Preseason Boys Lacrosse Top 15

March 22, 1994

1 St. Mary's -- From the team that was 12-5, won the MSA A Conference championship and was ranked No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun's final poll, Jim Moorhead has the entire starting attack back, including last year's Anne Arundel County Player of the Year attackman Matt Clune.

2 Gilman -- After getting nudged out of the playoffs last season, the Greyhounds are poised to return to the postseason with first-team All-Metro midfielder Mark Cornes and third-year starting goalie Corey Popham leading the way.

3 St. Paul's -- The Crusaders are without last year's Metro Player of the Year Michael Watson (Virginia), but they return one of the area's most potent scorers in junior Tucker Radebaugh. Complementing Radebaugh on offense are Billy Ruhl and John Solter.

4 Loyola -- The Dons, who finished as MSA A Conference finalists last season behind St. Mary's, return a veteran defense led by senior Karl Zeller. Keith Euker and Scott Diggs anchor a refurbished offense that lost 200 points to graduation.

5 Boys' Latin -- The Lakers lost three first-team All-Metro players from last year's 12-4 squad that bowed to Loyola in the A Conference playoffs. Scott Hochstadt, the team's second leading scorer a year ago, will lead a young but talented attack rounded out by John Fuller, Chris Turner, Ned Webster, Mike Harrison and Brad Gilroy.

6 Perry Hall -- The Gators boast one of the most potent attacks with Mike Faith and Nick Cowan returning after highly-successful junior seasons. Perry Hall has the talent, depth and coaching to claim a 3A-4A state title. "It's an extremely talented and very deep group," said Gators coach Bill Dunkerton.

7 Severn -- The Admirals, who upset archrival St. Mary's last season, return senior faceoff specialist Tod Winchester, who is bound for Johns Hopkins. Dolph Habeck and Eugene Youn are && back on defense, and Pete Janney, Josh and Wes Sims and Dave Pizzi will head the attack.

8 Mount St. Joseph -- The Gaels lost their starting goalie (Sean Gaiser) and their leading scorer (Maury LaPoint), but return a pair of proven scorers in senior attackmen Matt Hipszer and Bo Schrott, both of whom scored 25 goals during last year's 9-8 season.

9 Broadneck -- The Bruins, who are shooting for their third straight state 3A-4A title, will be paced by senior defenseman Brian Dobson and senior attackmen Bob Hanna and John Lengyel. "They're the only three starters back," said coach Clay White, whose Bruins were 16-2 last year. "They've been through the battles and know what to expect."

10 Severna Park -- The Falcons, who went 10-5 last year before losing to eventual state champion Broadneck in the regional final, have three capable goalies in Sean Harrison, Chad Roberts and Jon Sakalas. Dave Maples, Don Castleberry, Glen Doss, Adam Hurst and Sean O'Malley will control the midfield for Severna Park, and Mark Frye and converted midfielder Rob Bates head the attack.

11 Calvert Hall -- The Cardinals are green after losing their starting attack and seven of nine midfielders from last year's 6-8 contingent. But, look for coach Mike Thomas to make the necessary adjustments to keep Calvert Hall competitive in the A Conference.

12 Dulaney -- The Lions, who lost to Perry Hall in the first round of the playoffs last season, don't have one superstar like they've had in the past but instead will rely on a balanced attack to carry them through this season. Gary Schrieber says that Tim Speno (Duke) will be missed sorely but says that his team will be stronger this season.

13 Fallston -- Fallston coach John Conely says he doesn't have the talent or the depth of last year's state Class 1A-2A runner-up, but don't count the Cougars out just yet. Todd Paradise returns at midfield along with Fred Sheckells, and Ken Poling anchors a defense that allowed fewer than five goals a game last season.

14 Arundel -- After missing the playoffs by one game last season, Wildcats coach Clint Gosnell says, "We're on our way back." Midfielder Chris Turner is one of three seniors on a team that will carry 16 juniors and a sophomore. "We're looking great," Gosnell said. "Talent runs in cycles."

BTC 15 Towson -- The Generals, who have won back-to-back state titles, are rebuilding this year, but with senior midfielders Spencer Ford and Dan Ross still in the lineup, Towson has to be considered a contender. "Our slogan is still "three-peat" but it won't be easy," said Generals coach Randy Dase.

Note: The preseason Top 15 was selected by The Baltimore Sun staff. During the season, a panel of area coaches and writers will select the poll each week. It will appear on Mondays.

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