Baltimore County

Boys Lacrosse

March 20, 2000|By Lem Satterfield

Baltimore County

Boys' Latin Lakers (15-4)

Coach: Bob Shriver

Outlook: Starting attackmen Dan Berger, Brian Nee and All-Metro Dan Lamonica all return, along with third-year starting goalkeeper Ryan Lafferty. Depth shouldn't be a problem defensively behind Matt O'Malley, J. J. LaSeta and Chris Brown. However, the development of the Lakers' midfield will determine whether the program can figure into the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title picture.

Calvert Hall Cardinals (10-7)

Coach: Brian Kelly

Outlook: North Carolina-bound midfielder Kevin Frew, Russell Radebaugh, Dan Stringer and Tom Randisi represent the Cardinals' strength. The Cardinals lost the bulk of their defense to graduation, so defenders Jon Edwards and Sean White will be critical to the team's progress while coach Kelly and staff work out the attack and goalie situations. If that doesn't happen, the Cardinals will face a long and difficult MIAA A Conference season.

FOR THE RECORD - The spelling of St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley's name has been corrected for the database. See microfilm for original story.

Catonsville Comets (6-6)

Coach: Matt Ames

Outlook: All but one starter returns from a team which lost close games to state runner-up Towson, and which lost in last year's regional semifinals. Won Hill, Christian Henderson, Jesse Noppenberger and Iain Steves bolster the midfield, with Dan Gately and Dave Panella on attack and Nathan Brooks on defense. There's a competitive battle for starting goalkeeper, but the Comets will be in the thick of things in the county's Division I.

Chesapeake Bayhawks (1-12)

Coach: John Baker

Outlook: Top scorer Robert Frank, on attack, faceoff M Jorge Diaz and D Ciafa Jones, D Josh McCarter and D R. C. Davis are among nine returning starters who look to have a say in the county's Division III race.

Dulaney Lions (14-4)

Coach: Gary Schreiber

Outlook: The Lions graduated their entire defense, but return a proven midfield in Bryant Will, Jon Spivey and Mark McLewee, along with A Bret Barrow, A Mike Obringer and A Matt Carroll. Ball-control must be an emphasis if the Lions are to maintain their status as the county's elite Division I team.

Dundalk Owls (4-8)

Coach: Brian Tallon

Outlook: Although only three starters return, Tallon said his Owls should finish near the top of Baltimore County's Division II. D Rob Harris and D Shane Smith, along with A Jason Todd and M Chris Huffman, are expected to share leadership roles.

Eastern Tech Mavericks (8-4)

Coach: Barry Heddings

Outlook: Heddings may not have the depth, but he certainly has the talent to make a major impact in the county's Division I. UMBC-bound Brian Johnson and Matt Cougle shore up the midfield, as do Towson University-bound Justin Combs and Nathan Andrew, on attack, and Matt Alt and Chris Markel, defensively. Kevin Cross is solid in goal for a team which suffered several one-goal losses last spring.

Franklin Indians (9-2)

Coach: Earl Deickman

Outlook: Last year's Division II champion Indians move up to challenge in Division I. G Sean Norris, D Kyle Headley, M Chaz Hazel, M Chris Borcik and A Zach Bolster will be the keys to "winning seven-to-nine games," Deickman said.

Hereford Bulls (14-4)

Coach: Whit Morrill

Outlook: The county champion Bulls don't have as much depth or scoring power as last season, but second-team All-Metro D Rob Bateman, G Mike Stoltz and D John Hanley anchor perhaps the county's best defense in Division I. M Matt Curtis and Matt Miller, along with A Kris Davis combined for 70 goals and 12 assists, and M Todd Yates had 92 ground balls. Ryan Vogel and Adam Hendrix also return, defensively from a team that reached the state semifinals.

Kenwood Bluebirds (6-6)

Coach: Russ LeBlanc.

Outlook: The Bluebirds were second and third, respectively, in the county's Division II over the past two seasons, but are looking to go after the title this spring. A Mike Woke and A Mike Powers lead the way, along with M Kelly Greer, M Tom Hanlin, D Todd Olszewski, D Jimmy Stoneburner and D Julius Carey.

Lansdowne Vikings (6-5)

Coach: Brian Layman

Outlook: The Vikings have high hopes of challenging for the crown in the Division II race, having returned nearly every starter and with a turnout of 30 players. G Greg Rush, A Doug Aquilla, A Matt Kuhn, A Keith Littlejohn, M Shaun Mooney, M Charles Welsch, D Roy Wench, D Mike Rowan and D Cory Metcalf give Layman a nice foundation.

Loyola Dons (15-7)

Coach: John Tucker

Outlook: The stability of All-Metro D Ricky Schultz, who is bound for Princeton, and defender Mike McKenna will spark a team that has three viable candidates for the goalkeeper position. M Mike McNamara, A Devin Weatherly and A Brian Miller are among the more familiar faces. Tucker coached three championship teams at Gilman during the 1990s before being an assistant last spring at Boys' Latin.

Loch Raven Raiders (6-8)

Coach: Charles Weitz

Outlook: The Raiders are rebuilding on defense, but M J. B. Elgert and M Bucky Harris give Weitz a starting place in transition, as does Mike Deutsch, on attack. D Don Fitch and G Rich Koller are solid performers in the area the Division I Raiders most need help.

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