Field hockey: The poll

Compiled by sports staff after consulting with coaches

August 31, 2011

1. Glenelg

Coach: Ginger Kincaid

Last season: 19-1, No. 2

Postseason: 2A state champion

Outlook: All-Metro Player of the Year Alyssa Parker is back for her senior season to lead a team with seven returning starters eyeing a repeat title. Glenelg has a strong midfield.

2. Severna Park

Coach: Lil Shelton

Last season: 16-2-1, No. 4

Postseason: 4A state semifinalist

Outlook: The Falcons veered off track slightly last season, seeing their championship run end at five. But 10 seniors, all with some experience, are back. High-

scoring junior Marissa Balleza also returns.

3. Garrison Forest

Coaches: Traci Davis

and Leigh McDonald Hall

Last season: 16-2-1, No. 3

Postseason: IAAM AConference tournament champion

Outlook: The Grizzlies won a championship with a young team last season and return all but two starters.

4. Westminster

Coach: Mary Rivera

Last season: 19-0, No. 1

Postseason: 4A state champion

Outlook: Seven starters — including goalie Emily Colliflower — are gone from last season's No. 1 team, but the Owls had depth.

5. Bryn Mawr

Coach: Jeanette Budzik

Last season: 12-5, No. 14

Postseason: IAAM AConference semifinalist

Outlook: The Mawrtians have 12 players back, setting the stage for skilled stickwork and teamwork to take over. Two of the best are Hanna Park, a U.S. Futures player, at forward and senior Josie George at midfield.

6. South River

Coach: Katie Corcoran

Last season: 15-2, No. 5

Postseason: 4A East Region finalist

Outlook: South River will be looking to senior goalie Shannon Flanagan to close the door on opposing offenses.

7. River Hill

Coach: Shelly Chamness

Last season: 15-4, No. 7

Postseason: 3A state champion

Outlook: Midfielder Pauline Shih, who scored the game-winner in the Hawks' first state championship, and forward Nina Collins are among 11 seniors returning.

8. Century

Coach: Terry Duryea

Last season: 15-2, No. 6

Postseason: 2A state finalist

Century's coach got married and had a name change (from Wilkinson to Duryea), but not much else has changed. The Knights have 11 returning players, six of them starters.

9. Dulaney

Coach: Kendra Zeller

Last season: 12-6, No. 8

Postseason: 4A state finalist

Outlook: After losing the state final in overtime, Dulaney's team rededicated itself to winning the title this year.

10. Notre Dame Prep

Coach: Maggie Huether

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

Postseason: IAAM finalist

Outlook: NDP returns strong after winning the A Conference regular-season championship last year. Seven starters return, including senior Meaghan Smith and junior Anne Federico.

11. Archbishop Spalding

Coach: Leslee Brady

Last season: 11-7-1, unranked

Postseason: IAAM quarterfinalist

Outlook: The Cavaliers were stopped early in last year's playoffs, but with eight returning seniors and four juniors who started as sophomores, they appear in good shape. The Cavs will be led by senior Kendall Garden (11 goals, 5 assists), and Junior Olympians Sabrina Davis at midfield and Melissa Rize in goal, who are both juniors.

12. Patterson Mill

Coach: Shannon Troyer

Last season: 13-3-2, No. 10

Postseason: 1A state finalist

Outlook: Seniors Emily Keesling (18 goals) and Lauren West, a defender, lead a group of seven returning starters. Talented additions, including freshman Linnea Gonzales, will help as the Huskies battle for another trip to the state finals.

13. Hereford

Coach: Tammy Mundie

Last season: 12-3, unranked

Postseason: 3A North Region finalist

Outlook: Experienced in nearly all areas, the Bulls have great speed, quick ball movement and depth.

14. Bel Air

Coach: Phyllis Hemmes

Last season: 11-4, unranked

Postseason: 2A North Region finalist

Outlook: Emily Gryglewski (6 goals, 7assists) and Kelsey Jenkens (7 goals, 9assists) will lead a veteran attack. But the team will be waiting to see how an all-new defense and a new goalie shape up.

15. Fallston

Coach: Megan Grant

Last season: 13-5, unranked

Postseason: 2A state semifinalist

Outlook: The Cougars have seven starters back and hope to build on last season's success. Seniors Jenna Mosketti (midfield) and Christina Wright (defense) anchor a balanced attack.

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Others considered: Broadneck (13-3, No. 13), Centennial (6-10), Mount Hebron (10-4-1), Manchester Valley (8-6-1, No. 15), Catonsville (5-12), North Carroll (8-5-1), North Harford (10-6, No. 11), Towson (8-8)

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