Coach: Harry Canellakis
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.
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.
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