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Boys lacrosse top 5 countdown: No. 1 McDonogh

After reaching the MIAA A title game last season, the Eagles are ready to soar to the top this spring.

The deep and powerful Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference has dominated the countdown of the top five boys lacrosse teams with Loyola Blakefield coming in at No. 5, followed by St. Paul's, Boy's Latin and Calvert Hall.

It's time to see who is ranked No. 1 and considered the team to beat.  The entire Top 15 poll, along with the top players to watch, will be available online Saturday night and the entire preview package will be in Sunday’s print edition of The Baltimore Sun.

Here’s a look at No. 1 McDonogh:

Coach: Andy Hilgartner

Last season: 14-5, No. 2

Postseason: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final

Outlook: When you talk 2016 McDonogh boys lacrosse, the chatter has to begin with its deep and imposing defense.  Led by senior Arman Medghalchi, the Eagles return every player from the unit, which many believe is the finest in the entire country.  But there's plenty more to the Eagles which puts them at the top of The Sun's preseason poll.  Midfielder Barret Sutley and attackman Jackson Morrill -- both seniors -- will play vital roles with the team graduating much of last year's firepower.  Not only will they be asked to provide a good chunk of offense, but they'll need to step up from a leadership standpoint and make teammates around them better. They appear poised to do just that. The Eagles have been knocking on the door for some time in a quest to win their first MIAA A crown since 2005.  They also have the added motivation following last year's loss to St. Mary's in the title game. The combination of talent and drive makes them the early favorite in what promises to be another stellar MIAA A Conference season.    

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