Preseason top 15 1993 high school girls lacrosse preview

March 25, 1993

1. Mount Hebron -- The Vikings polished off their first perfec season by winning their first Class 2A-1A championship. Although they graduated two All-Metro picks, the Vikings simply have reloaded. Four returning players -- All-Metro midfielder Lori Pasquantonio, midfielder Amy Fine, defender Tierney Clark and goalkeeper Ali True -- have made oral commitments to Division I programs. The Vikings bring back the same kind of powerhouse offense that scored 309 goals last year. The Baltimore Sun's 1992 Coach of the Year, P. J. Kesmodel, guides a fine passing team that plays excellent defense and has no obvious weaknesses. Last year (record): 18-0; Final 1992 ranking: No. 1.

2. Roland Park -- Two-time defending champions in the Association of Independent Schools A Division, the Reds return some of the league's top individual talent. Like Mount Hebron, the Reds lost two All-Metro selections, but they return a midfield second to none with juniors Brent McAllister, Melissa Cully, Peggy Boutilier and Catherine Passano. Eight starters return to an excellent transition squad that plays a great passing game and superb defense. Last year: 13-0, No. 4.

3. Severna Park -- The Falcons have won all three Class 3A-4A state titles, and they return more than enough talent to be favored yet again. All but two players are back, including a pair of All-Metro picks, midfielder Amy Carnaggio (the team's leading scorer) and midfielder Erin Wylde (the top goal-scorer). Another fine passing team that looks great in transition, the Falcons also return All-Metro second-teamer Stephanie Roberts as well as Liz Warfield on attack and Erin McNeally on defense. Last year: 15-1, No. 3.

4. Loch Raven -- The Raiders had won 69 straight games before falling to Mount Hebron in the state Class 2A-1A title game last year. Michele DeJuliis, The Baltimore Sun's 1992 Player of the Year, headlines a strong slate of returning players, including senior attackers Shelly Klaes and Robyn Disney. The Baltimore County champs should be more balanced and will be looking to reclaim the state title. Last year: 14-1, No. 2.

5. Annapolis -- The Panthers were regional finalists last season, but they have the misfortune to be in the same region as Severna Park. However, they should make another run at the top this season, especially with a host of All-County talent returning, including junior Cristi Samaras, who led the county in scoring, and senior defenders Cory Samaras and Emily Chones. Last year: 11-4, No. 8.

6. Friends -- The Quakers lost only one starter and should be vastly improved. Leading the returning players are defenders Andrea Krumholz and Carrie Mallonee, goalkeeper Heather Bohanon and attacker Vanessa Coe. The Quakers should be among the area's strongest teams defensively. Last year: 3-9, unranked.

7. Broadneck -- The Bruins, who fell to Severna Park in the first round of regionals, return 10 players, including veteran attackers Karen Chesley, Melissa Montalto, Megan McEwen and Danielle Meyers. The attack should be more balanced, and the Bruins have some talented newcomers to bolster a defense that lost almost everyone to graduation. Last year: 10-3, No. 11.

8. St. Mary's -- The Saints return nine starters from a team that lost only to squads ranked in the top eight. The biggest problem last season was the transition game, but with key returning players Elizabeth Schaffrer and Stephanie Fallon, the midfield should be stronger. Defense, however, should be the Saints' strength, with returning players Missy Holmes, Anne Devlin, Mo McDonough and keeper Andrea Wiseman. Last year: 12-4, No. 7.

9. Notre Dame Prep -- Another team that should challenge in the competitive AIS A Division East, NDP returns a strong midfield and attack. Seniors Rachel Mack and junior Kira Nazelrod return to the midfield, and juniors Trish Cummings and Chrissy Nordhoff pace the attack. The Pirates have a few holes to fill on defense and bring in a new goalkeeper. Last year: 7-4, No. 10.

10. Seton Keough -- The AIS A Division runners-up are young but exceptionally talented. Only four seniors return, but are spread out enough to give the Gators a strong foundation. Melissa Reese and Jen Haas are back on attack, and Kim Kirkbride and keeper Becky Brauns return on defense. The Gators will lack cohesiveness early, but that could come quickly with more playing time. Last year: 17-5, No. 5.

11. St. Paul's -- The Gators return two of the AIS A Division's top players in All-Metro second-team goalkeeper Tricia Burdt and talented attacker Katie Lattik. Six others return for the perennial contenders. Although the Gators are young on defense, strength at midfield and attack should make them among the best in the AIS West. Last year: 9-4, No. 13.

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