Outlook: The Bruins' only losses last season were to Anne Arundel County foe South River, but this year the going could be tougher. Paige Duncan, a speedy senior attacker, teams with junior midfielder Anna Haley to provide leadership to a young team.
Coach: Mary Rivera. Last season: 18-1, No. 3. Postseason: Class 4A state finalist.
Outlook: The Owls took graduation hits but still return a veteran team of eight seniors, eight juniors and two sophomores. Talented senior goalie Emily Cauliflower and junior Megan Macera are among the returnees.
Coach: Megan Grant. Last season: 16-3, No. 6. Postseason: Class 2A state champion.
Outlook: The state champs graduated star Caitlin Dempsey, but the Cougars still have a strong roster. Senior attacker Christina Conrad, a three-year starter who has made the U.S. Futures Team, and senior Kelly Mattingly, a standout on defense and in the midfield, will provide leadership.
10. Garrison Forest:
Coach: Traci Davis. Last season: 17-2, No. 4. Postseason: IAAM A Conference finalist.
Outlook: The Grizzlies are "rebuilding and reinventing" themselves this season, Davis said. Just three starters return, but Davis said she sees emerging talent. Senior Cody Magness, a four-year starter, will be the anchor.
Coach: Tammy Mundie. Last season: 16-2, No. 9. Postseason: Class 3A state champion.
Outlook: Senior forward Allie Hackbarth will try to help the Bulls repeat as state champs with a young team and a new/old coach. Mundie coached the Bulls for 13 seasons before spending the past three as an assistant. Now she's back.
Coach: Kendra Whaley. Last season: 13-5, No. 13. Postseason: Class 4A state semifinalist.
Outlook: Led by midfielder Abby Sprinkel and defender Karen Smith at opposite ends of the field, the Lions are hoping to build on last season's success.
13. Patterson Mill
Coach: Shannon Troyer. Last season: 12-3, No. 14. Postseason: Class 1A state semifinalist.
Outlook: Senior goalie Gabby Brooks, who allowed just five goals in the regular season last year, is the anchor. The Huskies also have five other starters coming back and strong offense in Sam Rutkowski and Emily Keesling.
14. Harford Tech
Coach: Amanda (Sheldon) Warner. Last season: 6-6, unranked. Postseason: Class 1A North regional finalist.
Outlook: Led by senior Nykki Stritzinger on the front line and Maria Kalambihis, who moves to center-midfield from defender to help her team stay in the attack zone, Harford Tech gives Warner, who had been an assistant coach, reason for optimism.
Coach: Debbie Bloodsworth. Last season: 6-8, unranked. Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinalist.
Outlook: Bloodsworth said she is unsure of how her defense will come together, but Roland Park returns 11 players, eight of them seniors.
OTHERS CONSIDERED: Archbishop Spalding (10-9, unranked), Bel Air (7-7, unranked), Chesapeake-AA (12-6, unranked), Howard (11-5, No. 15), McDonogh (16-2, unranked), Notre Dame Prep (14-5, No. 10), Winters Mill (11-4, No. 12).