Harford County

Girls Lacrosse

March 20, 2000|By Mark Hoeflich

Harford County

Aberdeen Eagles (5-8)

Coach: Marissa DeSanto

Outlook: The Eagles figure to be a more formidable opponent with five four-year seniors and a good influx of promising sophomores, many of which attended camps over the summer. The attack is led by junior Sally Resau, and senior Jane Marsilio is back in goal.

Bel Air Bobcats (10-7)

Coach: Angela Knott

Outlook: If a strong senior class, which includes last season's leading scorer in Tory Doyle (31 goals, 24 assists), can mix with four in-coming juniors from a JV team that lost only once in 1999, the Bobcats could shake things up in the league standings.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs (12-4)

Coach: Paul Snyder

Outlook: If anything, a brutal early-season schedule will make the Mustangs better late than early. The Mustangs' first four games are against St. Mary's, Bryn Mawr, Liberty and Notre Dame Prep. The Mustangs won't pile up a lot of goals and a stopper must emerge in the back, but Snyder tends to get the most of his players. Junior goalie Monica Janowitz will get tested often.

Edgewood Rams (9-5)

Coach: Stacey Tytus

Outlook: The Rams made a surprising run to the state Class 1A semifinals last season and with nine returning starters anything is possible. Tytus has an outstanding trio of scorers in Stefanie Wilhelm (47 goals, 11 assists), Amber Stansbury (38, 12) and Julie DiCarlo (31, 11). Senior goalkeeper Jennifer Mitchell, who had 40 saves in Edgewood's regional final win over North Harford, anchors the defense and should benefit from three returning starters in front her.

Fallston Cougars (9-3)

Coach: Pam Reich

Outlook: The Cougars are one of the most talented teams in the league and their speed should make them dangerous in transition. The front line was hurt by the loss of Jen Schuerholz to a season-ending knee injury, but Reich has viable scoring options in senior Gina Lattanzi and juniors Becky Rausa and Stephanie Ogle. A stingy defense is led by senior Jessica Hammer. "This is a fantastic and upbeat group of girls," said Reich, who previously spent 20 years coaching at Joppatowne.

Harford Tech Cobras

Coach: Sarah Moore.

Outlook: The Cobras enter their first season as a varsity program and Moore's emphasis is on improving skills and building cohesiveness among many freshmen and sophomores.

Havre de Grace Warriors (1-9)

Coach: Judy Forder.

Outlook: The Warriors hope to raise their level of play with 10 returnees. Forder said her team's catching and throwing is improved over last season and the most experience is at midfield.

John Carroll Patriots (11-3)

Coach: Nelia Cheney.

Outlook: The Patriots have the talent, speed and two quality scorers (Emily Gray, Melissa Sands) to be a legitimate contender in the IAAM A Division. Returning midfielders Jenny Biscoe, Kourtney Porcella and Nicole Lewis and a new rule involving the restraining line, should allow the Patriots to push the issue in transition. The defense is unsettled, except for goalkeeper Karen Baxter.

North Harford Hawks

Coach: Barbara Waite.

Outlook: The Hawks have a strong first team, particularly in midfielders Tara Buecker (junior) and Sarah Thomas (senior), but little beyond that. Seniors Jill Hanratty and Kristen Minniss will provide most of goals.

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