1998 Boys And Girls Lacrosse Previews

March 19, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham

Anne Arundel girls

Annapolis Area Christian Eagles

1997 record: 9-8

Coach: Paul Brophy.

Top players: Monica Wagoner, Sr., A; Erin Coombe, Jr., A; Jen Johnston, So. D; Jessi Seep, Jr., G; Andrea Anderson, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Eagles will play in a newly-formed Christian league yet to be named this season after playing as an independent. The Eagles have only two seniors -- Wagoner and Anderson -- on their 21-player roster, which includes six freshmen. Their strength is on attack. with Wagoner and Coombes providing most of the offense and others "chipping in here and there." The question is with a young defense. The Eagles will rely on Anderson and Johnston in front of Seep, an experienced goalie.

Annapolis Panthers

1997 record: 15-3

Coach: Dave Gehrdes

Top players: Kelly Dirks, Sr., A; Brooke Wagner, Sr., A; Jen Jefferson, Sr., M; Kerry Miller, Sr., D; Margauz Hauss, Sr., A.

Outlook: Last year's attack returns intact, which doesn't bode well for opposing defenses. It starts with Dirks, a two-time All-America and All-Metro pick, who scored 66 times last season and added 39 assists. "She can be a pretty dominant player, but when she gets double- and triple-teamed, we have to have others take the pressure off her," said Gehrdes. That's where Wagner and Hauss figure in. Jefferson anchors the midfield with Miller the only starting returner on defense. Sophomore Emily Childs and freshman Heather Young are vying for the goalie spot.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1997 record: 11-5-1

Coach: Tom Prickett

Top players: Kat Brady, Sr., A; Rachel Gaes, Sr., D; Erica Struck, Sr., A; Caroline Petrovick, Jr., M; Megan Donovan, Jr., M; Michelle Grimason, Jr., D; Liz Gallagher, So., G; Katie Mannix, So., A.

Outlook: The Cavaliers enjoyed a solid first season in the AIS B Conference, advancing to the tournament semifinals. Prickett, in his second season, is expecting another fine season with a good nucleus back and some promising newcomers. Brady leads the Cavaliers attack with help from Struck and Mannix. Midfield has plenty of depth with Petrovick and Donovan back and some talented newcomers. Some questions still must be answered on defense. "We lost most of our defense, so that is where we need to work," said Prickett. Returnees Gaes and Grimason, along with Gallagher in goal, will be relied on heavily while the rest of the unit gets comfortable.

Arundel Wildcats

1997 record: 8-4

Coach: Leann Shuck

Top players: Sarah Sayani, Jr., D; Katie Stoddard, Jr., D; Megan Dennehy, Jr., A; Erin Sturgis, Sr., MF/A; Margaret Greenlee, Sr., D; Jessica Hall, Sr., M.

Outlook: Shuck comes to Arundel after spending four years as Broadneck's coach. She's has found plenty of talent to work with. "This is a very nice team with great individual skills. We're working on getting ourselves together as a team," said Shuck. Look for even distribution on attack. Junior Lana Marchetti and sophomore Holly Clendening join Dennehy and Sturgis in the balanced front. Hall will play a big role in the Wildcats transition game at her center position. The defensive unit -- led by Sayani, Stoddard and Greenlee -- has diversity. Senior Meghan Shepard and junior Jessica Lewis will share time in goal.

Broadneck Bruins

1997 record: 7-5

Coach: Karen Chesley

Top players: Lauren Peck, Jr., M; Corinne Shuck, Sr., D; Fran Schlossman, Sr., G; Jaime Flynn, Sr., M; Ellen Bangert, Sr., D; Carrie Birely, Sr., A.

Outlook: Chesley, a Broadneck High and 1997 Towson State grad, replaces former coach Leann Shuck. Most of the experience is back on defense led by Corinne Shuck, a second-team All-County performer last season, Bangert, and Schlossman, who brings experience and aggressive play to the cage. Junior Jill Toomey is in her first season of varsity at first home with Birely and sophomore Rachel Shuck expected to score goals. Peck will control the center. "We're working on skill and conditioning. We'll be able to run with the best of them," Chesley said. Midfielders Kristen Maisel and Justyn Kopack, along with defender Megan Kennedy and attacker Heather Bryce -- all juniors -- will all play key roles for the Bruins.

Chesapeake Cougars

1997 record: 6-7

Coach: Cindy Kelly

Top players: Wendy Ison, Sr., A; Amy Culp, Sr., M; Pam Demske, Jr., D; Melissa Garner, Jr., M; Corinne St. John, Jr., A; Beth Schulll, Jr., GK; Chrissy Franklin, Sr., MF/D.

Outlook: Kelly, JV coach last season, inherits a wealth of experience. The Cougars are going back to the basics with Kelly's "3 Cs" policy -- commitment, conditioning and control. The strength is attack, where Ison returns as the team's leading scorer. Kelly would like to see the scoring spread out with the Cougars working hard on improving their transition game. St. John is another dangerous threat up top. The midfield looks solid with Culp and Garner leading a deep group. Demske is joined by seniors Sarah Wyant and Vicki Fishback on defense with Schull steady in goal.

Glen Burnie Gophers

1997 record: 2-10

Coach: Bob Schmidt

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