Women's Lacrosse Preview

March 06, 1998|By Steven Kivinski

Division III capsules

College of Notre Dame

1997 record: 10-7 (Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference champion)

Co-coaches: Melissa Falen, Kathy Lewis

Top returnees: Meghan Hill, Sr., A; Teri Tobash, Sr., A; Lydia Jones, Jr., A; Maureen Ober, Soph., G; Judy Simon, Sr., M; Kristin Dia, Jr., M; Tara Surlis, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Gators' attack, led by Hill and Tobash, will try to replace the firepower lost by the graduation of Tina Houck, a three-time regional All-American who is the school's all-time leading scorer. Ober and Brooks, who combined to yield just 9.1 goals per game last season, are vying for the starting position in goal. In addition to trying to capture a third straight AWCC title, the Gators will challenge for a berth in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference regional tournament.

Goucher

1997 record: 5-11

Coach: Kathy Frick

Top returnees: Kristin Carey, Sr., A; Beth Edwards, Sr., A; Lindsay Ayers, Jr., M; Jen Otis, Sr., M; Jodie Manning, Sr., M; Tricia Adams, Sr., D; Kate Conserva, Sr., D; Dawn Dugan, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Gophers, who won back-to-back Capital Athletic Conference titles before slipping last season, are led by Carey, the nation's top scorer last year with 65 goals and 34 assists. Carey, who is 112 points away from becoming the all-time points leader, should get some scoring help from Edwards (39 goals, 10 assists) and Ayers (14, two). "Kristin is the playmaker," Frick said. "She has great vision in tight situations and has an artillery of shots to select from."

Frostburg State

1997 record: 2-14

Coach: Sharon Irwin.

Top returnees: Lori Wlodarczyk, Sr., M; Lori Vinyard, Jr., D; Tennille Foster, Sr., G; Allison O'Connell, Jr., D; Heather Brown, Soph., A; Darla Burns, Soph., M; Laura Hemmings, Jr., A.

Outlook: Irwin, who is in her 29th season as Bobcats coach, is hoping her team's experience and the addition of some key transfers, will help Frostburg turn things around. Irwin will rely on junior Crissy Collins, a transfer from Anne Arundel CC, to anchor the defense and will turn to Burns, Hemmings (34, 16) and Wlodarczyk to provide the bulk of the scoring. "Last year, we were hurt by injuries and a lack of depth," said Irwin, whose team has been unable to practice outdoors because of snow. "This year, we have more depth and we're more of a well-rounded team."

Johns Hopkins

1997 record: 12-4 (Centennial Conference champion)

Coach: Janine Tucker

Top returnees: Anita Patibandla, Sr. G; Maria Fontoura, Sr, D; Ransey Neale, Jr., M; Janice Yoo, Sr., M; Cathy Danez, Sr., M; Neda Dawood, Jr., A; Nancy Kim, Jr., A; Danielle Maschuci, Soph., A; Mimi Sokolowski, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Blue Jays, who will move up to Division I next season, return their entire offense from last year's team, which made it to the NCAA semifinals for the fourth time in five years. Dawood, Maschuci and Sokolowski combined for 88 goals and 32 assists last year and Patibandla, a four-year starter, will be in goal. Hopkins has four Division I teams on its schedule, including North Carolina, UMBC and Mount St. Mary's. "With the type of players we have, only good things can happen," Tucker said. "We look forward to moving to Division I, but we want to make a lasting impression in Division III."

Salisbury State

1997 record: 10-5

Coach: Dawn Chamberlin

Top returnees: Sandra Gilbart, Sr., M; Laura Burkhouse, Sr., M; Karen LaPolla, Sr., M; Jen Ice, Soph., A; Lisa LeBeau, Soph., G; Kelly Maloney, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Sea Gulls return four of the top six scorers from last year's squad, which was runner-up in the Capital Athletic Conference. The team's strength appears to be the midfield, headed by Gilbart (20, 10) and Burkhouse (23, four). Ice, the team's top returning attackman, will need to pick up the slack left by the departure of Sara Pokrywka, who earned third-team All-America honors after a 58-point season. Maloney is the top returnee on a defense that yielded just 6.3 goals a game in 1997.

St. Mary's

1997 record: 10-4

Coach: Laura Biggs

Top returnees: Kristi LaVardera, Sr., A; Gia Trionfo, Jr., A; K.C. Ingraham, Jr., D; Nairem Moran, Jr., D; Tara Jensen, Jr., G; Kari Meyer, Soph., M.

Outlook: The Seahawks, winners of 25 of their past 36 games, are confident of improving on last year's record. LaVardera and Trionfo -- both All-CAC selections -- are being asked to shoulder much of the offensive load, while Jensen, who has played every minute in goal for St. Mary's the past two seasons, assumes the leadership role on defense. The Seahawks' midfield is young and untested and will have to grow up in a hurry.

Villa Julie

1997 record: 10-3

Coach: Mary Clare McFadden

Top returnees: Jill Franz, Jr., G; Wendy Dieter, Sr., A; Erin Watson, Soph., A; Keri Jacobson, Jr., M; Karen Crowley, Sr., M; Jennifer Burch, Sr., D; Katie Lee, Soph., D.

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