Women's lacrosse: State Div. III lacrosse capsules

February 11, 2010

State Division III capsules By Todd Karpovich
College of Notre Dame
Coach: Melissa Falen, 21st season (166-141-1 career record)

2009 record: 2-11 overall, 2-5 league

Conference: Colonial States Athletic

The Baltimore Sun's take: The attack will be led by Lauren Terry (Catholic), who was a first-team All-CSAC pick with 52 goals and 56 points last season. Ashley Demski (Loch Raven) also returns after scoring a career-high 23 goals.

Coach: Ashley Manion, third season (15-18)

2009 record: 7-9

Conference: Independent

The Baltimore Sun's take: Frostburg will have a potent attack with the return of Elisabeth Hildebrand, who led the team with 42 goals and 47 points. Also returning are Rachel Frank, who was second on the team in goals (30) and led the Bearcats with 16 assists, and sophomore Joanna McIntire, who scored 30 goals. Ali Kapustin (Marriotts Ridge) is another sophomore standout who finished fourth on the team in goals with 17.

Coach: Katie Trainor, fifth season (30-33)

2009 record: 7-8, 2-4

Conference: Landmark

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Gophers advanced to the semifinals of the conference championship tournament before losing to Drew. Goucher will be led by junior M Colleen Cole, who had 35 goals, 20 assists and picked up 58 ground balls. Also returning is Becca Smith (37, 12).

Coach: Molly Hesterberg, third season (12-19)

2009 record: 8-7, 1-6

Conference: Capital Athletic

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Blazers, looking to build on their first winning season since 2005, return six seniors, including four four-year starters. Hood has added depth with eight newcomers. Junior A Kelsey Blackwell (33, 21) was ranked among the CAC leaders in assists and points per game, and G Sam Liptrap (Kenwood) was third in the conference in goals-against average (10.73).

Coach: Muffie Bliss, seventh season (65-38)

2009 record: 9-8, 5-4

Conference: Centennial

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Green Terror will be led by senior Brittany Baer (Westminster), who set the program record with 76 goals. She has 139 goals in her two seasons, which is 39 short of the program's record for career goals. Senior G Leanne Hollinger (Winters Mill) will lead the defense as McDaniel tries to make the conference tournament for the sixth time in seven seasons.

St. Mary's
Coach: Kara Reber, second season (59-39)

2009 record: 12-5, 6-1

Conference: Capital Athletic

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Seahawks are looking to build on last season's run to the CAC semifinals. The offense will revolve around Kelsey Branch, who has led the team in assists the past three years, and Nora Fallon-Oben (St. Mary's), who scored 24 goals and had 16 assists. The defense will be led by Arianna Larrimore, who forced 19 turnovers and picked up 25 loose balls.

Coach: Jim Nestor, ninth season (136-19)

2009 record: 20-2, 7-0

Conference: Capital Athletic

The Baltimore Sun's take: Salisbury enters the season ranked second nationally by Lacrosse Magazine after finishing 20-2 and losing, 11-10, in overtime to Franklin & Marshall in the Division III national championship game. The Sea Gulls could make another run at a title with four of their top five scorers returning, including senior Beth Rhodey (Notre Dame Prep), who had 54 goals and 23 assists. Also returning are Logan Bilderback (Broadneck, 67 points), senior Kim Cudmore (Bel Air, 55 points) and junior Meagan Osipowich (47 points).

Coach: Kathy Railey, fifth season (98-70)

2009 record: 10-7, 4-3

Conference: Capital Athletic

The Baltimore Sun's take: The Mustangs, looking to build on back-to-back 10-win seasons, are confident with the return of their top six scorers. Junior Lisa Baker (Westminster) was dominant with 46 goals and 19 assists for 65 points. The team also has depth in the midfield, which has three returning senior starters in Lauren Zegowitz, Brittany Connelly (Catonsville) and Kristyna Hnizda (North Carroll).

Coach: Julika Blankenship, second season (7-8)

2009 record: 7-8, 2-7

Conference: Centennial

The Baltimore Sun's take: Washington is faced with the difficult task of making it back to the five-team conference playoffs for the first time since 2003. The offense will revolve around junior Sarah Cannons (Notre Dame Prep, 12, 22), Sam Ohrem (13, 19) and sophomore Kalli Parrish (McDonogh, 22, 2). The defense is led by Carly Gardner, who had 25 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.

State Division III capsules By Todd Karpovich

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