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Boys soccer: The poll

1. McDonogh

Coach: Steven Nichols

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

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.

5. Marriotts Ridge

Coach: Kevin Flynn

Last season: 18-1, No. 2

Postseason: Class 2A state champion

Outlook: Even though the Mustangs will field their youngest team since their first varsity season in 2006, they will still be a force in the county and regional playoffs.

6. Loyola

Coach: Lee Tschantret

Last season: 19-9-1, No. 10

Postseason: MIAA A Conference semifinalist

Outlook: The Dons will be led by six returning starters — Jeremy and Michael DeGraffenreidt, John Jlopeh, Jamie Dubyoski, Tony Butta and Mike Distler.

7. River Hill

Coach: Matt Shagogue

Last season: 14-2-1, No. 6

Postseason: Class 3A East regional finalist

Outlook: The Hawks' only losses last season were to eventual state champions.

8. Wilde Lake

Coach: Matt Pickett

Last season: 13-1-2, No. 9

Postseason: Class 3A East Region semifinalist

Outlook: The Wildecats plan to challenge for the county title again, and their sights are also set on regional and state championships.

9. Archbishop Curley

Coach: Barry Stitz

Last season: 9-10-1, unranked

Postseason: None

Outlook: The Friars are looking to get back in the MIAA playoff hunt with nine returning starters. Stitz, a former professional player, annually produces some of the most technically sound teams in the area.

10. Liberty

Coach: Todd Muschik

Last season: 13-5-1, No. 4

Postseason: Class 2A state finalist

Outlook: The Lions return six starters who gained valuable experience in last season's run to the state championship, which they lost to Marriotts Ridge.

11. Perry Hall

Coach: Pete Eibner

Last season: 15-3, No. 5

Postseason: Class 4A North Region finalist

Outlook: Eibner, a former assistant for Pete Caringi at UMBC, takes over for Danny Skelton, who is now at St. Paul 's.

12. Broadneck

Coach: Sean Tettemer

Last season: 13-4, No. 12

Postseason: Class 4A East Region finalist

Outlook: The Bruins will have to reload after losing 12 seniors who played regularly. Tettemer said the focus has been on individual and team improvement to develop chemistry and improve the entire program.

13. Calvert Hall

Coach: Andy Moore

Last season: 10-5-2, No. 13

Postseason: MIAA A Conference quarterfinalist

Outlook: The Cardinals will have to replace several key players who were lost to graduation. Calvert Hall has just one returning starter and eight returning overall.

14. Severna Park

Coach: Roy Dunshee

Last season: 14-3-2, No. 11

Postseason: Class 4A state semifinalist

Outlook: The Falcons will make a run at the county and regional titles. Severna Park will get scoring from Billy Zito and Joe Lopez, and will expect several younger players to contribute.

15. St. Paul's

Coach: Danny Skelton

Last season: 13-5-1, No. 15

Postseason: MIAA B Conference champion

Outlook: The Crusaders are primed to defend their B Conference title. Skelton has also scheduled games against several AConference teams.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: Bel Air (14-3-1), C.Milton Wright (5-8), Dulaney (11-4), Eastern Tech (8-9-1), Hereford (12-4-2), Patterson Mill (13-4), South Carroll (9-5-1)

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