5. Arundel

Coach: Laura Coe

Last season: 16-2, No. 6

Postseason: Class 4A East regional finalist

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Outlook: After falling to Anne Arundel County rival and defending Class 4A state champion South River in overtime in the East regional title game last fall, the Wildcats return several talented players as they look to avenge that loss. Is this the Wildcats’ year?

6. Catonsville

Coach: James Fitzpatrick

Last season: 14-2, No. 8

Postseason: Class 4A North regional finalist

Outlook: The Comets, who return eight starters, have all the pieces in place to build on last year’s highly successful season. Jennifer Nonn is one of the area’s premier goal scorers; Allison Dingle provides stability at center midfield; and all four defenders return, led by Anna Higdon.

7. Bel Air

Coach: Josh Clemmer

Last season: 8-7-2, unranked

Postseason: Class 3A North regional semifinalist

Outlook: With 10 starters back, the Bobcats are primed for a breakthrough season in the wide open Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference. The team’s continuity and chemistry starts with Jordan Layfield in the middle, Caroline Lozzi in the back and a handful of goal scoring threats up top.

8. Perry Hall

Coach: Rick Testerman

Last season: 10-4-2, No. 10

Postseason: Class 4A North regional semifinalist

Outlook: Expectations are high at Perry Hall, where nine starters return, highlighted by a versatile midfield and staunch defense. Testerman said the deep senior class should provide leadership as the Gators look to build on last year’s 10-win season.