"We won't be nervous," he said. "We'll play how we normally play."

One interesting sidelight to those games will be to see how the MIAA teams deal with teams not using the new NCAA rules designed to speed up the sport.

All MIAA teams will employ the new regulations that include a shot clock, substitutions "on the fly" and quick restarts.

For the girls, last year's new rules regarding penalties for rough or dangerous plays might seem normal at this point.

Teams have probably adjusted to playing in "man down" situations by now, making players more comfortable — and safer — on the field.

Look below to see if your favorite team has a chance to be the last one standing after a season-long sprint to the finish.

Calvert Hall

2012 record: 16-2

Coach Bryan Kelly's quote: "We're still pretty good for a team that lost seven starters. If we can stay healthy, we'll be fine."

Breakdown: The defending MIAA A Conference champion Cardinals will still have something to say about which team ultimately prevails in the talent-rich conference.

Calvert Hall may not have the depth of its most recent championship club, but there's still plenty of talent to go around.

That's especially true on the defensive end with seniors Tyler Mayes (Towson), Garrett Epple (Notre Dame), Michael Lenahan (High Point), Matt Brashears (Towson), Jack D'Angelo and Tom Carroll (both Quinnipiac) joining junior Eric Evans (Ohio State).

The difference, though, could be in the goal with a host of inexperienced candidates hoping to fill the big shoes of Dimitri Pecunes, last year's standout keeper now manning the pipes at Stevenson University.

So far, senior Max Alderman earns the starting nod over juniors Daniel Flock (Vermont) or Henry Vido while sophomore Brodie Bartel and freshman Joe McSorely wait in the wings.

The midfield starts with U.S. Under-19 Team veteran Stephen Kelly (North Carolina) and fellow seniors Johnny Kelly (Ohio State), Jon Belz (Maryland), Matt Diehl (Quinnipiac), Jon Heneberry (Washington College) and Timmy Mahr.

Junior Andrew Fanshaw, sophomore Luke Ciccarone and freshmen Ethan Mintzer and Brendan Atkinson round out the unit.

Seniors Jordan Germerhausen (Loyola) and Chris Meyers spearhead the attack with junior transfer from Utah Carson Dutkanych, junior Garrett Christianson and sophomore Timmy Kelly (North Carolina).


Record last year: 13-6

Coach Kyle Fiat's quote: "The kids are incredibly hard workers. They are really ready to pay a heavy price and put everything on the line and see what happens."