the poll

August 30, 2006

1. Calvert Hall

Last season: 17-3-3, ranked No. 5

With seven starters back, the Cardinals have quality experience at every position and are considered the favorite in the demanding Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

2. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 19-4-4, No. 2

Despite losing key players, the MIAA A Conference co-champion Gaels also have plenty of returning standouts as well as some promising players up from the junior varsity.

3. Loyola

Last season: 15-2-6, No. 1

Big shoes need to be filled for the MIAA A Conference co-champion Dons, starting in goal with the departure of All-Metro Player of the Year Akira Fitzgerald.

4. McDonogh

Last season: 15-6-1, No. 3

If a number of returning players can step up to make up for graduation losses, the Eagles could be right there at the end in the MIAA A Conference.

5. Fallston

Last season: 13-2-1, No. 14

Led by a strong senior class, the Cougars are shooting for the program's first state title since 1992.

6. Arch. Curley

Last season: 13-11-1, No. 13

The pieces are certainly there, so the challenge for the loaded Friars is putting the puzzle together.

7. Mount Hebron

Last season: 11-4-1, No. 11

The Vikings have the returning talent to make a run at the Howard County crown and much more.

8. Broadneck

Last season:15-3-1, No. 7

With last year's title-game experience and some incoming talent, the Bruins again could be playing for a championship this season.

9. Hammond

Last season: 11-3-5, No. 10

Considered overachievers in their improbable run to the state title game last season, the Bears have the nucleus back for a return visit.

10. Towson

Last season: 10-4-2, No. 9

The Generals continually find a way to save their best for the playoffs, winning two Class 3A state titles in the past three years.

11. Arundel

Last season: 13-3-2, No. 12

A powerful offense could take the Wildcats a long way in Anne Arundel County play.

12. River Hill

Last season: 14-1-2, No. 6

The Hawks, defending Class 3A co-champions, have a new look with nine starters gone and Matt Shagogue replacing legendary coach Bill Stara, who retired.

13. Dulaney

Last season: 9-7-1, unranked

The Baltimore County runner-up in 2005 has what it takes at both ends to make a strong run in the postseason.

14. Perry Hall

Last season: 11-2, No. 8

The Gators will rely on a sturdy defense early until an unproven offense catches up.

15. Atholton

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

With experienced players in key spots, the Raiders have the ingredients for a long playoff drive.

Other teams considered: Centennial (4-8-1, unranked), Century (9-5-1, unranked), C. Milton Wright (10-3, unranked), Eastern Tech (11-3, unranked), Severna Park (9-5-2, unranked).

2005 champions


Class 4A


Class 3A

River Hill, Towson*

Class 2A


Class 1A



A Conference

Loyola, Mount St. Joseph*

B Conference

St. Mary's

C Conference

Chapelgate Christian


Anne Arundel

Arundel, Broadneck*






River Hill


C. Milton Wright *Co-champions

Mark your calendars

Sept. 12 -- Calvert Hall at McDonogh, 4

Sept. 12 -- Century at Liberty, 6:30

Sept. 13 -- Dulaney at Perry Hall, 3:45

Sept. 13 -- Poly at Patterson, 3:45

Sept. 28 -- Broadneck at Arundel, 7

Oct. 17 -- C. Milton Wright at Fallston, 6:45

Oct. 19 -- Hammond at Mount Hebron, 7

players to watch

Chris Agorsor

McDonogh, forward

The sophomore (nine goals, two assists last season) showed a knack for timely production with two game-winners against Mount St. Joseph and another against Calvert Hall.

Zach Barnett

Mount Hebron, defender

The senior is the Vikings' steadying influence and has all the necessary skills of a top sweeper back: speed, smarts and gifted skills with the ball.

Christian Barreiro

Calvert Hall, midfielder

The dynamic junior (12 goals last season) should be the top-ranked Cardinals' impact player with his creative work in the middle.

Mike Deasel

Loyola, midfielder

Bringing a tireless work rate in the middle, the resourceful senior does all the little things that make a positive impact for the Dons.

Angel Draganov

Dulaney, forward

Strong on the ball with improved quickness, the junior looks to build on an impressive sophomore season in which he had 15 goals and five assists.

Mostafa Ebrahimnejad

Hammond, midfielder

The standout senior, who led the Bears to their first state title game with 12 goals and five assists last season, makes the game look easy with smooth play to hold down the middle.

Tyrone Hall

Mount St. Joseph, forward

The senior, who had seven goals and seven assists last season, is a treat to watch with the ball at his feet --unless you're defending against him.

B.J. Quigley

Archbishop Curley, forward

Quigley, the MIAA's leading goal scorer with 21 last season as a junior, thrives on challenging defenders and finding the corner of the net.

Mike Rose

Severna Park, midfielder

With the Falcons bringing in seven new starters, they will lean on the impressive playmaking skills of their junior captain, who scored six goals and added 12 assists last fall.

Andy Stromberg

Fallston, midfielder

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