Boys lacrosse preseason poll

1. Boys’ Latin

Coach: Bob Shriver

Last season: 19-1, ranked No. 2

Postseason: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final

Outlook: The Lakers return an abundance of talent — mostly at attack and midfield — and also have more incentive than any team in the demanding MIAA after having their undefeated season spoiled in a shocking upset loss to Loyola in last year’s championship game. Four-year standout Shack Stanwick leads the potent offense, which will carry the load while a largely new defense gets settled.

2. St. Paul’s

Coach: Rick Brocato

Last season: 15-5, No. 6

Postseason: MIAA A quarterfinal

Outlook: Stockpiled with experienced talent all over the field, St. Paul’s is primed for a strong run in the MIAA. The Crusaders will play fast and score goals in bunches. Mikey Wynne and Carter Flaig combined to score 122 goals last season and three midfielders are coming off 20-plus goal seasons. Senior Bennett Moore anchors the defense with quality depth in goal coming from AJ Barretto and Hunter Pearl.

3. Gilman

Coach: Brooks Matthews

Last season: 12-4, No. 7

Postseason: MIAA A quarterfinal

Outlook: The Greyhounds were the first to fall in Loyola’s upset-filled MIAA A playoff run last year, and a strong senior class hasn’t forgotten. Quality experience at every position gives them a starting lineup that stacks up with anyone. It starts on attack with Tyler Ruhl, Chase Wittich and Andy Matthews, and is backed by a cohesive midfield led by Will McBride plus Brendan Barger and Chase Campbell on defense

4. Loyola

Coach: Jack Crawford

Last season: 13-8, No. 1

Postseason: MIAA A champion

Outlook: After enjoying the league’s most improbable playoff run ever as the sixth seed last season, the Dons will rely on a mix of returning talent and promising newcomers to make a run at repeating. Junior goalie Acie Newton has already shined in big games while midfielder Ryan Conrad and attackman Alex Roesner — both also juniors — are keys on offense.

5. McDonogh

Coach: Andy Hilgartner

Last season: 14-4, No. 4

Postseason: MIAA A semifinal

Outlook: With an experienced defense, talented first midfield and proven scorers on attack, the Eagles have pieces in place to be formidable in the MIAA. They graduated their goalie and faceoff man, so inexperienced players will have to step up in important areas. Midfielder Brinton Valis and attackman Trey McGee make the offense go and Alex Hurdle is the glue on defense.

6. Calvert Hall

Coach: Bryan Kelly

Last season: 11-6, No. 3

Postseason: MIAA A semifinal

Outlook: A senior-laden defense will have to hold down the fort while the otherwise young Cardinals take shape on attack and midfield. Mike Lanahan leads the sturdy defense, and Timmy Kelly and Andrew Fanshaw stand out on offense. How well and quickly the young cast steps up will determine how much of an impact the team can have in the MIAA.

7. Hereford

Coach: Brian King

Last season: 19-2, No. 5

Postseason: Class 3A-2A champion

Outlook: The Bulls’ record-breaking dynasty rolled on with a sixth-straight state crown and ninth overall championship last year. Another talented senior class led by All-Metro second-team attackman Jason Ashwood and Johns Hopkins-bound goalie Brock Turnbaugh is primed to maintain the lofty standard. Midfielder Adam Ceribelli and defenseman Matt Groff also help set the positive tone.

8. Westminster

Coach: Steve DeFeo

Last season: 19-0, No. 8

Postseason: Class 4A-3A champion

Outlook: Matching last season’s perfect run will be a difficult task, particularly with the departure of graduated All-Metro Player of the Year Ryan Drenner. But the Owls return plenty of firepower, led by a dominating one-two punch in midfielders Ryan Hursey and Jesse Uhlman. With other key areas also capably covered, Westminster has the necessary ingredients to claim a second-straight state crown.

9. St. Mary’s

Coach: Ben Rubeor

Last season: 6-9, No. 12

Postseason: Did not qualify in the MIAA A Conference

Outlook: The Saints remain a work in progress with a talented mix of experienced and younger players in Rubeor’s second season. Faceoff specialist Alex Woodall and midfielder Cole Robertson provide senior leadership, junior Timmy Hardy is the focal point of a young attack and the defense will have a new goalie. Significant strides could be made, but the Saints may still be a year away in the MIAA A Conference.

10. Glenelg

Coach: Josh Hatmaker

Last season: 16-3, No. 10

Postseason: Class 3A-2A final

Outlook: With top players at attack and goalie — Nick Forrest the catalyst on offense and Landry Marshall the anchor in back — plus plenty of talent in between, the defending Howard County champions have the goods for another prime season. After two-straight losses to Hereford in the state title game, the question remains: Can the Gladiators catch up to the Bulls to claim the program’s fourth crown?

11. Arundel

Coach: Kevin Necessary

Last season: 15-2, No. 14

Postseason: Class 4A East final

Outlook: After claiming the program’s first Anne Arundel championship since 1999, the Wildcats — with seven starters and 20 letter winners back — are looking for more this season. Balance is a strength on offense, with five players returning who had 20 or more points last season. Brett Malamphy dominated on faceoffs, and goalie Andrew Jones and defenseman Kwame Kumah provide poise in back.

12. Archbishop Spalding

Coach: Bear Davis

Last season: 12-9, No. 11

Postseason: Did not qualify in the MIAA A Conference

Outlook: Defense is the team’s strength, with goalie Andrew Dirks and fellow seniors Matt Linden and Daniel Barber providing a quality starting point. How quickly the other areas come together will help determine how much success the Cavaliers have. Last year’s second midfield is intact to replace the graduated top line, and the attack will look to spread out the goal production.

13. Bel Air

Coach: Chuck Muir

Last season: 12-4, not ranked

Postseason: Class 4A-3A South final

Outlook: The Bobcats take the field with heavy hearts after losing their coach, “Scoop” Kelly, who died from complications after a car accident in February. Muir, an assistant under Kelly for seven years, has plenty of experienced talent. Midfielder Joey Creaghan is the catalyst, and the Bobcats have added determination with coach Kelly’s initials on their helmets.

14. South River

Coach: Paul Noone

Last season: 17-4, No. 9

Postseason: Class 4A-3A final

Outlook: After reaching the state title game the past three years — winning it in 2012 — South River may appear vulnerable, with graduation last year leaving behind a young squad. The Seahawks have quality starting points — Brandon Senft on attack, Mike Ward at midfield and Billy O’Hara on defense — and an effective system in place to maintain success.

15. Howard

Coach: Jimmy Creighton

Last season: 16-3, No. 15

Postseason: Class 4A-3A state semifinal

Outlook: Last season, the Lions reached the state tournament for the first time since 1990 and the experience has the veteran cast primed to take further steps. Seven starters return, led by attackman Scott Bruner and faceoff specialist John Travisano, and the defense is plenty sturdy.

Other teams considered: Chesapeake-AA (15-3, No. 13), Centennial (14-3, not ranked), Fallston (16-4, No. 15), Mount St. Joseph (10-10, not ranked), North Harford (14-2, not ranked), Severn (9-11, not ranked), Mount Hebron (12-4, not ranked), Severna Park (9-6, not ranked)

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