AROUND THE AREA
Preseason Top 15
1998 record: 22-5-1
Skinny: The Eagles finished No. 1 after capturing last fall's Catholic League title. With 10 starters back, they will now try to conquer the newly formed Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland.
2. Severna Park
1998 record: 18-2
Skinny: Last fall's 2-1 loss to Wootton in the state championship gave the Falcons a mission this season. With 16 players back, they have plenty of strengths and no glaring weakness.
3. John Carroll
1998 record: 16-2
Skinny: After maintaining the top spot for much of last season, the Patriots were stunned by St. Mary's in the Catholic League semifinal. Jen Biscoe is the metro area's most dangerous two-way player.
4. River Hill
1998 record: 13-4
Skinny: Talent and depth once again dominates the roster. After missing out last fall, look for the Hawks to make a strong run at a return trip to states.
5. Notre Dame Prep
1998 record: 15-4
Skinny: Megan Schwartz heads a potent offense for the Pirates, whose concern is with a largely new defense. Goalie Lauren Stone comes off an outstanding freshman season.
1998 record: 14-4
Skinny: Led by striker Hollis Botti, the Bulls appear poised to defend their Baltimore County crown. Coach Steve Power said Sarah Stoltz and Co. make up his most gifted midfield ever.
7. St. Mary's
1998 record: 10-10-1
Skinny: The Saints will try to build on a stellar playoff run in reaching the Catholic League A championship game last season. Kelly Coppedge provides leadership on a gifted team that features 11 sophomores and freshmen.
8. Mount Hebron
1998 record: 11-5
Skinny: The Vikings have plenty returning to improve on last season's 11 wins, most in school history. Katie Elliott, Julie Broden and Julie Napolitano give Hebron one of the area's finest offensive trios.
1998 record: 13-4-3
Skinny: New coach Geoff Daras will count on Kristi Korrow and Kaitie Schuyler for offense. Other than returning keeper Liz Lombardo, the Magic come into the 1999 season largely untested on defense.
10. South River
1998 record: 11-4-2
Skinny: The Seahawks, who have made three straight state playoff appearances with two titles, have their third coach in three years in Lou Schrumm. Senior Angie Beckett moves to center midfield.
11. South Carroll
1998 record: 9-5-1
Skinny: The Cavs have 12 regulars back, including their top three scorers and three All-Carroll County defenders. Lost to graduation is four-year standout goalie Mandy Hughes.
12. Bel Air
1998 record: 15-2-2
Skinny: The Bobcats didn't allow a goal against Harford County competition last fall. Kristi Eyler led Harford County with 12 goals last season.
1998 record: 13-6
Skinny: The Eagles saved their best ball for last in 1998 to win the Class 2A state championship. A strong senior class departed, but goalie Erica Neiman and a balanced offense returns.
1998 record: 9-3-2
Skinny: The Cougars may go more on the offensive with Gina Lattanzi, Jen Schuerholz and Maria Amasia all back. Sweeper Jessica Hammer will direct a young defense.
15. North Carroll
1998 record: 11-6-1
Skinny: The Panthers turned a slow start into a fantastic finish to reach the Class 3A state final in 1998. All-Carroll defenders Amy Bromwell and Jen Lee will play big roles.
Pub Date: 9/02/99