The best public school team in Northern Virginia may be Stafford. At press time, the Eagles were undefeated (6-0) and last weekend, the team won the prestigious Sun Devil Tournament in Virginia Beach. In the championship game, Stafford exacted revenge on defending state champion Princess Anne, 1-0. Stafford lost to Princess Anne, 2-1, in the state semifinals last season. . . .

W.T. Woodson will have to replace two anchors from last year's team if it wants to win its fourth straight AAA Northern Region championship. The Cavaliers graduated all-time leading scorer Ashley Peck and Northern Region Player of the Year Ashley McCulloch, but return goalkeeper Janelle Barth (Duke) and defender Lizl Gericke. . . .

Traditional powers Lake Braddock and Annandale will again be favorites in the Patriot District. The Bruins won last weekend's 16-team Herndon tournament and Annandale returns senior Amy Novak, one of the strongest forwards in the Northern Region. . . .

The combined AAA Cardinal/Cedar Run champion Osbourn Park faces new competition this year from strong squads at Culpeper and Fauquier. The teams joined the AAA Cedar Run district, which allowed the Cardinal/Cedar Run to split into a three-team and five-team league, respectively. . . .

Holton-Arms junior GK Sam Nelson, 16, is the youngest member of the United States under-21 national field hockey team. . . .

Last year's Independent School League champion, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, graduated two-time All-Met MF Jennifer Holden, but already has a strong replacement. The Saints moved all-ISL D Carter Foote, who has verbally committed to Vanderbilt to play lacrosse, to the midfield. . . .

Based on a recommendation from the league's athletic trainers, the ISL became the first area conference to require players to wear goggles. Last year, goggles became mandatory nationwide for girls' lacrosse games. "The league felt it would be complying with a rule that would soon come into effect anyway," Georgetown Visitation Athletic Director Zeff Yusof said. "Anytime something like this comes from a medical perspective, you have to listen."

-- Liam Dillon