Preseason Top 15

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September 04, 2001

1. Severna Park

Last season: 18-2 (2000 rank: No. 1)

The Falcons won't win another state Class 4A title, but only because they drop to Class 3A. Make room in the trophy case.

2. Bryn Mawr

Last season: 20-0-2 (No. 2)

The four-time defending private schools champ was rebuilding last season. This veteran squad should simply pick up where it left off.

3. Roland Park

Last season: 16-5-3 (No. 3)

So close last season, losing to Bryn Mawr on a penalty corner after time expired in the IAAM final, the Reds want a title rematch.

4. Westminster

Last season: 12-3 (No. 7)

A shootout loss to Walt Whitman in the state semifinal still stings, and now the Owls aim to rule Class 4A as well as Carroll County.

5. Park

Last season: 11-1-6 (No. 8)

The surprise of the IAAM a year ago, the young Bruins lost their only game in a tournament shootout. They'll be back.

6. St. Paul's

Last season: 17-3 (No. 4)

Much offensive firepower graduated, but a stellar defense keeps the Gators firmly in the upper realm of the IAAM A Conference.

7. South River

Last season: 15-3-2 (No. 6)

Still aglow from their Class 3A state title, the Seahawks move up, looking to trade county rival Severna Park for the 4A crown.

8. Long Reach

Last season: 13-5 (No. 12)

State Class 3A runner-up Lightning must get past Severna Park to cap meteoric rise with state title.

9. Towson

Last season: 12-5 (unranked)

The Generals were quick out of the box last year, but they will have to maintain the pace to replace Hereford in the state tournament.

10. Centennial

Last season: 12-3 (No. 11)

With players from an unbeaten JV filling the few holes, the Eagles are looking for their first trip to the state semifinals in five years.

11. Francis Scott Key

Last season: 10-3-1 (No. 9)

Realignment did the Patriots no favors, leaving them in Bethesda-Chevy Chase's region, but look for them to make a run anyway.

12. C. Milton Wright

Last season: 7-5-3 (unranked)

The Mustangs aim to conquer Harford County and then get to states for the first time in a decade.

13. Hereford

Last season: 11-5-1 (No. 13)

The Bulls are looking for a second straight trip to the state final but will have to keep rising rival Towson at bay to get there.

14. North Carroll

Last season: 8-4 (unranked )

Reloading Panthers seek their first berth at states in three years.

15. Bel Air

Last season: 6-5-2 (unranked)

The Bobcats take aim at the Harford County crown with a load of returning talent.

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