Baltimore County

Girls Lacrosse

March 20, 2000|By Katherine Dunn and Andrea Leand

Carver A&T Wildcats (N/A)

Coach: Denise Junkerman

Outlook: The Wildcats show more promise this year with a more experienced coach and squad. Expect seniors Erica Gross (attack) and Kaitlin Pugh (attack) to rally the offense.

Catonsville Comets (8-9)

Coach: Charlie Brown

Outlook: With 20 returning players, new coach Brown is looking to make a move in Baltimore County's Division I. The only starter lost was their leading scorer and Brown has several candidates to fill that role -- veterans A Erin Cobert, M Annie Davis and M Carole Schmoeller.

Chesapeake Bayhawks (N/A)

Coach: Jill Monahan

Outlook: Monahan served as assistant coach when the Bayhawks went undefeated two years ago and hopes to recapture such glory in her first year as headcoach. Only three players are returning -- there are no seniors on the team -- but the freshman-laden squad has the speed and athleticism to make up for inexperience.

Dulaney Lions (10-5)

Coach: Franz Wittelsberger

Outlook: In his first year with the Lions, Wittelsberger has plenty ofexperience coaching two of the team's prime starters, his daughters Marlena (Sr., attack) and Lauren (Jr., attack). Last year's starting line-up returns except for the goalie.

Dundalk Owls (7-6)

Coach: Danielle Grzebien

Outlook: The Owls showcase a veteran team with all but one starter returning. Junior Christie Trionfo, the team's leading scorer last year with 58 goals, leads a spirited offense. as its key attack player. Look for a staunch defense, too, led by senior goalkeeper Lindsey Wolfe (138 saves) and junior Candace Johnson (defense).

Eastern Tech Mavericks (6-6)

Coach: Wrae Wene

Outlook: Wene guided the JV to an undefeated season last year and will promote many of those starters to varsity in her first year as head coach. Look for high scoring from sophomores Laura Shearer (A), Melisha Peregoy (M) and senior Andrea McNew (M).

Franklin Indians (8-6)

Coach: Dee Mullineaux

Outlook: The Indians are loaded with seniors to compensate for the loss of top scorer Jessie Groszkowski to graduation. Mullineaux can call upon veterans, especially Alison Comoglio, Sarah Molinaro and Lainie Gustafson to boost scoring and provide leadership and experience.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies (4-13-1)

Coach: Traci Davis

Outlook: The Grizzlies struggled in the Association of Independent Schools A Division last year and they will try to rebuild with some newcomers, including three freshmen. Davis said the Grizzlies are further along than they were at this point last season, but they face a tough road in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

Hereford Bulls (7-7)

Coach: Anne Ensor

Outlook: With 11 starters back, the Bulls could be one of the most improved teams in the county. Their strength lies in a veteran defense led by Kara Fornoff and Jen Marsteller while Scotty Hanley is the top returning player on attack.

Kenwood Bluebirds (8-3)

Coach: Samantha Ziehl

Outlook: Ziehl, in her sixth year as coach, hopes to continue last season's success with a strong core of returning seniors. Team captains Jessica Todd (Sr., A), Angie Seufert (Sr., D) and Kara Kulczycki (Sr., D), provide experience and leadership.

Lansdowne Vikings (6-5)

Coach: Diana Waetzig

Outlook: A stronger offense should boost the Vikings' record this year. Sophomore Mandy Marino (A) and juniors Sarah Newberger (M) and Deb Katterton (M) possess the finesse and aggressiveness to lead a more potent attack.

Loch Raven Raiders (12-3)

Coach: Wendy Galinn

Outlook: The Raiders lost eight starters to graduation but sufficiently filled the slots from its championship JV team, which captured the county title last year. Returning starters Jessica Boon (Sr., M), Christin Krejcik (So., M) and Beth Forrester (Jr., G) provide the Raiders with a good base to grow.

Maryvale Lions (12-7-1)

Co-coaches: Alison Stewart and Bob Russell

Outlook: The Lions could be ready to do battle with the big four -- Bryn Mawr, Notre Dame Prep, Roland Park and St. Mary's -- in the IAAM A Conference. A senior-dominated team led by U.S. Under-19 team veteran A Shannon Kron, the Lions also return top players M Kelly Devlin, M Kate Killen and D Molly McLaughlin. They also have two solid goalies in sophomores Karrie Moore and Megan Huether. Stewart said her team has the talent to move up -- they just have to believe they can beat the top teams.

McDonogh Eagles (2-11)

Coach: Margaret Doyle Bitz

Outlook: The Eagles struggled for several years in the AIS A Division and new coach Bitz hopes to begin building a team that will contend in the IAAM A Conference. Several top players return, including D Heather Warnken, D Kellan Hoover, A Rachel Urban and M Hannah Borum.

Mount Carmel Cougars (11-8-1)

Coach: Karen Backhaus

Outlook: The Cougars, who played an independent schedule last year, hope to make an impression with their debut season in the IAAM C Conference. Led by A Kerrie Weber, A Alaina Simmons and D Katie Lyons, the Cougars have leadership, teamwork and a good balance of veteran across the field.

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