2013 record: 1-9 county, 1-11 overall

Top players: Seniors Keara Miller (MF), Katie McClanahan (D), Jessica Pezzold (D) and Lexi Williamson (D); junior Brigid Mangan (A); sophomore Zoe Pekin (MF).

The tweet: Victories have been scarce for Hammond in recent years, but the team’s 12 seniors have the ability to change that.

Coach Bill Smith said his squad’s biggest asset is “work ethic and commitment to TEAM.”


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Mangan, Pekin and Miller will pace the Golden Bears’ offense, and the team has more speed than in past seasons, which will be beneficial in the transition game.

Hammond is hosting Meade, Patapsco and Oakland Mills in the Gay Petrlik Memorial Tournament April 19. The tournament is named in honor of Hammond’s first lacrosse coach, who led the Golden Bears for 12 years.

Howard

Coach: Alleesha Davidson (fourth year)

2013 record: 7-4 county, 12-6 overall

Top players: Seniors Abbey Groft (A) and Kati Maggio (D); junior Catherine Sims (MF) and Lauren Ferraro (GK); sophomore Katie Schluederberg (MF).

The tweet: Howard is coming off its best season ever. With eight returning starters, can the Lions continue to improve? Absolutely.

“We are a really focused group,” said coach Alleesha Davidson. “They are all working hard every day. They are young, but they are tenacious.  I think they are athletic, energetic and extremely coachable.”

Groft, who scored 69 goals last year, and Schluederberg make for a solid foundation on offense.

Howard is hosting Wilde Lake, Reservoir and Worcester Prep at the Karl Wolf tournament April 19 at Rockburn Park.

Long Reach

Coach: Colleen Delaney (second year)

2013 record: 2-8 county, 2-9 overall

Top players: Seniors Imani Sanders (MF) and Patricia Anderson (D); junior Lillie Miller (MF).

The tweet: With only 16 on varsity, the Lightning team is a bit shy on numbers. But that means more playing time for everyone, which can be a good thing. There are six seniors and seven returning starters, so the leadership is there.

Sanders, Miller and Nicole Cote will be the team’s biggest scoring threats.