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September 01, 1998|By Katherine Dunn

Baltimore County

Heron Division

Catonsville Comets

1997 record: 9-6.

Coach: Kathy Schuyler.

Top players: Erin Coberth, Jr., M; Kara MacLeod, Jr., F; Chrissy Blake, Jr., D; Kristen Hines, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Comets made the most of their first year in the Heron Division, using the tough competition as a springboard to the state semifinals. Although they lost only four starters, the Comets have important slots to fill, especially on attack. They are young with only two seniors, but Schuyler, last year's City/County Coach of the Year, said what the Comets lack in experience they make up for in fundamentals.

Dulaney Lions

1997 record: 6-5-1.

Coach: Cathy Fisher.

Top players: Christine Trader, Sr., M; Ericka Lundell, Sr., D; Melissa Shilling, Sr., D; Anna DuVal, Sr., M; Kelly Slear, Jr., M; Jean Sneeringer, Sr., F.

Outlook: With 13 seniors back, the Lions have one of the most experienced squads in the county for their new coach. Fisher expects a strong defense backed by seniors Alisa Jordan and Heather Charles, who are battling for the starting keeper's job. Although the forward line suffered from graduation, the Lions have potential there. If they can find a couple players to step up on attack, the Lions could contend for the division title.

Franklin Indians

1997 record: 6-7.

Coach: Mary Beth Francis.

Top players: Sara Harman, Sr., F; Amy Broderick, Sr., M; Debbie Park, Jr., F; Kelly Storm, Sr., F; Jen Arnold, Sr., G; Meredith Crandall, Sr., G..

Outlook: After losing four starters, the Indians will be slightly less experienced than last year, but Francis doesn't expect them to lose any ground in the division. There's plenty of talent in the group that moves up from j.v. and Francis has the luxury of three goalies. Arnold and Crandall, who split time last year, could end up sharing the cage with junior Alison Comologio.

Hereford Bulls

1997 record: 13-3.

Coach: Tammy Mundie.

Top players: Sarah Warner, Sr., M; Tracy Kessler, Sr., F; Jen Marstellar, Jr., M; Melanie Schwarzmann, Jr., D; Julia McKibbin, Sr., F.

Outlook: Coming off two straight county titles and two straight appearances in the state semifinals, the Bulls face some rebuilding after losing 14 seniors, including eight starters. However, they faced the same situation two years ago and surprised Mundie with a stellar season. The Bulls have a solid middle built around Warner, a second-team All-Metro pick, and plenty of scoring potential, but they will need to bolster the defense where they suffered a direct hit from graduation. Still, look for the Bulls to make a run at their third county and regional titles.

Loch Raven Raiders

1997 record: 10-5.

Coach: Jennifer Allen.

Top players: D; Kristen Doyle, Sr., D; Amy Colley, Sr., G; Monica Myszkowski, Jr., F; Angie Kang, Sr., D; Annie DeCosta, Jr., D; Michelle Chon, Sr., M.

Outlook: The Raiders, who lost to rival Towson in the regional final, return one of the county's most experienced defensive units. With only six seniors on the team, half return to the defense. There is also plenty of scoring potential with Myszkowski and senior Heather Bird back on the line. First-year coach Allen said she has no stars, just a strong balance of team-oriented players. Look for the Raiders to battle front-runners Towson and Hereford for the division title.

Parkville Knights

1997 record: 2-10.

Coach: Renee Foose.

Top players: Kelly Kuhnert, Sr., M; Shannon Fitzgerald, Sr., F; Candice Martin, Sr., D; Kelly Logue, Sr., D; Mary Trautner, Jr., G.

Outlook: Graduation claimed most of the Knights squad, so this should be a rebuilding year. However, Foose said this group has a more cohesive look to it. The Knights are relying more on teamwork and that could translate into a better overall effort for a young group determined to improve its record.

Perry Hall Gators

1997 record: 3-9.

Coach: Linda Fisher.

Top players: Lori Baran, Jr., F; Melissa McPherson, Sr., F; Cindy Langton, Sr., M; Mandy Fischer, Jr., M; Kristine Barton, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Gators lost nine starters, but they have a more skilled group this year that includes 18 upperclassmen. There's good scoring potential and an improving defense bolstered by Langton and Fischer in the middle. With good balance and teamwork fostered by several years of playing together on the j.v., the Gators could boost that record.

Pikesville Panthers

1997 record: 8-5.

Coach: Tim Fowler.

Top players: Amy Roth, Sr., D; Lindsey Presser, Sr., G; Lauren Misler, Sr., D; Tara Posner, Jr., M; Leslie Weiss, Jr., F; Alyson Lichtfuss, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Panthers lost half of their starting lineup, but Fowler expects them to be strong. The heart of the defense returns in Presser and sweeper Misler, while Roth moves back from the line to bolster the middle. Although the Panthers are still looking for the right mix on the line, Weiss and Lichtfuss should lead the attack. With more power, more athleticism and more aggressive play, the Panthers could challenge Towson and Hereford.

Towson Generals

1997 record: 9-6-1.

Coach: Holly West.

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