Preseason Top 15

September 12, 1995|By How the poll is conducted: The Top 15 is compiled by the local sports staff of The Baltimore Sun.

1 Centennial -- The Class 3A state champion Eagles (15-0-2) again will be led by two first-team All-Met players, senior forward Brian West (seven goals, 13 assists) and junior sweeper Ben Stephenson. Junior forward Matt Stephenson was second-team All-Met. All three, as well as junior midfielder Matt Laycock have been members of national pools. The Eagles, who allowed seven goals and had 10 shutouts, have a 14-game winning streak and eight returning starters. They must replace All-Metro Player of the Year Brock Yetso at goalkeeper. They ended the last two seasons ranked No. 1 in the Baltimore region, and were No. 10 nationally last season. They have won six state titles, three in the last four years.

2 Calvert Hall -- The Cardinals (19-2-1) won the MIAA championship and have won 12 titles in the last 15 years. The defense, led by senior sweeper Andy Bednarzik, looks strong. Bruce Engle has moved from midfield to goalkeeper -- his best position. The Cardinals graduated a lot of offense from a third-ranked team, but senior forward Nick Chavis and senior midfielder Ryan Smith (nine goals, six assists), second-team All-Met and a member of the national pool, hope to fill the void.

3 Archbishop Curley -- First-team All-Met junior striker Giuliano Celenza (15 goals, seven assists) keys an offense that should be helped by Towson transfer Ryan Cuomo, a junior forward. The Friars (15-2-1) return five starters from the MIAA regular-season championship team that was ranked No. 2. They lost to Calvert Hall in the MIAA tournament championship game. Other players counted on are senior goalkeeper Brad Bush, senior defender David Malley, junior midfielder Tony Tamamini and junior defender Jamie Becker.

4 Oakland Mills -- The Class 2A state champion Scorpions (15-2-1) enjoy an intact defense among its eight returning starters. That defense allowed 10 goals, and includes seniors Dan Stoutenborough, Paul Sanin, Mark Zirkle and second-team All-Met Simon Bwalya (eight goals, three assists). Oakland Mills must find a new goalkeeper, however. Senior Zuri Barnes (six goals, nine assists) and junior Jason Gotis play up top, and the Scorpions return their top five scorers from a fourth-ranked team.

5 C. Milton Wright -- The Mustangs (12-2-4) look to senior striker Jeff Smith (second-team All-County) for offense and to junior Ryan Nelson, a state Olympic Development Player and first-team All-County player, for defense. Senior Peter Troilo is a first-team All-County midfielder, and goalkeeper Tim Hilyard is a four-year starter and second-team All-County pick. With seven returning starters from a fifth-ranked team that lost to Centennial in the state Class 3A finals, the Mustangs should be highly competitive.

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7 Gilman -- The Greyhounds (12-7-1) graduated their leading scorer, but return nine starters -- seven of whom are seniors. They have many scoring threats, especially strikers Yani Rosenberg and Brendan Callahan. Noah Gallico is a senior goalkeeper. The defense is headed by seniors Kirk Caldroney and Eric Holloway.

8 Severna Park -- See capsule. .

9 Dulaney -- The Lions (11-5) lost to Churchill in the state Class 4A finals and return six starters. Seniors Brian Frank and Butch Hansen anchor the defense. Senior Jay Vaughn is goalkeeper. And Joe High is a senior striker.

10 10. Fallston -- The Cougars (10-2-1) face a rebuilding year after graduating four All-County players but they've already defeated Loyola, 3-2, in overtime behind Paul Kelly's three goals. Other top players are senior defensemen Ryan Hoback, Brett Birkmire and Greg Smith.

11 Franklin -- The Indians (12-2) lack depth, but have a strong starting team led by junior striker Willie Belcher, senior midfielder Jamie Glick and senior goalkeeper Alex Balber. They'll play in Baltimore County's new Division I that now is grouping its soccer teams according to talent.

12 Loyola -- The Dons (11-7-1) are loaded with year-round players, including two national pool members, junior midfielder Mike Potempa and freshman midfielder Marcus Johnson. Junior striker Louie Karko will be their main offensive threat. Bobby Triplett is a senior defender to watch.

13 Broadneck -- See capsule. .

14 Perry Hall -- The Gators (13-2) are hoping to win another Baltimore County title. They are led by senior fullback Adam Nastalksi, who scored three game-winning goals last season and was first-team All-County. Senior midfielder Alan Batac, senior goalkeeper Bill Foos, senior forward Bob Davis and sophomore fullback Kyle Zimmer are other top players. 15 Mount Hebron -- The Vikings (8-5) return eight starters and have added two talented freshmen and a sophomore to their starting mix. Junior midfielder Pat Halter and junior sweeper Mike Stromberg are the key players for a team that won five games by one goal last season.

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