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Preseason top 15


1 St. Paul's -- The Crusaders have at least seven players headed to Division I programs, led by first-team All Metro attackman Michael Watson (Virginia), midfielder Ben Strutt (Princeton) and defenders Pat Doyle (Duke) and Mac McCulloch (Johns Hopkins). Last year (record): 17-0; Final ranking 1992: No. 1.

2 Gilman -- The Greyhounds return 26 varsity players, including honorable-mention All Metro midfielders Mark Cornes and Bryan Smith. Others back include attackmen Lorne Smith (20 goals, 23 assists), Mike Allan (18, 27) and Dylan Schlott (19, 2). Last year: 11-6, No. 6.

3 Loyola -- The Dons return 13 players (seven starters) including All America attackman Bill Evans (Johns Hopkins), who enters the season with 58 career goals and 16 assists. John Cusson (Pennsylvania) and 190-pound defenders Carl Zeller and Dave Daniecki anchor a veteran defense. Last year: 7-6, No. 8.

4 Broadneck -- The defending Class 4A-3A state champion returns its entire defense including second-team all-county goalkeeper Sam Peterson and third-year starter Alex Irmler at close defense. Last year: 16-2, No. 7.

5 Mount St. Joseph -- The Gaels return nine starters, including third-year goalie Sean Gaiser (Loyola College) and four-year starting attackman Maury LaPointe (18, 18). The midfield unit, led by Matt Knight (14, 4), Jason Newman (7, 1), Josh Vicchio and Mike Bennett should take some scoring pressure off attackman Matt Hipzer (19, 10). Last year: 7-10, unranked.

6 Towson -- The defending Class 2A-1A state champion Generals return their two top scorers from last year's undefeated squad: All-American Michael Ford (47, 56) -- his 103 points broke a 23-year-old county record -- and Barry Heddings (37, 28). Last year: 15-0, No. 5.

7 Dulaney -- The Lions lost some of their scoring punch to graduation but return midfielder Tim Speno, who missed part of last season with a back injury, and defender Emmerich Yoder. Last year: 12-2, No. 11.

8 North County -- The Knights return a pair of four-year starters, Andy Mocarsky (31, 41) and Shawn Moyer (nine, 24), and a third-year starter, attackman Greg Sabo (33, 34). Sophomore Ian Stevenson (27, 9) gives the Knights an excellent finisher. Last year: 11-6, unranked.

9 Boys' Latin -- Last year's Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference runners-up return honorable mention All-Metro midfielders Andy Sharretts (10, 17) and Matt Proutt (16, 5), in addition to midfielder Tom Saunders. Pat Cairns (goalie) has been the reserve to an All-Metro player the past two years, and Todd Quenzer (defense) was a sometime starter last season. Last year: 18-2, No. 2

10 Calvert Hall -- The Cardinals lost eight starters to graduation. But Maryland-bound senior attackmen Pete Hilgartner (20, 20) should lead the team until second-team All-Metro midfielder Greg Stark (wrist injury) and top-scoring attackman Auggie Black (wrist injury) return to action. Last year: 8-7, No. 4.

11 Mount Hebron -- The Howard County champion and 2A-1A runner-up Vikings will be led by attackman Andrew Ballinger (30, 22) and midfielder Clay Shifflett (13, 3), who had 99 ground balls. Last year: 12-3, No. 14.

12 St. Mary's -- Graduation took its toll on the Saints, but they retain the talents of second-team All-Metro midfielder Kevin Reichardt (19, 5) and junior Todd Vizcarando (17 goals). Last year: 14-5, No. 11.

13 Annapolis -- The Panthers will rely on a veteran defense anchored by seniors Brendan Bellotte and sophomore David Winegrad. Annapolis returns seven starters and 13 players overall from a squad that last season missed the playoffs for the first time in four years. Last year: 6-8, unranked.

14 Severn -- What the Admirals lack in proven scoring power they more than compensate for with talented defensemen, including seniors David LaChapelle and Scott Singleton. Senior attackman Dudley Dixon, who sat out last season with a knee injury, is eager to lead the Admirals back into postseason contention. Last year: 12-6, No. 3.

15 Friends -- MSA BB Conference Player of the Year Spencer Deering (30, 33) is one of seven returning starters from last year's conference champion. Attackman Chris Baughman (9, 1), faceoff specialist Dave Elliott and Max Everett, the team's best all-around athlete, offer support. Last year: 10-8, No. 8.

How the poll is conducted: The 1993 preseason top 15 was selected by Steven Kivinski and Lem Satterfield. Throughout the season, the Top 15 will be selected each week by a panel of writers and high school lacrosse coaches. It will appear each Monday.

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