Baltimore County field hockey previews

September 09, 1997|By Katherine Dunn

Heron Division

Catonsville Comets

1996 record: 14-3.

Coach: Kathy Schuyler.

Top players: Katie Goodman, Sr., D; Jenn Sturm, Sr., F; Erin Coberth, So., M.

Outlook: The Comets graduated 10 seniors from a team that played for the county title the past two years. Now they have a roster that includes 13 underclassmen. The timing is not great for a move up to the county's top division, but Schyuler is not complaining. She wants this young group to get a taste of top-notch action.

Dulaney Lions

1996 record: 11-4-1.

Coach: Anita Crotty.

Top players: Camille Fesche, Sr., D; Georgine Govignon, Sr., F; Leighann Winters, Sr., F; Caren Chilemmi, Sr., M; Kristin Bardelman, Sr., F; Christine Trader, Jr., M; Ericka Lundell, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Lions reached the state Class A semifinals last season, but graduated nine seniors including seven starters. The biggest losses came on defense where Crotty will rely on Fesche and Lundell to anchor a young squad backed by junior goalie Alisa Jordan. The Lions also are rebuilding in the midfield, but have some strong players back on the line.

Franklin Indians

1996 record: 7-5.

Coach: Mary Beth Francis.

Top players: Erin Spatafore, Sr., F; Robin Hartman, Sr., M/F; Julie Cray, Sr., D; Kelly Storm, Jr., A; Sara Harman, Jr., F.

Outlook: Francis is the second former Indian to take over the squad in two years. The Indians, who lost to eventual state champ Fallston in the regional opener, return an experienced squad that could challenge the Heron Division front-runners. The defense needs rebuilding most with juniors Jen Arnold and Meredith Crandall splitting time in the cage.

Hereford Bulls

1996 record: 14-3.

Coach: Tammy Mundie.

Top players: Sarah Warner, Jr., M; Lara Peterson, Sr., M; Amber Bell, Sr., A; Melissa Cornet, Sr., A; Jen Benhoff, Sr., D; Tracey Kessler, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Bulls were supposed to have a rebuilding year in 1996, but they won the Baltimore County championship and reached the Class 1A state semifinals for the first time since 1985. Although she lost five starters, Mundie has 12 seniors back and expects her team to be even better. The Bulls are quick, skilled and aggressive and have added incentive after losing to Francis Scott Key 2-0 in the state semifinal. The Bulls are the team to beat in Baltimore County.

Loch Raven Raiders

1996 record: 11-5.

Coach: Kathy Railey.

Top players: Christine Jackson, Sr., M; Lauren Dutton, Sr., F; Bridget Rubino, Sr., D; Kristen Doyle, Jr., D; Mindy Chenowith, Sr., M; Amy Colley, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Raiders lost just four starters but they were big ones, providing much of the critical midfield and defensive leadership. Railey is juggling players and is optimistic that with so many veterans, she can fill the holes. With new goalie Colley up from JV, Railey is most concerned with her young defense. However, there is balance on the line and they should score a lot of goals and contend for a division title.

Parkville Knights

1996 record: 5-7.

Coach: Phyllis Wert.

Top players: Julie Hahn, Jr., M; Angeli Shah, Sr., M; Brooke Snyder, Sr., D; Kelly Kuhnert, Jr., M; Shannon Fitzgerald, Jr., F; Julie Spittel, Sr., F.

Outlook: Wert, a former U.S. touring squad player, takes over the Knights, who won only two league games last year. With 15 upperclassmen on the roster, Wert expects to improve on that finish. Although she is still juggling players to fill in the holes, Wert likes what she sees. The Knights have scoring potential. The defense, however, will have to come up big.

Perry Hall Gators

1996 record: 6-7.

Coach: Linda Fisher.

Top players: Kelly Barton, Sr., F; Christen Pawlock, Sr., F; Lauren Tomko, Sr., D; Janine Hahn, Sr., F; Rachel Dahkle, Sr., D.

Outlook: With a senior-laden squad, the Gators have plenty of experience on the line and on defense. They struggled to score last year, but Barton, Pawlock and Hahn provide a more experienced, balanced line. Tomko and Dahlke will anchor the defense, which is backed by keeper Holly Klima, up from JV. The question is the midfield, which will be young.

Pikesville Panthers

1996 record: 9-3.

Coach: Tim Fowler.

Top players: Rachel Roth, Sr., F; Amy Roth, Jr., F; Lauren Rosenfeld, Sr., D; Lindsey Presser, Jr., G; Jamie Kleiman, Sr., D.

Outlook: Fowler, who guided the Panthers to the state final four in 1993 and 1994, returns after a two-year hiatus. He comes back to a team that is less experienced than last year's but full of potential. Graduation claimed the heart of the defense, so if the Panthers can fill those positions, they could emerge as a contender for the division title. The attack looks strong especially with All-Baltimore City/County forward Rachel Roth (13G, 1A) returning.

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