PLAYERS TO WATCH
Michelle Allen, F, Liberty
A four-year starter who twice has been on the All-Metro first-team, Allen led Carroll County in scoring last fall with 15 goals and 10 assists. The senior also stands out in basketball and lacrosse.
Jen Biscoe, MF, John Carroll
This senior's splendid two-way play at center midfield last season was a major reason the Patriots spent most of it atop the metro rankings before closing at No. 2. The first-team All-Metro selection had 14 goals and eight assists.
Katie Elliott, MF, Mount Hebron
A regular on the All-Howard County team since her freshman year, Elliott scored 16 times and adding 16 assists to earn first-team All-Metro honors. The senior's relentless work ethic help lead her teammates.
Natalie Klisas, D, River Hill
Klisas earned first-team All-Metro status last fall with her calm demeanor at sweeper. Her ability to read the game helped direct teammates in front of her, and she used fine ball skills to work the ball out of the back.
Holly Noga, F, Severna Park
Noga scored 16 goals and added four assists to lead the Falcons to last fall's Class 4A final and earn Anne Arundel County Player of the Year honors. Explosive in the open field and strong in finishing, the senior is tough to contain.
Lisa Zanti, F, McDonogh
A two-time All-Metro first-teamer, Zanti was a clutch performer for the top-ranked Eagles in 1998, scoring eight game-winning goals and assisting on three others. In the past two seasons, she has 67 goals and 32 assists.
Games to watch
No. 2 Severna Park at No. 10 South River
Sept. 24, 7: 15 p.m.
Can anyone in Anne Arundel County stop mighty Severna Park? With a strong cast of seniors, perennial state contender South River may have the best chance. Getting the Falcons early and at home should help. Last season, Severna Park beat the Seahawks twice in six days -- including a 2-1 for the county title.
No. 6 Hereford at Parkville
Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
This one goes in the "try topping this" department, after last season's 3-2, win in the second overtime period the Bulls, who had trailed 2-0 in the first half.
No. 15 North Carroll at No. 11 South Carroll
Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
These teams were nip-and-tuck all last season, sharing the Carroll County championship with 4-1-1 marks that included a 0-0 overtime tie against one another late in the season. North Carroll got the final say in region playoffs, when graduated-standout Danielle Shearer scored with nine minutes left to defeat the Cavaliers for the first time since 1993.
No. 4 River Hill at No. 8 Mt. Hebron
Oct. 22, 3: 15 p.m.
River Hill was rolling along at 5-0 in Howard County play last fall before running into Hebron on Oct. 16. The Vikings scored twice in the first four minutes of the second half to win 4-2, handing the Hawks their only county loss and forcing them to share the crown with Hammond. County title hopes for both teams could be on the line.
No. 1 McDonogh at No. 3 John Carroll
Oct. 27, TBD
This late regular-season game will feature two of the area's most dangerous offensive players, McDonogh's Lisa Zanti and John Carroll's Jen Biscoe. It could be a battle for first place in the newly-formed Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland league. Last October, graduated Metro Player of the Year Marissa Schuchat scored with 30 seconds left to send McDonogh past then-No. 1 John Carroll, 4-3.
Pub Date: 9/02/99