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Aberdeen

Head coach: Hinson White (second year)

2012 record: 5-9

Top returning players: Eric Whittie, Jr., (Defense); Blaise Curtis, Sr., (Attack); Kory Sampson, Sr., (Defense); Jon Jones, Jr., (Midfield); Jacob Hallgren, Sr., (Goalie)

Key newcomers: Chumani Johnson, So., (Midfield); Ethan Mauzy, So., (Attack)

Outlook: "Depth is a concern," Coach Hinson White said. "Our success will hinge on our younger players' ability to acclimate quickly to the varsity level."

Bel Air

Head coach: Scoop Kelly (12th year)

2012 record: 11-7

Top returning players: Carson Kalama , Sr., (Attack); Calvin Fleagle, Jr., (Attack); Parker Jones, Sr., (Midfield); Joey Creaghan, Jr., (Midfield); Mike Bush, Sr., (Midfield); Gavin Hanley, So., (Goalie); Tyler Utz, Sr., (Defense); Brad Barth, Jr., (Defense); Spencer Stachowiak, Jr., (Defense); Connor Beil, Jr., (Defense); Tyler Kramer, Sr., (Defense)

Key newcomers: NA

Outlook: The Bobcats, a state semifinalist a year ago, return seven of 10 starters from that team. "We return some strength on paper, but we need to prove to ourselves daily throughout practice of how good we can be," Bobcats coach Scoop Kelly said. "I think with hard work, leadership, team play and a desire to be the best, we can go very far this year. It depends how dedicated and how hard these players want to work to make one another better. I love my guys and am looking forward to another exciting season of lacrosse." Defensively, Kelly says, all are a very solid unit with some great size. He believes once they improve footwork and fundamentals, the defense will be very tough.

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Andrew Gerard (16th year)

2012 record: 11-6

Top returning players: Garrett Barker, Sr., (Defense); Andy Lebrun, Sr., (Midfield); Alex Meholic, Sr., (Attack) Paul Mirable, Sr., (Midfield); John Amos, Sr., (Midfield)

Key newcomers: Ryan Malone, Jr., (Goalie); Ben Boyd, Sr., (Attack); Drew Kissner, Jr. (Long pole midfield); Manny Mastromanolis, Jr., (Midfield)

Outlook: "We have a really solid core of returning players, the team has worked really hard the past few weeks and things are pulling together very nicely," Mustangs coach Andrew Gerard said. "We are very solid defensively and our offense is coming together very well. We expect to do well early in the season and continue to improve as the season progresses to be very competitive in the county.

Edgewood

Head coach: Kenny Porritt (third year)

2012 record: 1-12

Top returning players: Nick Bulavko, Sr., (Goalie); Josh McFadden, Sr., (Defense); Mike Ryan, Sr., (Midfield); Dan Gorski, Jr., (Midfield); Shawn Kluchinsky, Jr., (Midfield); Joe Ludwig, Jr., (Attack); Keenan Kros, Jr., (Attack)

Key newcomers: Walter Clark, Sr., (Defense); Ryan Stiemly, Fr., (Attack)

Outlook: The past few years, the Edgewood lacrosse program has been a work in progress, with a lot of young players learning the sport. This year there are nine returning starters with a lot of varsity experience under their belts. Adding to this experience is the mix of young but enthusiastic players, that has created a team with a lot of potential and even enough players for a JV team. "We, as a coaching staff, are really looking forward to seeing what this team can do this season," Rams coach Kenny Porritt said.

Fallston

Head coach: Matt Parks (12th year)

2012 record: 16-5

Top returning players: Marc Badger, Sr., (Midfield); Kyle D'Onofrio, Sr., (Midfield); Sean Lewns, Sr., (Midfield); James Glezen, Sr.,(Midfield); Jeremy Scranton, Sr., (Attack); Wesley Rumple, Jr., (Midfield); Brenden Nolan, Jr., (Attack); Andrew Monaghan, Jr., (Defense); Mitch West, Sr., (Defense); Keegan Teluk, 11, midfield

Key newcomers: Zach Roberts, So., (Defense)

Outlook: "This team is a work in progress, graduating 15 seniors a year ago that all contributed including seven starters," Cougars coach Matt Parks said. "We have a good core of returning players that are eager to step into more prominent roles and live up to the expectations of the program."

Harford Tech

Head coach: Adam Stallings (first year)

2012 record: 8-4

Top returning players: Zack Valenti, Sr., (Attack); Tyler Fullem, Jr., (Attack)

Key newcomers: NA

Outlook: NA

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Brooks Brown (fifth year)

2012 record: 9-6

Top returning players: Brian Cameron, Sr., (Midfield/Attack); Derek Freels, Sr., (Goalie); Michael Laubner, Sr., (Defense); Brad Davidson, Sr., (Midfield); Casey Brown, So., (Attack); Nick Burley, So., (Attack); Don Matts, Sr., (Midfield)

Key newcomers: Kevin Vickery, So., (Long pole midfield); Sonny Smith, Fr., (Long pole midfield)

Outlook: "Team has been working hard in practice and trying to find its defensive identity," Brown said. "This is a senior laden team with the potential and opportunity to perhaps be the best ever fielded at Havre de Grace High School. At this point it is only potential and time will tell if the team will seize the opportunity."

John Carroll

Head coach: Matt Blair (first year)

2012 record: 9-5

Top returning players: Jake Brown, Sr., (Midfield); Eric McIntyre, Sr., (Midfield); Clark Grube, Jr., (Midfield); Sully Gerety, Sr., (Attack); Ethan McMillan, Sr., (Defense); Alex Gambrell, Sr., (Goalie)

Key newcomers: Adam Mroweic, Fr., (Defense); Mike Imbierowicz, Fr., (Defense)

Outlook: With a roster of almost 50 percent seniors, the Patriots have high expectations for 2013. "We opened MIAA B Conference play on Tuesday with a 17-4 win over AACS, but we expect tough competition from Curley, Friends, and Saints Peter & Paul as we compete for our first B Conference Championship since 2010," Patriots coach Matt Blair said.

Joppatowne

Head coach: Brent Baldwin (sixth year)

2012 record: 3-8

Top returning players: Kevin Kinyua, Sr., (Midfield); Callean Gomez, Sr., (Midfield); Dillon Nicodemus, Sr.,(Defense); Tyler McDougal, Sr., (Midfield)

Key newcomers: None

Outlook: "The team was very young last year, basically a JV team playing a varsity schedule," Mariners coach Brent Baldwin said. "We're returning a majority of the team, but low numbers hurt. Will see if they take the next step."

North Harford

Head coach: John Grubb (36th year)

2012 record: 12-6

Top returning players: Randy Foster, Sr., (Midfield); Andrew Siegel, Sr., (Midfield); Brooks Billings, Sr., (Attack); Max Mullin, Sr., (Attack); Brock Hurley, Sr., (Defense); Trevor Hathaway, Sr.,(Defense); Nolan Hood, Sr., (Attack); Cameron Brosh, So., (Goalie); Andrew Kropkowski, Sr., (Mid); Cole Knox, Sr., (Long pole midfield)

Key newcomers: Ryan Feiss, Jr.,(Midfield); Jack Schrof, So., (Defense)

Outlook: "We return seven starters from last year, most on offense. Working on rebuilding our defense," Hawks coach John Grubb said. "Impressed with senior class leadership and work ethic and they're setting goals for our underclassman to live up to."

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Jason Bellamy (sixth year)

2012 record: 15-4

Top returning players: Josh Wilson, Sr., (Attack); Brendan Egan, Sr., (Attack); Collin Etzel, Sr., (Defense)

Key newcomers: Will Urban, Jr., (Goalie); Jason Lynch, So., (Defense); Trey Hall, So., (Defense)

Outlook: "We're a young team that will look for leadership and consistency throughout the season," Huskies coach Jason Bellamy said.

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