River Hill

Coach: Shelly Chamness (14th year)

2012 record: 8-3, 12-4

Top players: Seniors Dani Schwab (MF) and Emily Marlatt (MF); junior Jillian Kelley (MF).


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The scoop: The Hawks’ top scorers are gone, so finding replacements will be high on the priority list. Emily Hamburger and newcomer Caleigh Covell, a transfer from Good Counsel, are the likely candidates to step up offensively.

Coach Shelly Chamness said her team’s strength is “speed and experience in the midfield (and) fast, strong defense.”

Newcomers Maddie Rusenko (MF), Kinsey Johnson (D) and Sierra Kelly (GK) are expected to make an impact. Kelly was the team’s goalkeeper last fall, but suffered a season-ending injury during a game.

River Hill is going to play in the Mt. Hebron tournament. North Harford and Dulaney are the other teams.

Wilde Lake

Coach: Samantha McElvaney (first year)

2012 record: 2-9, 2-9

Top players: Seniors Brittany Kuntz (F) and Sam Rangos (D); sophomore Bridget Cavanaugh (F).

The scoop: After six years as head coach, Lindsey Startt has stepped aside; Samantha McElvaney, last year’s JV coach, replaces her.

Wilde Lake is carrying the county’s largest squad (22 players). Fourteen are juniors. Cavanaugh, Kuntz and Eileen Mee will pace the forward line. Converting scoring opportunities into goals has been a nagging problem for Wilde Lake. One goal, a little luck and a strong defense used to be enough to win games, but not any more.

Newcomers Marissa Sciabarra and Nicole Sciabarra, both juniors, will play at midfield for Wilde Lake.

McElvaney said that on-ball movement is a plus for her team, but it needs to work on “executing and off-ball movement.”

Wilde Lake is one of the schools that got a turf field this year.

Glenelg Country School

Coach: Jessica McAdams (11th year)

2012 record: 6-4-1 IAAM B, 7-7-1

Top players: Seniors Kelly Johnson (GK), Hannah Veater (MF), Mallory Pappas (D/MF), Marissa Burks (A/MF), Lauren Smith (A/MF) and Gillie Lynch (D).

The scoop: After splitting time in the goal cage, Johnson owns the position full time this fall. The highly talented player moved up from the U-17 National team to the U-19 National team this year. One of seven seniors on the Glenelg Country team, Johnson has made a verbal commitment to play for Cornell University, a Division I Ivy League team.

Veater, a team captain, will be a force all over the field. "She has excellent stickwork, scoring ability and defensive patience," said coach Jessica McAdams.

Pappas, also a team captain, is a steady defender who will be asked to play more of a midfield role this season. That will help the Dragons with their transition game. Burks, Smith and Lynch will also make major contributions.

Veater, Burks and Smith are expected to be the team's leading scorers.

"We need to shoot sooner in the circle, and get touches on any ball near the cage on attack," McAdams said. "We also need to improve our offensive penalty corner scoring percentage."

Sophomore Megan Hooper, who can play any position on the field, will step into a bigger role this season. Junior Koko Etokebe was the most improved player on the 2012 team and will work with Lynch and Johnson on the defensive end.

Glenelg Country is playing in the Betty Lang tournament at Howard on Sept. 7.