1. McDonogh

Coach: Chris Robinson

Last season: 19-0, ranked No. 1

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Postseason: IAAM A Conference champion

Outlook: Riding a 51-game winning streak, the Eagles know every one of their opponents has that game circled in red on its schedule. With eight returning starters, including All-Metro Player of the Year Taylor Cummings, the Eagles show no signs of letting up. Look for them to make a strong run at their fourth straight A Conference championship.

2. Bryn Mawr

Coaches: Wendy Kridel, Kim Simons

Last season: 16-3, No. 3

Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinalist

Outlook: The Mawrtians gave McDonogh one of its toughest challenges last season before falling, 11-9, and with 16 players back and as many as seven seniors in the starting lineup, they are primed for another run at the top. They need to replace go-to player Morgan Rubin but still have balance, depth and one of the top goalies in the country, Molly Wolf.

3. Marriotts Ridge

Coach: Natalie Gaieski

Last season: 18-1, No. 4

Postseason: Class 3A-2A state champion

Outlook: The Mustangs won the state title in only their third year as a varsity program, and they bring back nine starters determined to repeat. With a veteran defense that held Century to four goals in the state final and a versatile attack looking to boost its output, the Mustangs should add the Howard County title to a postseason sweep.

4. Notre Dame Prep

Coaches: Mary Bartel, Lisa Costello

Last season: 11-7, No. 6

Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinalist