Burnett feels that the play of his keepers will determine the team’s success.
“We have three talented guys vying for the starting spot and we are hoping that the competition leads to us having consistently strong play in the cage.”
2012 record: 7-4, 7-6
Top players: Seniors Bryan Ruygrok (G), Stephen Latona (A) and Ryan Swentzel (MF); juniors Andrew Gavlin (A), Chase Conley (D) and Quinn Western (MF); sophomore Kevin Wilson (D).
What you need to know: The Eagles have the luxury of returning eight starters, including one of the top goalies in the county in Bryan Ruygrok, who had a save percentage of .635 last season. All-county selection Steve Latona (33 goals, 16 assists) is an excellent shooter and long-stick middie Ryan Swentzel will help patrol an untested midfield unit.
“We are a veteran team with multiple years of varsity experience,” coach Nick Kellinger said. “We are playing with a chip on our shoulder after coming up short on some of our goals in the last few seasons.”
The defense should be able to keep Centennial competitive in every game and Kellinger hopes the defensive pressure will spark a fast break, transition offense.
The Eagles open the season against Glenelg before facing out-of-county rival Catonsville two days later.
2012 record: 11-0, 17-3
Top players: Seniors Mark Darden (MF), Drew Dziwulski (D), Anthony Pagnotta (MF) and Christian Salandra (D); juniors Tyler Wasson (MF), Nick Forrest (A) and Landry Marshall (G).
What you need to know: The Gladiators return a hard-working group with tons of experience in 2013. There are some holes to fill — including the scoring production of St. Paul’s transfer Mikey Wynne — but with six all-county performers slated to return, Glenelg still expects to be in the driver’s seat for another county title.
The offense is going to be led by Hobart-college bound Mark Darden (32 goals, 19 assists), Nick Forrest (46 goals, 12 assists) and Navy recruit Tyler Wasson (20 goals, 15 assists).
Anthony Pagnotta, arguably one of the top face-off men in the entire state, returns for the Gladiators to provide possession control. The Towson-bound midfielder won over 200 face-offs last season, good enough for a win percentage of about .700.
The defense will be powered by all-county performers Drew Dziwulski, Landry Marshall and Ben Carta. Christian Salandra is also a top defender.
Glenelg has won at least a share of every county title since 2008.
2012 record: 2-9, 2-10
Top players: Seniors John Suntum (MF), Reed Wehrmeister (A), Elliott Wascavage (MF), Colin Mason (MF), Victor Nannan (D), Nick Johnson (D) and Arnett Dorsey (D); junior Ben Ballard (G).