2013 Top 15 girls lacrosse preseason poll

March 19, 2013|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

1. McDonogh

Coach: Chris Robinson

Last season: 18-0, No. 1

Postseason: IAAM A Conference champion

Outlook: The Eagles graduated key contributors from the team that won a fourth straight conference title and finished No. 1 in ESPN High School's Fab 50, but they return so many good players that they remain the clear front runners until someone beats them. That hasn't happened in nearly four years. The Eagles boast a powerhouse offense that is led by Megan Whittle and Sammi Burgess. New leaders are stepping up, and nearly everyone has game experience.

2. Maryvale

Coach: Jessica Randisi

Last season: 13-4, No. 2

Postseason: IAAM A Conference runner-up

Outlook: The Lions came within one goal of McDonogh in last year's A Conference final. With six returning starters, including stellar goalkeeper Caroline Federico, they'll try to finish this season with a win. There's a little rebuilding to do, especially in the midfield, but with 12 players back, it shouldn't take long.

3. Notre Dame Prep

Coaches: Mary Bartel, Lisa Costello

Last season: 10-9, No. 5

Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinalist

Outlook: The buzz around the league is that the Blazers are on the rise this spring. Despite losing one of the league's best goalies and five other starters, they are exceptionally strong in the midfield and have a lot of young talent.

4. South River

Coach: Kim McNemar

Last season: 13-4, No. 8

Postseason: Class 4A-3A East regional semifinalist

Outlook: With 13 seniors returning, the Seahawks look like the team to beat in a tough Anne Arundel County race. With plenty of leadership and team cohesion, they aim to avenge their regional semifinal loss to eventual state champion Severna Park and take back the state crown they won in 2010.

5. Bryn Mawr

Coaches: Wendy Kridel, Kim Simons

Last season: 15-2, No. 4

Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinalist

Outlook: After graduating a talented senior class, including goalkeeper Molly Wolf, from a team that lost only to McDonogh and Maryvale last season, the Mawrtians will be young. They have balance and better overall speed, as well as another strong keeper in Ellie DeGarmo.

6. Century

Coach: Becky Groves

Last season: 18-1, No. 3

Postseason: Class 3A-2A state champion

Outlook: The Knights graduated a pair of exceptional leaders, but they return nine starters and a handful of seniors who can handle those leadership roles. They also return four sophomores with state final experience, so look for the Knights to make a run at their seventh state title in 10 years.

7. Mount Hebron

Coach: Trish Derwart

Last season: 15-3, No. 10

Postseason: Class 3A-2A state semifinalist

Outlook: With 11 starters back, many of whom have played together since elementary school, the Vikings are the team to beat in Howard County. They are eager to add a 16th state title to their trophy case after going five years without a championship.

8. Severna Park

Coach: Carin Peterson

Last season: 19-2, No. 6

Postseason: Class 4A-3A state champion

Outlook: The Falcons have won five of the last six 4A-3A titles, including the last two. They return several strong midfielders and a veteran goalie, but will need some inexperienced players to come along quickly if they want to hold off South River in Anne Arundel County and the East region.

9. Broadneck

Coach: Karen Tengwall

Last season: 14-3, No. 9

Postseason: Class 4A-3A East regional semifinalist

Outlook: With 10 seniors and seven starters back, the Bruins have the leadership, balance and depth to contend in what is shaping up to be a battle royale in Anne Arundel County and the East region with South River, Severna Park and Annapolis.

10. C. Milton Wright

Coach: Brent Ritz

Last season: 14-5, No. 15

Postseason: Class 3A-2A state semifinalist

Outlook: The Mustangs return nine starters and have solid players back all over the field, including dominating midfielder Abby Smucker and goalie Heather McKee. With several promising youngsters, too, the Mustangs are the team to beat in Harford County.

11. Marriotts Ridge

Coach: Natalie Gaieski

Last season: 17-1, No. 7

Postseason: Class 3A-2A East regional finalist

Outlook: The Mustangs will be itching to reclaim the regional championship they lost last season to archrival Mount Hebron. With seven starters returning, including standout midfielder Zoe Stukenberg, they also have talented younger players ready to assume regular roles.

12. Severn

Coach: Renie Sotiropoulos

Last season: 9-11, No. 14

Postseason: IAAM A Conference quarterfinalist

Outlook: The Admirals scored big wins over Bryn Mawr and Severna Park last April, but they weren't consistent enough to finish higher than ninth in the A Conference. Look for a strong line of midfielders and a solid defense to change that.

13. Annapolis

Coach: Dave Gehrdes

Last season: 11-3-1, unranked

Postseason: Class 4A-3A East regional quarterfinalist

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