Division III

Women's Lacrosse Preview

March 01, 2001|By Jeff Zrebiec

Division III

College of Notre Dame

2000 record: 8-9

Coach: Melissa Falen (12th season, 94-90-1)

Conference: Atlantic Women's College

Top returning point-getter: Erin Sturgis, junior M (21 and 4)

Also back: Beth Pryor, junior A; Angie Ruocco, junior M; Bonnie O'Shields, senior M; Teresa Weathers, sophomore M; Laura Herbers, sophomore D; Kenya Blake, sophomore D; Sara Geis, sophomore D; Pam Walters, senior G.

Key additions: Rebecca Dodson, freshman M (Hereford); Rebecka Sullens, freshman M; Melissa Rocks, freshman D (Mercy).

Sun's take: The Gators will go after their sixth consecutive AWCC championship. Leading the charge will be two regional All-Americans: Arundel grad Sturgis, last year's AWCC Player of the Year, and Loch Raven grad Ruocco, who was Player of the Year in 1999. As usual, the Gators' main problem will be depth, as they have only 12 players on the roster. "Our numbers is really our biggest challenge," Falen said.

Goucher

2000 record: 7-8

Coach: Kara Carlin (2nd season, 7-8)

Conference: Capital Athletic

Top returning point-getter: Lauren Manekin, junior A (71 and 13).

Also back: Katie Jarvis, senior A; Stephanie Caplan, senior A; Tina Neuman, senior A/M; Muffie Bliss, junior M; Danna Gosney, junior M/D; Kim Rogers, senior D; Alison Healey, junior D.

Key additions: Rachel Levien, freshman A/M; Lori Petruzzi, freshman A/M; Dean Ulman, freshman D (Notre Dame Prep); Rebekah Oates, freshman G (Overlea).

Sun's take: Containing the Gophers' high-powered offense is not going to be easy for any team. They were 30th in total offense last year, and they return everyone, including All-American Manekin, who ranks in the top five in school history in points and goals. Oates, a high school All-American, may get the nod in goal for a team that returns all 12 starters. "The team's expectations are to be in the top two in the CAC, and to get a bid in the NCAA's," said Carlin.

Frostburg State

2000 record: 9-7

Coach: Eric Day (3rd season, 18-13)

Conference: Independent

Top returning point-getter: Darla Burns, senior M (45 and 27).

Also back: Heather Brown, senior A; Melissa Lennon, junior A; Annie Macey, senior M; Adey Ntam, junior D; Stephanie Dustin, junior D, Beth Bettien, sophomore G.

Key additions: Sarah Shockley, freshman G (Fallston).

Sun's take: The fire is there for the Bobcats, who were first-round losers to Ithaca in the ECAC's last year. The defense, anchored by the speedy regional All-American Ntam, is strong, but young with two redshirt freshmen, a sophomore and a junior. Day does return several very capable scorers in Burns, Brown (21 and 18) and Lennon (12 goals), but the Bobcats will have to compensate for the loss of three of their top five scorers. They also will face a nasty road schedule with games against the College of New Jersey, Randolph Macon and Lynchburg. Bettien and Shockley have waged a spirited battle for the starting goalie position.

St. Mary's

2000 record: 7-9

Coach: Rob Bray (2nd year, 7-9)

Conference: Capital Athletic

Top returning point-getter: Kathy Holmes, junior M (25 and 7).

Also back: Sue Welsh, senior A; Robin Novak, sophomore A; Trish Taylor, senior D.

Key additions: Kate Story, freshman A (Mt. Hebron); Megan McFall, freshman M (Broadneck); Stacey Manne, freshman M (Dulaney); Leigh Langmead, freshman M (Mt. Hebron); Carol Schmoeller, freshman D (Catonsville); Mia Oliver, freshman D; Jen Chumley, freshman G (Bel Air).

Sun's take: After winning the conference tournament in '98 and '99, the Seahawks had an off year. If they are going to get back to the top of a talented conference, it is going to be because of Baltimore-area freshmen. Bray says that seven or eight freshmen will start. "It is a fun group to work with and it is a fun group to watch," Bray said. St. Mary's will need someone to score, as the graduated Kelly Fetter nearly doubled the second-leading point scorer last year.

Salisbury State

2000 record: 15-3 (NCAA semifinalists)

Coach: Dawn Chamberlin (14th season, 105-68)

Conference: Capital Athletic

Top returning point-getter: Jen Mezzadra, senior A (79 and 17)

Also back: Christine Sliger, junior A; Stephanie Bozick, senior A; Abby Cooper, junior A; Amanda Almon, junior M; Betsy McDuell, junior M; Kelly Eberling, senior M; Melissa Dugan, sophomore D; Kristen Maisel, sophomore D.

Key additions: Katie Jesby, sophomore D; Karin Michalowicz, freshman G (Chesapeake).

Sun's take: Thanks to the return of 17 letter-winners and two-time All-American Mezzadra, the all-time Gulls leader in goals and points, Salisbury has serious national title aspirations. The midfield and defense are stocked, but it is the offense that may decide whether the Gulls get back to the Final Four. Salisbury lost five of the top six scorers from a team that led the nation with nearly 19 goals per game. "We lost eight starters, and we have big shoes to fill, but we feel we have people to fill those shoes," Chamberlin said.

Villa Julie

2000 record: 6-10

Coach: Mary Clare McFadden (5th season, 34-22)

Conference: Independent

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