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* Alisha Abad, Dundalk, Sr., goal -- Abad anchors the Owls defense. A first-team All-County performer last year, she has excellent positioning and clears.

* Heather Bohanan, Friends, Sr., goal -- One of the AIS' top keepers, Bohanan has great technique and the ability to dictate what goes on just outside the crease. She also is able to spark the transition with her clears.

* Peggy Boutilier, Roland Park, Jr., midfield -- An All-Metro second-teamer, Boutilier is a smart shooter who also plays deceptive defense. She has a knack for making a player think she's open and taking the ball away.

* Nicole Brahim, Oldfields, Sr., attack -- An All-AIS B Division pick, Brahim has great speed and the ability to get open. A finesse player who can make things happen, she scored 41 goals last season.

* Tricia Burdt, St. Paul's, Sr., goal -- All-Metro second-team keeper last year, Burdt excels at disrupting the offense with interceptions and ground balls as well as making the saves. A solid all-around keeper, she has excellent technique.

* Danielle Cascio, Lansdowne, Sr., attack -- Cascio's talent lies in her ability to set up other players. An All-County second-teamer last year, she has excellent stickwork that should make her the team leader this season.

* Jody Cowan, Oldfields, Jr., attack -- With 39 goals, Cowan is the other half of her team's one-two punch, and she and Brahim look for each other often. Cowan can use her speed to carry the ball downfield and shoot or pass off.

* Melissa Cully, Roland Park, Jr., midfield -- A natural talent, Cully has a strong shot and can make thread-the-needle passes. She is the offensive catalyst in the midfield, but also plays excellent defense.

* Trish Cummings, Notre Dame Prep, Jr., attack -- A smart shooter with good placement, Cummings should improve on her 17 goals and 13 assists. She is also a strong connector from the midfield.

* Michele DeJuliis, Loch Raven, Sr., attack -- The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year last season, DeJuliis scored 90 goals and 34 assists. Also an excellent one-on-one defender, DeJuliis makes the sensational plays look easy. She was named a high school All-American by the United States Women's Lacrosse Association last spring.

* Robyn Disney, Loch Raven, Sr., midfield -- Disney's best asset is her versatility. A strong attacker who scored 45 goals and 20 assists, she has the quickness to play down low and the strength and endurance to play midfield.

* Bethany Fromm, Franklin, Sr., attack -- A first-team All-County performer last year, Fromm led the Indians in goals (31) and assists (22). Fromm has strong stickwork, which complements her ability to come up with ground balls.

* Sarah Hill, McDonogh, Sr., attack -- A strong shooter, Hill scored 40 goals last season. A smart attacker who also passes well, Hill has excellent game sense and ability to read the defense.

* Kerri Johnson, Perry Hall, Sr., midfield -- An All-Metro second-team player, she led the state finalist Gators in goals and assists. In addition to her great speed and stickwork, Johnson can read the defense and make decisions quickly.

* Shelly Klaes, Loch Raven, Sr., attack -- The Raiders' playmaker, Klaes had 91 assists last year as well as 43 goals. The calming force behind the attack, Klaes sees the field well and is excellent at settling the ball behind the crease and hitting the cutters.

* Amy Kuehnl, Catonsville, Sr., attack -- This multi-talented senior has a hard shot and is a scoring threat every time she touches the ball. She also often draws the defensive assignment against an opponent's leading scorer.

* Andrea Krumholz, Friends, Sr., defense -- A terrific crease defender, Krumholz also can play excellent denial defense in the midfield. With good stickwork, she's strong on transition and also can score.

* Katie Lattik, St. Paul's, Sr., attack -- The top scoring threat returning for the Gators, Lattik has excellent stickwork and a strong shot. An all-around solid player, she was named an honorable-mention All-American by the USWLA last spring.

* Kristen Lewandowski, IND, Sr., midfield -- She had 42 goals and 16 assists last season, but Lewandowski is also a fine defensive player. At center, she uses her speed as a key to the transition game.

* Brent McAllister, Roland Park, Jr., midfield -- The key to the Reds' outstanding transition game, McAllister has strong defensive instincts and go-to-goal drive. The team's playmaker, she scored 30 goals last year, the most of any returning player to the AIS A Division champs.

* Kira Nazelrod, Notre Dame Prep, Jr., midfield -- With excellent stickwork, this three-year starter has great body positioning on defense. A good passer, she is a key to the transition.

* Sallie Neal, Parkville, Sr., attack -- Neal scored 54 goals last season, and, despite just 10 assists, Neal is an excellent passer. She can feed her teammates perfectly on the crease, and if more of those passes are converted to goals, her assists could match her goals.

* Catherine Passano, Roland Park, Jr., midfield -- A fourth star in the Reds' sensational midfield, Passano is a bundle of energy almost always beating the opposition to the ball. She has a solid all-around game, excelling on offense and defense.

* Carrie Silliman, St. Timothy's, Sr., defense -- Excellent at reading the offense, Silliman knows when to pick up an open player and when to stay back. A strong crease defender, she also disrupts the offense with a lot of interceptions.

* Aimee Vaughn, Dulaney, Sr., midfield -- Vaughn is aggressive and is a smart player with the ball. She also excels in setting up other players in the offensive end of the field.

* Erin Ward, Perry Hall, Sr., midfield -- A key to the Gators' transition game, Ward can play just as well on attack or defense. Strong and fast at the midfield, she should do more scoring this season.

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