Coach: Jeremy Benson, 2nd year


Last year's record: 12-5, 4-3 county

Next game: Saturday at Mount Hebron, 3


Key losses: Jacob Leitner, Pat Hunter, Chris Rinehart

Key returners: Lane Cavey, senior D; Andrew Fleishell, senior MF; Brett Kropinski, sophomore A; Jalen Stanton, sophomore MF; Carter Truby, sophomore attack; Colin Welch, senior; Chris Yanchoris, junior GK.

Outlook: Many coaches would be happy with 12-5, but Benson and his players looked beyond that mark. The Knights' playoff loss to Liberty is what they dwelled on. Benson said as a result the Knights — which have a good blend of experience and youth — are a hungry and motivated team this spring. "With legitimate depth on offense and defense, we plan to play faster and be more physical than anyone in the state," Benson said via email.

Francis Scott Key


Coach: Steven Kazimer, 1st year

Last year's record: 4-10, 0-7 county

Next game: Tuesday vs. St. James School, 6:30

Key losses: Garrison Cook, Andrew Fonseca

Key returners: Cole Falkenstine, senior MF, Colin Kowalczyk, senior D; Luke VanderMuelen, senior MF.

Outlook: Youth abounds for the Falcons and Kazimer, and underclassmen crowd the roster. FSK has its leading scorer back in VanderMeulen (17 goals, 28 assists) and a promising freshman in Cole Lapierre, who had five goals in the season-opening loss to Gerstell. "We are very young," Kazimer said. "We only have two senior starters and everybody else is freshmen and sophomores."

Gerstell Academy

Coach: Sean Todd, 7th year

Last year's record: 6-8, 2-6 MIAA "B" Conference

Next game: Friday vs. Manchester Valley, 4:30

Key loss: Josh Zemencik

Key Returners: Noah Betz, senior D; Tyler Curtis, senior GK; Connor Elseroad, senior D; Jake Higgins, senior MF; Mike Ippolito, senior A; Cameron Mullinix, junior A; Bryan Warehime, sophomore D.

Outlook: The Falcons are seasoned with seven returning starters. And they are situated to make a run at a playoff berth after missing the playoffs the past two years. They got a boost from freshman midfielder Seth Higgins and senior Joey Tabak, who is back after a year at Westminster. "We have a lot of junior and senior leadership that will help us build," Todd said. "If can build some chemistry, we can do some great things."


Coach: Mike Flemming, 10th year

Last year's record: 19-1, 7-0 county

Next game: Tuesday vs. Century, 6:45

Key losses: Jack Boyer, Jarred Cirruli, Nick Griffin, Jack Meyers

Key returners: Mark Conway, senior A; ; Kevin Lynch junior D; Noah Rohrer, junior MF; Jason Stead, senior MF.

Outlook: The Lions lost two standout attackmen, Times Player of the Year Jared Cirulli (53 goals, 44 assists) and Jack Boyer (68, 12) from a squad that won its first 19 games and lost in the 2A-1A state final, but first-team all-county player Conway (51, 34) is back. Liberty also boasts Stead, who won 73 percent of his face-offs in 2016. Lynch, a second-team all-county player in 2016, leads the defense. "We have a great mix of youth, talent, and experience," Flemming said. "They have worked hard and come together."

Manchester Valley

Coach: John Piper, 8th year

Last year's record: 7-7, 2-5 county

Next game: Friday at Gerstell, 4:30

Key losses: Ethan Bare, Jake Eichhorst, Logan Garland, Kyle Hull, Colin Piper, Jon Shusterman, Jacob Shinsky, Alex Spinnichio, Gerard Zeller

Key returners: ; Adam Bien, junior MF; Andrew Helphenstine, senior, MF; Dan Johnston, senior A; Dan Mangold, senior GK; Connor O'Donnell, senior D; Jon Swartz senior MF.

Outlook: Chemistry is the key for the Mavs, and Piper's biggest task might be getting all of his players on the same page. He's working with a slew of players from North Carroll, including senior midfielder Owen Kemp, junior defenders Carter Cigrang, Ian Chapman and Dan Melville, junior midfielders Brandon Smith, Christian Keller and Adam Sheely, and junior attackmen Riley Larrimore and Alex Metcalf.

South Carroll

Coach: Brad Widner, 2nd year

Last year's record: 9-7, 5-2 county

Next game: Friday at Westminster, 6:45

Key losses: Garrett Colvin, Jimmy Wagner

Key returners: Samuel Crossman, senior; Kyle Dizon, senior MF; Colson Gregory, senior D; Kyle Worsley, senior A.

Outlook: The Cavaliers return seven starters, although they lost a key player in Times second-team all-county attackman Wagner (44 points), but the offense should be in fine shape with last year's leading scorer Dizon (20 goals, 33 assists), Worsley (30 goals) and Crossman (20 goals) all back. "We return a lot of experience and lacrosse IQ," Widner said via email. "This team is driven and goal-orientated. The players have been working hard at practice to develop on-field offensive and defensive chemistry."


Coach: Steve DeFeo, 7th year

Last year's record: 10-6, 6-1 county

Next game: Friday vs. South Carroll, 6:45

Key losses: Marshall Bensky, Rett Jamison, Connor Lowry, Blake Ruby

Key returners: Johnathon Hulsman, senior GK; Noah Park, senior MF; David Welsh, senior D.

Outlook: Hulsman is back after compiling 182 saves and a 61.0 save percentage, meaning he and Welsh will anchor the Owls' defensive unit again this spring. Finding consistent offense could be the first order of business, given the loss to Jamison (41 goals, 25 assists) and Ruby (44, 18) to graduation. Alex Kozlowski and Bubba Love combined for eight goals in Westminster's opener, a 20-5 win over Dulaney.

Winters Mill

Coach: Jeff Beeker, 2nd year

Last year's record: 6-8, 3-4 county

Next game: Tuesday at Man Valley, 6:45

Key losses: Gray Bodden, Spencer Eysaman, Brendan Markovic

Key returners: Ethan Grandinetti, senior defender; Logan Green, senior midfield; Mark Porter, senior goalie; Tanner Tobias, senior midfield; Cade Zophy, senior midfield.

Outlook: The Falcons lost 12 seniors to graduation, and attackman Bubba Love transferred to Westminster. Love finished third on the team in scoring last year. Winters Mill returns only two starters in Green and Grandinetti. That's a big reason why Beeker welcomes two transfers, senior attackman Jeremy Witzler (Franklin) and sophomore defender Jansen Pusateri (Calvert Hall), and freshman defender John Bodden to the starting lineup. "I have the talent," Beeker said. "We need to start jelling as a team. It will take a few games for us to get our act together."

—Compiled by Tom Worgo