1. McDonogh School, Owings Mills, Md. (21-0)
Last season McDonogh broke the record for consecutive games without a loss and it doesn’t appear the streak of 112 victories will end anytime soon. Head coach Chris Robinson returns an excellent group of prospects, including Olivia Jenner (Duke) and U-19 National Team member Brindi Griffin (Maryland). McDonogh will look to continue the winning ways and vie for its seventh straight A Conference IAAM championship.
2. Moorestown, N.J. (26-0)
Head Coach Deanna Knobloch will look to lead her team to its fifth straight New Jersey state title. Moorestown suffered a loss with two-time New Jersey Player of the Year Marie McCool heading to North Carolina, but the Quakers have an extensive roster that could adequately fill the void. Vanderbilt-bound Melanie Becker should lead the way.
3. Bishop Ireton, Alexandria, Va. (20-4)
Bishop Ireton could be considered a favorite to win consecutive VISAA championships. The Cardinals return their top two defenders, a defensive core that held most opponents below their season average goals per game. North Carolina-bound midfielder Charlotte Sofield headlines a pack of future Division I athletes.
4. Severn School, Severna Park, Md. (14-5)
Last season ended with the Admirals falling in the IAAM semi-finals, but Coach Renie Sotiropoulos returns many key players. Hayley Norris (High Point) returns to anchor the defense and Caroline Steele (Maryland) is the leader at midfield. Could this be the season they upend the defending champion McDonogh and capture their first IAAM title?
5. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Alexandria, Va. (27-2)
After graduating nine players all heading to Division I schools, most programs would be in a rebuilding year. But St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes has nine seniors committed to an impressive list of colleges ready to continue the tradition of excellence. Look for St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes to play Bishop Ireton in the VISAA final again this year in what could be a terrific rematch.
6. Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, Md. (14-6)
Michael Haight looks to return Good Counsel to the WCAC championship game after a runner-up finish in 2014. With Bishop Ireton standing in the Falcons’ way, it will be a tough feat to accomplish. But Good Counsel returns a core of seniors and a strong group of underclassmen already committed to Division I programs.
7. Milton (Ga.) High School (19-3)
Milton’s strong junior and senior class could lead the team to not only a tenth state championship, but could position the Eagles as the best team in the south. Head coach Tim Godby schedules a brutal lineup of games and, in recent seasons, his teams have consistently proven to be among the best programs in the country.
8. Roland Park Country School, Baltimore (16-5)
The 2014 season was one of the most successful seasons in Roland Park’s history, advancing all the way to the IAAM A Conference finals before losing to McDonogh. Francesca Whitehurst (Georgetown) is poised to lead the Reds throughout the season and deep into the IAAM playoffs again.
9. Manhasset, N.Y. (18-1)
Manhasset lost outstanding players from the 2014 New York State Class B championship team, but still has an excellent team, including Lindsey Ronbeck (Florida), who many consider is one the of the top seniors in the country.
10. St. Anthony’s, Huntington Station, N.Y. (14-3)
St. Anthony’s finished 2014 as champions of the CHSAA and returns several standout players. U-19 National Team Member Claire Quinn (Northwestern) will lead the Friars on defense this season, which will be key to the team’s success in 2015.
11. Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, Washington, D.C. (17-8)
The 2014 ISL runner-up faced one of the most grueling schedules and returns talent in the form of commits to Virginia, Notre Dame, Yale and Denver. Some of the Tigers’ losses in 2014 were close decisions against some of the nation’s elite programs.
12. Vero Beach, Fla. (21-3)
Led by Abby Shields (Furman) on attack and Hannah Pridemore (Liberty) at the midfield, Vero Beach could continue its run as the elite team in Florida. Vero will have to get past Wilton, which is in good position to be considered the top team in the south this season.
13. Notre Dame Preparatory, Towson, Md. (10-5)
After an up and down season last year, Notre Dame will hope to gain some consistency this season. It will be tough to accomplish as a majority of their starters graduated, but the 2015 class is loaded with Division I talent and the program already has girls in the freshman class committed to college programs.
14. Suffern, N.Y. (16-4)
Suffern will return their core of players from last year, many of them now seniors who will look to take the next step and return to the New York State Class A semifinals. An important returnee is junior goalie Mikaila Cheeseman, who is committed to Penn.
15. Darien, Conn. (21-2)
Attacker Mariah Matheis (Georgetown) hopes to lead Darien to their fifth state title in four years, but with the outstanding class that graduated last year and a very tough schedule this season, the team will need a number of players to step up to get back to the state championship.
16. West Genesee, Camillus, N.Y. (20-1)
Coming off a Class A Championship and heavy losses to graduation, West Genesee is looking for its underclassmen to take on greater responsibility. With experience in the 2015 and 2016 classes, the Wildcats could be strong again this spring.
17. West Islip, N.Y. (21-1)
Even though West Islip came just short of the New York State Class A title, 2014 was one of the best years in program history,. Although the Lions graduated a great class, they still have the talent to compete on Long Island and at the state level.
18. Garden City, N.Y. (13-4)
After a hard-fought loss to Manhasset in the regular season and then a disappointing early exit from the playoffs, Kristen Adams (Penn) and Michaela Bruno (Georgetown) look to lead Garden City to the Nassau County championship for a shot at a New York State Class B title.
19. Summit, N.J. (21-2)
Summit returns outstanding young talent that contributed to the 20-2 run last season and could be one of the top teams in the country come spring. Senior goalie Kady Glynn (Loyola) allowed fewer than six goals per game in 2014.
20. Victor, N.Y. (19-3)
With a strong returning class, Victor is poised to build on its successes from last year. They could contend for the New York State Class B championship in 2015, but local foe Brighton could threaten that success.
21. Brighton, Rochester, N.Y. (16-3)
Brighton scored some major wins in 2014 and returns as one of the powerful teams in upstate New York. The Barons must get by Section V rival Victor, who they lost to twice last season, in order to get back to the state championship.
22. Mt. Hebron High School, Ellicott City, Md. (13-2)
Mt. Hebron will be lead by midfielder Jen Giles (Maryland), one of the best players in the country. With a total of nine seniors on their roster, experience is on the Vikings’ side heading into 2015.
23. Garnet Valley High School, Glen Mills, Pa. (24-2)
Garnet Valley returns plenty of talent from the 2014 PIAA championship squad that finished an impressive 24-2. With an outstanding rising junior and senior class, look for the Lady Jags to again be the team to beat in their conference for the next couple of seasons.
24. Skaneateles N.Y. (22-1)
After winning their first Class C state title since 2006 last year, the Lakers will need players to fill important roles left by a large graduation class. Several Division I commits on the roster will lead the way in defending the title.
25. Mount Sinai, N.Y. (17-1)
The Mustangs were nearly perfect in 2014 except for an upset loss to Bayport-Blue Point to end the season. Mount Sinai boasts one of the nation’s most elite players in Florida-bound midfielder Sydney Pirecca.