With a slew of formidable goalies, area teams are looking for ways to make big stops count in their quest for success. Bryn Mawr, Notre Dame Prep, Roland Park Country School, St. Paul's School for Girls and Maryvale Prep have good chances to hold rivals in check in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference while Friends and Lutheran will take a similar tack in the B and C conferences, respectively.
Meanwhile, Loch Raven, Towson and Dulaney have a similar mind-set.
Look below to see which team could prevent the most goals this season.
2011 record: 16-3
Coach Wendy Kridel's quote: "We will have to find a way to replace Morgan Rubin's incredible scoring power and Sam McGee's hustle in the midfield, but we have a very balanced team with good depth."
Breakdown: Although the Mawrtians will miss their top midfield tandem — who have combined for seven goals and three assists for the University of North Carolina this spring — from last year's squad, there's plenty of talent to keep the Mawrtians in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference hunt.
They can make good things happen all over the field with seniors Nancy Dunbar (Northwestern), Kassandra Bowling (Georgetown) and Josie George (Hopkins) and junior Kate Snouffer (Georgetown) running in the midfield and senior Kate Walker (Yale) leading juniors Caroline Joy and Eliza Clemens (Vanderbilt) on the backline in front of superb senior goalie Molly Wolf (Loyola University Maryland).
Up front, seniors Caroline Turco (Hopkins) and Erica Matz (Hopkins) know how to find the back of the net.
"Our defense was very young and inexperienced last year and we hope that a much improved defensive unit in front of Molly, will help us win some tight games," Kridel said, whose team's three losses in 2011 were by a combined four goals.
2011 record: 14-3-1
Coach Kristi Korrow's quote: "I think the strength of our team is going to lie in our senior leadership."
Breakdown: The Lions have 12 seniors back from last year's regional finalists and Korrow likes their work ethic.
"They are hungry to get on the field," she said.
Senior goalie Julianne Elmer, who will be backed up by junior Caroline Meegan, anchors a defense that includes seniors Natalie Crawford, Sam Thiebeault and Nicole Fegler and junior Kaeli O'Connor.
The midfield is loaded with veteran leadership in seniors Cara Henning, Alex Calder, Kenzie Brown, Sarah Del Vene and Summer Wassel.
Some of them may rotate into the attack along with seniors Katie Russo, Melissa Webster and Shannon McKew.
With 26 players on the roster, Korrow will also have several underclassmen chomping at the bit for playing time.
"We've got some up and coming players and I'm excited about them coming up to varsity," Korrow said.