Harford Tech hits the ground running

At 2-0, boys lacrosse team equals last year's win total by toughening up defense


High Schools

March 28, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Harford Tech first-year boys varsity lacrosse coach Adam Milanoski is trying not to get carried away.

After all, the Cobras are just two games into the season.

But going 2-0 this week - matching their win total from last year - against teams that they haven't fared well against recently should be a sign of great optimism for the Cobras.

"I feel pretty good about it," said Milanoski, who is the school's athletic director and was a six-year coach of the Cobras' JV before taking the varsity job. "I am really pleased with the way the guys came together in the past two weeks."

The Cobras beat Edgewood, 5-1, on Tuesday and Joppatowne, 11-6, on Wednesday. Those two teams outscored Harford Tech by a combined 25-8 in two regular-season games last year.

What's been the difference?

Milanoski said the Cobras have been much sharper defensively, with junior goalie Adam Hunter (10 saves in two games) and close defenseman Brian Maddox leading the way.

"The defense is forcing other teams into taking outside shots and not letting people get to the middle," said Milanoski, whose team plays host to Reservoir from Howard County tomorrow. "But I also give our offense a lot of credit. They are controlling the ball, getting quality shots and working as a team."

The biggest beneficiary of the Cobras' teamwork on the offensive end has been senior attackman Kevin Totaro, who has eight goals. Senior Keith Fine has contributed four goals and an assist.

Who's in goal?

The answer to that question may change on a game-by-game basis for the No. 7 C. Milton Wright girls lacrosse team, which has two solid options in goal and both are seniors.

The starter last year, Amanda Barnes, was a first-team All-County selection and one of the driving forces behind the Mustangs' run to the Class 4A-3A finals. But Barnes, who has signed a letter of intent to play at North Carolina, is being pushed by Jess Dibelka, a backup last year.

"We have two good goalies," said Mustangs coach Carl Greenberg. "It's a good problem to have as a coach, but it can be tough on the kids. ... We'll decide who is playing on a game-by-game basis."

Greenberg said he has considered allowing the two to rotate halves, but does not want to be in a situation where he has to pull a goalie who just played a good half.

For now, he said he'll probably go with the goalie who is playing better entering that particular game.

Dibelka, bound for the University of Delaware, got the nod for C. Milton Wright's opener with No. 6 St. Mary's and was very sharp, making 12 saves as the Mustangs won, 9-8, in two overtimes.

She also made 11 saves on Thursday in the Mustangs' 11-9 win over South River.

Schafer shines for HdG

As a freshman last season, Havre de Grace midfielder Christian Schafer burst on the scene as a potent goal-scoring threat, earning second-team All-County honors.

If the first week is any indication, Schafer should have another big year. In the Warriors' season-opener on Monday against Avon Grove, the sophomore tallied seven goals and two assists and scooped up 15 ground balls in Havre de Grace's 10-9 loss.

In a 12-9 loss to Edgewood on Friday, Schafer contributed five goals and an assist.

"He's just a really good player," said Havre de Grace coach Jason Alford. "He faces off for me, plays both midfield and attack. He just does it all."

Iampieri out at NH

North Harford athletic director Fran Mathews confirmed this week that Dave Iampieri will not return next year as the Hawks boys basketball coach.

Iampieri, who was the Hawks' JV coach for two seasons before getting the varsity job, was 10-35 in two seasons at the helm of the Hawks.

Mathews said North Harford will post the position and seek applicants for interviews.

Boyce in control

Freshman pitcher Katie Boyce came to Bel Air with a reputation of mixing dominance with wildness.

And that's exactly how her debut played out on Tuesday when she struck out 15 North Harford batters but walked 11 in the Bobcats' 6-1 loss to the Hawks.

But Boyce appears to be settling in. On Wednesday against Edgewood, she struck out 17, including 13 in a row at one point, and allowed no hits.

She walked just two batters, but those led to the Rams' only run in a 1-0 loss.

Boyce wasn't nearly as overpowering on Friday against Elkton, striking out seven, but she was as effective - she allowed just one hit and walked only two batters. And this time she got a little help from her team's bats as Bel Air won, 1-0.

"It really was justice for her," said Bobcats coach Emily Gorton. "I wasn't expecting this much, but she is really calming down and she has a lot of composure for someone who is so young."

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