Division III

College Lacrosse Preview

February 22, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec

Division III


2001 record: 13-3

Coach: Kyle Hannan (13-3, second season)

Conference: Capital Athletic

Top returning point-getter: Phil Anthony, senior A (36 goals, 31 assists).

Also back: Ashley Tarran-Jones, junior A; Qadir Stern, junior M; Todd Litterbrant, junior M; T. Paul Powell, junior LSM; Mike Weed, junior D; John Hanley, sophomore D; Michael Amash, senior G.

Key additions: Tim Pistel, junior A (transfer from Harford CC); Mike Medley, junior M (transfer from CCBC-Essex); Ian Montgomery, freshman A; Chris Webber, freshman D; Reeves Craig, freshman G.

Sun's take: Hannan, the reigning conference coach of the year, guided last year's team to new heights as the Gophers established a boatload of school records, including most wins. With the return of nine starters, there is no reason to expect a dropoff.

St. Mary's

2001 record: 11-5

Coach: Jayme Block (First year)

Conference: Capital Athletic

Top returning point-getter: Andrew Toussaint, senior A (25 goals, 55 assists).

Also back: Joe Heckwolf, junior A; Greg Scagliotti, sophomore A; Aaron Lowe, sophomore M; Alex Redmond, sophomore M; Ben Herr, senior D; Todd Brooks, junior D; Andrew Gerner, junior D; Craig Stauffer, sophomore D; Mike Watkins, senior G.

Key additions: Kevin Whalen, freshman A; Brett Wilmer, freshman D (transfer from Drexel);

Sun's take: Block, a former Salisbury assistant, replaces Jason Hurley, who, after a successful 12-year tenure, left in September. Departing with Hurley were 15 seniors. The Seahawks have only 29 players, so depth at all positions is a concern.


2001 record: 16-2, NCAA quarterfinalist.

Coach: Jim Berkman (184-23, 14th season).

Conference: Capital Athletic

Top returning point-getter: Andy Arnold (39 goals, 13 assists), soph A.

Also back: Steve Brianas, senior A; Cory O'Neil, sophomore A; Mike Roberts, senior M; Andy Murray, sophomore M; Brian Oakley, sophomore M; Brendan Dawson, sophomore LSM; Chris Lauer, junior M; Jon Cline, senior D; Eric Martin, sophomore D.

Key additions: Chris Phillips, freshman A; Jeff Bigas, freshman D; Dan Korpon (Severna Park), freshman G.

Sun's take: The tradition-rich Sea Gulls return five starters and four of their top five scorers from a year ago, so goals should be much easier to come by. The Sea Gulls are runaway picks to win their eighth straight conference crown, but Berkman and Co. have something bigger in mind: a fourth national title.

Villa Julie

2001 record: 10-3

Coach: Skeet Chadwick (18-10, third season)

Conference: Pennyslvania Athletic

Top returning point-getter: Bob Rinehimer (40 goals, 27 assists), senior A.

Also back: Dan Velez, junior A; Stu King, junior A; Pat Carling, senior A/M; Jim Jones, senior M; Larry Dawson, junior M; Brian Davies, junior D; Pat Gill, junior G.

Key additions: Ed Wieneke, junior M (transfer from Essex CC); Mike Sperry, junior LSM (transfer from Randolph Macon); Matt Smoot, freshman M; Zach Steeg, freshman M (North Harford).

Sun's take: Buoyed by a breakthrough season last year, the Mustangs enter their first season in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference with a lot of confidence. Winning the conference would mean the team's first-ever berth in the NCAAs, and the Mustangs are one of the favorites.

Washington College

2001 record: 9-8

Coach: J.B. Clarke (fourth season, 33-15)

Conference: Centennial

Top returning point-getter: Craig Rentch (45 goals 11 assists) senior A.

Also back: Eric Kuehn, junior A; Jon Fellows, senior A; Brad Hopkins, senior M; Stephen Berger, sophomore M; Randy Vane, sophomore M; Jeremy Shannon, junior D; Tom Parr, sophomore D; John Chrismer, senior G;

Key additions: Chris Edwards, sophomore M (transfer from Maryland); Austin Sanders, junior D (transfer from Hobart); Alex Pirani, freshman G.

Sun's take: Playing the toughest schedule in the country last year, the Shoremen took some knocks, but with Rentch back, headlining a talented attack unit, Washington will likely be on the delivering end of the punishment this year.

Western Maryland

2001 record: 11-4.

Coach: Keith Reitenbach (76-51, 10th season).

Conference: Centennial

Top returning point-getters: Tom Brown (70 goals, 28 assists), senior A; Joe Ellis (63 goals, 35 assists), junior A.

Also back: Mike Coleman, senior M; Scott Stolzenburg, junior M; Jeremy Freed, sophomore M; Jeremy Zenquis, sophomore M; Greg Elko, junior LSM; Scott Armstron, senior D; Jason Wiles, senior D; Steve Mason, senior D; Brian Nottingham, senior G.

Key additions: Justin Merson, sophomore A (transfer from Pfeiffer College); Rob Weaver, freshman A (Pallotti); Brad Darrah, sophomore M (transfer from St. Lawrence); Don White, freshman M (Glen Burnie).

Sun's take: Pre-season All-Americans Brown and Ellis are a two-man wrecking crew, and Freed (Boys' Latin), a natural feeder, may be a perfect complement.

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