The boys lacrosse season has started for the private schools, and the public schools will begin play on Friday. That means it’s time to start rolling out the projections for this season’s top teams.
In the coming days, Varsity Letters will count down the top-five teams. The area's preseason No. 1-ranked team will be posted Wednesday. The entire Top 15 poll, along with the top players to watch, will be available online Wednesday night and the entire preview package will be in Thursday's print edition.
Here’s a look at No. 2 St. Paul’s
Coach: Rick Brocato
Last season: 15-5, No. 6
Postseason: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference quarterfinal
Top players: Mikey Wynne, Sr., A; Carter Flaig, Jr., A; Bennett Moore, Sr., D
Outlook: It can easily be argued the Crusaders have the area’s most powerful offense, with a surplus of proven scorers on attack at midfield.
Wynne is a premier finisher and Flaig can also score and distribute, so opposing defenses can’t key on any one threat. At midfield, Henry Riehl, BJ Mattheiss and Alex McGovern all finished in double digits in goals and assists last season, and St. Paul's has depth behind them.
Defense could be a concern, with a couple main cogs from last year lost to graduation, but it will be the next man up and that starts with Moore. St. Paul’s is deep and experienced in goal with senior Hunter Pearl and junior A.J. Barretto.
If the Crusaders can stay on course -- they floundered down the stretch last season -- they will be a dangerous playoff team with their high-powered attack.