1998 Boys And Girls Lacrosse Previews

March 19, 1998|By John W. Stewart

Carroll girls

Liberty Lions

1997 record: 12-5

Coach: Courtney Vaughn

Top players: Kate Hannon, Sr., A; Krista O'Brien, Sr., A; Jen Berarducci, Jr., D; Trish Young, Jr., M; Michelle Allen, So., D; Jessica Roguski, So., A.

Outlook: Vaughn has high expectations for this team, because it a veteran group that is a year older and wiser. The Lions return five two-year letter-winners, headed by co-captains Hannon and Berarducci. Seven more have at least a year of experience. In addition to the county schedule, the card is loaded with solid non-league teams -- Fallston, C. Milton Wright, Dulaney, and Towson. Vaughn figures to get valuable help from assistant coach Dani Fostik (player-of-the-year at Liberty and a four-year letter-winner at UMBC as a goalkeeper), whose main duty will be developing the skills of junior keeper Gina Cinquegrani.

North Carroll Panthers

1997 record: 12-1

Coach: Denean Koontz

Top players: Jossalyn Guinan, Sr., G; Allison Coultas, Sr., A; Kellyn Hentz, Jr., A; Danielle Shearer, Jr., A; Kate Wall, Jr., D.

Outlook: Eight starters from last year's county championship squad are gone, so the emphasis will be on gaining confidence and experience through the early part of the schedule. The Panthers, with only three seniors, will rely heavily on juniors (12). "This group of juniors is the first one with rec league experience," fourth-year coach Koontz said, referring to a program begun by parents a few years ago. "The older ones did not have that opportunity." Hentz (43 goals) and Shearer (39 goals, 20 assists) are the top returning scorers. They will face a schedule of five Howard County schools and Bel Air, plus the county schedule. A year ago, the team's 11-game run was stopped by Liberty in the second round of the regional playoffs.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1997 record: 3-9

Coach: Bridget Harris

Top players: Becky Buppert, Sr., A; Michelle Eckes, Sr., A; Heather Stoetzer, Sr., M; Angie Snyder, Jr., M; Gina Nard, Jr., A; Amanda Hughes, Jr., D; Rachel Wilson, Jr., D; Kristi Kincaid, Jr., G.

Outlook: First-year coach Harris has some veterans in different positions from a year ago, and at this point, the defense appears improved. Holdovers and players up from the JV have put 11 juniors on the squad. Quite a few are versatile enough to handle the changes and some may switch around among midfield and attack positions. The team has done some positive things in scrimmages, and key training drills continue to focus on communication and teamwork.

Westminster Owls

1997 record: 8-7

Coach: Suzanne Peters

Top players: Emily Beninghove, Sr., D; Abby Cooper, Sr., A; Julie Cooper, Sr., A; Lisa Duke, Sr., G; Sarah Palaia, Sr., D; Sarah Brumfitt, Jr., M; Michelle Payne, Jr., M.

Outlook: Peters calls this the most inexperienced team she has had in several years. "We do have some experience, it's just not as much compared to the last couple of years," Peters said. Fourth-year player Palaia, the only freshman the coach has ever pulled up, is the defensive leader. "She had the the skills and the maturity to handle it," Peters said of that move. This year's squad is made up of seniors and juniors, with the sophomores playing on what is a small (in numbers) JV team. The juniors up from the JV include goalkeeper Katie Sciukas, attack players Courtney Smith and Claire Panek, and midfielder Kellie Gombeski.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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