Polls

Boys Lacrosse

March 15, 2006

1. Loyola -- Last season: 14-3, ranked No. 3 -- Outlook: Defender Joe Kelly, goalie Tim Harrington, midfielder Pat Hutchinson and attackman Steele Stanwick are among the returning players who will pace the returning MIAA A Conference semifinalists.

2. Boys' Latin -- Last season: 18-2, No. 2 -- Outlook: Midfielders David Bronfein and Jack Carolan join defender Brian Farrell on a Lakers team that hopes to earn coach Bob Shriver his 11th MIAA A Conference title-game berth.

3. Gilman -- Last season: 8-6, No. 6 -- Outlook: Senior Kevin Carroll and his brother, Brian, are among the nation's best midfielders, and defender Barney Ehrmann is among the premier defenders for this MIAA A Conference playoff contender.

4. McDonogh -- Last season: 22-1, No. 1 -- Outlook: First-year Eagles coach Scott Corrigan inherits the talented, defending MIAA A Conference champions, who again will contend.

5. St. Paul's -- Last season: 14-4, No. 4 -- Outlook: Midfielders Austin Boykin, Cryder DiPietro and Pat Sweeney combined for 37 goals and 20 assists, and attackman Nate Matthews had 41 points for the returning MIAA A Conference semifinalists.

6. Mount St. Joseph -- Last season: 9-5, No. 7 --Outlook: The Gaels are ready to enter the top echelon of the MIAA A Conference behind midfielders D.J. Widlake and Jordan Pierce, attackman Tim Anderson and goalie Kevin Benzing.

7. St. Mary's -- Last season: 3-13, unranked. --Outlook: The Saints struggled without players such as midfielder Grant Krebs, who missed most of last season because of injury. But his return and the presence of Travis Bowman and John Lamon makes St. Mary's an MIAA A Conference contender.

8. Calvert Hall -- Last season: 10-6, No. 5 -- Outlook: Princeton-bound midfielder Walker Jungers and attackman D.J. Comer are the leaders on a deep team of college-bound players, including Michael Bryan, Chris Eline, Scott Foreman, Dan Hanley, Keith Hinton and Kevin Kelly.

9. Severna Park -- Last season: 16-2, No. 10 -- Outlook: The Class 4A-3A state runner-up Falcons return Eric Lusby, Chris Hunt and Frank Taglienti on attack, Shane Coughlin, Dan Burns and Courtland Fudge at midfield, and Shawn Lowman on defense.

10. Severn -- Last season: 7-9, No. 12 -- Outlook: Brian Phipps, perhaps the best goalie in the MIAA A Conference, will get help from midfielder Nick Elsmo and defender Kevin Etter in leading the Admirals.

11. Dulaney -- Last season: 16-4, No. 9 -- Outlook: Attackman Matt Lafferty, midfielder Nikk Davis, defender Chip Lanser and goalie Geoff Hebert will attempt to lead the Lions to their sixth Class 4A-3A state title in seven years.

12. Broadneck -- Last season: 14-3, No. 13 -- Outlook: The Class 4A-3A East regional runner-up returns top scorer Logan Rausse (34 goals, 23 assists) and Ryan Hoover on attack, and a deep midfield of Bredan Rowe (seven, 27), Evan Young (18, seven) and Brendan O'Leary (24, three).

13. Mount Hebron -- Last season: 10-4, unranked --Outlook: Midfielders Justin Martinelli, Evan Nicholson and Chad McCarthy, attackman Tommy Incontrera and goalie Mike Burmingham are among the returning starters to a deep team that was Howard County's runner-up.

14. Fallston -- Last season: 14-2, No. 15 -- Outlook: Senior midfielder Pete Raab and his brother, sophomore attackman Luke Raab, lead a talented Harford County squad.

15. Westminster -- Last season: 15-1, unranked -- Outlook: Former All-Metro pick and first-year coach Jeff Doolan takes over at his alma mater, where goalie Chris Collins and midfielder Ryan Finch look to lead the Owls to another 4A-3A playoff run.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Chris Boland -- Boys' Latin, attack -- The All-Metro and All-America performer scored 43 goals and assisted on 56 last season, surpassing his efforts as a sophomore of 41 goals and 36 assists. He is committed to Johns Hopkins.

Collins Cary -- McDonogh, attack -- The 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior was first in assists (42) and second in scoring (32 goals) for last year's MIAA champion. Cary is headed to Brown.

Brian Carroll -- Gilman, midfield -- The Virginia-bound All-Metro choice was the All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year in football last fall. He was named a high school All-American as well as The Sun's 2005 All-Baltimore City Player of the Year in lacrosse, with 26 goals and 17 assists last spring.

Casey Creaney -- Loyola, midfield -- The leader of the Dons' midfield, Creaney is relentless on ground balls and a balanced scorer and feeder. A hard-hitting senior who plays equally well as a defender, Creaney is headed for Maryland.

Sam Eitel -- Mount St. Joseph, defense -- The returning All-Metro senior defender played both close defense and long-stick midfield, and displayed tremendous athleticism on the wings during faceoffs to lead the Gaels.

Billy Geist -- McDonogh, defense -- A returning starter from the Eagles' squad that won last year's MIAA A Conference title while allowing fewer than six goals per game, Geist is called "a steady, cerebral player" by coach Scott Corrigan. Geist is headed to Harvard.

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