Varsity Girls Lacrosse

March 19, 2009

the poll

1. McDonogh

* Last season: 18-3, ranked No. 3

* After making it to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final two of the past three years, the Eagles are eager to get the crown. They have the talent, balance, versatility and determination.

2. Severna Park

* Last season: 20-0, No. 2

* The Falcons took hits from graduations and injuries, including losing attacker Jaci Gassaway. But with so much talent, there will likely be little drop-off for the two-time defending state Class 4A champs.

3. Notre Dame Prep

* Last season: 13-7, No. 7

* The Blazers should fill their voids and have one of the area's best two-way players in Erin Laschinger, so look for them to move up in a competitive IAAM A Conference.

4. Bryn Mawr

* Last season: 10-7, No. 10

* The Mawrtians graduated one starter, and their returning contingent brings the experience, skill, balance and depth to contend for the top spot in the A Conference.

5. John Carroll

* Last season: 18-0, No. 1

* The two-time defending IAAM A Conference champs graduated one of the best senior classes ever, but they have eight seniors and talented players ready for the spotlight.

6. Broadneck

* Last season: 13-4, No. 6

* The Bruins lost six starters but have a solid goalie and scoring potential. If they can mesh as a unit, they could give Severna Park another challenge after falling, 11-10, in the regional final last year.

7. South River

* Last season: 14-3, No. 7

* Kim McNemar returns to coach the Seahawks and has 16 newcomers, but with solid veterans this team should remain in a hotly contested Anne Arundel County race.

8. Archbishop Spalding

* Last season: 14-6, No. 9

* The Cavaliers were the fastest-rising team a year ago and should keep it going, returning significant talent, including All-Metro G Cosette Larash.

9. Severn

* Last season: 12-6, No. 4

* The Admirals are young but have great speed and potential despite graduating nine starters. They have a fine goalkeeping duo, talent from a strong JV and should get better through the season.

10. St. Mary's

* Last season: 13-8, No. 8

* An assistant for the Saints for five years, Megan Lewis takes over as head coach of a balanced team that has a lot of seniors ready to step up.

11. Mount Hebron

* Last season: 12-5, unranked

* After losing five games in a season for the first time in their history, the Vikings should rebound with a veteran team with speed and drive.

12. Winters Mill

* Last season: 17-2, No. 11

* The Falcons lost only two players from their state Class 2A title team, so look for them to make another run.

13. Fallston

* Last season: 9-6, unranked

* With much of their scoring and two starting defenders back, the Cougars should contend for their first regional title since 1995.

14. Towson

* Last season: 13-5, unranked

* Despite losing seven seniors, the Generals should take another run at the state Class 2A title. They lost in double overtime in last season's final.

15. Glenelg

* Last season: 16-4, No. 12

* Graduation claimed speed and experience from the state Class 2A runners-up, but the Gladiators should remain in contention.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: Catonsville (12-7, No. 15), Century (12-4, unranked), Dulaney (13-4, unranked), Liberty (14-3, No. 14), Roland Park (7-7, unranked), C. Milton Wright (9-6, unranked)

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