Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers
1994 record: 1-14. Coach: Jay Trainor.
Top players: Steve Odenwald, Sr., A; Sean O'Toole, Sr., A; Paul Menges, Sr., M; Clayton Greene, Jr., M; Dave Marcian, Sr., D; John Edwards, Jr., G.
Outlook: Trainor, then the assistant coach, said last season was a "nightmare" from the time goalie Steve Windsor broke his leg on a fall on the ice in January. Plagued by injuries, the team lost its enthusiasm, and the varsity and JV won only one game combined.
Defense might be a strength, with Marcian leading a group of four returning defensemen and Edwards benefiting from a year in the goal.
The team doesn't have a standout, no 90-mph shooter, but the players are showing Trainor they're not afraid to work hard. That sometimes is a more valuable asset than talent.
St. Mary's Saints
1994 record: 13-4. Coach: Jim Moorhead.
Top players: Ryan Beard, Sr., M; Justin Bowman, Sr., M; Myles Conway, Sr., M; Dan Collins, Sr., A; Thad Schmidt, Sr., D; Pete Grimm, Sr., G.
Outlook: The Saints finished No. 2 in The Baltimore Sun's final poll despite losing twice to Gilman and once to Loyola and St. Paul's. Their standing was based in part on the fact they reached the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game before bowing to top-ranked Gilman.
First-team All-Metro midfielder Todd Vizcarrondo is now at Loyola College, but Moorhead has experienced middies BTC returning, all seniors. He considers that a strength.
Attack is a question, because the only starter back is Collins. Grimm has stepped in at goal for the departed Jim Brown, another first-team All-Metro now at Loyola, and still another first-teamer, attackman Matt Clune, is at Towson State. Clune and Vizcarrondo accounted for 60 percent of St. Mary's goals last year.
1994 record: 3-14. Coach: Mike Burnett.
Top players: Eugene Youn, Sr., D; Javual Mack, Sr., D; Alex Rouse, Sr., M; Brad Graw, Sr., M; Jason Scott, Sr., M; Dave Pizzi, Sr., A.
Outlook: Burnett is blessed with a lot of returnees, indicating that the Admirals will at least be more experienced. The question is: Can they deliver?
"We're looking for respectability in the toughest league around," Burnett said, noting that Severn will face Mount St. Joe, Gilman and Boys' Latin after opening against St. Albans. "We need to be tougher on defense. We're teaching them how to hit and how to get the ball off the ground."