1. Calvert Hall

Coach: Bryan Kelly

Last season: 17-2, ranked No. 2

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Postseason: MIAA A Conference finalist

Outlook: The Cardinals are loaded with All-Metro talent and depth at every position, making them the clear favorite in the stacked MIAA A Conference. After reaching the title game last year, they'll have experience and motivation on their side as well.

2. Gilman

Coach: Brooks Matthews

Last season: 13-5, No. 1

Postseason: MIAA A champion

Outlook: An inspired senior class led the Greyhounds to the title last season, setting an ideal example of what needs to be done. With an experienced defense expected to set the early tone, can Gilman find the same magic this year?

3. Loyola

Coach: Jack Crawford

Last season: 8-10, No. 9

Postseason: Missed MIAA A playoffs

Outlook: With only seven seniors last year, the Dons showed their inexperience at times, as they lost six games by two goals or fewer. With 24 returning players, led by a deep and talented midfield, Loyola is expecting to return to form in a big way this season.

4. Boys' Latin

Coach: Bob Shriver

Last season: 11-8, No. 4

Postseason: MIAA A semifinalist