1998 Boys And Girls Lacrosse Previews

March 19, 1998|By Stan Rappaport

Howard girls

Atholton Raiders

1997 record: 2-10 overall, 2-7 league

Coach: Carol Stevens

Top players: Samantha Belin, Jr., A; Anne Greenfield, Sr., M; Bri Brumsted, Sr., D; Sarah Pierson, Sr., M; Katie Lee, Jr., M; Elizabeth Gaeta, Sr., M.

Outlook: "I'm very happy how we've done in the preseason," said Stevens, who is carrying 19 players, a high number compared to past seasons. "We're throwing and catching a lot better, and Samantha, Katie, Sarah and Anne are shooting extremely well." The Raiders have seven returning starters and a new goalie, sophomore Emily Benson, who played JV last season. "I'm optimistic that we're do much better this season. I'm looking for .500," said Stevens.

Centennial Eagles

1997 record: 10-4 overall, 8-1 league

Coach: Nickie Jordan

Top players: Kristen Dinisio, Sr., A; Bethany Bunce, Soph., A; Melissa Dugan, Jr., D; Kim Emrich, Soph., M; Liz Kurpe, Jr. M; Caitlin Marshall, Soph. M; Carolyn Payne, Soph., M; Alexia Vogler, Jr., M; Danielle Martin, Jr., G.

Outlook: With 10 returning starters, Jordan said she is "very optimistic" about the season and feels the county title will come down to the Eagles and six-time defending champion Mount Hebron. "It's difficult to choose starters," said Jordan, "because they're all sound players. There's not a player I don't feel comfortable with putting on the field. To me, they're all starters." Dinisio led the county with 114 points last year, including a league-high 86 goals. Bunce had 22 goals and 12 assists and Vogler 22 goals. The Eagles have three other seniors besides Dinisio, and all of them are returning starters -- Mary Christine and Jessica Euler on defense and midfielder Michelle Flather. Christine and Dinisio were first-team All-County picks last year, and Marshall made the second team. Angie Barahona, a junior up from the JV, is expected to start on attack. Jordan said her team is "more solid than last year." After nine seasons as Centennial's JV coach, Jordan took over the varsity last season. She said the experience made her change her approach in some areas this season. "I don't know if I pushed them hard enough [last year]," Jordan said. "This year, I have pushed them hard, and they have responded beautifully."

Glenelg Gladiators

1997 record: 11-5 overall, 7-2 league

Coach: Ginger Kincaid

Top players: Erin Kortecamp, Sr., A; Rachel Ford, Sr., A; Stephanie Lewis, Sr., D; Beth Bettien, Jr., G.

Outlook: The Gladiators have a young, athletic team that, said Kincaid, will have to get "a quick education in lacrosse before we beat anybody." Kincaid returns only three starters -- Kortecamp, Ford and Bettien -- from last year's team that lost to Hammond in the Class 1A-2A West region final. Kortecamp had a team-high 47 goals last year and Ford contributed 17. Helping the defense will be Lewis, who played last season at River Hill. "We have athletes, but not lacrosse players, yet," Kincaid said. Many of the young players have participated in other varsity sports, and that experience, plus the fact that they are "quick learners" should help.

Glenelg Country School Dragons

1997 record: 4-10 overall, 2-7 league

Coach: Barbara Brummett

Top players: Rachel Baron, Jr., A; Kathryn Owens, Jr., M; Laura Kolovarsy, Jr. D; Molly Walker, F., M; Shabnam Aslam, Sr., M; Liz Clark, Jr., D.

Outlook: With two seniors and eight freshmen on the roster, it's no surprise Brummett is calling this "a building year." Still, Brummett is upbeat about the team, which competes in the Association of Independent Schools B Division. "I think we can do well. I think we have the talent," Brummett said. "We're young, and we just want to improve every game." Brummett, who will start some freshmen, is excited that so many young players came out. "It's a great group of girls, and they're really enthusiastic about lacrosse." Baron, one of five returning starters, will move from midfield to attack.

Hammond Golden Bears

1997 record: 9-7 overall, 5-4 league

Coach: Gay Petrlik

Top players: Amanda Almon, Sr., M; Lauren Traber, Jr. M; Monica Serianni, Jr., A; Mara Finglass, Sr., A; Stephanie Yezek, Jr., D; Christina Braganza, Jr., D; Mandy Schroeder, Jr., A.

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