Teams at a glance

Girls Lacrosse

March 20, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham

Ann. Area Christian Eagles (12-1)

Coach: Paul Brophy

Outlook: The Eagles will try to defend their Capitol Area Lacrosse League championship with a largely new cast. Leading scorer Erin Coombe (39 goals, 13 assists) and standout goalie Jessi Seep graduated. In their 9-3 win over Friends in last year's title game, the Eagles got strong contributions from underclassmen Emiley Boone, Sharon Katz, Julie Cross and Chelsea Thomas and Lia Paladino.

Annapolis Panthers (19-1)

Coach: Dave Gehrdes

Outlook: The two-time defending Class 4A-3A state champs appear poised to make it three straight. Here's what opposing defenses will have to contend with this spring: Sarah Oliphant (51 goals, 36 assists), Kristy Dirks (50, 32) and Acacia Walker (27, 27). All three standouts bring their own qualities and combine to give the Panthers the most potent attack around. The defense is sound, too, with Mary Beth Simmons and goalie Emily Childs leading the way. "Mary Beth is a real strong marker who also takes care of the communication back there and Emily is also vocal," said Gehrdes.

Arch. Spalding Cavaliers (12-9-1)

Coach: Tom Prickett

Outlook: The Cavaliers, who captured the Association of Independent Schools B Division crown last spring, are now part of the new Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference. Graduation cost the Cavs five starters, including four on defense, with Prickett counting on a number of newcomers to fill the void. "Our team will be young with only three seniors, but our young players have good speed and athletic ability," said Prickett. Senior attacker Katie Mannix has a knack for finishing and will get help from junior returnee Megan Taneyhill. Defensively, the Cavs will look to senior Liz Gallagher and junior Amy Altig in the cage. Senior Kellie Schiavone is a key in transition.

Arundel Wildcats (9-6)

Coach: Leann Shuck

Outlook: The Wildcats have the majority of last year's group back and are anticipating another competitive showing in the county. The veteran defensive unit is led by junior Meg Dentler, a three-year starter in the cage. "Meg makes all the saves she supposed to and also comes up with the big saves," said Shuck. Goals will come from a number of sources, including Holly Clendening, Denise Casey and Kelly Moore, with Courtney Shannon the primary feeder. "We work well at each end, transition is our weakest part. That's been our main focus in practice," said Shuck.

Broadneck Bruins (15-3)

Coach: Karen Chesley

Outlook: The Bruins lost some firepower from last year's team, most notably Lauren Peck's 64 goals and 39 assists, but they also have some coming back. The focal point is senior midfielder Rachel Shuck, who scored 38 goals and added 42 assists while playing at both ends with equal intensity. "Rachel's our nucleus. She's a good feeder and finisher on attack and also a good talker on defense," said Chesley. Help on attack comes from sophomore Brooke Richards, who scored 27 times as a freshman and improved as the season progressed. Senior Michelle Lare anchors the defense with junior goalie Alice Lerian making significant strides in the cage.

Chesapeake Cougars (3-8)

Coach: Cindy Kelly

Outlook: The Cougars have their roster filled with quality athletes who have enjoyed success in other sports. Kelly hopes that can carry over into lacrosse. Pam Hemmings, Jen Franklin and Emily Ison were all standouts on Chesapeake's field hockey team this fall and Jaime Kittle is one of a number of soccer players in the mix. Solidifying the defense is Kelly's top concern in the preseason. Franklin and Danielle Dlugokeski are the starting points. The scoring should be spread out with Hemmings, Ison and Morgan Powell all capable finishers. "We look pretty strong. With the restraining line, we're working on our settled offense using a lot of motion," Kelly said.

Key School (7-5)

Coach: Pinky Slingluff

Outlook: With four-year starting goalie Libby Wright and a number of scoring candidates on attack, Slingluff believes all the bases are covered to make a strong impression in the IAAM C Conference. "We'll be looking for strong team play. There's good communication, along with a lot of support and energy," said Slingluff. Wright's lengthy varsity time and strong clears are invaluable, Slingluff added. Also on defense, juniors Jeannie Barkinshaw and Allison Davis are in their third season playing together on varsity. In an early scrimmage, goals were coming from every direction with Elizabeth Vaughan, Sonya Olson and Beth Bafford leading the way.

Glen Burnie Gophers (3-9)

Coach: Robin Schmidt

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