Harford County

Boys Lacrosse

March 20, 2000|By Mark Hoeflich

Harford County

Aberdeen Eagles (5-9)

Coach: Michael O'Brien.

Outlook: Having four of their top scorers back and better athleticism gives the Eagles reason to believe they can get to .500. Seniors Dan Robinson (20 goals) and John Bender (19) combined for 39 goals last season and Robertson won 65 percent of his faceoffs. O'Brien also has better size among his close defense.

Bel Air Bobcats (8-4)

Coach: Colin Carr

Outlook: The Bobcats just may have the personnel to stay among the contenders for the League championship. They lack star power but the Bobcats have several players who can take on different roles. First-year coach Carr, who plays for the English National Team, will utilize a slow-down offense and a zone defense.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs (10-5)

Coach: Andrew Gerard

Outlook: The Mustangs are young and unproven at the key positions as the entire attack and top defender were lost to graduation. Ian Cordell is the go-to scorer but he needs help from the midfield.

Edgewood Rams (7-8)

Coach: Jim Lamb.

Outlook: The Rams have advanced to the regional finals three of the last four years and Lamb believes his team can hover around .500 again. Senior attackman Jason Sanzone goes from beneficiary to prime scorer, and junior Manu Kuppali gets his first chance in goal.

Fallston Cougars (17-3)

Coach: Matt Parks.

Outlook: The state 3A-4A runner-up Cougars lost last season's top two scorers and lead defender, but they have a promising midfield and a reliable goalkeeper in senior Justin Evans. Junior Matt Bosse is the best among a balanced attack and first-year coach Parks has added a few new wrinkles to the defense. "We're looking to peak toward end of the county schedule," Park said.

Harford Tech Cobras (7-6)

Coach: Tom Nelson.

Outlook: The Cobras finished with their best record in five years last season and Nelson anticipates the winning ways to continue. The Cobras' strength is on the back line where three three-year players return. "Having the kids stay with the game and a JV team has really helped us," said Nelson.

John Carroll Patriots (10-6)

Coach: Bob Wright.

Outlook: Wright is thrilled by the Patriots' early results and said his team is better prepared at the start of this season than the previous four. However, the best news for the Patriots is that Friends moved to the MIAA A Conference, paving the way for John Carroll's first B Conference crown since 1996. The Patriots finished runner-up to the Quakers each of the last three years. Wright has three quality scorers in John Mundth, Jay Duffy and Brad Haller and a fine close defenseman in Matt Block.

Joppatowne Mariners (3-10)

Coach: Alec Shipley.

Outlook: First-year coach Shipley has brought better discipline with a new staff. There's better stickwork along the attack line but the trouble spot remains the defense, which is made up of several football players.

North Harford Hawks (12-3)

Coach: John Grubb.

Outlook: The Hawks expect to get a lot of on-the-job training after graduation wiped out most of the attack and midfield. The defense has the most experience with Doug Testerman, Matt Edie and goalkeeper Andrew Banghart all returning. Grubb said midfielder Matt Pollhammer will be leaned on to do a little of everything. The Hawks have recorded at least nine wins in 15 consecutive seasons.

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