Varsity Boys Lacrosse

March 19, 2009

the poll

1. Gilman

* Last season: 18-1, ranked No. 2

* Outlook: After last year's one-goal loss to Loyola in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game, the Greyhounds have plenty to prove and a stacked veteran group primed to get the job done.

2. Calvert Hall

* Last season: 16-3, No. 3

* Outlook: The Cardinals, led by All-Metro seniors Patrick Fanshaw and Chris Lightner, come the closest to matching Gilman's talent and depth.

3. Loyola

* Last season: 13-4, No. 1

* Outlook: When last season ended, the Dons were throwing their sticks into the air celebrating their second straight MIAA A Conference title. Despite the graduation hits, they can't be overlooked.

4. St. Mary's

* Last season: 14-6, No. 5

* Outlook: Losing nearly 20 players from last year's team is cause for concern, but the Saints have plenty of talent ready to take on greater roles.

5. Boys' Latin

* Last season: 13-7, No. 10

* Outlook: The perennial MIAA A Conference power failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in 18 years last season. How's that for incentive?

6. St. Paul's

* Last season: 10-10, No. 9

* Outlook: The return of senior goalie Harry Krieger, injured for the second half of last season, will solidify the defense, and the Crusaders have talent in front of him.

7. McDonogh

* Last season: 16-6, No. 4

* Outlook: Goalie Tyler Fiorito, last season's All-Metro Player of the Year, has graduated along with much of the defense, but the Eagles have six of their seven top midfielders back.

8. Arch. Spalding

* Last season: 9-8, No. 8

* Outlook: After making their first MIAA A Conference playoff appearance last year, the emerging Cavaliers are looking for more with a strong nucleus returning.

9. Severna Park

* Last season: 15-2, No. 14

* Outlook: With their defense intact and offensive catalysts in Sam Jones and Sean Price, the Falcons will look to build on last year's Class 4A-3A state semifinal appearance.

10. Severn

* Last season: 11-10, No. 13

* Outlook: The Admirals suffered an early setback with an injury to senior attackman Stevie Kirkup, but talent remains.

11. Dulaney

* Last season: 18-2, No. 7

* Outlook: The defending 4A-3A state champion Lions will need to reload after losses to graduation, but they remain the team to beat in Baltimore County.

12. Hereford

* Last season: 15-2, No. 12

* Outlook: In winning the 3A-2A state crown last season, the Bulls have won four titles since 2003.

13. Mount St. Joseph

* Last season: 8-10, not ranked

* Outlook: The Gaels will lean on their experienced defense and look to blend upperclassmen experience with younger talent.

14. Arch. Curley

* Last season: 14-1, No. 11

* Outlook: The Friars are well equipped to chase after their third straight MIAA B Conference championship.

15. Centennial

* Last season: 13-6, not ranked

* Outlook: Howard County is wide open, and the Eagles get a slight nod as the team to beat. Senior standouts Harrison Chaires and Greg Edmonds lead the way.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: Century (12-6, not ranked), Glenelg (18-0, No. 6), John Carroll (12-3, not ranked), South River (11-4, not ranked)

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