13. Mount St. Joseph
Last season: 12-8, No. 12
Outlook: The Gaels may not be ready to consistently win in the MIAA A Conference yet, but a promising sophomore class has them headed in the right direction. For now, the young team will lean on senior attackman Mike LeClair and junior midfielder Clay Kirby.
14. Winters Mill
Coach: Jesse Metruk
Last season: 16-2, No. 11
Postseason: Class 3A-2A state semifinalist
Outlook: Are the pieces in place for Winters Mill to chase down five-time defending state champion Hereford? With a strong group of seniors, led by long-pole midfielder Teddy Chase, the Falcons believe they have the experience, talent and desire to find a way.
15. Bel Air
Coach: Scoop Kelly
Last season: 11-6, unranked
Postseason: Class 4A-3A state semifinalist
Outlook: After taking eventual state champion South River to a second overtime in last year's state semifinal, the Bobcats know just how close they are. With seven starters returning, they are focused on making the most of a promising opportunity.
Other teams considered: Broadneck (13-2, unranked); Fallston (16-5, No. 15); Marriotts Ridge (14-3, unranked); North Harford (13-6, unranked); Severna Park (12-5, unranked); Westminster (16-3, No. 13)