Top returning players: The Warriors have 10 returning starters, but coach Scholl says, "I am choosing not to recognize individual players at this time, but rather the team as a whole for their hard work and dedication."

Key newcomers: NA

Outlook: "Losing only one senior last season has made it an easier transition for us as we move forward in preparation for this season," Scholl said. "We have moved up to the Chesapeake Division and are looking to use the new challenges we will face as a way to improve as a program. I am confident in my girls and know they will continue to work hard and as the season progresses."

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Head coach: Krystin Porcella (ninth year)

2012 record: NA

Top returning players: Jordan Clarke, Sr., (Defense); Caroline Sdanowich, So., (Defense); Emory Gaeng, So., (Attack); Grace Richards, So., (Attack); Kara Klages, So., (Midfield); Mackenzie Reese, Sr., (Midfied); Caroline Haggerty, Sr., (Midfield); Haley Kyger, Jr., (Midfield)

Key newcomers: NA

Outlook: The 2013 Patriot team has a good balance of seniors and underclassmen who have game experience, according to coach Porcella. "This year's team will be more focused on the midfield with depth and speed," Porcella said. "Seniors Clarke and Hannah Griffith will anchor the defense while senior midfielders Haggerty and Reese, along with junior Kyger and sophomore Klages will lead the speedy midfield. Sophomores Richards and Gaeng will run the offense. Every game in the IAAM A Conference is tough, so the Patriots will rely on its depth and experience to push the ball in transition looking for quick opportunities to score."

Joppatowne

Head coach: Valerie Costantino (fifth year)

2012 record: 5-7

Top returning players: Christina Miller, Sr., (Attack); Katelyn Fabi, Sr., (Midfield); Diamond Gibbs, Sr., (Defense); Rodneisha Scott, Jr., (Midfield); Felicia Okoye, Sr., (Goalie); Emily Murphy, Jr., (Attack)

Key newcomers: Jillian Graul, So., (Midfield); Trenae Thomas, Jr., (Midfield); Victoria Mantz, Jr., (Midfield)

Outlook: Joppatowne has a strong core group of players from last season, as well as some young talent new to the squad, according to Mariners coach Costantino. The team is excited for the competition and they have a positive outlook for the season.

North Harford

Head coach: Tara Buecker (seventh year)

2012 record: 10-5

Top returning players: Katie Clark, Jr., (Attack); Hannah Russo, Sr. (Defense); Leah Monticello, Sr., (Midfield); Emily Clark, Sr., (Midfield); Morgan Knox, Sr., (Attack); Audrey Byrd, Sr., (Midfield/Defense); Maddy Dolinar, Sr., (Midfield); Haley Ensor, Jr., (Goalie); Katie Owens, Sr., (Defense)

Key newcomers: No real newcomers, but watch for junior midfielders Sophie Crowther and Nicole Latgis to step up at the varsity level this year.

Outlook: "We have a strong core group coming back this season and we have a lot of experience and talent on our roster," Hawks coach Buecker said. "The senior group will be looked to be smart leaders on the field and to play a focused and aggressive game up and down the field. To be a competitive team again this year we need to continue to believe in each other on attack and to support one another on defense through solid communication and team defense. Our midfielders will need to continue their determined work ethic between the restraining lines."

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Jess Smith (seventh year)

2012 record: 7-11

Top returning players: Allie Poust, Sr., (Attack); Brittie Andrews, Sr., (Attack); Amy Bednarek, Sr., (Attack); Ronelle Bautista, Sr., (Defense); Gabby Vujanic, Jr., (Midfield); Sam Herman, So., (Midfield)

Key newcomers: EJ Karwatka, Fr., (Attack); Sarah Alders, Fr., (Attack)

Outlook: After graduating five key starters in 2012, the Huskies look to build on the talent and experience of a core of six seniors, plus several experienced underclassmen in the midfield." The 2013 team is eager to learn and with a strong group of sophomores and freshmen, promises to show a great deal of development throughout the season," Huskies coach Smith said. "The Huskies hope to continue to challenge for a regional championship in 2013."