1998 Boys And Girls Lacrosse Previews

March 19, 1998|By Rick Belz

Howard boys

Atholton Raiders

1997 record: 5-10 overall, 3-6 league

Coach: Wendell Thomas

Top players: Neil Beauchamp, Sr., G; Sean Buckley, Sr., D; Jeff Shaivitz, Sr., M; Jared Albert, Sr., A; Shane Baird, Sr., A; Paul Belin, Sr., M.

Outlook: Attack will be Atholton's strength, with Albert and Baird expected to lead. Shaivitz should bolster the midfield after missing half of last season with an injury. The Raiders will have good size with Buckley at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, and Shaivitz, 6-2, 185. Speed and stickwork should be average. "We are experimenting at midfield and are young at defense," Thomas said. "We are looking to improve and have fun."

Centennial Eagles

1997 record: 14-4 overall, 8-1 league

Coach: Mike Siegert

Top players: Joe Iannarino, Sr., A; Ben Ryan, Sr., A; Taylor Fields, Sr., A; Mike Schmidt, Soph., G; Pete Armanas, Jr., G; Randall Calvert, Sr., M; Drew Cothran, Sr., M; Justin Worley, Sr., M; Justin Vettori, Jr., M; Eric Jones, Jr., M; P. J. Paolisso, Sr., M; Drew Enstice, Sr., D; Chad Orzechowski, Sr., D; Jason Hikel, Sr., D; John Anacker, Sr., D.

Outlook: Experienced is a key word to describe the Eagles. They return 13 players who either started or played a lot for a county runner-up team that lost the regional championship game to Mount Hebron. "We have high aspirations," Siegert said. "This group is well-rounded and has played together a long time. They took their lumps as sophomores and were on the threshold of a county title last season. They think like lacrosse players and are unselfish. They want to be the best and are motivated. They went to the Top 205 Camp and played fall and indoor lacrosse. We have six legitimate scorers. We hope the defense comes together."

Glenelg Country School Dragons

1997 record: 4-12 overall, 4-8 league

Coach: Tom Marechek

Top players: Jon Bullock, Jr., A; Andrew Gathoff, Soph., G; Ed Kernan, Sr., A; Nick Woodford, Sr., D; Josh Hyman, Sr., M; Kevin Eyre, Jr., M; Elliot Hoke, Soph., A.

Outlook: The Dragons have more experience and are well-situated in their Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association league. Towson Catholic and Cardinal Gibbons will be their chief opponents as they try to win their division. Glenelg returns six starters and Woodford, who missed last season with a leg injury. Bullock was the team's leading scorer, and Kernan the top feeder. Gathoff now has a key year of experience. Marechek, who played with the Gait brothers at Syracuse and plays indoor for the Philadelphia Wings and outdoor for Team Toyota, takes the helm from Kevin Boland and is hoping for an overall .500 season.

Glenelg Gladiators

1997 record: 16-4 overall, 6-3 league(regional champs)

Coach: Rick Kincaid

Top players: Eric Myers, Sr., G; Whit Faris, Sr., D; Chad Marshall, Sr., M; Josh Burchette, Sr., M; Mike Farley, Sr., M; John Shofflet, Sr., M; Adam McQuigg, Sr., A; Zach McQuigg, Soph., A; Taylor Faris, Soph., M.

Outlook: The Gladiators return seven starters from a team that won the school's first regional title. Glenelg's strengths will be the attack, second-team All-County goalkeeper Myers and first-team All-County defenseman Whit Faris. The rest of the defense is inexperienced. The Gladiators have four seniors who returned from a redistricted year at River Hill, including attackman Chris Gregory, midfielders Torey Drake and Brian Krueger and defenseman Jason Krepner. "The return of the River Hill kids is good, but it will take some time to blend them back in and achieve team chemistry," said Kincaid.

Hammond Golden Bears

1997 record: 10-6 overall, 6-3 league

Coach: Larry Luthe

Top players: Tom Brown, Sr., A; Adam Clark, Sr., G; Randy Curtin, Sr., D; Craig Feinberg,Sr., A; Doug Tucci, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Golden Bears return five starters and two players who scored 98 goals between them. "Our strengths are good senior leadership, good athletes and two midfields," Luthe said. "We will compete for the county title. Our kids all played indoors and went to camp and are very excited about the season. The wrestlers on our team have brought with them a winning attitude. Brown (69 goals, 22 assists) will be as effective as anyone." Clark started five games at goalkeeper with 63 saves. The Bears won four of those games. Feinberg scored 29 goals and had 23 assists. One thing Luthe is looking for is more scoring from the midfield. "Our starting midfielders only scored 39 goals last season," said Luthe, who is coaching his final season at Hammond. He will be Mount Hebron's football coach next fall.

Howard Lions

1997 record: 2-13 overall, 1-8 league

Coach: Glenn Lentz

Top players: Ryan Shifflet, Sr., A; Rob Ross, Sr., M/A; Matt Mongello, Jr., M; Evan Bourne, Sr., A; Mike Robbins, Jr., M; John Robinson, Sr., D; Ryan Hess, Sr., D; T. J. Clay, Sr., A; Adam Spence, Sr., D.

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