Teams at a glance

Boys Lacrosse

March 20, 2000|By Rick Belz

Teams at a glance

Atholton Raiders

1999 record: 2-13 overall, 1-8 league

Coach: Wendell Thomas

Top players: Neal Halloran, Sr., M; Ray Gayhardt, Sr., A; Denis Cook, Sr., A; James Wilkins, Sr., A.

Outlook: With eight returning seniors and a strong influx of JV players swelling the talent pool to 30 on varsity, Thomas, in his 23rd season, is as optimistic as he's been in years. "The JV was very successful and beat Mount Hebron," Thomas said. "I'm tickled about the numbers. The JV just needs to make the transition." Halloran had 152 ground balls last season. Gayhardt had 20 goals and 15 assists. Cook had 28 goals and 10 assists.

Centennial Eagles

1999 record: 11-4, 8-1

Coach: Mike Siegert

Top players: Mike Schmidt, Sr., GK; David Lane, Sr., D; Andy Murray, Sr., M; David Paolisso, Sr.,A.

Outlook: The Eagles return their entire defense but must replace their top two scorers, Eric Jones and Justin Vettori, who accounted for a large percentage of their goals last season. Vettori also led the league in faceoff percentage and had 119 ground balls. Joining Lane on that returning defense are senior Tim Mitroka and junior Wyatt Cooper. Schmidt is a fourth-year goalkeeper. Senior midfielder Justin Heddinger, who hasn't played since his freshman year, is expected to help offensively. "Our defense should keep us in games but I'm not sure we can score," Siegert said.

Chapelgate Flames

1999 record: 0-12, 0-10

Coach: Darrel Drown

Top players: Eric Wright, Jr., A; Carter O'Sullivan, Jr., D; Jarred Drown, Jr., GK; Dan Floyd, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Flames have four returning starters and a new coach, as the second-year team tries to notch its first win playing in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference. Defense should be the team's strength with O'Sullivan, a tough crease defenseman, Dan Jeffries and Josh Rose. Floyd is a good outside shooter. Wright handles the ball well.

Glenelg Gladiators

1999 record: 10-7, 6-3

Coach: Rick Kincaid

Top players: Zack McQuigg, Sr., A; Taylor Faris, Sr., M; Ben Dougherty, Jr., M; Brad Hanyok, Sr., M/A.

Outlook: The Gladiators, a Class 2A-1A regional finalist last season, should be an offensive-minded team. They return five starters and 13 lettermen among its roster of 22 players. Three of those starters combined for 89 goals. McQuigg scored 41 goals and had 42 assists. Faris scored 23 goals and had 18 assists. Hanyok scored 25 goals and had 16 assists. Added punch is expected from junior attackman Shane Baxter and sophomore attackman Pat Beall. "We should be in the top three teams," Kincaid said.

Glenelg Country School Dragons

1999 record: 11-4, 8-2

Coach: Tom Marechek

Top players: Andrew Garthoff, Sr., GK; Brian Wesley, Sr., M; James Hartner, Sr., M; Trey Reuwer, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Dragons return six starters and again expect to challenge for the MIAA C Conference title. The Dragons lost the title game to Annapolis Christian last season. Annapolis has moved to the B Division and Sts. Peter and Paul is now Glenelg's chief opponent. Garthoff was first-team All-Conference last season and is a third-year starter. Wesley and Hartner are both good shooters. Reuwer plays good position defense and has strong stick skills.

Hammond Golden Bears

1999 record: 5-11, 2-7

Coach: Dave Griffin

Top players: Brendan McClellan, Jr., M; Kevin Dietsch, So., M; Brad LeFevre, Jr., M; Gabe Katz, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Bears tied Mount Hebron for the county championship last season, so hopes for varsity improvement are high. "We could finish as high as third," said Griffin, a second-year coach. The Bears, however, have only three seniors and seven sophomores on varsity, making them one of the league's youngest teams. Midfield is the team's definite strength. Katz scored 17 goals and had 15 assists last season.

Howard Lions

1999 record: 1-12, 1-8

Coach: Tony Brown

Top players: Dan Lichtenstein, Jr., A; Dan Roth, Sr., D; Adrian Cmerek, So., M; Greg Anderson, So., D.

Outlook: The Lions have won only four games during the past five seasons and will field a young team of 17 players, five of whom are sophomores. Lichtenstein is a scoring threat who excels at dodging. Roth gives the Lions some speed. Cmerek, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound starting guard in football, will handle faceoffs. Anderson dishes out aggressive checks. Sophomore Brian Kusterer and junior Ron Spano are battling for the goalkeeper position.

Long Reach Lightning

1999 record: 5-12, 3-6

Coach: Tom Minard

Top players: Mark Skakle, Sr., A; Matt Nesbitt, Jr., A; Joe Hamilton, Sr., D; Troung Doan, Sr., A.

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