The Poll

Varsity -- Fall Preview

Field Hockey

August 29, 2007

1. Severna Park

Last season: 18-0-1, ranked No. 1

Despite some key losses, coach Lil Shelton's Falcons have reloaded for a run at their 17th state title. They return plenty of firepower, but will have some work to do on defense, where they graduated several talented field players as well as an exceptional goalie.

2. Bryn Mawr

Last season: 16-3-1, No. 3

Although the Mawrtians lost almost their entire field defense, they have an exceptionally skilled cast ready to defend their Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title.

3. Fallston

Last season: 16-2, No. 2

The Cougars graduated 12 seniors but return skilled veterans, and their junior varsity didn't give up a goal last season, boding well for another run at a Class 3A state crown.

4. South River

Last season: 16-4, No. 5

Seven starters are gone from the Class 4A state runner-up squad, but the Seahawks retain a lot of experience, especially on the defensive end, so look for another tight clash with Severna Park.

5. Broadneck

Last season: 12-2-1, No. 6

The Bruins lost only three starters and, with a good balance of talent, could spoil Severna Park and South River's plans for Anne Arundel and Class 4A state titles.

6. Garrison Forest

Last season: 18-3, No. 4

The Grizzlies were dominated by seniors last season, but they also had a talented crop of freshmen who will be looking to make their mark in the IAAM A Conference.

7. C. Milton Wright

Last season: 13-3-1, No. 8

The Mustangs boast plenty of scoring power, so if they can bolster their defense and return goalie Kate Vitali from a back injury, they should contend in Class 4A.

8. Archbishop Spalding

Last season: 10-9-1, not ranked

The Cavaliers have speed and skill all over the field, which should put them back in the IAAM A Conference hunt after having a young team last season.

9. North Carroll

Last season: 12-3, No. 9

The Panthers have a little rebuilding to do on defense, but expect them to remain a tough contender in the Carroll County title race.

10. Winters Mill

Last season: 12-4, No. 12

A young team last season finished big with a regional title, so look for that experience to fuel another run at Carroll and regional championships.

11. Glenelg

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

The Class 2A state runner-up boasts a ton of scoring and a solid midfield, but has a few holes to fill, especially on defense, as it moves to Class 1A.

12. Century

Last season: 12-2, No. 13

Only four players graduated and those who remain are eager to make up for a disappointing regional playoff loss after taking the Carroll County title.

13. Hereford

Last season: 13-3-1, No. 10

Last fall's Class 2A state champion is young but has a lot of potential, which could keep it in contention despite the move to Class 3A.

14. Westminster

Last season: 9-3-1, No. 14

Another contender in a crowded Carroll race, the Owls could play spoiler and take it all with a solid veteran squad.

15. Severn

Last season: 9-6-2, No. 15

With 13 seniors, the Admirals have the experience and talent to make a run at the IAAM A Conference championship.

Others considered -- Dulaney (11-2-2, No. 7), Centennial (14-3, unranked), Mount Hebron (10-5-1, unranked), North Harford (10-5-1, unranked), South Carroll (10-3-2, unranked), Towson (6-6-3, unranked).

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