Defense will take center stage when the local lacrosse season gets underway, forcing teams to put a premium on every possession.
Read on to see who will be on the field for your favorite area prep team this spring.
2011 record: 11-6
Coach Aaron Stubbs's quote: "We are very athletic on defense and I'm hoping those guys will be pushing the ball very well."
Breakdown: Catonsville will rely on an experience defense with seniors Joe Tebo, Cassidy Higdon and sophomore Stephen Ruppel, a returning varsity veteran.
"Our defense looks promising," Stubbs said.
Veteran senior goalie Jon Reymann is back between the pipes with junior David Ossing in a reserve role.
Other defensive candidates include senior Chris Blair, juniors Trey Weinkam and Connor Stuart-Paul and freshman Jake Bredeck.
Senior Troy Redd handles faceoffs and will work in the midfield with senior Collin Miller and junior Tim Burk.
Seniors Doug Valderas, Ian McFaddden, Chris LaVeck and Will Barbagallo, juniors Lou Persico, Anthony Robertson-Wynn, Kody Scott, Kyle Reymann and Joseth Hylton and freshman Connor Hurd are also in the midfield mix.
Seniors Dillon Hanlon and Arthur Schorr and junior Drew Carlson will try to replenish the lost goal production of graduated leading scorer Sean Urban.
Junior Parker Croom and sophomore Dillon Hannah will also work on attack.
Although Stubbs prefers a run-and-gun style attack, he will have to wait until his attack and midfield gets up to speed.
"It really has become a game of defense," Stubbs said, noting that unit will get a true road test when it challenges Mount St. Joseph on March 24 at 1:30 p.m.
"It's a good game for the community, and a lot of the kids know each other," Stubbs said.
Mount St. Joseph
2011 record: 3-14
Coach Dave Slafkosky's quote: "I like this group. I think they have a lot of potential."
Breakdown: Potential is one thing, garnering a rare victory in the tough Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference is another.