed and knows how to use the field. Also contributing will be juniors Liz Kurpe (midfielder), Lauren Koch (defense) and Jessica Manzone (forward). Sophomore Donna Bocuzzi, up from the junior varsity, will start in goal.

Glenelg Gladiators

1996 record: 5-6-1

Coach: Ginger Kincaid

Classification: 1A

Top players: Rachel Ford, Sr., F; Kristin Hooker, Sr., M; Lauren Loveland, Sr., D; Krystin Brown, Jr., F.

Outlook: Kincaid believes the team is stronger than last year's, -- which finished sixth (3-5-1) in the league. "We don't have a lot of depth, but we've got a pretty good starting group," said Kincaid, who has 17 on the roster, including eight seniors. Ford led the team with seven goals and three assists and was a first-team all-county selection. Hooker is back from River Hill and has moved from forward to midfield. Kincaid said the team will "build the defense" around Loveland, who played in the middle last year. Also expected to contribute are seniors Amanda Wolfe, Caroline Jones, Brianna Punte, all forwards, midfielder Jenna Bythrow and goalie Leah Pelovitz.

Glenelg Country Dragons

1996 record: 5-7-2

Coach: Barbara Brummett

League: AIS

Top players: Kim Greene, Sr., F; Katherine Owens, Jr., M.; Megan Reuwer, So., M; Molly Walker, F., M.

Outlook: Brummett is back after last coaching the Dragons in the 1992 and 1993 seasons. The Dragons won the AIS B division (3-0-2) last year, but the graduation of eight seniors has left Brummett with a young team. "They're young but they have a lot of experience," said Brummett, who has coached the Dragons' lacrosse team for the last six seasons. "There's a lot of talent and potential." Greene and Owens will serve as captains. Brummett is hoping to get sophomore midfielder Rachel Baron, recovering from ACL surgery, back on the field in October. Two freshmen expected to help the Dragons' attack are Ashley Hudak and Christine Corkran.

Hammond Golden Bears

1996 record: 7-7-1

Coach: Gay Petrlik

Classification: 1A

Top players: Mara Finglass, Sr., F; Mandy Schroeder, Jr., F; Stephanie Yezek, Jr., D; Rachel Harris, Jr. M; Lauren Snyder, So., F; Christina Braganza, Jr., D.

Outlook: "I think we're going to give teams some trouble this year," said Petrlik, whose team graduated only three players after finishing tied for fourth (4-4-1) in the county. Petrlik said the Golden Bears have depth, solid stick skills and are aggressive. Petrlik said team captain Finglass, a second-team all-county selection last year and the leading returning scorer, looks strong this season and that Schroeder "is going to be noticed this year." Harris, the center-half, "has made tremendous headway," according to Petrlik. Snyder led Hammond's junior varsity team, which finished 8-1 in the county, with 13 goals. Junior Erin Chrapaty, after two years on junior varsity, replaces the graduated Katie Reytar in goal. Junior midfielder Jessica Garvey is coming back from ACL surgery last winter on her left knee. Petrlik won't rush her back, but will use her more as she gets stronger.

Howard Lions

1996 record: 10-4-1

Coach: Pat Becker

Classification: 2A

Top players: Megan Donohue, Sr., F; Amy Lough, Sr., D; Christin Allison, Sr., D; Erin Holmes, So., F; Kelley Diamond, Sr., F.

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