Preseason Top 15

September 03, 2002

1. St. Mary's

Last season: 21-1-1, ranked No. 1

With two straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crowns, the Saints are poised to make it three.

2. River Hill

Last season: 12-2-3, No. 3

Expectations are always high, and the Hawks, pursuing a fourth straight Class 3A state crown, know hard work comes first.

3. McDonogh

Last season: 16-5, No. 2

Graduated is playmaker Ali Andrzejewski, but the Eagles have often lost standouts and not skipped a beat.

4. Centennial

Last season: 12-3-2, No. 5

A stingy defense and dynamic play from sophomore Hayley Siegel will again take the Class 2A co-champs far.

5. John Carroll

Last season: 18-4, No. 4

Here's a switch: the defense-first Pats will count on offense while a new back line settles in.

6. Perry Hall

Last season: 15-1-1, No. 6

After an expected rebuilding season turned into a trip to the 4A state final, imagine what the Gators can do now behind a talented junior class.

7. South River

Last season: 14-2, No. 9

Only six goals got past keeper Jacque Sutphin last season, and the Seahawks have seven returning starters joining her.

8. Arundel

Last season: 14-4, No. 8

Opponents face the tedious task of chasing around Melissa Hornfeck, Alli Wilkerson and Michelle Zook.

9. Franklin

Last season: 11-7-1, unranked

With nine starters back from last year's 3A state runner-up team, the Indians should be strong right from the start.

10. Notre Dame Prep

Last season: 11-6, No. 14

Five starters are gone, but creative midfielder Zoey Bouchelle is back to help make the Blazers remain formidable.

11. Fallston

Last season: 7-4-1, unranked

After ending Bel Air's four-year run as Harford County champs, the Cougars have eight starters back to begin their own run.

12. Dulaney

Last season: 10-5, unranked

Former Hereford coach Steve Power takes over and has talent to work with, Meagan Holmes for starters.

13. Mount Hebron

Last season: 11-5-2, No. 12

A collective effort will be needed to offset the loss of standout Julie Napolitano, and there's plenty of talent to pitch in.

14. Severna Park

Last season: 12-3-1, No. 13

The five-time defending Anne Arundel County champion is vulnerable with nine seniors gone, but the Falcons have a plentiful pool to replenish.

15. Glenelg

Last season: 7-7-1, unranked

All seven losses came against ranked teams, but the Gladiators return 10 starters.

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