1. LoyolaLast season // 13-2, ranked No. 1
Outlook // The Dons have the best player in the metro area in Steele Stanwick and a top attackman in Joe Cummings in their quest to be the first repeat Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champions in 13 years.
2. GilmanLast season // 7-9, No. 5
Outlook // Gilman had a young team last year that got better as the season went on, advancing to the MIAA A Conference semifinals. A talented junior class should put the Greyhounds in the hunt for their first league crown since 2000.
3. Calvert HallLast season // 5-7, No. 7
Outlook // The Cavaliers were young last season, but they now have a lot of talented players with MIAA experience. Chris Lightner will lead the defense .
4. St. Mary'sLast season // 9-8, No. 6
Outlook // Six returning starters and 19 seniors give the Saints plenty of experience to make a deep MIAA A Conference run.
5. Boys' LatinLast season // 18-2, No. 2
Outlook // The Lakers were hit hard by graduation, including three All-Metro players, but Boys' Latin always reloads.
6. St. Paul'sLast season // 16-4, No. 3
Outlook // St. Paul's experience is on defense, where last year's starting defenders - Scott Matthews, Jake Fradkin and Peter Windsor - all return.
7. McDonoghLast season // 19-5, No. 4
Outlook // Having perhaps the best goalie in the country in Tyler Fiorito will give McDonogh a legitimate shot at the MIAA A Conference crown. K.C. Woods is a skilled defender.
8. Severna ParkLast season // 18-2, No. 10
Outlook // The Falcons are loaded with young talent with about 21 juniors on varsity, while bringing up players from a junior varsity team that went undefeated last season. Juniors Sean Price and Sam Jones lead on attack.
9. GlenelgLast season // 15-3, No. 12
Outlook // The Gladiators have an outstanding goalie in Jon Selfridge returning to a team that won the Class 3A-2A state title last season. Glenelg returns seven starters.
10. DulaneyLast season // 14-5, No. 15
Outlook // Midfielder Eric Keppeler returns to a Dulaney team that has become accustomed to success late in the season, having won five of the past eight Class 4A-3A state titles.
11. SevernLast season // 9-8, No. 9
Outlook // New Admirals coach Brian Wood said the team will be "starting from scratch. We have a new coach and a new offense." Luckily, Wood has plenty of talent to be competitive in the MIAA A Conference.
12. FallstonLast season // 18-2, No. 13
Outlook // First-year coach Ryan Arist will look to continue the winning tradition for the Cougars, who last year lost in the Class 3A-2A state title game. Fallston graduated its entire starting defense from last season.
13. CatonsvilleLast season // 13-4, unranked
Outlook // Experience may be the difference for the Comets this season, as they return eight starters from last year's team that lost in the Class 3A-2A regional final. Catonsville moves up to 4A-3A this year.
14. CenturyLast season // 14-3, unranked
Outlook // The Knights return key starters in junior attackmen Cameren Warrell (45 goals, three assists last season) and Tyler Cockey (41 goals, 23 assists) and a talented long pole defenseman in Cody Anderlik.
15. CentennialLast season // 13-3, unranked
Outlook // The Eagles' strength is at defense, with Kyle Virtue being an impact player The addition of Mount Hebron transfer Harrison Chaires should help at attack.
Others considered // Broadneck (12-4, unranked), Curley (18-1, No. 14), Hereford (12-3, unranked), North Carroll (7-9, unranked), Winters Mill (19-0, No. 11)Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun