5. McDonogh

Coach: Halyna Fried

Last season: 13-5-1, No. 14

Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinalist

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Outlook: Eleven players return from a squad that won nine straight games to advance to the conference semifinals, where it fell to Bryn Mawr in overtime. The Eagles return a pair of all-conference forwards in junior Elizabeth George and senior Megan Whittle, as well as talented sophomore midfielder Brindi Griffin.

6. Notre Dame Prep

Coach: Maggie Anton

Last season: 11-7, No. 15

Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinalist

Outlook: Though nearly every starter has graduated, nine players are back from last year's team, which featured a strong group of reserves. A quartet of seniors leads the Blazers, including midfielders Elizabeth Haus, Caroline Doyle and Molly Cobb, and defender Jackie Dempsey.

7. C. Milton Wright

Coach: Janice Rhodes

Last season: 15-3, unranked

Postseason: Class 3A North regional finalist

Outlook: A year ago, the Mustangs advanced to the regional final — their furthest playoff push in more than a decade. That resurgence should only continue with the return of junior twin sisters Sydney and Sabrina Rhodes, a top goalie and midfielder, respectively.

8. Atholton

Coach: Martie Dyer

Last season: 15-2, No. 4

Postseason: Class 3A state champion

Outlook: The Raiders feature several returning club players, led by forwards Jenny Bleakney and Rachel Day. However, a few key injuries could affect their performance. They could be without starting goalie Emily Clinch for a good chunk of the season.