1999 Fall Sports Preview

Field Hockey

September 02, 1999|By Katherine Dunn and Edward Lee

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Carver A&T Wildcats (7-4)

Coach: Denise Junkerman

Outlook: Brimming with youth, the Wildcats are looking to improve on last year's first-round loss in the postseason. Junkerman lost only two seniors to graduation and expects big contributions from midfielder Vicki Goldsmith, forward Michelle Fisher, and defender Erika Gross.

Catonsville Comets (11-2-1)

Coach: Kathy Schuyler

Outlook: Late-season injuries thwarted the Comets' bid last fall to reach the state semifinals for a second straight year. With midfielder Erin Cobreth returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament to rejoin defender Chrissy Blake and forward Kara MacLeod, the Comets should vie for county and regional titles.

Dulaney Lions (11-3-1)

Coach: Jolene Zeigenfuse

Outlook: The Lions lost six seniors from a team that reached the state Class 3A semifinals, but new coach Zeigenfuse said she has a stronger attack this season. Led by midfielder Kelly Slear and sweeper Becky Gerkins, the Lions have many players from JV teams that won county title the last two years.

Dundalk Owls (3-5-3)

Coach: Danielle Grzebien

Outlook: Grzebien's goal is to convert last season's ties into wins. She will depend on goalie Lindsey Wolfe, a four-year varsity starter who stopped 86 percent of her opponents' shots. With four goals each, forwards Sarah Little and Laura Massoni will lead the attack.

Eastern Tech Mavericks (3-9)

Coach: Sandra Metz

Outlook: With four years as an assistant field hockey coach at Easton High School in Talbot County, Metz takes over the Mavericks helm. The team features the return of every starter, including forward Kristina Grhe and midfielders Jennifer Crunkilton and Melisha Peregoy.

Franklin Indians (NA)

Coach: Angie Keck.

Outlook: Keck, a former Franklin player, takes over a team looking to jump back into contention after several years. The Indians are rebuilding on defense, but have nine solid returning players including veteran forwards Debbie Park and Danielle Laudeman and link Saira Haider.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies (7-3-5)

Coach: Micul Ann Morse

Outlook: The Grizzlies return eight seniors and should make a run at the top spot in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Division. The defense, anchored by veteran goalie Catie Corbin, returns nearly intact, while Caroline Cox leads a balanced attack that could boost some of those ties into the win column this season.

Hereford Bulls (14-3-1)

Coach: Tammy Mundie

Outlook: The County and state co-champion Bulls lost three key players including City/County Player of the Year Sarah Warner, but they return eight starters including midfielder Jen Marstellar, defender Melanie Schwarzmann and goalie Jen Kostik. The Bulls graduated most of their offense, but a defensive unit returning intact should help make up for that loss.

Kenwood Bluebirds (8-4)

Coach: Stacey Kalwa

Outlook: With former head coach Mary Castaldo on maternity leave, Kalwa moves up from assistant coach and inherits a squad that lost four senior defenders. But she still has wing Kara Kulczycki, the team's leading scorer for the past two years, goalie Krista Mazziot, and assists leader Jennifer Svec.

Lansdowne Vikings (7-8)

Coach: Kelly Bippus

Outlook: The Vikings lost seven seniors who helped power the squad to the second round of the regionals. Moving from the defensive end to the offensive one, forward Shannon Stottlemire will lead a youthful team that includes wing Kristina Hubbard and midfielder Aubrey Poysa.

Loch Raven Raiders (NA)

Coach: Jennifer Allen

Outlook: The Raiders return a veteran group that Allen said is more fundamentally sound and could make a move against their Baltimore County foes. Katie Fox and Kimberly Mooney anchor the midfield while Annie DeCosta returns at sweeper.

Lutheran Saints (9-6-5)

Coach: Michelle King

Outlook: Runners-up to John Carroll in the AIS B Division last year, the Saints lost only four players. They have 12 seniors including goalie Kristen Williamson, forward Nikki Null and versatile Angie Crenshaw, so the Saints should contend for the first IAAM B Division title.

Maryvale Lions (3-8-4)

Coach: Jennie Boyce

Outlook: The Lions lost just three starters, so they are working to improve last year's record. Returning forwards Shannon Kron and Shannon Hanley and halfback Kate Nolan lead a team that also has a talented group moving up from a JV that lost just one game.

McDonogh Eagles (6-9-4)

Coach: Katie O'Connell

Outlook: The Eagles return 16 players many of whom went to camp or played in Europe over the summer, so former assistant coach O'Connell takes over a team looking to move up. Goalie Sabrina Gill and back Gina Zanella anchor a solid defense while Heather Warnken leads the offense.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates (8-8-1)

Coach: Kathleen Gower

Outlook: Gower returns after a year off to have a baby and she has a lot of new players to work with because nine seniors graduated. Lauren Keller is the top returning forward while Kristen Miller and Bridget Morris return to the midfield.

Oldfields (3-11-2)

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