Women's Lacrosse Preview

March 06, 1998|By Katherine Dunn

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1997 record: 15-3 (national runner-up)

Coach: Diane Aikens (10th season, 109-46)

Top returnees: Krystin Porcella, Sr., D; Kourtney Heavey, Sr., G; Erin Wylde, Sr., M; Liz Shaffner, Sr., D; Maria DiTommaso, Jr., A; Maureen Duffy, Sr., A; Chelsea Morley, Soph., M; Hilary Cunningham, Sr., M; Therese Naab, Soph., D; Jen Testrake, Soph., D.

Outlook: The Greyhounds came within a goal of the national title last year, losing to Maryland, 8-7, and they will be hungry to get another chance. They will not be content to rest on the laurels of a season that included a spectacular 7-6 regular-season win over Maryland that ended the Terps' 50-game winning streak. Despite the loss of five All-Americans, including Division I Midfielder of the Year Michelle Meyer, Aikens says she has enough young talent to fill the gaps with 18 returning players. The Greyhounds are particularly strong on defense, where All-American Porcella anchors a unit that allowed just 5.7 goals a game. Wylde (21 goals, two assists) could emerge as a force, while Duffy (nine goals) and DiTommaso (four, two) should lead the attack.


1997 record: 21-1 (national champion)

Coach: Cindy Timchal (eighth season, 109-8)

Top returnees: Sascha Newmarch, Sr., M; Cathy Nelson, Sr., A; Alex Kahoe, Soph., G; Kristin Sommar, Soph., M; Christie Jenkins, Soph., M; Noelle Mitchell, Sr., A; Kathleen Lund, Sr., D; Tonia Porras, Soph., M; Annamarie Piccioni, Sr., A.

Outlook: Beating Loyola in the championship gave the Terps their third straight title and their fourth in six years. Ranked No. 1 in the preseason, the Terps return 18 players, a power-packed attack and co-ACC Rookie of the Year Kahoe. All of the starting field defenders graduated from a unit that allowed less than six goals a game, so the Terps will rely on Sommar and Lund to lead a young defense. Even without Division I Offensive Player of the Year Sarah Forbes, the Terps should remain strong on attack with All-American Newmarch (49, 12) and third-team All-American Nelson (43, 32).

Mount St. Mary's

1997 record: 7-7

Coach: Janet Flora Anderson (first season)

Top returnees: Jen Stocker, Sr., A; Randi Paige, Sr., G; Sarah Schaffner, Soph., M; Beth Fischer, Soph., A; Kelly Shearer, Soph., D; Erica Hensley, Soph., A.

Outlook: The Mountaineers have a lot of new faces, including Anderson, a Loch Raven and Towson University graduate taking her first turn as a Division I coach. Stocker (56, 19) was the top scorer last year, but she is one of only three upperclassmen. Anderson has high hopes for the youngsters, especially freshman walk-on Mandy Albertazzi and sophomore Lacey Morley, who missed last season with a knee injury. "We should be better than we were last year," said Anderson, whose team went 7-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and also plays in the Northeast Conference. "Our younger players have skill and we have a lot of athletes."


1997 record: 11-6

Coach: Ashley Duncan (fourth season, 23-24)

Top returnees: Robyn Harry, Jr., M; Kathy McCafferty, Sr., M; Jacquie Sica, So., G; Amy Buck, Jr., A; Amie Rose, Jr., M; Courtney Benner, Jr., M; Bridget Harthausen, So., M; Sue Korcek, Jr., D; Molly Branning, So., D; Lisa Martin, Jr., D.

Outlook: Last spring, the Tigers enjoyed their first winning season and first Top 15 ranking since 1992. They swept through the America East unbeaten in the regular season but were upset by Delaware, 13-9, in the tournament championship. The Tigers return 14 players and most of their offensive power in Harry (18, 23), Buck (30, 11) and McCafferty (22, seven) but are young in the middle. Korcek and America East second-teamer Sica anchor the defense.


1997 record: 5-9

Coach: Monica DiCandilo (second season, 5-9)

Top returnees: Heather Kormanik, Sr., M; Willow Waldrop, Sr., A; Debbie Krastel, Jr., A; Jen Kuehn, Soph., A; Jessaka Phoebus, Soph., M; Simone Stalling, Soph., D; Lauren Perkins, Soph., D; Rebecca Smith, Soph., G; Carly Sosslau, Soph. D.

Outlook: The Retrievers, host of the NCAA championships at UMBC Stadium in May, are one of the youngest teams in Division I with only three upperclassmen. But DiCandilo has more depth with 22 players, up from 14, and expects all 11 freshmen to see significant action as the Retrievers debut in the Northeast Conference. Kormanik (13, four), Waldrop (15, nine) and Krastel (18, two) will lead the attack while Stalling assumes a bigger role on defense. "I can't predict how well we'll do because youth will show through," said DiCandilo, "but we're looking to give teams a lot closer games."

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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