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Girls lacrosse: The poll

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1. Mount HebronLast season // 19-1, ranked No. 1

Outlook // The view from the top has been pretty good for the storied Vikings, who are riding a streak of 11 straight state titles. Staying there will depend on whether a new crop of talented youngsters is ready to step up after the Vikings graduated 13 players, including half of their starters.

2. Severna ParkLast season // 20-0, No. 2

Outlook // The Falcons graduated eight from last season's state Class 4A-3A state championship team, but don't let that fool you. They remain skilled, experienced and deep.

3. John CarrollLast season // 14-3, No. 3

Outlook // Repeating as Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champions won't be easy, but the Patriots are favored to do it. Nine starters return.

4. McDonoghLast season // 18-2, No. 4

Outlook // The Eagles lost a 10-9 heartbreaker to Severn in the IAAM A Conference semifinals, so they will be hungry to get to the title game for the first time. (They won the A2 Conference in 2005.)

5. SevernLast season // 14-8, No. 6

Outlook // Another loaded team in the IAAM A Conference, the Admirals return all their starters and 22 of 24 players from a squad that lost the title game to John Carroll in overtime.

6. St. Mary'sLast season // 11-11, No. 13

Outlook // It took the young Saints a while to get on track last season, but they were a force down the stretch, falling to John Carroll, 9-8, in the IAAM A Conference semifinals.

7. BroadneckLast season // 14-3, No. 8

Outlook // The Bruins have a veteran squad with more depth on offense than in recent years. Look for them to make a run at Severna Park in Anne Arundel County.

8. Bryn MawrLast season // 14-3, No. 9

Outlook // Only three starters return for the Mawrtians, but it shouldn't take them long to get up to speed in the A Conference with some talented replacements.

9. GlenelgLast season // 15-3, No. 11

Outlook // The Gladiators have plugged the holes left by four graduated starters. There's plenty of experience, depth and scoring power to take another run at Mount Hebron.

10. DulaneyLast season // 15-3, No. 10

Outlook // The Lions have plenty of young talent to fill the big holes left by seven graduates, and remain the team to beat in Baltimore County and the region.

11. CenturyLast season // 17-2, No. 5

Outlook // After graduating eight starters, the Knights will retool with some players switching positions, but the tradition is there after three state titles in four years.

12. TowsonLast season // 14-2, unranked

Outlook // Don't underestimate the Generals despite losing some exceptional players. Fourteen returnees join a strong group up from the junior varsity county champions.

13. WestminsterLast season // 13-3-1, unranked

Outlook // With 11 seniors, a strong, veteran defense and a reloading offense, look for the Owls to be in the Carroll County race.

14. North HarfordLast season // 17-2, No. 7

Outlook // The Class 3A-2A state runners-up relied heavily on seniors last season, so the Hawks' success will be determined by how quickly the new starters grow into leaders.

15. Roland ParkLast season // 10-8, No. 15

Outlook // The Reds face a big challenge in playing every game on the road while their turf field is under construction, but their experience should keep them in the IAAM A Conference hunt.

Others considered // Annapolis (9-7, unranked), Catonsville (10-5, unranked), Centennial (9-5, unranked), Liberty (12-4, unranked), St. Paul's (11-8, No. 14), South River (11-3-1, unranked).

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