AIS field hockey previews

September 09, 1997|By Katherine Dunn

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1996 record: 11-2-4.

Coach: Jeanette Budzik.

Top players: Kim Smith, Sr., F; Kate Cole, Sr., M; Ellen Phillips, Sr., G; Jessica McAdam, Jr., F; Paige Donaldson, Sr., M.

Outlook: For two years, the Mawrtians have come within a shootout of the AIS A Division title game. Now, they face an uphill battle to get that close again. With eight starters lost to graduation, the Mawrtians have major rebuilding ahead, although veteran keeper Phillips could keep them in games. On attack, the Mawrtians have one of the area's top shooters in 1996 Junior Olympian and All-Metro forward Smith (10G, 1A). Budzik is cautious, but there is plenty of talent here. The only question is will it jell.

Friends Quakers

1996 record: 6-5-6.

Coach: Carol Samuels.

Top players: Molly O'Conner, Jr., M; Maron Deering, Jr., M; Ella Mason, Sr., F; Caroline Keelty, Sr., D; Sara Barss, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Quakers enjoy one of their strongest returning units in a while with only three starters lost to graduation. O'Conner and Deering provide a sound midfield while Mason and some talented youngsters have good scoring potential. The Quakers also return one of the league's top corner combinations, which is how they scored most of their goals last season. There are a few holes to fill in the defense, but that's where Samuels' teams tend to excel. Look for the Quakers to make a move in the A Division.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1996 record: 7-4-5.

Coach: Micul Ann Morse.

Top players: Cantey Boyd, Sr., F; Karie Reed, Sr., D; Courtney Fisher, Sr., M/D; Mindy Walman, So., F; Carey Ann Aprahamian, So., D; Melissa Harrison, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Grizzlies dropped back to the pack last fall after consecutive unbeaten A Division-championship seasons in 1994 and 1995. They were young and will be even more so now, and it doesn't help that Harrison will miss the early going after a hand injury that required 40 stitches. However, the Grizzlies have a reliable attack as well as a couple of strong transfers and some promising talent up from JV.

Lutheran Saints

1996 record: 3-10-2.

Coach: Linda Weinreich.

Top players: Heather Grose, Sr., G; Jessica Salter, Jr., F; Heather Lauer, Jr., F; Angie Crenshaw, So., D.

Outlook: Last year, the Saints fielded a team of mostly underclassmen, but those youngsters have grown enough to make a run at moving up in the B Division. Only three players graduated last year, but they took most of the scoring with them. If the Saints can fill that void, they should be OK with a defense anchored by Grose.

Maryvale Lions

1996 record: 4-5-1.

Coach: Jennie Boyce.

Top players: Jessica O'Conor, Sr., D; Christina Enoch, Jr., M; Shannon Kron, So., F/M; Alicia Elan-Harkum, Jr., D, Katie Nolan, So., M; Kara Flanigan, So., F.

Outlook: In her second season, Boyce is hoping the Lions can be a force in the A Division. Although they have only two seniors and lost three key defenders, the Lions have more speed and scoring potential. However, they suffered a setback when senior goalie Tasha Nechay came down with appendicitis. She will miss a couple more weeks but junior Becca Kelly has come on strong in the meantime. The Lions may be a year short of breaking into the league's elite.

McDonogh Eagles

1996 record: 10-3-5.

Coach: Cathy Schorreck.

Top players: Sara Herman, Sr., M; Phyllis Byrd, Sr., F; Becca Johnson, Sr., D; Kim Yeargin, Sr., D; Kirsten Daub, Sr., D.

Outlook: With nine senior starters back, the Eagles have one of the most seasoned squads in the A Division. Four of those seniors -- Herman, Byrd, Johnson and Yeargin -- have played together for four years. The Eagles' game is centered around 1996 Junior Olympian and All-Metro link Herman. But Schorreck also has five freshmen on the roster, so the question is whether all of the individual talent will translate into a great team game. The Eagles broke into the league's elite last year before Severn dismissed them from the tournament in the first round. If all that talent comes together, the Eagles could reach the final this time.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1996 record: 8-2-4.

Coach: Kathleen Gower.

Top players: Kate Kaiser, Sr., M/F; Lauren Aumiller, Jr., M/F; Mary Beth Laverghetta, Jr., D; Emily Baggan, Sr., F; Kerri Owen, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Pirates suffered both of their 1996 losses to Roland Park -- the last, 1-0 in an A Division tournament semifinal shootout. Although the Pirates lost much of their defense, they return so much strength in the midfield and on attack that they should remain a factor in this season's race. Led by Futures veterans Kaiser, an All-Metro second-teamer, and Aumiller, the midfield has a decidedly attack flavor which will benefit finishers Baggan and Owen. Laverghetta is the key defensive veteran.

Oldfields

1996 record: 4-8-3.

Coach: Stephanie Hedges.

Top players: Dealey Campbell, Sr., G; Ashley Vizzi, Jr., F; Sloan Spaulding, Sr., D; Talbot Britt, Sr., D; Kristan May, Jr., F.

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