1998 Girls Lacrosse Previews

March 19, 1998|By Katherine Dunn

Carver A&T Wildcats

1997 record: 3-7

Coach: Christina Bowen

Top players: Heather Ng, Sr., M; Rachel Oram, Sr., A; Kerri Shipley, Sr., A; Katie Pugh, Soph., M/D; Sarah Loran, Soph., A.

Outlook: The Wildcats pulled through a building season last year and should reap the benefits. Ng, one of Division II's top players, and Oram lead a strong attack. While there is work to do on defense, the Wildcats should be on their way to boosting their record.

Catonsville Comets

1997 record: 10-5

Coach: Kim McNemar

Top players: Marci Brewer, Sr., G; Kate Goodman, Sr., D; Sarah Giardina, Sr., M; Lindsay Muir, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Comets will be one of the youngest teams in Division I with as many as eight freshmen. McNemar is looking for youngsters to step up all over the field. She may even need to move Brewer onto the field and start a young goalie just to bring some experience to the defense.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1997 record: 2-11

Coach: Lori Wojtkowiak

Top players: Nicole Mryncza, Sr., A; Jenna Adle, Jr., D; Christa Adle, Sr., D; Carla Thompson, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Bayhawks move into the county's new Division III and also will play in an inter-city/county league with Western, Patterson, Poly and City. Because they return most of their starters, the Bayhawks should improve. With 12 girls, though, they can't afford injuries.

Dulaney Lions

1997 record: 13-3

Coach: Anita Crotty

Top players: Tricia Dabrowski, Sr., G; Shannon Gallup, Sr., A; Laurel Kozlakowski, Sr., D; Camille Fesche, Sr., A; Jessica Giordani, Sr., D; Marlena Wittelsberger, Soph., A; Lauren Wittelsberger, Fr., A/W.

Outlook: Despite losing seven starters, the Lions return a strong contingent anchored by Dabrowski, a second-team All-Metro pick as a freshman and sophomore. Crotty has also been surprised by the talent of her younger players. She will have two freshmen starting, Lauren Wittelsberger and midfielder Kate Kozlakowski. The only question appears to be in the almost-new line defense. Still, look for the Division I Lions, a Class 3A-4A final four team last year, to be right back in the hunt for county and regional titles.

Dundalk Owls

1997 record: 4-9

Coach: Mike Vetri

Top players: Avia Kay, Sr., M; Jaclyn Urlahs, Sr., D; Casey Blankenship, Sr., A; Lindsey Wolfe, Soph., G; Shannon King, Jr., D; Kara Franz, Soph., M.

Outlook: The Owls should have one of Division II's top defensive units, because every starter returns and Wolfe is a solid keeper. The Owls will be inexperienced on attack. Despite 11 freshmen on his 22-girl roster and four starters who have never played, Vetri expects to improve.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1997 record: 4-7

Coach: Amy Cohn

Top players: Christina Fox, Sr., M; Jessica Roberts, Jr., D; Carrie Oeschler, Jr., G; Andrea McNew, So., M; Nicole Huffines, Jr., M; ++ Amanda Branch, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Mavericks had a successful season for a first-year program and with 90 percent of her players returning and a new JV, Cohn expects them to get better. Playing in Division III and against city schools, the Mavericks have the experience to improve.

Franklin Indians

1997 record: 4-9

Coach: Dee Mullineaux

Top players: Robin Hartman, Sr., A; Julie Cray, Sr., D; Sara Teter, Sr., D; Jessica Groszkowski, Jr., M/A.

Outlook: The Division I Indians lost six starters but even with a lot of young players should be competitive. The youngsters have experience, having gained it under fire last season. Most of the young players are in the midfield; veterans lead the line attack and line defense.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1997 record: 4-10

Coach: Micul Ann Morse

Top players: Cantey Boyd, Sr., A; Melissa Riggs, Sr., A; Karie Reed, Sr., M; Elizabeth Voss, Sr., M; Melissa Harrison, Sr., M; Courtenay Fisher, Sr., M/D.

Outlook: With plenty of experience, the Grizzlies hope to rebound from last spring's disappointment in the AIS A Division. The defense may need a little work after losing a couple of strong players, so it helps to have goalie Kate Aumann back. The Grizzlies have more speed, which should mean they should better last year's record.

Hereford Bulls

1997 record: 9-4

Coach: Pat Payne

Top players: Elena Basignani, Sr., M; Kara Lang, Sr., M/D; Jen Dyson, Sr., A; Brooke Levine, Jr., M; Katie Sonnefeld, Sr, A.

Outlook: The Bulls, who lost last spring only to Top 15 teams, return a lot of talent. With depth, a strong transition, good speed, and a balanced scoring attack, first-year coach Payne said the key is pulling together, which is happening. The Bulls should contend with the best in Division I.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1997 record: 0-12

Coach: Samantha Jenkins

Top players: Heather Backof, Sr., M/A; Jessica Todd, So., A; Katie Zielinski, Jr., A/M; Susan Kidd, Sr., D; Christina Bauer, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Bluebirds had a tough go in Division I last year, but they should easily improve their record in Division II. Still with a lot of young players, the Bluebirds have speed and good potential, especially with top scorer Todd returning.

Lansdowne Vikings

1997 record: 5-5

Coach: Kellie Dana-Hurst

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