Baltimore City

Boys Lacrosse

March 20, 2000|By Mike Frainie

Baltimore City

Archbishop Curley Friars (6-8)

Coach: Joe LaTona

Outlook: LaTona, a first-year coach, takes over a young program that has some holes to fill. They must replace their entire midfield, a goalie and two defenders. Nonetheless, Letona says he has a positive outlook. Senior G Matt Porter has been a pleasant surprise, and senior Chris McNelly and junior John Simmons will lead the attack.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders (N/A)

Coach: Gavin Youngquist

Outlook: This will be Youngquist's first season, and he says he really doesn't know what to expect. The Crusaders return two attack standouts in seniors Joe Gemmell and Michael Renes, while the midfield will be paced by senior Jawann Womack. Youngquist says he has been stressing fundamentals in early practices, but the team has many players who are new to lacrosse. Look for this to be a building year at Gibbons.

Carver Bears (7-5)

Coach: Paul Britt

Outlook: The Bears lost six seniors, and Britt says the team will be young this season. The strength of the team will be the defense, which is anchored by senior Ahmad Taylor and junior Reginald Goodman. Britt was pleased by the turnout for practice, but most of the players have little or no experience at the varsity level. City College Knights (7-5)

Coach: George Petrides

Outlook: Petrides returns to coaching lacrosse after a long absence and will have some talent to work with. The Knights have 10 returning players -- only two of those are seniors -- so there is some experience. The attack will be led by midfielders Michael Gray and Michael Borman and attackman Brad Fairbanks, all of whom are juniors. Justin Griffin, a senior, returns in the goal.

Douglass Ducks (10-2)

Coach: Raymond Harcum

Outlook: The Ducks had a great season last year, but lost most of their leaders. The biggest exception is senior A Phillip Thompson, whom Harcum calls "one of the best in the state." Harcum sees this as a rebuilding year, but there should be enough talent to make the Ducks competitive. Senior Julian Washington will anchor the midfield, while senior Anthony Horrell will lead the defense. Harcum expects the Ducks to get better as the season progresses, and how fast that occurs will tell a lot about how the Ducks do this season.

Edmondson Redskins (6-6)

Coach: Gene White

Outlook: This junior-dominated team returns its entire defense along with some promising young players at other positions. White said the skill level at the school has advanced, and that should make the Redskins a bigger force in the city league this year. The midfield is led by juniors Curtis Mitchell and Valdez Blackwell.

Forest Park Foresters (2-10)

Coach: Obie Barnes

Outlook: After a tough year last season, the Foresters return most of their offense. Also returning is Chris Cummings (48 goals, 21 assists), one of the leading scorer in the City last year, and he will anchor the attack. G David Barrett, a three-year starter, returns and solidifies the back line. The Foresters will also benefit from the addition of transfer Warren Porter, who started for Edmondson last season.

Friends Quakers (13-3)

Coach: Rich Seiler

Outlook: The Quakers won their third straight B Conference title last year, but have graduated a lot of talent. The team will move to the A Conference this year, and will have to grow up quickly if it is to do well. The attack and the defense will be all new, but seniors Sandy Cole, Joe Fleury and Sasha Bergey will make up an experienced midfield.

Gilman Greyhounds (11-5)

Coach: Dave Allen

Outlook: The Greyhounds will be the team to beat in the A Conference and return the core of their talented lineup from last year. All-Metro A Ryan Boyle and Andrew Lewis will return to lead a potent offense, while M Kevin Eoland will also return.

Lake Clifton Lakers (7-5)

Coach: James Monroe

Outlook: Even though the numbers are down, Monroe is pleased with what he's seen from his team in the early going. The Lakers will play a ball-control offense, led by junior A Tavon Crawford and sophomore Marcus Brown. The Lakers, according to Monroe, are ahead of where they usually are at this time in practice, and the team chemistry is good. Junior William McRae will lead a big but inexperienced defense that will have to get better quickly if the Lakers are to do well this season.

Mervo Mustangs (12-3)

Coach: Martin Church

Outlook: The Mustangs contended for the city title last year, but this season could be a little tougher road. Church figures he has lost over half the team to either graduation, grades or jobs, and how fast he can fill the holes is the question. The Mustangs do return two of their top scorers in senior A Sean Brown and junior A Marco Stewart. Junior David Coley will lead the midfield. The biggest hole left to fill for this junior-dominated team is at goal.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels (5-11)

Coach: Tony Brockmeyer

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