1. McDonogh

Coach: Steve Nichols

Last season: 10-4-3, ranked No. 5

Postseason: MIAA A Conference quarterfinalist

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Outlook: The Eagles have reloaded and will look for their seventh MIAA A Conference title. George Campbell and Connor Smith, who are both committed to Maryland, lead a talented midfield. Brett Ebel, a four-year starter, will lead a defense that had 10 shutouts last season.

2. Loyola

Coach: Lee Tschantret

Last season: 15-3-2, No. 1

Postseason: MIAA A Conference champion

Outlook: Despite twins Michael and Jeremy DeGraffenreidt graduating, the Dons have the depth to make another run at the MIAA A Conference title. Junior Gavin Barger, an all-MIAA selection last year, and sophomore Collin Jouan will be key in Loyola’s quest to repeat.

3. Marriotts Ridge

Coach: Kevin Flynn

Last season: 17-0, No. 2

Postseason: Class 2A state champion

Outlook: The Mustangs, who have not lost a game since Oct. 17, 2011, have established themselves as one of the top programs in the area and return 14 players as they attempt to win their fifth consecutive Class 2A state championship.

4. Gilman

Coach: Jon Seal

Last season: 14-4-4, No. 3

Postseason: MIAA A Conference finalist

Outlook: With their work rate and team chemistry, the Greyhounds have consistently placed at the top of the MIAA A Conference in the past several seasons. Senior defender-forward Sam Wancowicz, an All-Metro first-team pick last fall, and senior goalkeeper Chase Wittich lead Gilman.