Teams at a glance

September 02, 1999|By Stan Rappaport

Atholton Raiders

1998 record: 0-13 overall, 0-9 league

Coach: Beth Pressler

Classification: 2A

Top players: Karen Brownlie, Sr., M; Kelly Jones, Jr., D; Sherry Choe, Jr., F; Emily Benson, Sr., F. Ailene Olsen, Soph., G.

Outlook: "There's a different attitude, a more positive attitude," said new coach Pressler, Atholton's JV coach the last three seasons. "There's a spirit of teamwork, and they're very eager to go out and play well." The Raiders not only didn't win a game last season, they didn't score. Not one goal. "We'll score this year. We'll definitely score," said Pressler. "We're focusing a lot more on scoring and on being more aggressive, in general. We're looking to be competitive in the county and hope to be at least .500." Other players who will contribute include juniors Audrey Park (M) and Jenni Grisham (F) and sophomore forwards Lauren Giddens and Sherye Wallick. "The girls are really getting motivated and are much more excited to play," said Pressler, who became Atholton's varsity lacrosse coach last spring. "Hopefully, that will show on the field."

Centennial Eagles

1998 record: 14-3-0 overall, 9-0 league

Coach: Gail Purcell

Classification: 2A

Top players: Donna Boccuzzi, Sr., G; Tara Molesky, Sr., M; Nicole Simon, Jr., M; Laura Gaudio, Jr., D; Caitlin Marshall, Sr., F.

Outlook: "This is going to be a rebuilding year in every sense," said Purcell, whose team has six seniors, 11 juniors and two sophomores. The Eagles graduated 10 seniors from last year's county championship team, including county Player of the Year Liz Kurpe. Marshall (five goals, two assists) is one of five returning starters and the top scorer back. Boccuzzi, one of only two juniors on last year's All-County first-time team, anchors the defense. Molesky was a second-team All-County selection last year. Other players that will contribute include senior forward Bethany Bunce and senior defenders Lauren Canizaro and Rebecca Frederick. Purcell, who will be going for her 200th career win when the team opens the season at home against Notre Dame Prep, said her juniors are "very solid" and that four or five will start. "This team will be tremendously improved by November," said Purcell, who is "looking for individuals to step up into leadership roles." Purcell, who resigned as Centennial's athletic director in June, is excited that she will be able to give her team "my undivided attention. That's going to help this group tremendously." And while this year's team is a work-in-progress, Purcell sees potential. "Don't underestimate this group," said Purcell, "because I think they'll rise to the occasion."

Glenelg Gladiators

1998 record: 5-9-1 overall, 4-5 league

Coach: Ginger Kincaid

Classification: 1A

Top players: Kristina Schwarz, Jr., M; Elizabeth Narron, Jr., F; Kelly O'Connor, Jr., F, Jessica Schmidt, Jr., M.

Outlook: Juniors. Lots of juniors. Fifteen of the 18 players on the roster are juniors, and 10 were on last year's JV. "It's a strong junior group," said Kincaid. "It'll take a little while to get everybody together at this level, but I have a lot of high hopes for this team." Junior Kristina Johnson will start in goal in her first year of high school action. She has played indoors and at the club level. Narron (seven goals, three assists) and O'Connor (four, one) are the leading returning scorers, and forward Sarah Frederick also will help the Gladiators' attack. Kincaid said the team has "a lot of speed" and expects the Gladiators to improve as they gain more experience playing together.

Glenelg Country Dragons

1998 record: 5-6-3 overall, 3-2-1 AIS B

Coach: Mandy Sieverts

Classification: IAAM

Top players: Megan Reuwer, Sr., M; Molly Walker, Jr., M; Christine Corkran, Jr., F; Teresa Church, Jr., G; Michelle Johnson, Sr., D.

Outlook: An assistant coach last season, Sieverts is optimistic as she takes over the program. "We should be very competitive this year. We lost only three seniors," said Sieverts, whose team will play in the news Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference. Sieverts said the team's togetherness and the absence of "superstar" players will help. "A lot of these girls have been playing together since middle school," Sievert said. "They work well together and support each other." She added: "We have some really good players, but we don't have complete stars. That will benefit us, because they will work that much harder to win." Seniors Karla Greene (F) and Laura Clark (M) also will contribute. Corkran (three goals, two assists) is the leading returning scorer, and Reuwer and Johnson will key the defense.

Hammond Golden Bears

1998 record: 10-3-1 overall, 7-2 league

Coach: Gay Petrlik

Classification: 2A

Top players: Amy Hafets, Sr., M; Lauren Snyder, Sr., F; Courtney Vaughan, Sr., F; Andrea Feldstein, Sr., D; Megan Gallivan, Jr. F.

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