Boys Lacrosse Preview

Lansdowne senior goalie Tyler Wolford will be counted on to keep the Vikings close this season. He has been the starter for the past three varsity seasons. (Staff photo by Brian Krista / March 8, 2012)

Defense will take center stage when the local lacrosse season gets underway, so teams will put a premium on every possession.

Read on to see who will be on the field for your favorite area prep team.

Lansdowne

2011 record: 10-4


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Coach Tyler Martin's quote: "As the season goes on, it's going to be more and more difficult to satisfy players' needs for playing time."

Breakdown: Tough competition for playing time proves the Vikings will have more depth than past seasons while attempting to defend their 2011 Division II title.

They also hope to make some more noise with a deeper run in the regional playoffs with a strong backline.

"I would definitely say the defense is going to hold us in a couple games," Martin said.

That unit will be anchored by senior goalie Tyler Wolford, who was called up to the varsity during the playoffs his freshman year and has started every game since.

"Last year he played like a superstar," Martin said.

He'll be supported on defense by strong senior defenders Mugabe Jones and Ivan Neville, junior defensive stopper Rodney Jones and sophomore Darrick Purnell.

"Jones is real solid, and he's capable of stripping (the ball from rivals) every time," Martin said.

Sophomore Danny Nicholson should get some defensive experience on close defense.

The defense of senior midfielders Kyle Beard and Dominic Mullin, juniors Hugo Mantiel and Billy Linton and sophomore Nathan Airey is another strong suit.

Senior Peter Flores is a smart role player in the midfield and seniors Brandon Jordan and Nelger Romero, juniors Jon Echevarria, Quentin Muhammed, Ian Powell, Justin Smith and Joey Cox and sophomore Romario Orellano will be chomping at the bit for playing time.

The top-four attackmen include seniors Peter Koscielski and David Cellini and juniors Caleb Chavis and Shawn Brown.

Catonsville

2011 record: 11-6

Coach Aaron Stubbs's quote: "We are very athletic on defense and I'm hoping those guys will be pushing the ball very well."

Breakdown: Catonsville will rely on experience on the defense with seniors Joe Tebo, Cassidy Higdon and sophomore Stephen Ruppel, a returning varsity veteran.