Teams at a glance

September 02, 1999|By GLENN P. GRAHAM

Annapolis Panthers

1998 record: 8-3

Coach: Stephanie Rowland

Top players: Katie Hartman, Sr., A; Ashley Mays, Sr., D; Emily Childs, Sr., G; Beth Herman, Sr., D; Ellen Jewel, Sr., D; Kate Steinfeld, Sr., D; Kristen Vandriessche, Sr., A; Amanda Smear, Jr., MF.

Outlook: The Panthers' typically explosive attack may take a back seat to defense this season. Last fall's defense returns intact. Rowland is switching to a man-to-man defense for quicker transition after playing zone in past years. Childs, in her fourth season, covers all the angles in goal and keeps the entire defense together with constant communication. Mays, a second-team All-County selection in 1998, will be counted on to score, distribute and control the middle of the field at center back. Smear also will be a key in transition with Hartman and Vandendriessche joining sophomores Terea Strumm and Emily Boggs as the likely scoring sources.

Archbishop Spalding

Coach: Leslee Brady

1998 record: 5-11

Top players: Kristen Walker, Sr., MF; Julia Gallagher, So., MF; Ashley Howard, So. F; Katie Dall, Sr., G; Mary Monaghan, Jr., D.

Outlook: Brady takes over for former coach Mary Pat Bozel, who left after 10 years. The early focus is sharpening stick skills and finishing scoring chances. Walker played all over the field last year but will settle into center midfield to provide a starting point. A strong two-way player, she brings good field sense, the team's hardest drive and leadership. Gallagher, in her second varsity season, also will be counted on as a link between the offense and defense. The Cavaliers are looking for scoring punch from Howard, a newcomer with a good knack around the goal. Quick and aggressive at sweeper, Monaghan is a steadying influence. Competition is taking place in goal, where Dall returns with sophomore Kristen Schwartzmeyer adding depth.

Arundel Wildcats

Coach: Clint Gosnell

1998 record: 11-5

Top players: Emily Walther, Sr., D; Elizabeth Harris, Sr., F; Meredith Carpenter, Sr., D; Melissa Daley, Sr., D; Natalie Marano, Sr., G; Jill Marano, Jr., MF/F; Michelle Hornfleck, Jr., F.

Outlook: Gosnell is excited for good reasons -- 12 returnees, a talented group of newcomers, and early dividends from the area's first feeder program; 16 freshmen tried out. The veteran coach said hard work can bring out endless potential, and he expects his Wildcats to play their best ball at season's end. Jill Marano has more-polished skills this season and should be a factor at center midfield. She also has the team's most powerful, accurate shot. Hornfeck and Harris also can create and finish. Walther, a three-year starter, is the mainstay of a mostly new defense. Carpenter has made a smooth transition from midfield to help out, and Daley is the coordinator at sweeper. Natalie Marano, backup goalie last fall, gets her chance and looks ready. Three of the team's five losses last season came against state champion Severna Park.

Broadneck Bruins

1998 record: 7-5-1

Coach: Phoebe Kelly

Top players: Megan Atkinson, Sr., MF; Amanda McElwee, Sr., MF; K.C. Swieconek, Sr., D; Meghan Callahan, Sr., D; Sara Glassman, Sr., G; Shane Rigling, Jr., A; Melanie Bell, Sr., D.

Outlook: All the pieces of the puzzle appear to be in place for a successful season. It starts with Atkinson and McElwee in the middle of the field, where Kelly expects them to keep the ball moving and handling the team's set offensive plays. Glassman, in her third varsity season, covers the angles well and provides leadership to a veteran defense highlighted by Swieconek at right back. While the defense will hold its own, Kelly is hoping most of the action will be played at the other end. She said scoring should come from all directions with Rigling one of the primary finishers.

Chesapeake Cougars

1998 record: 8-4-3

Coach: Jerry Taylor

Top players: Pam Hemmings, Sr., D; Emily Ison, Sr., MF; Jen Franklin, Sr., A; Becky Marks, Sr., A; Karin Michalwicz, Sr., D; Morgan Powell, Sr., MF; Melissa Bryant, Jr., D.

Outlook: Strengths at every position seem likely to continue on the winning tradition at Chesapeake. Scoring was a problem last fall, but Franklin and Marks should supply answers. Franklin is fast with a strong shot and Marks is always right where she needs to be. The defense is in transition, but Hemmings looks at home at center back. Bryant has made a smooth transition to right back after playing midfield last fall. Ison, a second-team All-County pick last season, brings superb stickwork to midfield, knowing when to carry the ball and when to give it up. She'll push up plenty to get involved in the offensive mix. Further solidifying the midfield is Powell, a tri-captain with Franklin and Hemmings.

Meade Mustangs

1998 record: 0-12

Coach: Angela King

Top players: Alicia Donahue, Sr., MF; Jen Bietzell, Sr., F; Diana Shepherd, Jr., F; Jen Gonselaz, Sr., G; Amanda Entwistle, Jr., D; Christina Gri, Jr., D.

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