Outlook: With an experienced squad, the Gladiators should once again reign in Howard County, but they must find a way to end Hereford's five-year run as state champions. All-Metro attackman Nick Wynne graduated, and his younger brother, Mikey, transferred to St. Paul's.

13. Mount St. Joseph

Coach: David Slafkosky

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Last season: 12-8, No. 12

Postseason: None

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)

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