1. McDonogh

Coach: Steven Nichols

Last season: 18-6-1, ranked No. 7 Postseason: MIAA A Conference finalist

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Outlook: The Eagles are regarded as one of the best in the nation with Division I-caliber players spread throughout the field. McDonogh has nine returning starters.

2. Gilman

Coach: Jon Seal

Last season: 17-2-3, No. 1

Postseason: MIAA A Conference champion

Outlook: The Greyhounds are among the top 40 teams in several national polls.

3. Mount St. Joseph

Coach: Mike St. Martin

Last season: 13-4-2, No. 8

Postseason: MIAA A Conference semifinalist

Outlook: The Gaels return six starters after battling injuries last season. The upside is that St. Martin was able to give some of his younger players valuable playing time.

4. Reservoir

Coach: Paul Linkins

Last season: 15-3-1, No. 3

Postseason: Class 3A state champion

Outlook: The Gators are determined to build on last season's state title, and they have the talent to defend their crown in what will be a deep Howard County league schedule.