Preseason Top 15

September 03, 2002

1. Towson

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

A shootout loss to Hereford kept the Generals out of the state tournament last season, but has it fueled the fire enough to finally get them to Goucher?

2. Severna Park

Last season: 14-1-1, No. 2

Can the Falcons reload fast enough to get back to Goucher after Fallston's shootout victory last season broke a 16-year state tournament run?

3. Bryn Mawr

Last season: 13-4-5, No. 3

More veterans return than in recent years as the Mawrtians set their sights on a record sixth straight private schools title.

4. St. Paul's

Last season: 13-3-3, No. 4

Co-champs with Bryn Mawr last season, the Gators return a strong enough contingent for a run at an outright title.

5. Fallston

Last season: 15-2-2, No. 6

The Cougars took their ninth state crown last season, but can they get by Severna Park again?

6. Roland Park

Last season: 10-6-3, No. 12

With a strong core of returnees, it could be the Reds' turn in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

7. Hereford

Last season: 12-3-3, No. 5

Can the Class 1A state co-champs overcome the loss of All-Metro Player of the Year Christina Restivo in goal?

8. Centennial

Last season: 12-5-2, No. 15

A strong returning nucleus gives the Eagles a slight edge in what is shaping up to be a tight race in Howard County.

9. Mount Hebron

Last season: 14-5, No. 7

State finalists last season, the Vikings bring back a host of players for a run at the Howard County championship.

10. Garrison Forest

Last season: 12-4-3, No. 10

Junior Olympian Lauren Sheets and Co. should keep the Grizzlies on the rise in the IAAM A Conference.

11. Arch. Spalding

Last season: 13-4-2, No. 14

Seven returning starters give the Cavaliers high expectations for a run at the IAAM A Conference championship.

12. South River

Last season: 8-3-2, unranked

The defense-driven Seahawks expect to atone for a surprising first-round regional loss.

13. Chesapeake-AA

Last season: 11-2-2, unranked

Nine returning starters give the state-semifinalist Cougars a boost in Anne Arundel County.

14. Westminster

Last season: 11-3-2, No. 13

Despite big losses, the Owls should have an edge in Carroll County after sharing the 4A state title.

15. Dulaney

Last season: 9-3, unranked

Scoring will be the Lions' forte as they challenge for the top spot in Baltimore County.

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