1. Loyola

Eastern College Athletic Conference Last season: 18-1, NCAA tournament champion Coach: Charley Toomey (eighth season, 64-35) Top returning scorer Mike Sawyer, senior A (52 goals, 10 assists) Other key returnees Joe Fletcher, junior D (41 ground balls, 26 caused turnovers) Josh Hawkins, senior SSDM (6, 2; 63 ground balls, eight caused turnovers) Scott Ratliff, senior LSM (12, 7; 88 ground balls, 37 caused turnovers) Key newcomers Harry Kutner, senior M Blake Burkhart, sophomore F/O Zach Herreweyers, freshman A Outlook: The graduation of attackman Eric Lusby (Severna Park) and his left-handed howitzer is significant, but Toomey is hoping that junior Brian Schultz, sophomore Nikko Pontrello or Herreweyers can fill in. Junior goalie Jack Runkel anchors a defense headlined by Fletcher, Hawkins and Ratliff.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun
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