The boys lacrosse season is underway for the private schools and the public schools will begin play Wednesday, so it’s time to start rolling out the projections for this season’s top teams.
In the coming days, The Baltimore Sun will count down the top five. The area’s preseason No. 1 team will be posted Saturday. The entire Top 15 poll, along with the top players to watch, will be available online Sunday morning, and the entire preview package will be in Sunday’s print edition of The Sun.
Outlook: The Falcons, who will compete in the Class 4A East region this season, earned their way into the area’s top 5 with dominating play the past two seasons. Last year, they were perfect, including wins over MIAA A foes Severn and Archbishop Spalding. Among the state’s public schools, they have been in a class of their own, and there’s no indication that will change this season. While they graduated a fine class led by attackman Trevor Patschorke, plenty of talent remains to maintain the team’s lofty standards. Midfielder Josh Coffman is a dynamic catalyst, with Chase Cope and Dean Draughn providing plenty of support in the middle. With their biggest graduation hits coming on attack, the Falcons will lean on Jack Thomas while others settle into bigger roles. Goalie Shane Carr is a strength in the back. The Falcons will get an immediate test when they open the season at Boys’ Latin Wednesday.