Field Hockey

September 02, 2004

1. Severna Park

Last season: 18-1, ranked No. 1

The state's most successful program is primed for a run at a 15th state championship and perhaps a wire-to-wire run in the top spot.

2. St. Paul's

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

The IAAM A Conference champs look to stay on top with exceptional scoring power.

3. South Carroll

Last season: 15-3, No. 7

With perhaps the area's strongest midfield, the Cavaliers take aim at a second state title in three years.

4. Glenelg

Last season: 15-2-1, No. 11

A few talented youngsters carried the Gladiators to an excellent season and the prospects are even brighter this fall.

5. Bryn Mawr

Last season: 10-5-4, No. 12

A handful of Division I prospects should usher the Mawrtians back toward the IAAM A Conference heights.

6. Notre Dame Prep

Last season: 8-5-3, No. 13

A veteran contingent coming off a strong 2003 campaign gives the Blazers their highest preseason ranking.

7. Hereford

Last season: 16-2-1, No. 6

Turnover is just a chance for new talent to emerge as Baltimore County's best reloads for a run at the state Class 2A crown.

8. South River

Last season: 15-2, No. 5

The only team to beat Severna Park last season, the Seahawks look to go a step further than their state semifinal finish.

9. Towson

Last season: 11-5-1, No. 10

After a down year, the Generals have the talent and the leadership to push Hereford in Baltimore County.

10. Fallston

Last season: 15-2-1, No. 3

The perennially strong Cougars have a knack for rebounding quickly and with only three starters back they will have to.

11. Arch. Spalding

Last season: 15-1-3, No. 4

Although graduation claimed more than 30 goals, the Cavaliers' defense should keep them in the IAAM A Conference hunt.

12. F.S. Key

Last season: 9-4, No. 14

Can the rising Eagles slip by South Carroll into the state final four for the first time in 10 years?

13. Mount Hebron

Last season: 8-6-1, unranked

Nine returning starters give the Vikings the best shot at Glenelg in Howard County.

14. Dulaney

Last season: 15-3, No. 8

Youngsters will try to keep the Lions in contention after a trip to the state Class 4A semifinals.

15. Long Reach

Last season: 11-6, unranked

The Lightning, Howard County's most improved team in 2003, could rise even further this fall.

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