Coach: Jeanette Budzik. Last season: 18-3, ranked No.1. Postseason: IAAM A Conference champion.
2. Severna Park
Coach: Lil Shelton. Last season: 16-2, No. 2. Postseason: Class 4A state champion.
Outlook: The Falcons are pursuing their 20th state championship and appear to have the talent to pull it off. Twelve seniors, led by Madeline Ross, return.
Coach: Terry Wilkinson. Last season: 17-2, No. 7. Postseason: Class 2A state semifinalist.
Outlook: A number of players who helped the Knights reach the state semifinals last season are back. The team is led by senior Jill Remenapp, who led Carroll County in scoring.
Coach: Ginger Kincaid. Last season: 16-3, No. 11. Postseason: Class 2A state semifinalist.
Outlook: The Gladiators have to replace three players from last year's team, but Kincaid doesn't see it being a big problem. She has talented junior Alyssa Parker, a Junior Olympian who made the Futures Team, anchoring the midfield and senior Kalie Hinkle gobbling up rebounds for goals.
5. South River
Coach: Katie Corcoran. Last season: 16-2, No. 5. Postseason: Class 4A East regional finalists.
Outlook: South River took a huge hit with the graduation of Brooke Griffin, The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year, but the Falcons still have plenty of talent. Leading the way for the Falcons are junior midfield/defender Stacey Mackintosh, sophomore forward Jennie Milligan (six goals, nine assists) and senior midfielder Courtney Thompson (5, 6).
6. North Harford
Coach: Katie Simms. Last season: 8-7, unranked. Postseason: Class 3A East second round.
Outlook: The Hawks lost just one starter from a young team that held its own in the tough Harford County league. Senior Beth Genovese (94 saves) is a second-year starter at goalkeeper.