Field hockey: The poll

Compiled by sports staff after consulting with coaches

September 01, 2010

1. Bryn Mawr

Coach: Jeanette Budzik. Last season: 18-3, ranked No.1. Postseason: IAAM A Conference champion.

Outlook: The Mawrtians lost strong senior leadership from last season to graduation, but senior Cecilia Depman and juniors Josie George and Hannah Park will keep the young team moving forward.

2. Severna Park

Coach: Lil Shelton. Last season: 16-2, No. 2. Postseason: Class 4A state champion.

Outlook: The Falcons are pursuing their 20th state championship and appear to have the talent to pull it off. Twelve seniors, led by Madeline Ross, return.

3. Century

Coach: Terry Wilkinson. Last season: 17-2, No. 7. Postseason: Class 2A state semifinalist.

Outlook: A number of players who helped the Knights reach the state semifinals last season are back. The team is led by senior Jill Remenapp, who led Carroll County in scoring.

4. Glenelg

Coach: Ginger Kincaid. Last season: 16-3, No. 11. Postseason: Class 2A state semifinalist.

Outlook: The Gladiators have to replace three players from last year's team, but Kincaid doesn't see it being a big problem. She has talented junior Alyssa Parker, a Junior Olympian who made the Futures Team, anchoring the midfield and senior Kalie Hinkle gobbling up rebounds for goals.

5. South River

Coach: Katie Corcoran. Last season: 16-2, No. 5. Postseason: Class 4A East regional finalists.

Outlook: South River took a huge hit with the graduation of Brooke Griffin, The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year, but the Falcons still have plenty of talent. Leading the way for the Falcons are junior midfield/defender Stacey Mackintosh, sophomore forward Jennie Milligan (six goals, nine assists) and senior midfielder Courtney Thompson (5, 6).

6. North Harford

Coach: Katie Simms. Last season: 8-7, unranked. Postseason: Class 3A East second round.

Outlook: The Hawks lost just one starter from a young team that held its own in the tough Harford County league. Senior Beth Genovese (94 saves) is a second-year starter at goalkeeper.

7. Broadneck

Coach: Jennifer Parks. Last season: 14-2, No. 8. Postseason: Class 4A East regional quarterfinalist.

Outlook: The Bruins' only losses last season were to Anne Arundel County foe South River, but this year the going could be tougher. Paige Duncan, a speedy senior attacker, teams with junior midfielder Anna Haley to provide leadership to a young team.

8. Westminster

Coach: Mary Rivera. Last season: 18-1, No. 3. Postseason: Class 4A state finalist.

Outlook: The Owls took graduation hits but still return a veteran team of eight seniors, eight juniors and two sophomores. Talented senior goalie Emily Cauliflower and junior Megan Macera are among the returnees.

9. Fallston

Coach: Megan Grant. Last season: 16-3, No. 6. Postseason: Class 2A state champion.

Outlook: The state champs graduated star Caitlin Dempsey, but the Cougars still have a strong roster. Senior attacker Christina Conrad, a three-year starter who has made the U.S. Futures Team, and senior Kelly Mattingly, a standout on defense and in the midfield, will provide leadership.

10. Garrison Forest:

Coach: Traci Davis. Last season: 17-2, No. 4. Postseason: IAAM A Conference finalist.

Outlook: The Grizzlies are "rebuilding and reinventing" themselves this season, Davis said. Just three starters return, but Davis said she sees emerging talent. Senior Cody Magness, a four-year starter, will be the anchor.

11. Hereford

Coach: Tammy Mundie. Last season: 16-2, No. 9. Postseason: Class 3A state champion.

Outlook: Senior forward Allie Hackbarth will try to help the Bulls repeat as state champs with a young team and a new/old coach. Mundie coached the Bulls for 13 seasons before spending the past three as an assistant. Now she's back.

12. Dulaney

Coach: Kendra Whaley. Last season: 13-5, No. 13. Postseason: Class 4A state semifinalist.

Outlook: Led by midfielder Abby Sprinkel and defender Karen Smith at opposite ends of the field, the Lions are hoping to build on last season's success.

13. Patterson Mill

Coach: Shannon Troyer. Last season: 12-3, No. 14. Postseason: Class 1A state semifinalist.

Outlook: Senior goalie Gabby Brooks, who allowed just five goals in the regular season last year, is the anchor. The Huskies also have five other starters coming back and strong offense in Sam Rutkowski and Emily Keesling.

14. Harford Tech

Coach: Amanda (Sheldon) Warner. Last season: 6-6, unranked. Postseason: Class 1A North regional finalist.

Outlook: Led by senior Nykki Stritzinger on the front line and Maria Kalambihis, who moves to center-midfield from defender to help her team stay in the attack zone, Harford Tech gives Warner, who had been an assistant coach, reason for optimism.

Coach: Debbie Bloodsworth. Last season: 6-8, unranked. Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinalist.

Outlook: Bloodsworth said she is unsure of how her defense will come together, but Roland Park returns 11 players, eight of them seniors.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: Archbishop Spalding (10-9, unranked), Bel Air (7-7, unranked), Chesapeake-AA (12-6, unranked), Howard (11-5, No. 15), McDonogh (16-2, unranked), Notre Dame Prep (14-5, No. 10), Winters Mill (11-4, No. 12).

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