Shack Stanwick

Boys Latin attackman Shack Stanwick (Gene Sweeney Jr. / The Baltimore Sun / May 13, 2013)

1. Boys’ Latin

Coach: Bob Shriver

Last season: 19-1, ranked No. 2

Postseason: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final


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Outlook: The Lakers return an abundance of talent — mostly at attack and midfield — and also have more incentive than any team in the demanding MIAA after having their undefeated season spoiled in a shocking upset loss to Loyola in last year’s championship game. Four-year standout Shack Stanwick leads the potent offense, which will carry the load while a largely new defense gets settled.

2. St. Paul’s

Coach: Rick Brocato

Last season: 15-5, No. 6

Postseason: MIAA A quarterfinal

Outlook: Stockpiled with experienced talent all over the field, St. Paul’s is primed for a strong run in the MIAA. The Crusaders will play fast and score goals in bunches. Mikey Wynne and Carter Flaig combined to score 122 goals last season and three midfielders are coming off 20-plus goal seasons. Senior Bennett Moore anchors the defense with quality depth in goal coming from AJ Barretto and Hunter Pearl.

3. Gilman

Coach: Brooks Matthews

Last season: 12-4, No. 7

Postseason: MIAA A quarterfinal

Outlook: The Greyhounds were the first to fall in Loyola’s upset-filled MIAA A playoff run last year, and a strong senior class hasn’t forgotten. Quality experience at every position gives them a starting lineup that stacks up with anyone. It starts on attack with Tyler Ruhl, Chase Wittich and Andy Matthews, and is backed by a cohesive midfield led by Will McBride plus Brendan Barger and Chase Campbell on defense

4. Loyola

Coach: Jack Crawford

Last season: 13-8, No. 1

Postseason: MIAA A champion

Outlook: After enjoying the league’s most improbable playoff run ever as the sixth seed last season, the Dons will rely on a mix of returning talent and promising newcomers to make a run at repeating. Junior goalie Acie Newton has already shined in big games while midfielder Ryan Conrad and attackman Alex Roesner — both also juniors — are keys on offense.