Teams at a glance

Girls Lacrosse

March 20, 2000|By Stan Rappaport

Teams at a glance

Atholton Raiders

1999 record: 7-8 overall, 4-5 league

Coach: Beth Pressler

Top players: Katie Allen, Sr., A; Karen Brownlie, Sr., D; Amanda Ramsey, Sr., D; Regan Miller, Jr., A.

Outlook: Miller had 29 goals and six assists last season and will lead the Raiders, who have a mix of mostly senior and sophomore players. Atholton returns seven starters -- Allen, Brownlie, Ramsey, Miller, Emily Benson (Sr., M), Michelle McKenna (Jr., M) and Kristen Barth (Sr., A) and also kept six sophomores. Pressler said the Raiders are "more athletic" this season and "hope to better" last year's record. Senior midfielders Erin Horne and Anna Campos have lacrosse experience, but not at the high school level. They have had success in other sports -- Horne in gymnastics and Campos in ice skating -- and Pressler said their quickness will help. The Raiders had to make cuts for the first time in years this season, an indication, Pressler said, that the program is headed in a positive direction.

Centennial Eagles

1999 record: 8-7 overall, 7-2 league

Coach: Katie Marks

Top players: Caitlin Marshall, Sr., M; Bethany Bunce, Sr., A; Allison Woods, Sr., D; Nicole Simon, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Eagles have nine seniors -- many with starting experience -- and four were among the team's top scorers last season. Marshall (31 goals, 15 assists) is the leading returning scorer, followed by senior attack Kim Emrich (23, 10), Bunce (24, 4) and Simon (17, 6). "I see a positive attitude overall. I think we're going to be very competitive," said first-year coach Marks. Others that will contribute include: Carolyn Payne (Sr., M), Maggie Via (Sr., M), Donna Boccuzzi (Sr., D), Ashley Evans (Jr., A), Laura Chwirut (Sr., G) and Kelby Vanous (Sr., G). Chwirut and Vanous are expected to split time in goal. Two freshmen -- defender Katie Reck and midfielder Kelly Renzi -- also will help. Marks, who won two state titles playing at Mount Hebron, is "doing the same training I did at Hebron, and it's making a difference."

Chapelgate Flames

1999 record: 1-13-1 overall, 0-4 league

Coach: Joyce Klein

Top players: Meghan Klein, Jr., A/M; Stephanie Litt, Jr., M; Courtney Holley, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Flames lack experience, and will have their work cut out for them in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Division. "We're young and very inexperienced, but hopefully we'll learn lot, have fun and win a few games," Klein said. Klein, who coached last year's first varsity team, said she is "just a mom" who has coached at the recreation level. But her solid understanding of fundamentals and her desire to see the program succeed will be a plus for the Flames. Meghan Klein had 22 goals last season and is the leading returning scorer. Other players that will contribute include: Margie Hendricks (Jr., M/D), Laura Holtrop (Soph., M), Jenni Crump (Jr., M) and Ayme Ricketts (Soph., G). A soccer goalie, Ricketts, will be playing lacrosse for the first time.

Glenelg Gladiators

1999 record: 12-5 overall, 7-2 league

Coach: Ginger Kincaid

Top players: Layne Buckler, Sr., D; Erin Edell, Jr., M; Kelly O'Connor, Jr., A; Stephanie Howell, Sr., M; Stephanie Simpson, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Gladiators return seven starters that helped beat Centennial on the final day of the regular season last year to tie the Eagles for second place in the county. Kincaid said she felt her team "won the county" with that victory -- Mount Hebron is in a league by itself -- and feels the Gladiators can repeat. "We definitely can, but we have a lot of work to do." Kincaid said her team's strengths are "a lot of speed and our defense is solid." Senior Bibi Warfield and Buckler key the defense in front of junior goalie Heather Young. O'Connor had a team-high 39 goals last season, and Simpson had 27 goals and a team-high 29 assists. Two players that will add to the attack are juniors Lindsay Lewis and Kate Nicole. Four players -- Young, Edell, Howell and Simpson -- played in the Class 1A state championship basketball game.

Glenelg County School Dragons

1999 record: 8-10 overall, 2-2 league

Coach: Paige Nettelbladt Walton

Top players: Laura Clarke, Sr., D; Molly Walker, Jr. M; Carla Greene, Sr., M; Allison Rabinowitz, Sr., M/A.

Outlook: The Dragons will play in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Division, and first-year coach Walton is optimistic. "We're rebuilding a little bit, but the girls are very dedicated and working very hard," Walton said. "We're hoping to have a winning season." Walker is the team's leading returning scorer (32 goals, 32 assists), and will lead an experienced attack. Clarke heads a younger defense, which has junior Teresa Church, a first-year player, in goal. Juniors Christine Corkran (attack) and Maria Peklo (midfielder) will contribute to a team that has only three returning seniors. "We're going to need the younger players to step up," said Walton, who will be assisted by Mandy Sieverts, the school's varsity field hockey coach.

Hammond Golden Bears

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