Head coach: Dan Hart (fourth season).
Assistant coaches: Bob Glassman, Bob Bohanon and Bob Ciancaglini.
1991 record: 11-4, lost to North County in state 4A/3A semifinals.
Returnees: Seniors Dan Flynn (att-mid), Jon Songey (att-mid), Jak Karl (att-mid), Jim Reed (def), Domenic Harris (att-mid) and Tony Knight (g); juniors Mike Faioli (att-mid), Clancy Cornwall (att-mid), Brendan Bellotte (def) and Craig Harrison (def); sophomores Taylor Boone (att-mid) and Jack Copus (def).
Newcomers: Seniors Jack Rands (g) and Rob Fletcher (att-mid); juniors Jesse Jordan (att-mid) and Tom Rayhart (g); sophomores Sean McFadden (att-mid), Scott Regina (att-mid), Kevin Belt (att-mid), David Winegrad (def) and Tim Cook (def); freshmen Victor Watkins (def), Geoff Mears (off), Ryan Sears (att-mid), Eric Morgan (att-mid) and Josh Morgan (att-mid).
Coach's outlook: "We lost about 12 or 13 players to graduation, but like we say at Annapolis, 'we don't rebuild, we reload.' We may not have as much depth as we've had in the past, but our first 10 to 13 players are as good as any. I'm sure the rest of them will come around toward the end of the season."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: If they can get over their top-heavy schedule, the Panthers will be ready to cause lots of commotion in the state playoffs.
Head coach: Terry Mangan (second season).
Assistant coaches: Dave Kraft andErik Addington.
1991 record: 3-9 in Maryland Scholastic Association BB Conference.
Returnees: Seniors Brian Edwards (mid) and Kyle Simons (mid); juniors Dan Wolfe (att), Brian Zemanick (att), Scott Mattison (mid), John Donahue (mid), Rich Reilly (def), Tim Alber (def),Dennis Fohner (def) and Keith Ramsey (g); sophomores Anthony Mettera(att) and Jason Duffy (mid).
Newcomers: Senior Dave Justus (mid);junior Pat Kiley (mid); freshman Steve Shaffer (att).
Coach's outlook: "We definitely have some experience this year, so that is a plus for us. All these guys got their feet wet last year. The key to oursuccess this year will be in our self-confidence. Last year we only won three games, and the year before they only won one game, so a lotof these kids really don't know what it's like to be on a winning program. We're not looking at this as a rebuilding year any more. We'resetting our sights on the top."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Look for an improved Cavalier squad this season. Spalding finished the season strong last year, and with the core of that team returning, should produce a winning record.
Head coach: Clint Gosnell (16th season).
Assistant coaches: Kevin Rockhill, Pat McNulty.
1991 record: 9-4.
Returnees: Seniors Graham Niemi (def),Andy McGrath (def), Brett D'Camera (def), Tom Oaks (def), Aidan Surlis (def), John Sporer (att), Justin Frye (att), Paul DiBardi (mid), Doug Ashedd (mid) and Jeff Downs (mid); juniors Chris Hoffman (mid) and Greg Booth (mid).
Newcomers: Senior Jonathan Bradley (def); juniors Chad Minnigh (mid), Curtis Coker (att), Dan Doffermyer (att), Steve Morgan (g), Mike Staull (mid), John Taylor (mid), Sean Westfall (mid) and Billy Titcomb (mid); freshman Mike Haertel (att).
Coach's outlook: "From what I've seen so far, whatever we've worked on, we'vedone well, whatever we haven't worked on, we didn't. I told the kidsthat it'll take us a while before we get to what I call the 'prime-time' stage, but I think eventually, we can get there. We have the makings of a physical, hard-working team, and if we keep up the hard work, I think we could go somewhere. I see that all of them are making the effort to pull together and work hard as a team."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: The Arundel defense appears to be solid, which isa good start. If the offense can come around, look for the Cats to be in the middle of the playoff hunt.
Head coach: Clay White (seventh season).
Assistant coaches: Carl Behringer andJeff Herrick.
1991 record: 10-5, lost to North County in 4A-3A state quarterfinals.
Returnees: Seniors Steve Bruso (mid), Mike Strohman (mid), Mike Fellona (mid), John Hanna (mid), Brendan Collins (mid), Andy Ryan (mid), Tim Rogalski (def), Thad Holsberg (def), Eric Trumbauer (def), David Britton (def), Greg Jackson (att), David Weinrich (att) and Neal Jackson (att); juniors Jason Hull (mid), Matt Ploss (mid), Sam Peterson (g), Alex Irmler (def) and Jeremy Ogas (att).
Newcomers: Sophomores Brian Dobson (def), Matt Lyttle (g) and Bob Hanna (att).
Coach's outlook: "One goal is to get to the finals. We have a veteran team back, it just depends on how focused they can be and how hard they want to work. Right now, they seem very focused. They're a great group of kids to work with. Injuries are the key. We're pretty banged up, and that's a major concern."
Anne Arundel CountySun outlook: White shouldn't be too concerned about the upcoming season. His team has as much reason to think state championship as anyone. Lots of talent returns, and White expects the offense to be even stronger. One of top three teams in county.
Headcoach: Bob Connor (12th season).
Assistant coaches: Earl Eckhardt, Dave Evanco.
1991 record: 6-8.
Returnees: Seniors Ron McKenzie (att), Dean Coccia (att), Steve Kopp (mid), Jason Fenwick (mid), Vin Salvarola (mid) and Dan Scott (g); junior Dave Wheelock( att).
Newcomers: Junior Eric Daniels (mid).
Coach's outlook: "We lost five seniors on defense to graduation, and so far, the guys moving up from JV just haven't been doing the job. Offensively we're pretty set if we can get it downfield and settled. We could use a little more speed in the midfield, and for the most part they're still learning the game. The big problems may occur during the unsettled situations. I do know that it will take a lot of effort for us to be competitive with the rest of the county. We already know that it'll be a struggle tomake that big step to playing with the big boys. We did OK in our first scrimmage against Kenwood, but when we ran up against St. Paul's it was a different story. Our opener against North County will give us a good indication of where we are. If we can knock them off it'll get us off on the right foot."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: TheCougars will be tested early, as they open with North County, Arundel and Broadneck. Another 6-8 season would be no big surprise.
GLEN BURNIE GOPHERS
Head coach: Tony Werner (third season).
Assistant coaches: John Pappafotis and Craig Parks.
1991 record: 2-10.
Returnees: Seniors Mike Kubik (mid) and Manny Perez (def); juniors Jason Meredith (att), Brian Ballard (att), Charlton Allen (att), Eddie Santiago (mid), Phil Lawall (g) and Matt Clark (mid); sophomore Brian Baver (mid).
Newcomers: Juniors Joe Tostanowski (def) and Jeff Bartlett (def).
Coach's outlook: "We lost a lot of guys from last year, and we were young then, so we're even younger this year. We're looking to win a couple games. We're looking to be competitive. We're notgoing to compete with Annapolis, Severna Park and Broadneck. We justwant to improve. They're starting to mesh together, they're startingto work together."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: With so many juniors on the team, Werner is taking a smart approach to the season.He's looking for the Gophers to make the kind of progress that will carry over to 1993, when he'll have a senior-dominated squad that should be more competitive than this year's group. For now, he must keepthe Gophers from getting discouraged from the inevitable poundings.
Head coach: Lou Norbeck (third season).
Assistant coaches: Carl Hertz, Todd Merrill and Terry Edmondson.
1991 record: 7-7.
Returnees: Seniors Carlos Acaron (att), Mike Hertz (att),Nate Carter (mid), Dimitri Marinsek (def), Mike Fabyanic (mid) and Matt Coyne (mid-def-g); juniors Matt Raymon (att), Mike Ogden (mid) and Mike Walker (mid).
Newcomers: Seniors Ajaki Beasley (def) and Aaron Joseph (mid); juniors Sean Harmon (mid), Rusty Antasia (att) and Lewis Barkley (mid); sophomores Adam Klein (att) and Chad Morris (def).
Coach's outlook: "I'm looking for the kids to improve on last year's record. I told them at the very beginning that we will need to win 10 games in order to get to the playoffs, and that we will have to beat the teams like Annapolis and Severna Park in order to get there. We don't have a lot of kids to choose from like at those schools, so we don't have a lot of depth. We've had three good preseason scrimmages, so I'm very enthusiastic."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook:The Mustangs should be able to top the .500 mark this year, especially if they recapture the Cape Henlopen (Del.) tournament. However, they will more than likely fall short of the playoffs.
Head coach: Kevin Buckley (10th season).
Assistant coaches: Mike Zulka, Rich Bowen and Jeff Kearns.
1991 record: 3-9.
Returnees: Seniors Steve Gorski (G), Bob Armbuster (def), Jason Stacy (def),George Sank (def), Mike Sheffield (def), Dave Fronckowski (mid), Charles Hoffman (mid), Tony Petraglia (att) and Paul Montgomery (att); juniors Steve Louck (mid), Alan Grunder (mid) and Pat Rucker (mid).
Newcomers: Senior Joe Conner (g); junior Tim Bisesi (mid); sophomores Steve Bull (mid) and Jason Liles (mid); freshman Jeremiah David (att).
Coach's outlook: "The schedule makes us play every single county team, which is going to be tougher than last year. We lost about seven games by one or two goals last year, but we don't expect a repeat of that this year, with our defense playing as well as it is. We'llneed to control the unsettled situations defensively in order to generate an offense."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Although the Eagles return a solid corps of players -- 22 on the varsity -- they will need to stay healthy in order to improve on last year's season andreach the playoffs. The level of competition will be brutal with thescheduling changes, so a .500 record is a good target for Northeast.
NORTH COUNTY KNIGHTS
Head coach: Paul Shea (second season).
Assistant coaches: Jon Appelt, Roger Lipp and Bob Abend.
1991 record: 15-2, lost to Dulaney in the Class 4A-3A state title game.
Returnees: Seniors Andy Ross (mid) and Matt Fundakowski (G); juniors Vinnie Elliot (def), Andy Mocharski (att), Shawn Moyer (mid) and Greg Sabo(att).
Newcomers: Juniors Mark Green (mid) and Mark Collins (mid); sophomore Ryan Seggerty (mid), Jonathan Menikheim (att) and BristolSimmons (att); freshmen Chris Lamy (def) and Ian Stevenson (att).
Coach's outlook: "We graduated better than three-fourths of our ballclub and only return four guys who started. Five of our guys are playing lacrosse for their first time ever, and 10 others are here with three years or less of experience. We've been on top for the past two years, with Andover making the state finals and then North County doing it last year, so we know teams are really going to get after us toknock us off."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Well-coached by Shea and Appelt, this type of team is not to be overlooked. Although anything above .500 can be deemed a success for the Knights, they'll be motivated to achieve a decent record to maintain countywide respect. The upset-minded Knights could spoil the playoff hopes of any unwary county rival.
OLD MILL PATRIOTS
Head coach: Bruce Lawton (15th season).
Assistant coaches: Don Hobbs, Jim Griffith and Joe Keough.
1991 record: 4-10.
Returnees: Seniors John Bliss (def), Josh Long (def), Tim Newby (def), Jason Moore (def), Jason Chamberlain (def), Scott Wolfe (g), Dave Gray (mid), Melvin Carter (mid) and Mark Zaetz (att); sophomore Mike Majoros (att).
Newcomers: Seniors Mario Flythe (mid) and Mike Watts (mid); juniors Steve Windsor (att), Dave Welsch (att), Christian Carr (mid), Mike Strejcek (def) and Marty Preston (def); sophomores Jason Feiler (att), Jake Wenz (mid), Rubin Torres (mid), Scott McKelvey (def) and Kelly Barr (g).
Coach's outlook: "Defensively, I think we have one of the best in the county. Offensively, we need some work. We had some problems last year that, hopefully, we'll improve on with two of three starters back on attack. We hope to improve as the season goes on, and our goal is to make the playoffs."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Until the offense comes around -- if it ever does -- Old Mill will struggle for wins. The defense will keep the Patriots in a lot of games, but Lawton needs answers from some questionable offensive areas if Old Mill is to qualify for the playoffs.
Head coach: Rob White (seventh season).
Assistant coaches: Michael Burnett and Drew Larkin.
1991 record: 16-6, 4-6 in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference.
Returnees: Seniors Court Durling (g), Ben Andrew (def), Graydon Ripley (def), Brian Kight (def), Andrew Webb (def), Doug Shafer (def), Milford Marchant (mid), Jason Moran (mid), Duncan Slidell (mid), Todd Muendell (mid), Jason Wade (att), T. D. Albright (att) and Jason Hurst (att); juniors Dudley Dixon (att), Dave Lachapelle (def) and RobBrosseker (mid).
Newcomers: Seniors Ryan Cudnik (def) and Christian Chang (mid); juniors Ben Harries (g), Matt Greer (mid), Todd Fletcher (mid), Brian Depew (mid), Kevin Kuhne (mid), Joe Feldman (att) and Jason Lonchar (att); sophomores Dolph Habeck (def), Todd Winchester(mid) and Scott Singleton (att); freshman Ryan Beard (mid).
Coach's outlook: "With 15 seniors, we have a lot of experience. A lot of these guys have been around three or four years so they know what the MSA A Conference is all about."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: The Admirals are loaded, but so are some of the other teams in their division. If they can get in the playoffs, who knows, but getting there won't be easy.
SEVERNA PARK FALCONS
Head coach: Ed Ulrich (sixthseason).
Assistant coaches: Brien McMurray and Joe Gorden.
1991 record: 9-3.
Returnees: Seniors Mike Crawford (att), Bob Evans (att), Scott deGraffenreid (att), Sean Lally (att), Mike Stefancik (att), Steve Spence (mid), Dave Conord (mid), Pat Krashoc (mid), Todd Mohr (mid), Jay Gibbs (def), Nick Panagopoulos (def), Jason Campbell (def) and Justin Perry (def); juniors Steve Roop (att), John Miller (att), Max Kuker (mid), Owen Glister (mid) and Matt Pugh (g).
Newcomers: Juniors David Livingston (mid), Pete Vickerman (def), Burt Horniyka (def) and Kevin Plocek (g); sophomore Rob Bates (att).
Coach's outlook: "We're loaded. I guess we're the probable front-runner. I can't make claims about us being young and inexperienced anymore. Aftera couple years, you have to pay the piper. We should challenge this year. This should be our year. We're geared for the long haul, to be in the championship game at UMBC."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: When Ulrich, who doesn't mind down-playing his team, says "We're loaded," that's all you need to hear. Of course, every other coach is saying the same thing about Severna Park. Explosive scorers, great speed, enviable depth, strong defense. Enough said.
Head coach: Jon Braun (first season).
Assistant coaches: Scotty Phipps and Ray Bowen.
1991 record: 6-7.
Returnees: Seniors ChrisMcQueeney (def), Mike Prokopchak (def), Matt Davidson (def), Mike Eicens (mid), Shawn Snodgrass (mid), Tim Woodfield (mid), John Moreland(att), Paul Schiavone (att) and Daniel Weikert (att); junior Jayme Block (mid).
Newcomers: Senior Joe Conte (mid); juniors Brian Barber (g) and Chris Burgess (mid); sophomore Eric Franklin (def).
Coach's outlook: "We're very experienced in our starting players, but after the first 10 or 13 guys, we don't have a lot of depth. The seniorswill have to show leadership and bring the rest of the guys along. The coaching staff is enthusiastic and there's a tremendous amount of competition in practice. But our goal is to make the 2A playoffs, andto do that with our schedule, we'll have to play with the big boys."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Injuries could put a real damperon the Bulldogs' season, but if that doesn't happen, the Bulldogs should pose a serious threat to county rivals in every outing. The entire defense returns and Barber appears ready in the goal. Several of last year's losses were close ones, so the stage is set for the Southern to make a run at the playoffs.
SOUTH RIVER SEAHAWKS
Head coach:Greg Carroll (15th season).
Assistant coach: Dave Moorehead.
1991 record: 8-4.
Returnees: Seniors Matt Czoka (att), Kevin Collison (att), Adam Cizek (att), Chris Messineo (mid), Ryan Mansur (mid), Jake Cameron (mid), Sam Diaz (mid), K. C. Palmer (mid), Trevor Perkins (def), Chris Asher (def) and Lonnie Shreffler (def); juniors Neal Smith (mid) and Jason Myrick (def).
Newcomers: Senior Mike Ingram (att); juniors John Wiswall (mid), Rick Davis (def), Steve Glasgow (def) and Jon Jacquet (g); sophomores Bob Patterson (mid) and Lindsay Hays (def).
Coach's outlook: "We've got a pretty solid front line, but once you get past that, there's trouble in the city. We'll be competitive, no question, but we certainly didn't pick up where we left off last year. I can look back at last year and sincerely say that thegames we lost, we lost to better teams."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: The Seahawks lost all four games by a combined six goals, including decisions to playoff teams Annapolis, Broadneck and North County. The keys for the Seahawks will be offensive consistency and how the defense matures in front of newcomer goalie Jacquet. That's the difference between a state championship-caliber Seahawks' squad and a repeat of last season.
ST. MARY'S SAINTS
Head coach: Jim Moorhead (13th season).
Assistant coaches: Mike Codd and Dusty Codd.
1991 record: 12-4, lost to St. Paul's, 9-8, in finals of the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference championship.
Returnees: SeniorsEamon McCormick (mid), Kevin Reichardt (mid), J. D. Gattie (mid), Todd Harrison (def), Francis McAndrews (mid), Rob Tobin (mid) and Bart Jaeger (mid); juniors Steve Schummer (def) and Peter Rowan (def).
Newcomers: Junior Dominic Souza (mid); sophomores Jim Brown (g), MattClune (att), Kevin Gattie (att) and Joe Keenan (def).
Coach's outlook: "I'm confident that we'll work hard and play incredibly hard ongame day. We'll be prepared. Whether we have enough offensive firepower to score or enough defense to stop teams from scoring, I don't know yet. That's why we play the games. With 13 league games, it's going to be quite a road. If I've learned anything over the years, one thing I know is that anybody can beat anybody at any time. You just can't relax."
Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Graduation took its toll on St. Mary's, especially at attack. If the Saints are to enjoy any degree of success this season, they are going to need solid supportfrom their veteran defensive unit.