2011 record: 16-1
Coach Tom Marechek's quote: "We probably have the best attack unit (in the league). They were the starting attack in the championship game last year."
Breakdown: Anyone looking for a weakness on the Quakers might eventually tire.
Friends returns 10 starters from a squad that won the MIAA B Conference title last year, yet Marechek quickly dismisses talk of the Quakers being the overwhelming favorite for another crown.
"On paper, you don't win championships," said Marechek, a first-year coach who spent the last 14 years at Howard County's Glenelg Country School, where he won two C Conference championships. "We have to make sure we direct the kids the right way. I have coached teams before, where if you don't work together and don't have the chemistry, it doesn't matter."
Offense isn't going to be a problem with the return of senior attackmen Mike Sweet and Dave Magdeburger and junior Tucker Glotzbach.
At midfield, Friends graduated Michael John, who is playing at Amherst College.
"Michael was probably their best player last year," Marechek said.
But the team's midfield is still experienced and deep with juniors Dan Warren, James Batho and senior Paul Orrson leading the unit.
The defense — spearhead by seniors Matt Lambros and Elliot Greenwald and junior Ben Chase — could rate among the best in the league.
In goal, James Whitlow earned the starting job after working as a backup last year.
"We have kind of ingrained in their heads right now that this is a new season and everyone is out for them because they won the championship," said Marechek, who replaced Jon Garman.
2011 record: 13-5
Coach Brooks Matthews' quote: "Because most of our guys compete in other sports, they have come into lacrosse fresh and excited. Many of our players have experienced success in their fall and winter sports, and I am excited to see them carry that confidence into the spring."
Breakdown: Don't sleep on the Greyhounds.
Just because they graduated Towson Times Co-Players of the Year Ryan Tucker and Conor Doyle, the cupboard is hardly bare.
Starting with the defense, seniors Robby Haus (Ohio St), T.J. Trusty, Tim Jenkins (Colorado College), Devin Tucker (Gettysburg), Kameron Bowling, Mason Hoehn and Brandon Smith, the Greyhounds still have plenty of talent to defend their title.
They'll protect senior Bryan Moore (Harvard) or junior Thomas McBride in the goal.
Likewise, the midfield has a strong core group in seniors Jake Matthai (North Carolina), Harry McCarthy (Dartmouth), and Cotter Brown (Sewanee) holding forth with juniors Riley DeSmit (Hopkins) and John Simms.