Preseason Girls Lacrosse Top 15

March 21, 1994

1 Severna Park -- State titles are the norm for the Falcons, who have won the first four Class 3A-4A championships. Although All-Metro coach Carin Peterson's squad lost a pair of All-Metro picks, including Player of the Year Stephanie Roberts, it also returns first-team midfielder Erin Wylde (40 goals, 15 assists) and second-team defender Kathy McCafferty (18, six). Ten other players come back and the newcomers are talented, too. The Falcons remain the team everyone wants to beat.

2 Mount Hebron -- The Vikings move up to Class 3A-4A after winning two straight state titles in Class 1A-2A. Like the Falcons, the Vikings are a perennial powerhouse. They lost three All-Metro first-teamers including goalie Ali True, but they return All-Metro first-teamer Cathy Nelson, the state's top scorer (92 goals, 39 assists), and five other starters. The Vikings' strong attack could make up for possible early struggles with a young defense.

3 Roland Park -- The Reds go after an unprecedented fourth straight Association of Independent Schools title. Finishing 13-1-1, they fell only to Mount Hebron before going on to beat Mount de Sales in the A Division final. The Reds have dominated the AIS largely on the strength of this senior class. Although balanced, Wendy Kridel's squad looks strongest in the midfield with a quick-strike transition led by All-Metro first-teamer Peggy Boutilier (24 goals, eight assists), second-teamer Brent McCallister (50 goals, 14 assists), Melissa Cully and Catherine Passano.

4 Loch Raven -- The Raiders, runners-up in Class 1A-2A last year, dropped their only game in 17 outings to Mount Hebron in the state title game. The Raiders should roll through Baltimore County again, and even though they lost go-to player Michele DeJuliis, they could be just as potent offensively. The Raiders, who return seven starters, have speed and skill all over but especially in two terrific defense wings, Robyn Harry and Kim Allen.

5 Annapolis -- With seven starters back from a 12-2 team, the Panthers aim to dethrone Severna Park in Anne Arundel County. One of the area's top attack players, All-Metro second-team selection Cristi Samaras (49 goals, 38 assists), who led the county in scoring for the second straight year, leads the returnees. Dave Gehrdes' squad also returns strong goalkeeper Kate Brew. The Panthers lost a couple of All-Metro players, but zTC have enough experience and young talent to not skip a beat.

6 Friends -- Coach Carol Samuels' teams always are built on defense and this year is no different. The Quakers, 9-3-2 last year, allowed just four goals a game. Despite losing All-Metro defender Andrea Krumholz, they return a solid unit led by Aubin McCarthy. In addition, the Quakers have great speed in the midfield with Shawny Nellums and Summer Downing. They also

have tremendous patience on attack.

7 Mount de Sales -- The Sailors (19-1) were unbeaten last season until they ran into Roland Park in the AIS A Division title game. Although graduation left a few holes to be filled, the Sailors should be right in the thick of things again. The attack should be stronger as well as more balanced. The midfield, centered around Lisa Banbury and Julie Simon, looks solid too, so that leaves the major rebuilding to the defense, which carried Bill Held's squad through many of its wins last season.

8 Broadneck -- First-year coach Jennifer Shuck has the luxury of returning 12 players, including an intact defensive unit. Led by Katy Kemerer and keeper Tara Jensen, that experience should give the Bruins a boost against Anne Arundel County's high-powered offensive teams. Last season, the Bruins finished 11-4 after falling to Annapolis in their Class 3A-4A regional semifinal.

9 Liberty -- Coach Courtney Vaughn is so high on this team that she already has predicted the Lions will end up in the state Class 1A-2A final. The four-time defending Carroll County champs finished 13-1 last year, dropping their only game to Mount Hebron. The Lions look tough on attack, where they return Kym Frey (37 goals, 41 assists) and Megan Horneman (36 goals, 10 assists). They also bring back a skilled defense, led by Kerry Adams, Natalie Hannibal and Debbi Bourke.

10 St. Mary's -- Coach Tina Lewnes will have to get by without last year's starting goalkeeper and some important field players, including second-team All-Metro defender Missy Holmes. In all, nine players have departed from the 12-3 team, including five starters, but the Saints return midfielder Elizabeth Schaffner (20 goals, 10 assists).

Notre Dame Prep -- The Pirates, who came on strong to finish 4-4-2, enjoy a luxury few others in the AIS have -- a returning goalkeeper in Heather Castle. The question mark comes at the other end, where the line attack is somewhat untested. Most of the strength returns in a midfield anchored by Kira Nazelrod and Tricia Cummings. In addition to her veterans, coach Mary Bartel

has a corps of talented youngsters.

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