Players to Watch
* A Shannon Long, South River, Sr.
Long may not be the fastest, but the Seahawks' leading goal scorer in 2003 (17) is what her coach calls "goal hungry," with fantastic stick skills to put the ball in the cage when needed.
* A Abbi Horn, Severna Park, Sr.
An All-Met who is one of three big offensive threats on The Post's No. 1-ranked team, Horn scored 17 goals and had 11 assists a year ago. She's coming off a knee injury last winter but will team with Kim Kral and Sam Price to again make the Falcons lethal.
* MF Morgan Kimberley, Broadneck, Sr.
The Bruins graduated talented Amy Skrickus and Maria Depont, but Kimberley will be the core of a squad that has a host of good, young players. She will be relied on to set up plays and collect a number of assists.
* D Melissa Howard, North County, Sr.
An "aggressive, workaholic" player, according to her coach, Howard has a strong drive from the top of the circle, where she'll be the striker on penalty corners. She's adept at clearing the zone during an opposing rush in the Knights' end.
* MF Brandy Noel, Old Mill, Jr.
Although Noel's new to the varsity, her coach calls her a "natural leader on and off the field." Expect Noel to be a central figure in setting up Old Mill's scorers, as she'll be the striker on penalty corners.
* D Katie Turner, Severna Park, Sr.
Turner is the "flyer" defending penalty corners, the player who charges the striker to break up the shot. Her excellent speed and stick skills also enable her to start an offensive break after disrupting the opposing team's corner.
* GK Marian Cassilly, Spalding, Jr.
As a sophomore, Cassilly was nothing short of brilliant as Spalding advanced to the IAAM championship: 12 goals allowed in 19 games, 113 saves made, and she recorded seven shutouts. With the graduation of three stellar offensive players, at least the Cavaliers are shored up in goal.
-- Dave Yanovitz