Outlook: The Falcons have won five of the last six 4A-3A titles, including the last two. They return several strong midfielders and a veteran goalie, but will need some inexperienced players to come along quickly if they want to hold off South River in Anne Arundel County and the East region.

9. Broadneck

Coach: Karen Tengwall

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Last season: 14-3, No. 9

Postseason: Class 4A-3A East regional semifinalist

Outlook: With 10 seniors and seven starters back, the Bruins have the leadership, balance and depth to contend in what is shaping up to be a battle royale in Anne Arundel County and the East region with South River, Severna Park and Annapolis.

10. C. Milton Wright

Coach: Brent Ritz

Last season: 14-5, No. 15

Postseason: Class 3A-2A state semifinalist

Outlook: The Mustangs return nine starters and have solid players back all over the field, including dominating midfielder Abby Smucker and goalie Heather McKee. With several promising youngsters, too, the Mustangs are the team to beat in Harford County.

11. Marriotts Ridge

Coach: Natalie Gaieski

Last season: 17-1, No. 7

Postseason: Class 3A-2A East regional finalist

Outlook: The Mustangs will be itching to reclaim the regional championship they lost last season to archrival Mount Hebron. With seven starters returning, including standout midfielder Zoe Stukenberg, they also have talented younger players ready to assume regular roles.

12. Severn

Coach: Renie Sotiropoulos

Last season: 9-11, No. 14

Postseason: IAAM A Conference quarterfinalist