AROUND THE AREA
PRESEASON TOP 15
1. Bryn Mawr
1998 record: 15-1-5
Outlook: The team to beat in 1999, the co-Association of Independent Schools A Division champs are loaded with veterans, including All-Metro first-teamer Jen Ahn and second-teamers Carey Fetting-Smith and Katie Coyne. The Mawrtians are favored to win the first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title.
2. Severna Park
1998 record: 18-1
Outlook: The perennially dominant Falcons won their second straight state Class 4A crown and their 11th overall last fall, and even though they lost 10 seniors, they should simply reload for another title run. Erin Shaklee and Nicki Barnes return to the line while Kim Lawton is back in goal.
3. Garrison Forest
1998 record: 7-3-5
Outlook: The Grizzlies should be on the rise in the IAAM with eight returning starters, including veteran goalie Catie Corbin and forward Caroline Cox.
4. Roland Park
1998 record: 20-0-2
Outlook: Last year's No. 1 team and co-champs in the AIS A Division lost 14 players to graduation but return All-Metro second-teamer Allison Higgins, as well as stellar midfielder Kelsey Twist.
1998 record: 15-3
Outlook: The Harford County champs lost 12 seniors, including two All-Metro players, but they return fourth-year goalie Ashley Staples.
1998 record: 15-4-2
Outlook: The Quakers return 10 girls, and although the defense is young, they have a history of rebuilding quickly in the backfield. Goalie Liz Yeager is back.
1998 record: 10-6
Outlook: The Owls had an off season in 1998, so they will be looking to get back into Carroll County and regional playoff races with Lisa Cavanaugh anchoring the defense.
8. North Carroll
1998 record: 14-2
Outlook: Carroll County champs and state Class 3A semifinalists last year, the Panthers graduated most of their scoring power, but they return a formidable defense led by Lauren Moore, Kattie Walker and Jen Tarlton.
9. Long Reach
1998 record: 9-8
Outlook: The Lightning has improved each year since going winless in 1996, the year the school opened. Goalie Jaye Lance, one of six fourth-year players, leads the defense.
10. St. Paul's
1998 record: 11-4-4
Outlook: The Gators lost a lot of veterans to graduation, but they return All-Metro second-team forward Jenny Landsman and goalie Laura DiCamillo.
1998 record: 14-3-1
Outlook: The three-time Baltimore County champs and 1998 state Class 1A co-champs return a solid foundation as the move to Class 2A. Jen Marstellar and Melanie Schwarzmann lead the way.
12. Mount Hebron
1998 record: 12-6
Outlook: The Vikings, who reached the state semifinals last year, will be strong again led by All-Metro second-teamer Katie Jeschke. Seven starters return.
1998 record: 11-2-1
Outlook: The Comets should be back on track after an injury-plagued 1998 season that kept them from a second straight trip to the state semifinals. Erin Cobreth anchors the midfield.
1998 record: 8-4-3
Outlook: The Cougars have holes to fill on defense, but with most of their attack back, including Emily Ison and Jen Franklin, they should score a lot.
1998 record: 14-3
Outlook: The Eagles graduated 10 from a team that went through Howard County without a loss. Led by Donna Boccuzzi, Tara Moleski and Nicole Simon, they should improved by the playoffs.
Pub Date: 9/02/99