Preseason Top 15

Boys Lacrosse

March 21, 2001

1. St. Paul's

Last season: 11-3, ranked No. 3

Skinny: The Crusaders, ranked No. 1 nationally, return 11 Division I-bound players who aim to reach the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game that narrowly eluded them last season after losing to Boys' Latin in the semifinals, 10-9.

2. Loyola

Last season: 13-6, No. 4

Skinny: The Dons, ranked No. 2 nationally, want to erase a bad taste in their mouths from a narrow MIAA A Conference semifinal loss to eventual champion Gilman. Second-team All-City/County goalie Trae Rodgers will be a key to doing that.

3. Severn

Last season: 5-10, No. 14

Skinny: Goalie Matt Larkin, one of the nation's top two recruits at that position, and attackman Drew Habeck (58 points) are among the team's eight Division I-bound players.

4. Boys' Latin

Last season: 16-4, No. 2

Skinny: The Lakers lost two All-Metro attackmen to graduation, but a deep midfield and a defense anchored by second-team All-City/County J.J. LaSeta should offset that.

5. McDonogh

Last season: 13-10, No. 8

Skinny: Face-off man Andrew Bond could be the fuse that lights front-line firepower of second-team All-Metro player Jed Prossner, Joe Benson and Pat Shek.

6. Gilman

Last season: 16-1, No. 1

Skinny: Greyhounds lost a lot to graduation, but Gilman still has plenty of talent and the expertise of longtime coach Dave Allan, last spring's Baltimore City/County Coach of the Year.

7. Dulaney

Last season: 16-2, No. 7

Skinny: Bryant Will, one of the nation's top midfield recruits, leads the defending Class 4A-3A champion as it seeks another crown in perhaps 22-year coach Gary Schreiber's last season.

8. Calvert Hall Last season: 10-7, No. 6 Skinny: A defensive-minded coach, Bryan Kelly has his usual corps of game midfielders and dogged defensive players from a team that twice defeated a talented St. Mary's squad last spring.

9. St. Mary's

Last season: 10-7, No. 5

Skinny: The team might lack depth, but Loyola-bound attackman Matt White, Towson-bound defender Ted Turnblacer and keeper Mike Fretwell are no pushovers.

10. South River

Last season: 13-3, No. 11

Skinny: With Bob Woody (51 goals) among 14 returning players, the Seahawks have the early look of the favorite to win in Anne Arundel County.

11. Mount Hebron

Last season: 17-2, No. 13

Skinny: With Hobart-bound keeper Dan Valente in the back, and 6-foot-5 Mike Selawski on attack, the Vikings look to earn another a state title.

12. Severna Park

Last season: 18-3, No. 9

Skinny: Second-team All-County midfielder Paul Burnette and the 4A-3A state runner-up won't easily relinquish their No. 1 status in Anne Arundel County, the state's second most difficult league.

13. Pikesville

Last season: 10-4, unranked

Skinny: With nearly his entire team returning intact, coach Tano Arrogancia's Panthers are poised for a run at the 2A-1A state crown.

14. Arundel

Last season: 12-6, unranked

Skinny: Attackman Brad Korvin has the Wildcats looking like more than a dark-horse contender in the Anne Arundel County league.

15. Glenelg

Last season:13-5, unranked

Skinny: Attackman Ben Dougherty will be the catalyst for a team that lost last year's small schools state title to Hereford, 11-8.

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