Getting everyone on the same page and playing as one, focused is the goal at Catonsville and Mount St. Joseph, as both boys lacrosse teams try to build on last season.
The squads will see how they are meshing when they tangle at Mount St. Joe on Friday, April 5 at 5 p.m.
Mount St. Joe, which features several players from the Catonsville area, won last year's meeting, 9-4, in a downpour.
Western Tech coach Nathan Brooks is excited about the turnout for this year's squad, while Lansdowne's Tyler Martin sees his group hungry for more victories.
Read on to see who will be playing for your favorite boys lacrosse team this season.
Record last year: 11-7
Coach Aaron Stubbs's quote: "I really believe if we can come together as a team, we have a shot to go far in the playoffs."
Breakdown: Catonsville lost in the Class 3A-4A North Region semifinals to Howard and coach Stubbs knows if they are to go further they need to develop leaders and players with the highest of expectations.
"I'm just trying to find their mindset," Stubbs said. "Do they want to just play for a team or do they want to play for a state championship."
Stubbs has a burning desire to win.
For that to happen, the experienced attack that includes seniors Drew Carlson, Parker Croom and Tyler Westphal and junior three-year varsity performer Dillon Hannah will have to lead the way.
Leading the midfield are senior veterans Tim Burk and Cody Scott, along with junior Teddy Crayton and sophomores Sean Hurd and Brian Holmes.
Crayton, a standout tight end for the football team, was moved up to varsity from junior varsity last season.
"He's fast and if he can get his stick skills down, he will be a great help for us," Stubbs said.
"Defensively, junior Stephen Ruppel is in his third season starting on varsity and he'll be counted on to bring along sophomore longsticks Jake Bredick and Tommy Saddler.
Bredick was on varsity last season along with defensive reserves Trey Weinkam and Connor Stuart-Paul and junior newcomer Nicholas Ellsworth.
David Ossing takes over in goal after being a reserve to Jon Reymann last season.
The Comets open the regular season on March 22 at Sparrows Point. They play their first home game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 against Good Counsel.