Boys lacrosse: The poll

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1. Gilman
•Last season: 18-1, ranked No. 2

•Outlook: After last year's one-goal loss to Loyola in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game, the Greyhounds have plenty to prove and a stacked veteran group primed to get the job done.

2. Calvert Hall
•Last season: 16-3, No. 3

•Outlook: The Cardinals, led by All-Metro seniors Patrick Fanshaw and Chris Lightner, come the closest to matching Gilman's talent and depth.

3. Loyola
•Last season: 13-4, No. 1

•Outlook: When last season ended, the Dons were throwing their sticks into the air celebrating their second straight MIAA AConference title. Despite the graduation hits, they can't be overlooked.

4. St. Mary's
•Last season: 14-6, No. 5

•Outlook: Losing nearly 20 players from last year's team is cause for concern, but the Saints have plenty of talent ready to take on greater roles.

5. Boys' Latin
•Last season: 13-7, No. 10

•Outlook: The perennial MIAA AConference power failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in 18years last season. How's that for incentive?

6. St. Paul's
•Last season: 10-10, No. 9

•Outlook: The return of senior goalie Harry Krieger, injured for the second half of last season, will solidify the defense, and the Crusaders have talent in front of him.

7. McDonogh
•Last season: 16-6, No. 4

•Outlook: Goalie Tyler Fiorito, last season's All-Metro Player of the Year, has graduated along with much of the defense, but the Eagles have six of their seven top midfielders back.

8. Arch. Spalding
•Last season: 9-8, No. 8

•Outlook: After making their first MIAA A Conference playoff appearance last year, the emerging Cavaliers are looking for more with a strong nucleus returning.

9. Severna Park
•Last season: 15-2, No. 14

•Outlook: With their defense intact and offensive catalysts in Sam Jones and Sean Price, the Falcons will look to build on last year's Class 4A-3A state semifinal appearance.

10. Severn
•Last season: 11-10, No. 13

•Outlook: The Admirals suffered an early setback with an injury to senior attackman Stevie Kirkup, but talent remains.

11. Dulaney
•Last season: 18-2, No. 7

•Outlook: The defending 4A-3A state champion Lions will need to reload after losses to graduation, but they remain the team to beat in Baltimore County.

12. Hereford
•Last season: 15-2, No. 12

•Outlook: In winning the 3A-2A state crown last season, the Bulls have won four titles since 2003.

13. Mount St. Joseph
•Last season: 8-10, not ranked

•Outlook: The Gaels will lean on their experienced defense and look to blend upperclassmen experience with younger talent.

14. Arch. Curley
•Last season: 14-1, No. 11

•Outlook: The Friars are well equipped to chase after their third straight MIAA B Conference championship.

15. Centennial
•Last season: 13-6, not ranked

•Outlook: Howard County is wide open, and the Eagles get a slight nod as the team to beat. Senior standouts Harrison Chaires and Greg Edmonds lead the way.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: Century (12-6, not ranked), Glenelg (18-0, No. 6), John Carroll (12-3, not ranked), South River (11-4, not ranked)

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