Field Hockey Previews

September 01, 1998|By Katherine Dunn

AIS

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1997 record: 14-2-2.

Coach: Jeanette Budzik.

Top players: Jessica McAdam, Sr., F; Ginna Novak, Sr., F; Jen Ahn, Jr., F; Miles Whitman, Jr., F; Carey Fetting-Smith, So., M; Amy Price, Jr., M/D.

Outlook: The Mawrtians won their first AIS A Division tournament title last year and are looking to repeat. Despite losing five seniors including All-City/County Player of the Year Kim Smith, the Mawrtians return a load of young talent. There is plenty of strength on attack and in the midfield, including Fetting-Smith, a 16-and-under national team member. The defense needs a little work, but that should not keep the Mawrtians from contending for another title.

Friends Quakers

1997 record: 7-7-3.

Coach: Carol Samuels.

Top players: Molly O'Connor, Sr., M; Maron Deering, Sr., M; Edith Swain, Sr., D; Shanna Tellerman, Sr., F; Katrina Rouse, Jr., F; Rachel Tranter, So., F.

Outlook: The Quakers saw almost their entire defense wiped out by graduation and a few unexpected losses. There will be a lot of youth in the backfield as well as a new goalie. The Quakers' strength lies in veteran links O'Connor, a second-team All-Metro pick last year, and Deering, who can dominate action on the field and also provide one of the league's best corner combinations. With so many youngsters, however, the Quakers may have a tough time improving on last year's record in the A Division.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1997 record: 7-2-6.

Coach: Micul Ann Morse.

Top players: Mindy Walman, Jr., F; Carey Ann Aprahamian, Jr., D; Kate Wheeler, Jr., F; Katie Corbin, Jr., G; Marianna Waters, Sr., D; Ashley Martin, Sr., F.

Outlook: With the exception of five talented seniors, the Grizzlies were young last season and should now reap the benefits of an extra year's experience. A strong nucleus of returning players, including forwards Caroline Cox and Mandy Dougherty and defender Sarah Barrett, should have the Grizzlies on pace to contend for the A Division title. There are still a few holes to fill on defense, but since the Grizzlies face the heart of their schedule late in the season, they should be ready.

Lutheran Saints

1997 record: 8-6-4.

Coach: Linda Weinreich.

Top players: Nadia Abid, Sr., F; Jessica Salter, Sr., F; Kristen Grose, Jr., F; Angie Crenshaw, Jr., D; Kate Pfeffer, Sr., D; Nikki Null, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Saints lost half of their starting lineup including their goalie to graduation, but they retained some starters from each unit. Weinreich is looking for players to step up and take over the leadership roles. If they can fill the goalie spot, the Saints should still be able to hold their own in the B Division.

Maryvale Lions

1997 record: 2-11-2.

Coach: Jennie Boyce.

Top players: Rebecca Kelly, Sr., G; Sunni Houston, Sr., F; Christina Enoch, Sr., M; Shannon Kron, Jr., F; Shannon Hanley, Jr., M.

Outlook: After losing just one starter, the Lions are shooting for at least a .500 season in the A Division. They have more experience, more skill and more balance than in the past and Boyce expects that to translate into a much better record. The Lions are strong in the middle and up front while veteran Kelly anchors the defense.

McDonogh Eagles

1997 record: 9-6-4.

Coach: Traci Curtis.

Top players: Heather Warnken, Jr., F; Lexi Poklemba, Fr., D; Sabrina Gill, So., G; Katie Foss, Jr., M; Anne Stack, Fr., D; Jayme Tolan, So., M.

Outlook: The Eagles lost one of the most talented groups of individuals in the AIS last year, but they were never able to put it all together. This group of youngsters plans to forget all that and focus on the new faces including Curtis, who coached the fresh/soph team last year. This group certainly has talent especially in Warnken and Gill, who was a second-team All-City/County goalie as a freshman. Only time will tell how quickly a promising young squad can come together to handle the tough competition of the A Division.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1997 record: 7-5-4.

Coach: Lisa Costello.

Top players: Lauren Aumiller, Sr., F; Lauren Keller, Jr., F; Lauren Dachille, Sr., D; Tiffany Mazzulli, Jr., M; Marissa Baldwin, Jr., F/M.

Outlook: J.V. coach Costello takes over for the season while Kathleen Gower awaits the birth of her first child. The Pirates return 11 players although they suffered some major losses in the midfield and on defense. However, there are several reserves who saw action last year ready to start on defense while senior Colleen Smyth moves up from j.v. to the goal. The Pirates look strongest on attack, where Aumiller and Keller lead the way. Look for the Pirates to be a factor in the A Division race.

Oldfields

1997 record: 6-10-2.

Coach: Stephanie Hedges.

Top players: Ashley Vizzi, Sr., F; Kristan May, Jr., F; Alex Wyman, Sr., M; Claire Higgins, Sr., D.

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