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Preseason Top 15

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March 20, 2000

Preseason Top 15

1. Gilman

Last season: 11-5, ranked No. 2

Skinny: Princeton-bound attackman Ryan Boyle, an All-American, wants go out a winner. All-Metro midfielder Andrew Lucas, midfielder Kevin Boland and keeper Jay Pfeiffer can help make that happen as the Greyhounds search for their fourth MIAA A Conference crown since 1994.

2. Boys' Latin

Last season: 15-4, No. 4

Skinny: Attackman Dan Lamonica, the Lakers' all-time scoring leader who is headed for Maryland, doesn't mind if he's shooting or assisting Dan Berger or Brian Nee. Goalie Ryan Lafferty ranks among the MIAA A's best stoppers.

3. St. Mary's

Last season: 10-5, No. 5

Skinny: Standouts Matt Passagno and Joe Thompson helped the Saints to two regular-season wins over Gilman last spring. They lead the returnees for coach Jim Moorhead (220-88), who is entering his 21st and final season.

4. St. Paul's

Last season: 13-6, No. 6

Skinny: Jack deVillier, face-off middie extraordinaire, returns after missing most of last season with an ankle injury. He'll light the fuse for coach Mitch Whitely's explosive offense.

5. Loyola

Last season: 14-7, No. 3

Skinny: New coach John Tucker won three conference titles at Gilman in the 1990s before assisting at Boys' Latin last spring. His Dons will be anchored by Princeton-bound All-Metro defender Ricky Schultz.

6. Severna Park

Last season: 13-6, No. 10

Skinny: The Falcons are big, strong and athletic. The defending 3A-4A state champions will be tough to dethrone.

7. McDonogh

Last season: 19-2, No. 1

Skinny: A roster's worth of starters graduated from a team that won the MIAA A Conference title. But midfielder Walid Hajj ranks with the league's best.

8. Annapolis

Last season: 13-4, No. 11

Skinny: The confident Panthers had the gumption to schedule an early game against Montgomery County power Landon, which is ranked No. 1 nationally.

9. Mount Hebron

Last season: 15-5, No. 14

Skinny: Coach Jeff Doolan followed last spring's 1A-2A championship with a state soccer title last fall. With five returning All-Howard County players, Doolan might get his third state title in a year.

10. Calvert Hall

Last season: 10-7, No. 7

Skinny: North Carolina-bound midfielder Kevin Frew leads a strong midfield, and defender Jon Edwards anchors a solid defense. But can the Cardinals score without graduated All-Metro attackman Mike Norton?

11. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 5-11, unranked

Skinny: The Gaels seek a reversal with the leadership of defender Matt Stoffell, who is going to Johns Hopkins, and Towson-bound midfielder Rob Hardie.

12. Severn

Last season: 7-8, No. 8

Skinny: Goalie Andrew Larkin and attackman Marshall Feldman graduated, but their replacements are solid. Andrew's brother Matt takes over in goal, and Drew Habeck collected 40 points.

13. Hereford

Last season: 14-4, unranked

Skinny: The Bulls lost in the state semifinals last spring to Towson, a team they handled earlier in the season. Hereford is eager to defend its Baltimore County title behind Penn State-bound defender Rob Bateman.

14. Eastern Tech

Last season: 8-4, unranked

Skinny: The Mavericks, led by UMBC-bound midfielder Brian Johnson and Towson University-bound Justin Combs, should be a force in Baltimore County.

15. River Hill

Last season: 13-5, unranked

Skinny: Yale-bound attackman Scott Kenworthy, who had 36 goals and 61 assists, is among eight returning starters looking to knock out Howard County heavyweight Mount Hebron.

Players to watch

Rob Bateman, D, Hereford

A 6-foot-4, 200-pound second-team All-Metro pick who is bound for Penn State, Bateman has speed, is physical, and can ride or slide with the best of them.

Ryan Boyle, A, Gilman

This two-time All-Metro attackman quarterbacks offenses in lacrosse as he did last fall in earning his second consecutive All-Metro honors in football. Bound for Princeton, where he could play both sports, Boyle scored 23 goals to go with 28 assists and 60 ground balls despite missing three games last season due to injury.

Dan Lamonica, A, Boys' Latin

The Maryland-bound All-Metro senior holds school records for career points with 180, and career assists 110, and will join his brother, Mike, who already is in his sophomore season with the Terps. One of the two youngest player ever to make the U.S. Under-19 squad, Lamonica has terrific field vision and an uncanny ability to facilitate offensive sequences.

Matt Pessagno, D, St. Mary's

An excellent one-on-one player, the North Carolina-bound Pessagno is a take-away artist. A second-team All-Metro defender, Pessagno is big, left-handed and likes to throw the hard check.

Ricky Schultz, D, Loyola

The Princeton-bound 6-2, 205-pounder can hit with power, or, run by you after scooping a ground ball with his 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash. He can clear, score or shut down the opposition's best scorer.

David Wagner, D, Severna Park

The second-team All-Metro pick is 6 feet 2, 215 pounds and bound for the University of Maryland. He's a two-time Anne Arundel County Defensive Player of the Year in football.

Games to watch

Gilman at Boys' Latin

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