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2013 boys soccer Top 15 preseason poll

1. McDonogh

Coach: Steve Nichols

Last season: 10-4-3, ranked No. 5

Postseason: MIAA A Conference quarterfinalist

Outlook: The Eagles have reloaded and will look for their seventh MIAA A Conference title. George Campbell and Connor Smith, who are both committed to Maryland, lead a talented midfield. Brett Ebel, a four-year starter, will lead a defense that had 10 shutouts last season.

2. Loyola

Coach: Lee Tschantret

Last season: 15-3-2, No. 1

Postseason: MIAA A Conference champion

Outlook: Despite twins Michael and Jeremy DeGraffenreidt graduating, the Dons have the depth to make another run at the MIAA A Conference title. Junior Gavin Barger, an all-MIAA selection last year, and sophomore Collin Jouan will be key in Loyola’s quest to repeat.

3. Marriotts Ridge

Coach: Kevin Flynn

Last season: 17-0, No. 2

Postseason: Class 2A state champion

Outlook: The Mustangs, who have not lost a game since Oct. 17, 2011, have established themselves as one of the top programs in the area and return 14 players as they attempt to win their fifth consecutive Class 2A state championship.

4. Gilman

Coach: Jon Seal

Last season: 14-4-4, No. 3

Postseason: MIAA A Conference finalist

Outlook: With their work rate and team chemistry, the Greyhounds have consistently placed at the top of the MIAA A Conference in the past several seasons. Senior defender-forward Sam Wancowicz, an All-Metro first-team pick last fall, and senior goalkeeper Chase Wittich lead Gilman.

5. Archbishop Curley

Coach: Barry Stitz

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

Postseason: MIAA A Conference semifinalist

Outlook: With a lot of talented players, the Friars will contend once again for an MIAA A Conference championship this year. Seniors Eric Spalt (seven goals, four assists) and Kyle Mizell (six goals, three assists), as well as sophomore Tre Pulliam (16 goals), headline Curley’s attack.

6. Calvert Hall

Coach: Rich Zinkand

Last season: 9-10-1, No. 6

Postseason: MIAA A Conference semifinalist

Outlook: The Cardinals will be in the hunt for an MIAA A Conference crown with a talented cast of returning players. Tiger Wittman, who is being recruited by numerous Division I programs, is one of the top playmakers in the area and 6-foot-3 defender Joshua Bender towers in the back.

7. Mount St. Joseph

Coach: Mike St. Martin

Last season: 10-10, No. 7

Postseason: MIAA A Conference quarterfinalist

Outlook: With some depth, the Gaels will serve as a dark horse in the race for an MIAA A Conference title. Mount St. Joseph returns all of its starting defense — Michael Kramer, Justin Hennen, Julian Caparros and Jeremy Shugars.

8. Broadneck

Coach: Sean Tettemer

Last season: 6-7-2, unranked

Postseason: Class 4A East regional quarterfinalist

Outlook: The Bruins have reloaded with potentially one of the most talented teams in Anne Arundel County. Broadneck will be led by Tyler Gabarra and Henry Welsh, who both return to the team after one year away with U.S. Development Academy programs.

9. Reservoir

Coach: Reg Hahne

Last season: 13-6, No. 8

Postseason: Class 3A state champion

Outlook: The Gators have four seniors and seven juniors in the starting lineup, and they are talented enough to repeat as the Class 3A state champions. Reservoir should get a spark from Philipp Reichel, a junior exchange student from Germany.

10. River Hill

Coach: Matt Shagogue

Last season: 10-4-3, No. 15

Postseason: Class 3A East regional finalist

Outlook: With eight returning starters, the Hawks will look to make a run in the state playoffs. Senior forwards Jake Turney (10 goals, seven assists in 2012) and Zach Riso (11 goals, eight assists) should provide veteran leadership for River Hill this season.

11. Severna Park

Coach: Ryan Parisi

Last season: 18-2, No. 10

Postseason: Class 4A state finalist

Outlook: The Falcons will challenge again for Anne Arundel County, Class 4A East regional and state titles this season. Severna Park will be led by junior Daniel Kwon, who finished with 20 goals and had seven assists last fall, tying a school record for points.

12. Boys’ Latin

Coach: Michael Thomas

Last season: 14-5-1, No. 9

Postseason: MIAA B Conference champion

Outlook: Despite losing several key players to graduation, the Lakers should emerge as the favorite to defend their MIAA B Conference title. Boys’ Latin has another deep senior class this season, including goalkeeper Parker Yablon and midfielder Brian Becker.

13. Perry Hall

Coach: Pete Eibner

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

Postseason: Class 4A state semifinalist

Outlook: With five returning starters, the Gators could once again make a trip to the Class 4A state playoffs. Goalkeeper Austin Kroll, who had a school-record 12 shutouts last year, and Nicky Jones, who had six goals and four assists, lead Perry Hall this year.

14. C. Milton Wright

Coach: Brian Tully

Last season: 8-9, unranked

Postseason: Class 3A North regional semifinalist

Outlook: Tully, a C. Milton Wright alum, takes over a talented squad. The Mustangs got a huge boost with the return of Colin Miller, who did not play last year as a junior because he was with a U.S. Development Academy team but was an All-State pick as a sophomore.

15. St. Paul's

Coach: Majid Marza

Last season: 16-7, unranked

Postseason: MIAA B Conference semifinalist

Outlook: The Crusaders make the jump to the MIAA A Conference — and they have the talent to compete. St. Paul’s, which won the MIAA B Conference in 2011, will be led by senior forward Illiyas Mirza, an All-Metro first-team pick last season, and junior forward Nate Hall.

Others considered: Bel Air (10-5, unranked), Centennial (12-2-1, unranked), Dulaney (11-6-2, unranked), Fallston (10-6-2, unranked), Hereford (10-7, unranked), North County (12-3-1, unranked), South Carroll (10-6-2, No. 14)

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