When county high school boys lacrosse teams open the league season April 3, look for some high-scoring contests.
Most coaches say their teams will score a lot of goals. They're just not sure their defenses can stop the opposition.
More than half of the top 10 individual players in Harford are attack-minded. Here's a look at the county's best.
* Ryan Arist (senior, defense, C. Milton Wright) -- A hard-working three-sport athlete, the three-year starter is even quicker this year. A physical defender with good stickwork and all-around skills, Arist is the heart of the Mustangs defense.
* Nick Gesell (senior, defense, Fallston) -- An attackman until halfway through last year, Gesell is a natural at defense. He knows an attackman's mind. With good stick skills for a defender, Gesell has good quickness and anticipation.
* Chris Lloyd(senior, attack, C. Milton Wright) -- The Mustangs' leader on attack, Lloyd has an explosive move to goal. He can score from either side.A good rider and good finisher, Lloyd should put up big numbers.
* Chuck Kelly (senior, attack, North Harford) -- This 6-foot-2, 180-pounder led the Hawks' attackmen in scoring last year with 30 goals and 14 assists. Coach John Grubb will look for more this year. A solid all-around attack player, Kelly is unselfish and equally adept from the left or right.
* Greg Martin (senior, attack, Bel Air) -- A four-year varsity player, Martin is aggressive and intimidating at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. A left-hander with a cannon shot, Martin will lead the Bobcat attack. He has a little more talent around to feed him thisyear, so he should put up some impressive numbers.
* Brian Moen (senior, attack, C. Milton Wright) -- Moen already holds all the school assist records, even though his best season is probably yet to come. He has great stickwork. Moen sees the whole field well and has a good eye for the cutters.
* Brian Turk (senior, attack, John Carroll) -- This talented lefty is the Patriots' top gun. With solid all-around attack skills, Turk can go right or left. He has a powerful shot,but can also settle the ball and feed his teammates.
* Brian Ward(senior, midfield, Joppatowne) -- Ward makes things happen for the Mariners. An attack-minded middie, he can set plays in motion off the faceoff and keep the transition game moving. Although he'll draw a lot of defensive attention, Ward has the skills to be among the Mariners' greatest threats.
* Andy Wishart (senior, goalie, C. Milton Wright) -- A three-year starter, Wishart is the most skilled and experienced goalie in the county. Very quick with excellent reflexes, Wishart is aggressive. He has a quick stick and great anticipation, excelling in one-on-one situations.
* Jason Zeigler (senior, defense, North Harford) -- The Hawks' No. 4 defenseman last year, Zeigler will bethe anchor of this year's unit. Smart and quick, Zeigler has good stickwork and field sense as well as great anticipation. His leadershipwill be a key.