Last year, his goal was to win at least one Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game, and the 12-8 Gaels won twice in the league, beating St. Paul's and McDonogh.

This year's squad has started 3-0 with wins over St. Albans, 11-5, St. John's, 8-2 and John Carroll, 18-4.

The Gael attack features High Point University recruit Mike LeClair, a senior, who was the leading scorer the past two seasons.

Sophomore varsity veteran Shawn Carter joins LeClair along with sophomores John Norton and Tyler Snyder and freshman Jimmy Lucas vying for the third spot.

Catonsville residents Clay Kirby, a junior, and seniors Cody Larkin and Conor Silvestri man the midfield along with seniors Blake Prescott and Dan Chamberlain and junior Kyle Costabile.

Goalie Colin Reymann, also from Catonsville, will play at Salisbury University next season after starting between the pipes for the second straight year.

Senior Connor Lawson is a capable backup keeper.

Seniors Jack Cook and Kevin Breitenother and sophomore Joey Lucas anchor the defense.

Tyler Snyder and Nick Willertz are improving sophomores who should make and impact in the mdfield as the season unfolds.

"I've got a really young team," said Slafkosky, noting he has 13 sophomores and two freshmen on varsity. "I'm not sure where we are going to be in a month when the league season starts."

Western Tech

Record last year: 2-11

Coach Nathan Brook's quote: "The minimum goal is .500, but I want us to out perform that."

Breakdown: Brooks had to make cuts for the first time this season as the return of several football players, along with some returning veterans, gives him more flexibility and depth.

"It looks like midfield is going to be our strength," Brooks said.

Seniors Evens Cross and Justin Streater return to the midfield after taking last season off and they will be joined by Mike Smith, in his fourth season in the program.

That trio should provide the most offensive punch, while long pole senior middies Davon Charles and Raynard Billy and junior Karndeep Singh will provide defensive stability.

Seniors Tony Simuel and Jordan Jackson and juniors Akash Bajpi and Amani Desormeaux add midfield depth.

That depth allowed Brooks to move senior Tavon Green to attack, where he'll share the scoring chores with seniors Junior Fuondjing and Richard Sofoluke and junior Jacob Ramos.

Senior Kristian Simon is a heavy hitter on defense, while senior Samad Husain and Ryan Ashley bring stability to the backline in front of junior goalie Ajay Jani.

Jani was brought up late last season to play between the pipes and Ashley can also fill in on attack.

"I have a lot more versatility," said Brooks, who can also employ senior Neel Patel and junior Brian Stokes on attack. "I'm excited."