1. McDonogh

Coach: Harry Canellakis

Last season: 15-1-2, ranked No. 1 Postseason: IAAM A Conference champion

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Outlook: With 10 starters back, including the area's top player, midfielder Ashley Spivey, the Eagles are equipped to defend their Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland AConference title.

2. Mercy

Coach: Doug Pryor

Last season: 14-3-3, No. 4 Postseason: MIAA A semifinalist

Outlook: Mercy has been knocking on the door the past couple of seasons, and the Magic appears best qualified to knock off defending league champ McDonogh.

3. Archbishop Spalding

Coach: Bob Dieterle

Last season: 16-4-3, No. 2 Postseason: IAAM A Conference finalist

Outlook: Minus the star power they've enjoyed in recent seasons, the Cavaliers will rely on balanced scoring and strong team defense to remain among the IAAM elite.

4. Reservoir

Coach: Josh Sullivan

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

Postseason: Class 3A state champion

Outlook: Led by All-Metro forward Amanda Jackson, plenty of talent returns from last year's title team, and the Gators are banking on a gifted sophomore class.

5. John Carroll

Coach: Gary Lynch