Division I Johns Hopkins 1999 record: 10-4 Coach...

March 03, 2000|By Katherine Dunn

Division I

Johns Hopkins

1999 record: 10-4

Coach: Janine Tucker (seventh season, 78-20)

Top returnees: Danielle Maschuci, Sr., M; Sara Love, Sr., G; Jamie Larrimore, Soph., A; Erin Wellner, Soph., A; Erinn Dennis, Soph., M; Christy Peterson, Soph., M; Laura Ekas, Sr., D; Shanu Kohli, Soph., D; Candice Smith, Jr., D.

Outlook: After a successful debut in Division I last season, the Blue Jays have upgraded their schedule, jumping from two ranked opponents to six. Among the additions is Maryland, which will come to Homewood Field on April 15 for a game to be televised on WMAR-TV, Channel 2. The two teams haven't met since 1979. Facing such a tough schedule, it helps to return plenty of defenders from a unit, led by Ekas and Love, that allowed just 8.2 goals per game a year ago. Veteran keeper Love posted a 57.4 percent save rate. In the scoring department, Maschuci (51G, 12A) ranks among the Blue Jays' all-time leaders. She heads a young, but potent attack. Wellner (21, 10) and Larrimore (48G) are coming off terrific freshman seasons and freshman attack Meghan Burnett was a three-time All-America pick in high school.

Loyola

1999 record: 12-5

Coach: Diane Geppi-Aikens (12th season, 134-55)

Top returnees: Jen Testrake, Jr., A; Therese Naab, Sr., D; Megan Santacroce, Jr., M; Dana Cappello, Jr., M; Kory Miller, Sr., M; Stephanie Sweet, Sr., M; Suzanne Eyler, Soph., M; Tricia Dabrowski, Soph., G; Stacey Morlang, Soph., M; Danielle Battersby, Jr., A; Kristin Hagert, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Greyhounds graduated their only All-American, Kathleen O'Shea, and they still have more underclassmen than juniors and seniors, but that shouldn't make a difference. The youngsters overachieved last season and should pick up right where they left off. An already potent attack will get a boost from the return of Testrake, whose 32 goals led the team in 1998, but who missed last season with torn knee ligaments and a broken kneecap. Santacroce, Morlang and Battersby all contributed more than 35 points last season. Miller, Sweet and Eyler provide versatility in the midfield. The defense is in good hands with Naab, Capello and Dabrowski, who had an excellent freshman season with a 9.60 goals-against average and a 53 percent save rate. Look for the Greyhounds to make a run at the Colonial Athletic Association championship with new fervor -- for the first time, the winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Maryland

1999 record: 21-0 (national champion)

Coach: Cindy Timchal (10th season, 148-11)

Top returnees: Alex Kahoe, Sr., G; Jen Adams, Jr., A; Christie Jenkins, Sr., M; Kristin Sommar, Sr., M; Tonia Porras, Sr., M; Allison Comito, Jr., A; Quinn Carney, Jr., A; Meredith Egan, Jr., M; Courtney Martinez, Jr., D; Kerri Mulligan, Sr., D; Meghan McNamana, Jr., A; Tori Wellington, Jr., D.

Outlook: What's the best thing about being the five-time defending national champion? Returning every single starter -- six of them All-Americans. Still, the Terrapins believe they can get better and that's what drives them. Brine/IWLCA Player of the Year Jen Adams had a record-setting year in 1999. The Australian scored 71 goals and assisted on 46 more, breaking Kelly Amonte's marks for single-season goals and points. Four other All-Americans return 68 or more points each -- Jenkins, Comito, Carney and Sommar. Porras, the lone defensive All-America pick, and Kahoe anchor a defense that allowed just 6.74 goals per game and allowed double figures only twice. But the Terps didn't just coast last season. They had to pull out three overtime wins against Top 6 teams, proving they can win the close ones. In the NCAA semifinals, they rallied from four goals down to slip by Penn State, 17-13, before cruising past Virginia, 16-6, in the title game. Behind national and ACC Coach of the Year Timchal, the Terps are aiming for their seventh national championship in nine years.

Mount St. Mary's

1999 record: 7-8

Coach: Janet Anderson (third season, 19-12)

Top returnees: Ashley Rusk, Jr., A; Kelly Shearer, Sr., D; Lacey Morley, Sr., A; Erica Hensley, Sr., M; Christine Fee, Sr., D; Sarah Schaffner, Sr., M; Beth Fischer, Sr., A; Amy Harris, Soph., A; Megan Malloy, Sr., M; Lara Steinbraker, Soph., M; Kathryn Harrington, Soph., G.

Outlook: The Mountaineers took a significant step up in the level of competition they faced last season and their record reflected that. With nine seniors and a large contingent of returning starters, however, they look to improve on back-to-back third-place finishes in the Northeast Conference. Rusk (25, 10), last year's co-leading scorer, heads an attack that boasts six players with 25 or more points, including Morley, Curran, Hensley and Schaffner. Shearer and Fee anchor a more experienced line defense that should cut down on the 12.13 goals allowed per game. An extra year of experience will also help keepers Harrington and Candace Gryken, who faced their baptism under fire as freshmen last season.

Towson

1999 record: 4-12

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