Breakdown: The Lions have the most experience on attack, where senior Robby Matthey and juniors Keegan Colegrove and Joe Fingles return to the varsity.

"Our attack is going to be a strength of our team," Fiat said.

Midfielders striving to replace talented graduates Nick Benhoff and Louie Bafford (both now at Randolph Macon) include senior Tilghman Sanders, junior Will Fingles and sophomore Connor Benhoff.

Benhoff and Sanders should take over the faceoff role of Nick Benhoff.

Goalie Alex Stansbury graduated and earned a spot as a walk-on for the top-ranked University of Maryland squad this season.

Sophomores Burke McManus, a transfer from Calvert Hall, and Thomas Walsh, up from junior varsity, will vie for playing time between the pipes.

"They are two good candidates and our goal is to keep them competing against each other for playing time," Fiat said.

Juniors Scott Tucker and Matt Eibl, another Calvert Hall transfer, and sophomore Ben Stevens joins senior Gavan Scanlan on defense.

"We have a lot of great kids and phenomenal students and we have a lot of leadership on the team," Fiat said.

Loch Raven

2012 record: 10-6.

Coach John Hanley's quote: "I like the senior leadership we have. We have 14 seniors. I think we have a good chance to win the region and go back to the state tournament."

Breakdown: Hanley has his concerns about the Raiders, but offense isn't one of them.

Loch Raven returns senior attacker Fotis Solomenedis (33 goals last year) and senior midfielders Jack Voelker (24 goals, 26 assists), Mike Ferris (13, 27) and Bryce Spurill (13 goals) to the starting lineup.

"It's one of the best midfield groups I've had," said Hanley, a sixth-year coach whose team lost to Patterson Mill in the Class 2A North Region final last year, 13-9. Our midfield will be very strong and we will have a pretty good attack."

On defense, the Raiders will have a revamped unit after the departure of three-year starters Ben Jones (York College) and Trey Mostyn (Goucher College).

The defense now features seniors Dimitri Sidou, Drew Wagner and Ross Sherrer and junior T. J. Hurley.

Sidou is the lone returning starter among the group that will play in front of senior goalie Brandon Glorioso.

"We are waiting to see now the chemistry develops," Hanley said of his defense. "I am trying to figure out the best combination to work for us."

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