Preseason Top 15

Boys Lacrosse

March 20, 2002

1. Loyola

Last season: 20-4, No. 1

Coach John Tucker calls his defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion "talented but young." The rest of the league calls it the team to beat.

2. Boys' Latin

Last season: 14-5, No. 5

The Lakers return perhaps the league's most potent attack in Bobby Griebe and Ian Loizeaux. With goalie Trey Sheane, the defense isn't shabby, either.

3. St. Paul's

Last season: no record

The Crusaders are back after a canceled season. Midfielders Brent Hargest and David Cornbrooks are the catalysts for a balanced team.

4. McDonogh

Last season: 19-5, No. 2

The offense, led by Joe Benson and Tyler Kelly, needs to keep the pressure off an all-new defense.

5. St. Mary's

Last season: 8-10, No. 9

Brendan Teague and Eric Zerrault anchor the defense; Scott Falatach leads the offense.

6. Severn

Last season: 12-8, No. 4

Last year's A Conference semifinalists return five starters, most of whom have signed with NCAA Division I schools.

7. Calvert Hall

Last season: 10-9, No. 12

Kevin Huntley, Zach Mryncza and Ben Wolff solidify the attack, and Towson transfer Nick Williams shores up the midfield.

8. Severna Park

Last season: 11-6, unranked

Michael Osborne and Tommy Williams, who combined for 64 goals and 60 assists last season, lead a team that's the class of Anne Arundel County.

9. Dulaney

Last season: 15-3, No. 6

The two-time defending Class 4A-3A champion returns two-thirds of its attack and midfield.

10. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 9-10, unranked

With 14 returning players, eight of them starters, more is expected of the Gaels.

11. Gilman

Last season: 12-4, No. 3

Luke Wilson (6 feet 5) and Clark Finney (5-10) are the tall and short of the attack; Gentry Fitzpatrick directs the defense.

12. Broadneck

Last season: 13-4, No. 15

Steve Panos and Rusty Poisson combined for 91 goals and 28 assists, and Eric Demunda shores up the defensive side for the defending Anne Arundel champion.

13. Fallston

Last season: 15-4, No. 7

The Cougars look to win the Harford County title that eluded them last year, as well as to defend their 3A-2A state title.

14. Centennial

Last season: 11-7, unranked

Midfielder Evan Calvert and attackman Mike Down are among several returnees for the Eagles, who will try to dethrone Mount Hebron in Howard County.

15. Archbishop Spalding

Last season: 14-9, unranked

Hopes are high for the Cavaliers, the defending B Conference champions.

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