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Atholton Raiders

1994 record: 6-8 overall, 3-3 league. Coach: Wendell Thomas.

Top players: Seth Lyons, Sr., M; Peter Monti, Jr., M; Mike Radford, Sr., G; Joe Garrison, Sr., D; Tim Buscher, Jr., M; Mitch Treese, Jr., A; Colin Esais, Sr., D; John Pramik, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Raiders will be experienced on offense and will have one of the county's better goalkeepers in Radford, who had 175 saves on 295 shots for 59 percent. Buscher is a capable faceoff man who won 69 of 127 (54 percent) last season. Senior Billy Carr didn't play last year, but did two years ago and should help the attack. The team lacks depth and has a lot of new faces on defense. "We look stronger throughout than last year," coach Thomas said.

Centennial Eagles

1994 record: 14-3 overall, 5-1 league. Coach: Mike Siegert.

Top players: Rob Hauff, Sr., M; David Saunders, Sr., A; Matt Rainwater, Sr., D; Tony Harding, Sr., A; Joe Lowrance, Sr., M; Brian Harding, Sr., D; Brian Carr, Sr., G; Jason Newman, Sr., M; Chris Cochran, Sr., D; Steve Puckett, Sr., D; Jeff Ianarrino, Sr., A.

Outlook: The Eagles have reason to be excited about this season. They are experienced, talented and deep at every position. Fifteen of their top 16 players are seniors. They return four first-team Baltimore Sun All-Howard County players (Saunders, Hauff, Rainwater, B. Harding) and two second-teamers (Cochran, Carr). They lost only two top-line players from last season's team that lost to Annapolis in the state Class 3A-4A finals, 7-5. Carr saved 142 of 219 shots (65 percent). With a defense led by Rainwater (94 ground balls) and B. Harding (114), Centennial is definitely the team to beat.

Glenelg Country School Dragons

1994 record: 8-7. Coach: Kevin Boland.

Top players: Risto Worthington, Sr., A; Chris Lehmann, Sr., A; Brad Eyre, Jr., A; Scott Zimmerly, Sr., M; Jim Jordan, Sr., M; Ken Clark, Sr., G; Chris Lindenau, Sr., M.

Outlook: With 13 returning players, 10 of them seniors, this will be one of Glenelg's better teams. The Dragons are looking to their attack to make things happen. They will try to run a patient offense. The defense will employ four long sticks. Goalkeeper Clark is a four-year starter.

Glenelg Gladiators

1994 record: 10-5 overall, 5-1 league. Coach: Rick Kincaid.

Top players: Chris Forespring, Jr., A/M; Conner Pett, Soph., M; Greg Edell, Jr., A; Brian Fredericks, Sr., M/D; Alex Sarau, Sr., D; Todd Brian, Soph., M; Beau Pich, Fresh., M.

Outlook: With only five returning players, the team is very young. But it has the good offensive nucleus -- Forespring (19 goals, seven assists), Pett (20, seven) and Edell (17, 42) -- that helped it win a tri-championship. The defense lacks experience. "This is a wait-and-see season," said Kincaid, The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Coach of the Year. "Other teams are more seasoned, and lack of depth may hurt us."

Hammond Bears

1994 record: 4-9 overall, 0-6 league. Coach: Larry Luthe.

Top players: Brian McLarney, Sr., M; Eric Seward, Sr., A; Adam Keatts, Sr., M; Dave Friedman, Jr., D; Peter Laanisto, Sr., D; Posido Vega, Soph., G; Tom Brown, Fresh., A.

Outlook: With only 15 players, the team will suffer from a lack of depth. Luthe lost six players he expected to return, including three to eligibility, two who decided not to play and junior goalkeeper Brian Lea who transferred to Mount Hebron. Friedman looks outstanding on defense, and goalkeeper Vega has looked good in scrimmages.

Howard Lions

1994 record: 4-9 overall, 1-5 league. Coach: Glenn Lentz.

Top players: Rick Vance, Sr., G; Brandon Boyer, Sr., M; Jake Bakst, Jr., A; Mike Elhofy, Sr., D; Craig Calton, Jr., D/M; Anward Parker, Sr., M; Paul Katzen, Sr., M.

Outlook: New coach Lentz hopes the Lions can improve upon last season's record by cutting down on the number of penalties. He plans a multi-look offense with plenty of movement. "We have a lot of scoring threats," he said. The Lions have only 18 players, however, giving them a depth problem.

Mount Hebron Vikings

1994 record: 6-5 overall, 3-3 league. Coach: Warren Michael.

Top players: Scott Baughman, Sr., M; Brian Lea, Jr., G; Terrence Buckley, Jr., M; Dan Carver,Sr., A; Greg Lee, Sr., M; Shane Campbell, Sr., D; Jeremy DeSor, Jr., A.

Outlook: The Vikings return 16 players. They will be deep at midfield, but somewhat inexperienced on defense with Campbell the defensive standout. The entire offense returns except for one. The addition of goalkeeper Lea, a transfer from Hammond, should help. He had 67 saves on 119 shots (56 percent) last season.

Oakland Mills Scorpions

1994 record: 13-2 overall, 5-1 league. Coach: Ken Hovet.

Top players: Iggy Levelev, Sr., A; Jason Berlin, Jr., G; Sam Smith, Sr., M; Lang Wethington, Sr., D; John Campbell, Sr., D; Matt Rollman, Jr., M; Matt Cartwright, Sr., M.

Outlook: This is a veteran team with a strong defense, good size and good overall speed. The Scorpions lost only three starters from last season's tri-championship team. The Scorps allowed only one team to score in double figures and gave up 5.7 goals per game last season. Berlin saved 157 of 238 shots (65 percent). The Scorpions have four All-County second-team players (Levelev, Rollman, Smith, Campbell).

Wilde Lake Wildecats

1994 record: no varsity team. Coach: Mike Harrison.

Top players: Dave Leung, Jr., G; Rob Andelman, Jr., D; Josh Bounds, Sr., D; John Razes, Jr., D; Mike Riismandel, Jr., M; Eric Lawrence, Jr., M; Jason Burns, Jr., M.

Outlook: The team is inexperienced, especially on attack where the Wildecats will start two sophomores and a freshman. The team has just three seniors and five juniors, and two of those seniors are newcomers. The junior varsity did have a good season, finishing at 5-2. "We're trying to be optimistic," said Harrison.

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