And the 2013 Raiders look just as strong as those squads. Six players on the roster have committed to colleges, including five seniors.
"This group of seniors have been with me since they were freshmen," Hanley said.
The defense boasts seniors Allison Farrell (McDaniel), Sam Eckels (Furman) and junior Emma Norman.
That unit will protecting sophomore goalie Katy Stayley, who was promoted from last year's junior varsity and stepped in the preseason
to beat out three other players in the preseason for the starting job.
The Raiders graduated offensive standouts Maggie Wagnor and Christie Moyer, but seniors Meredith Moore (Vermont) and Tammy Justice
(Stevenson) return to lead the attack.
They're supported by a midfield featuring senior Sammie Knapp (Mount St. Mary's) and junior Courtney Genovese (Coastal Carolina), sophomore
Lindsay Wagner and senior Meredith House.
2012 record: 13-4
Coach Jessica Randisi's quote: "The girls think they're going to be as good as last year."
Breakdown: Matching last year's squad that came within a goal of taking consensus national champion McDonogh into overtime in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title game won't be easy.
After all, the Lions graduated nine seniors, including University of Florida recruits Sam Darcangelo and Carly Ross, from a team that never played a home game because a new turf field was being installed.
Those are some big shoes to fill, knowing that the Ross and Darcangelo were instrumental in the charge to the final.
However, with seniors Sydney Hesselbein (Elon University) and Emma Tizzard (Vermont), junior Kalyn Crocetti (UMBC) and sophomore Miranda Ibello (Hopkins) returning, the midfield will still have plenty of heft.
Seniors Amanda Bochniak (Marquette University) and CeCe Volker and junior Elena McWright (Vermont) will lead the attack unit.
Senior Julie Doyle (McDaniel College), junior Lauren Hudson (University of Cincinnati) and sophomores Maggie Huey and Emma Boris will patrol the defensive sector in front of goalie Caroline Federico (Hopkins) and her senior backup Carly Lutz.
"Everything is so much calmer and easier this year," Randisi said about the Lions being able to practice on campus for the first time since 2011.
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