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March 20, 2000

Preseason Top 15

1. Mount Hebron

Last season: 20-0, ranked No. 1

Skinny: Don't look for the new restraining line -- or anything else -- to hold the Class 2A-1A champion Vikings back from winning an eighth state title in nine years. The state's most dominant program tests itself against the toughest possible schedule. The only question: Can any of their six ranked opponents keep them from another unbeaten season?

2. Bryn Mawr

Last season: 15-2-1, No. 4

Skinny: Five Mawrtians return from the U.S. team that won the Under-19 World Cup title in Australia last September. That kind of world-class talent has the Mawrtians favored to win the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crown.

3. Annapolis

Last season: 19-1, No. 3

Skinny: The defending Class 4A-3A champions face four ranked teams in the first 2 1/2 weeks. That stretch includes a trek to No. 6 Roland Park and a meeting with No. 5 Severna Park. "We'll find out how good we are pretty fast," said coach Dave Gehrdes.

4. Notre Dame Prep

Last season: 14-1-1, No. 2

Skinny: The Blazers will play with a lot of emotion this season in memory of Mary Carol Eisenhut, a junior who died in an auto accident last fall. Eisenhut scored the winning goal in double overtime to give the Blazers a 12-11 win over Bryn Mawr for the Association of Independent Schools A title.

5. Severna Park

Last season: 15-2, No. 6

Skinny: The Falcons are out to change the balance of power in Class 4A-3A, but they'll have to move a mountain to do it -- No. 3 Annapolis. In three meetings with the Panthers last season, the Falcons won once, but they are getting tired of sitting home come state tournament time.

6. Roland Park

Last season: 14-2-2, No. 5

Skinny: The Reds have reloaded quickly in recent years and must do it again after losing two All-Metro players and six other starters. They face No. 1 Mount Hebron and No. 3 Annapolis this week.

7. St. Mary's

Last season: 11-8, No. 7

Skinny: With a whopping nine returning players, the Saints are looking to regain the form that carried them to the 1997 AIS A Division crown.

8. South River

Last season: 13-4, No. 9

Skinny: The rising Seahawks are aiming to bust through the Annapolis-Severna Park lock on Anne Arundel County and the Class 4A-3A East region.

9. Liberty

Last season: 17-3, No. 10

Skinny: Shooting for another crack at Annapolis in the state final, the Class 4A-3A runners-up have a potent enough attack to make up for a rebuilding defense and keep them on top in Carroll County.

10. Maryvale

Last season: 12-7-1, unranked

Skinny: The Lions appear poised to make a move in the IAAM A Conference, but they will need to be more consistent than last season's up-and-down performance.

11. Broadneck

Last season: 14-4, No. 8

Skinny: The Bruins have the players to fill the few holes in their attack, so they should be right up there in the Anne Arundel league.

12. Towson

Last season: 14-5, No. 11

Skinny: The Generals have a solid defense that should keep them ahead of a rapidly-improving field in Baltimore County's Division I.

13. Mercy

Last season: 9-5-1, No. 14

Skinny: Another up-and-comer, Mercy has a core of seniors who don't want to graduate without making a run at the IAAM's best.

14. Glenelg

Last season: 12-5, unranked

Skinny: With the new regional alignments, the rising Gladiators could find themselves in the state Class 3A-2A-1A final.

15. Dulaney

Last season: 11-5, No. 15

Skinny: Another regional title should be in the cards for the Lions, who will give the Generals a challenge in Baltimore County.

Players to watch

Michelle Allen, A, Liberty

Allen put up big numbers for the state Class 4A-3A finalists last season. She scored 26 goals and had a county-best 53 assists. Allen, headed to Cornell next year, also set a school record with 10 assists in one game.

Erika Brown, M, City

The top player in the Baltimore City league, Brown had 81 goals and 18 assists last year. Her ability to score and provide solid midfield connections was critical in the Knights' drive to two straight city titles.

Lauren Kickham, M, Mount Hebron

Duke-bound Kickham led the Vikings in goals (55) and points (86) last season. The 1999 Howard County Player of the Year and a two-time All-Metro first-team pick, Kickham initiated much of the attack by controlling draws and winning ground balls (a team record 141 last season).

Meg Miller, D, Severna Park

Last year's Anne Arundel County Player of the Year excels at anticipating passes and marking out opponents. She contributed 17 goals and four assists last season. The two-time All-Metro first-team pick is headed for Duke.

Theresa Sherry, D, Bryn Mawr

The player of the match in the U.S. Under-19 team's World Cup title-game victory over Australia in September, Sherry is the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's premier defender. She can force turnovers and provide a spark in transition. All-Metro in lacrosse and soccer, Sherry will play both sports at Princeton.

Acacia Walker, M, Annapolis

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