Preseason Top 15

Girls Lacrosse

March 21, 2001

1. Mount Hebron

Last season: 19-0, ranked No. 1

Skinny: Don't pencil in a fifth straight state title for the Vikings. Put it in ink. Absolutely no one around here can knock the Vikings off their pedestal even when they start five sophomores.

2. Roland Park

Last season: 12-2-2, No. 4

Skinny: After an IAAM A Conference runner-up finish a year ago, the Reds are hungry. A strong senior class is eager to go out the way it came in 1998 - with the championship.

3. Annapolis

Last season: 15-2-1, No. 5

Skinny: The Panthers still feel the burn after losing county and state titles to Anne Arundel rival Severna Park. That - and three All-Metro players - should fuel the fire to put them back on top.

4. Bryn Mawr

Last season: 20-1, No. 2

Skinny: After graduating one of the best senior classes in school history, can the Mawrtians reload quickly enough to repeat their IAAM title?

5. Severna Park

Last season: 18-3, No. 3

Skinny: Did winning their first state title in seven years whet the Falcons' appetite for more? All they have to do is get past county foe Annapolis (once again).

6. Notre Dame Prep

Last season: 10-6, No. 9

Skinny: Can a blazing hot attack return Notre Dame to the top spot in the premier private school league for the second time in three years?

7. Maryvale

Last season: 9-5-1, No. 12

Skinny: If any team is going to mess up the equilibrium in the IAAM A Conference, it will be the Lions. Talented transfers could put them over the top.

8. Liberty

Last season: 16-3, No. 6

Skinny: A triple-overtime loss to Severna Park kept the Lions from their first state title, but the route gets tougher now. Mount Hebron is in their region.

9. Broadneck

Last season: 12-4, No. 7

Skinny: With solid veterans in key positions, the only question is how well the youngsters can fill in the gaps. Challenging the Big Two in Anne Arundel depends on them.

10. Glenelg

Last season: 17-3, No. 13

Skinny: Out of Mount Hebron's shadow in the new Class 2A-1A, will the Howard County bridesmaids finally wear their first state crown?

11. Hereford

Last season: 14-3, unranked

Skinny: The Bulls should upset the balance of power in Baltimore County and make a run at a state title. Glenelg could be their only competition in Class 2A-1A.

12. Severn

Last season: 9-8-1, No. 15

Skinny: Can 11 veterans - and a lot of firepower on attack - launch the Admirals into contention with the perennial IAAM A Conference powers?

13. St. Mary's

Last season: 11-5, No. 8

Skinny: Having a dozen seniors disappear with graduation could knock the Saints for a loop in the IAAM race, but they have a way of regrouping.

14. Mount de Sales

Last season: 17-4, No. 10

Skinny: If the Sailors answer some questions about their attack, they could cruise right back into the IAAM A Conference race.

15. Dulaney

Last season: 13-3, No. 14

Skinny: Strong on attack and line defense, will the Lions be able to connect the dots for a run at another Baltimore County championship?

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