1998 Boys And Girls Lacrosse Previews

March 19, 1998|By John W. Stewart

Carroll boys

Francis Scott Key Eagles

1997 record: First year

Coach: John Baugher

Top players: Danny Edwards, Sr., A; Tim Beale, Sr., M; Ben Davis, Sr., M; Jason Wiles, Sr., D; Clint Parrish, Jr., M; Danny

Whitcomb, Jr., D.

Outlook: Interest in the first-year varsity program is reflected in the turnout of 65 candidates. There will be no cuts, and the non-varsity teams will be strictly for the younger players. Early games with Glenelg Country School and St. John's at Prospect Hall should help team get settled before it attacks the county league as the only Class 2A school against bigger and better teams. Edwards, backed by some rec experience and three years of club play, is expected to be the leader on attack, while Beale will be counted on for the same type of play in the midfield.

Liberty Lions

1997 record: 7-10

Coach: Sal Picataggi

Top players: Tim Chairs, Sr., M; Tom Freedman, Sr., M; Kevin Roy, Sr., A; Scott Sanders, Sr., D; Brice Sauers, Sr., G.

Outlook: All-County choice Sauers returns as the defensive standout after finishing last season with 158 saves and making a difference in regional playoff wins over South Carroll and Westminster. Chairs and Freedman are back in the midfield, and Roy and Sanders saw a lot of playing time a year ago. The new coach, who believes some juniors and sophomores will help, held an introductory meeting last fall, and indoor league play during the winter helped him get to know some of the players. A Long Island native, Picataggi graduated from Lock Haven, and comes to the school from a three-year stint as coach at Owings Mills. Liberty's non-league games are against tougher opposition, including Glenelg and Oakland Mills, because he likes to play better teams to get ready for the ones the team will have to play in the playoffs.

North Carroll Panthers

1997 record: 2-10

Coach: David Dodson

Top players: Jeff Bradford, Sr., A; Adam Crowl, Sr., M; Tim Hatfield, Sr., M; Jeff Painter, Sr., D; Pat Winemiller, Sr., M.

Outlook: Former assistant Dodson has flip-flopped positions with former head coach John Piper so the latter can have more time for graduate studies. The seniors should provide a solid foundation, and among a sizable group of juniors are goalie Matt Cassell, defender Regis D'Angelo, midfielder Blake Leedy, and attack Wayne Deiaco. The juniors are up from the JV, which means a fairly inexperienced group, "from which some will have to step up and play key roles," Dodson said.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1997 record: 8-5

Coach: Jeff Alisauckas

Top players: Will Gunther, Sr., A; Rob Onda, Sr., M; Mike Rabinovitz, Sr., M; Greg Will, Sr., D.

Outlook: The team will be built around its seniors, with Will, a third-year regular; Rabinovitz (27 goals, eight assists); Gunther (25 goals, 28 assists), and Onda (18 goals, eight assists), who comes in with a stronger and better shot than in the past, and who will handle faceoffs. Last year, the team had basically a new defense, so this time holdover starters Will, Clarke Griffin, and goalie Nick McCready should make it one of the team strengths. "Right now, overall, the team is probably about at the same level as last year, but if all improve at the rate the defense has already, we will be much better," Alisauckas said.

Westminster Owls

1997 record: 11-3

Coach: Jim Peters

Top players: Kris Bates, Sr., D; Kevin Dayton, Sr., M; Greg Fisher, Sr., M; Tim Muse, Sr., D; Grant Putman, Sr., D; Phil Valenza, Sr. A; Ryan Fisher, Jr., M.

Outlook: Usually this early in the season, the defense is ahead of the offense, but right now it is the other way around with the defending county champions (6-0). There is a lot of experience on attack and in the midfield, headed by team captain Greg Fisher. A year ago, the All-County performer, a top defensive midfielder, contributed 26 goals and 13 assists. Another half dozen have midfield experience, and Valenza and junior Ryan Esposito are returnees on attack. The defense will be mostly juniors, including goalie Billy Arnold, who got several starts a year ago, but spent much of the time as a backup on defense.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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