Games to watch
Marriotts Ridge at Glenelg (March 29, 5:30 p.m.)
Oakland Mills at Wilde Lake (April 11, 7 p.m.)
Centennial at River Hill (April 13, 7 p.m.)
Glenelg at Mt. Hebron (April 13, 7 p.m.)
Mt. Hebron at Marriotts Ridge (April 17, 5:30 p.m.)
River Hill at Mt. Hebron (April 20, 7 p.m.)
Wilde Lake at Long Reach (April 20, 7 p.m.)
District V game (at Old Mill, May 8, 5 p.m.)
As the season begins this week, here's how the teams in the county look:
2011 record: 5-6 county, 6-7 overall
Top players: Seniors Amy Weinberg (MF), Michele Hart (MF); juniors Kaelin Shaw (MF), Ellie Matthews (MF), Kelly McQuilkin (D).
The tweet: Don't plan to get in a running game with the Raiders. With 24 players, they can keep fresh legs on the field at all times. Atholton will look to Weinberg, Shaw, Matthews and newcomer Rachel Day (A) to provide the bulk of its offense.
Coach Crystal Shelley said her team is "hardworking and meets every challenge with energy and enthusiasm." To be successful, the Raiders will need to move the ball in the midfield, communicate on defense and create opportunities on offense; all of which boils down to playing good, solid lacrosse.
2011 record: 7-3, 10-4
Top players: Seniors Rachel Benzing (A), Megan Wallenhorst (A), Anna Kelly (MF), Erica Heaphy (MF), Rachel Hein (MF); sophomores Kay Kelly (D) and Sammie Albornoz (D).
The tweet: The Eagles have some young players who will make contributions. Sophomores Evana Pino and Alicia Hseih will join Kay Kelly and Albornoz among the starters and don't be surprised when some of the four freshmen get playing time, too. Anna Kelly and Benzing will take the draw for the Eagles.