The best players in this year's girls lacrosse field would provide agreat foundation for a skilled, balanced team.
Most of the strength last year was on attack, but this year's top talent is spread out from first home to the goal. Some surprises are sure to develop, especially among the untested youngsters. But as the season opens, these are the top 10:
* Lisa Aquino (senior, midfield/attack, Joppatowne) -- Pam Reich calls Aquino the best all-around player she's coached in 11 years at Joppatowne. At center or third home, Aquino is attack-minded but can play defense. Her stickwork, footwork and speed are outstanding.
*Carly Bivens (senior, midfield/defense, Bel Air) -- Their only four-year varsity player, Bivens was the team's most valuable defensive player last year. At defense wing, she has good speed and is crucial toBel Air's transition game. Her stick skills are solid, and she can go to goal.
* Jenny Colt (senior, defense, Fallston) -- The Cougars' point is a master of positioning. Not afraid to draw the charge, Colt will stand up to anybody. The premier crease defender in the county, she has quick feet, strong stickwork and a veteran's game sense.
* Cindy Jenkins (junior, attack, Fallston) -- Already a two-year veteran, Jenkins led the league in scoring last year with 65 goals and 19 assists. Despite those numbers, her forte is assisting. She settles the ball and sees the cutters. Being left-handed is a bonus, but Jenkins can also shoot and pass from the right side.
* Tammy Kloiber(senior, goalie, Fallston) -- In her final season, Kloiber is betterthan ever. She has amazing anticipation and reflexes that help her play well coming out against the run or sitting tight against a strongpassing game. A natural at the position, Kloiber is aggressive and always looking for a shutout.
* Beanie Lund (sophomore, attack/midfield, John Carroll) -- In 15 years at John Carroll, Coach John Hugheshasn't seen anyone with more potential than Lund. A starter last year, she dominated the midfield and aggressively went to goal. She already had all the basics when she arrived at John Carroll. She has speed, understands the game and is unselfish.
* Jenny Lund (senior, attack, John Carroll) -- The older Lund sister is the Patriots' field general. She sets up the plays, settles the ball and calls the shots on offense. Also unselfish, she has a good eye for the cutters. At first home this year, Lund will get more opportunities to score.
* Chrissy Maly (senior, attack, Joppatowne) -- Maly has all the attributes of a strong attacker, but she is also left-handed, giving her an advantage over most defenders. With deceptive speed, she can explode past the defense to go one-on-one with the goalie. Look for Maly and Aquino to make an almost unstoppable combination.
* Jill Schultz (senior, defense, Bel Air) -- The captain of the deep defense, Schultz has excellent man-to-man skills and great stick control. At cover point, she gets good positioning and knows when to gamble and when to stick to her player. Determined and quick, she will anchor a young defense.
* Sara Sloop (senior, goalie, C. Milton Wright) -- The Mustangs have a very young team, but Sloop will keep them in a lot of games.In only her second season, Sloop is aggressive and very quick. With an intimidating style, she likes to come out against the shooters. She has great stickwork and is hard to shoot low against.