Navy

November 13, 1998|By Alan Goldstein

Coach: Joe Sanchez, fifth season at Navy (80-33).

Affiliation: Patriot League.

1997-98 record: 23-6 overall, 10-2 in Patriot League.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM).

Arena: Alumni Hall (5,710).

Starters lost: Three.

Tickets: $6 general admission. Call 800-US4-NAVY.

Best home game: Holy Cross, Jan. 16. The Mids will likely again be challenging the defending champion Crusaders for the league lead.

Best visiting player: Amy O'Brien, Holy Cross. She has been picked to repeat as the league's MVP.

Outlook: The Mids have improved each season under Sanchez and played Holy Cross down to the final buzzer in the championship game last March. Navy will have to find replacements for all-purpose forward Becky Dowling, defensive stopper Joanne Groth and flashy point guard Felicia Harris, who also were three of the team's top five scorers last season. The scoring burden will fall on All-Patriot League picks Laurie Coffey and Erica Hayes, who are expected to share the post. Newly appointed captain Vanessa Melofchik provides steady leadership in the backcourt, and Jennifer Bombinski and Mandy Stephan serve as three-point threats. Lauren Majchrzak and Beth Regoli will shore up the frontcourt and freshman Marisa Ball is a promising playmaker.

Returning players

&Name -- Jennifer Bombinski

Yr. -- So.

Ht. -- 5-10

Pos. -- F

Fast breaks -- Nonstop hustler.

Name -- Laurie Coffey

Yr. -- Sr.

Ht. -- 6-1

Pos. -- C/F

Fast breaks -- Power in the paint.

Name -- Holly Fryburger

Yr. -- Jr.

Ht. -- 5-4

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Good outside touch.

Name -- Erica Hayes

Yr. -- Jr.

Ht. -- 6-1

Pos. -- C/F

Fast breaks -- Boasts best offensive moves.

Name -- Lauren Majchrzak

Yr. -- So.

Ht. -- 5-11

Pos. -- F

Fast breaks -- Will play key sixth-man role.

Name -- Vanessa Melofchik

Yr. -- Jr.

Ht. -- 5-5

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Must provide backcourt stability.

Name -- Beth Regoli

Yr. -- Sr.

Ht. -- 5-10

Pos. -- F

Fast breaks -- Offers senior leadership.

Name -- Mandy Stephan

Yr. -- So.

Ht. -- 5-10

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Mids' top outside threat.

Name -- Newcomers Marisa Ball

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 5-6

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Played for Va. AAU champions.

Name -- Laura Buckendorff

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 5-9

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Coming off knee surgery.

Name -- Melanie Burkovich

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 6-1

Pos. -- F

Fast breaks -- West Virginia All-State pick.

Name -- Hilary Goodrich

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 6-0

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Versatile backcourt performer.

Name -- Elaine Jensen

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 6-0

Pos. -- F

Fast breaks -- Aggressive competitor.

Name -- Kristen Kavanaugh

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 5-7

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Excellent court vision.

@Name -- Erica Macias

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 5-7

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Offers backcourt depth.

Name -- Angela Marino

Yr. -- Jr.

Ht. -- 6-0

Pos. -- F

Fast breaks -- Strong in the pivot.

Pub Date: 11/13/98

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