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Preseason Top 15


1. St. Mary's

Last season: 12-4-2, ranked No.5

Skinny: An endless amount of talent - everywhere - has the Saints the favorite in the mighty Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference.

2. McDonogh

Last season: 18-6, No. 2

Skinny: All of the Eagles' losses last season came against nationally ranked teams.

3. River Hill

Last season: 18-1, No. 3

Skinny: Eight starters return for the Hawks, who are primed to defend their Class 3A state championship.

4. Severna Park

Last season: 15-2, No.5

Skinny: Close the past two years in the Class 4A ranks, can this be the year the Falcons put it all together?

5. Notre Dame Prep

Last season: 13-4-1, No. 7

Skinny: They're the Blazers now and with eight starters back and a number of promising freshmen, they could be the IAAM A Conference champs by season's end.

6. John Carroll

Last season: 20-1-1, No. 1

Skinny: Repeating last year's story-book season will be a tough chore, but the defending IAAM A Conference champs will keep every game close to stay in the hunt.

7. South River

Last season: 12-2-2, No.8

Skinny: Four coaches in four years hasn't deterred the Seahawks, whose blue-collar approach results in wins.

8. Loch Raven

Last season: 14-4-2, No.9

Skinny: With eight starters back, maybe the Raiders won't have to share the Class 2A state crown this time around.

9. Hereford

Last season: 12-1-2, No. 12

Skinny: Staying healthy is the key for the Baltimore County champs, who return nine starters from last year's squad that produced a team-record 96 goals.

10. Eastern Tech

Last season: 14-3, No.11

Skinny: The metro area's surprise team in 1999, what can the Class 3A runner-ups do for an encore?

11. Mount Hebron

Last season: 11-4-2, No. 13

Skinny: With 11 juniors on the roster, seven with varsity experience, the Vikings will be strong this year and next.

12. North Carroll

Last season: 1O-6-2,NR

Skinny: Their three top scorers are back-along with an always-stingy defense: the Panthers will rise in Carroll County.

13. Glenelg

Skinny: Slightly under .500 during the regular season last fall, the Gladiators saved their best for last with live straight playoff wins and a second Class 1A state crown.

14. Parkville

Last season: 14-3-1, No. 10

Skinny: The Knights blanked 11 opponents en route to their first Class 4A state final appearance last year.

15. Centennial

Last season: 9-5-1,NR

Skinny: Last year, the Eagles were the only team to knock off Class 3A state champion River Hill.

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