Carroll County field hockey previews

September 04, 1997|By John W. Stewart

Francis Scott Key Eagles

1996 record: 10-5-1

Coach: Mindi Wagner

Top players: Marie Legg, senior, M; Kelly Whitfield, senior, D; Stephanie Lawrence, junior, F; Kim Mathias, sophomore, M; Mattie White, senior, D.

Outlook: Whitfield and White anchor a tough defense as third-year starters and are among several seniors. Lawrence was first-team All-County last year, and White was second-team All-County. Lawrence finished with eight goals and four assists, including the game-winning goals in a regional final (1-0 over Poolesville) and a state semifinal (2-0 over Hereford). These were part of the streak that saw the Eagles win seven games (six shutouts) in a row to reach the state Class 1A final, where they lost to Pocomoke, 2-0. A carry-over in conditioning and positive attitudes has Wagner seeing great promise.

Liberty Lions

1996 record: 8-6

Coach: Courtney Vaughn

Top players: Lisa Evans, junior, F; Teresa Sleeper, junior, F; Kourtni McAllister, junior, F; Chrissy Hill, junior, D.

Outlook: Less the starters who reached last year's regional final, this squad is "very, very young," Vaughn said. The team has no seniors, and the last two JV teams won two games each. All that will mean a challenging season, but improvement should be noticeable.

North Carroll Panthers

1996 record: 9-3-1

Coach: Denean Koontz

Top players: Mary Kaminski, senior, F; Maureen McGuire, senior, F; Courtney Rihard, senior, M; Michelle Letnaunchyn, senior, M; Meredith Gill, junior, M; Jill Pajak, senior, D.

Outlook: With the loss of 10 starters, this will be a young team (of 17 players, 10 are juniors and one is a sophomore). A few games will be needed to gain some maturity and confidence, but strong senior leadership, headed by co-captains Kaminski and McGuire, will guide the Panthers through the early going.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1996 record: 3-10

Coach: Erin Eaton

Top players: New Cavs coach Eaton is still evaluating players and chose not to single out any.

Outlook: Eaton, who played on a South Carroll state championship team, returns after college and a coaching year at Western Maryland. She has an enthusiastic group with a positive attitude. The focus will be on speed and endurance, and, in Eaton's words, "We will be looking to surprise some people."

Westminster Owls

1996 record: 16-0-1

Coach: Brenda Baker

Top players: Carli Harris, senior, D; Lisa Duke, senior, F; Lindsay Iadevaia, senior, F; Cindy Reese, senior, M; Emily White, junior, G.

Outlook: The team has about a 50-50 mix of old and new players. Harris and Duke were first team All-County, and Iadevaia and White were second-team picks last year. Duke was the team's leading scorer with nine goals, seven assists, and Iadevaia had seven goals, seven assists, and was a pleasant surprise with her strong play in the second half of the season. White ended with 11 shutouts, and this year will have about an equal number of old and new defenders in front of her. One of the holdovers is senior Mary Dickinsheets. There is good senior leadership, and many of the players attended camps and/or played in summer leagues. Additionally, the veterans were part of a team that had multiple goals in all but three games, outscoring the opposition, 44-6, and had four successive come-from-behind wins en route to the Class 4A state championship. The title came in a 2-1 overtime game with Severna Park. A key to this program has been the working of the varsity and JV teams together, making it easier to blend the old and new into a varsity team each year.

Field hockey poll

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Preseason Top 15

1. Westminster

2. Severna Park

3. Fallston

4. Roland Park

5. St. Paul's

6. McDonogh

7. North Carroll

8. Friends

9. Francis Scott Key

10. Hereford

11. Chesapeake-AA

12. Notre Dame Prep

13. Centennial

14. Bryn Mawr

15. Meade

The preseason poll was chosen by The Sun staff after consulting with area coaches.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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