The 2017 high school field hockey season is starting. How are Harford County teams going to fare? See team info below.
The 2017 high school field hockey season is starting. How are Harford County teams going to fare? See team info below. (Courtesy of Margaret Blake for The Aegis)

The 2017 high school field hockey season is ready to begin and Harford County's teams are ready as well. Here's a look at the teams.

Aberdeen

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Head coach: Nicole Andriano (seventh season)

2016 record: 6-6-1

Players to watch: Alana Mendes, Sr. (Mid); Jaidyn Harris, So. (For/Mid); Layla Gagne, So. (Mid); Isabella Jones, Jr. (Mid); Bailey Meads, Sr. (Def); Gwyneth Steel, Jr. (GK); Cassandra Price, Sr. (Mid)

Outlook: After earning a first regular season winning record in at least nine years last season, the Eagles are striving for another winning season this year with hopes to beat the one celebrated last season. "With our team at a career high, we expect to come out on top of our division and be a dominating competitor against all our opponents. Big things to come from Aberdeen this year," Eagles coach Andriano said.

Bel Air

Head coach: Amy Chmielewski (first season)

2016 record: 8-7

Players to watch: Hailey Colt, Sr. (Def); Chelsea Gostomski, Sr. (GK); Brooke Steg, Jr. (For); Tori Mumm, Jr. (Def); Payton Hale, So. (Mid); Megan Keller, Jr. (Mid); Maddie Conroy, So. (Mid/For); Kelsie Gillis, So. (Def); Ali Chmielewski, So. (Mid/For)

Outlook: With strong senior leadership in Colt and Gostomski, Bel Air has a young team with plenty of talent. "Players that can play multiple positions and have been playing together for years. Our strength will come from our cohesiveness and respect for each other," Bobcats coach Chmielewski said.

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Kelly Mattingly (first season)

2016 record: N/A

Players to watch: Samantha Aljets, Jr. (For); Georgia Beachley, Jr. (Mid); Sophie Carlson, Sr. (Def); Olivia Hennessey, Jr. (Mid); Taylor Marchetti, Jr. (Mid); Annie Keele, So. (For/Mid)

Outlook: "I expect us to make a solid run at playoffs this year. We have really strong returners and a lot of great leadership this year from our players," Mustangs coach Mattingly said.

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Edgewood

Head coach: Carolyn Wiland (16th season)

2016 record: 7-5

Players to watch: N/A

Outlook: "As this is our first year in the upper division and as we graduated the majority of our varsity last year, this will be a growth year for this team," Rams coach Wiland said.

Fallston

Head coach: Caitlin Walker (second season)

2016 record: 11-4

Players to watch: Kylie Ryan, Sr. (Mid); Sarah Dudick, Sr. (Def); Rori McDonald, Sr. (Mid); Caroline Abbott, Sr. (Def); Alyssa Ledbetter, Jr. (Mid)

Outlook: "Looking to our returning players to really control the field and be the backbone of our defense and midfield transitions. With Dudick and Abbott in the backfield and McDonald bumping up to a midfielder with Ryan and Ledbetter, we have a lot of great ball control and play makers spread throughout the core of our field," Cougars coach Walker said. "We're expecting the defenders to start our scoring opportunities with smart transitions up to our extremely experienced midfield players. Our young forward line has great potential with feisty play, hard shots and quick stick work."

Harford Christian

Harford Christian will not field a team for the 2017 season due to a lack of players.

Harford Tech

Head coach: Sara Wagner (third season)

2016 record: N/A

Players to watch: Jodi Everett, Sr. (For); Ashlyn Gibson, Sr. (For); Kayla Wagner, Sr. (Def); Angeline Emmel, Sr. (Def); Jenny Hoffman, Jr. (For); Cayleigh Ireland, Jr. (Mid); Kayla Jones, Jr. (For); Ellie Philben, Jr. (GK)

Outlook: "Everett, one of our senior captains, is a shining player so far. She is a graceful leader and an excellent athlete," Cobras coach Wagner said. "We look forward to one of our best seasons yet, due to an influx of new players and steadfast dedication from our veterans.

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Rebecca Rogers (fifth season)

2016 record: 0-11

Players to watch: Gwen DeLeva, Fr. (Mid); Payton DeLeva, Fr. (For); A'maya Green, Sr. (For/Mid); Victoria Jacobs, Sr. (GK); Bailey Swart, Fr. (For); Bridget Tramontana, So. (Def/ Mid); Sidra Wheeler, So. (For)

Outlook: "We are looking to build on our skills with our underclassmen and to have fun this season," Warriors coach Rogers said. "We have a great group of girls and can't wait to see how they continue to improve over the season."

John Carroll

Head coach: Alice Puckett (second season)

2016 record: 13-3

Players to watch: Ashlee Kothenbeutel, Sr. (Mid); Ellie Bruggeman, So. (Mid); Sammi Edwards, Sr. (For); Kathryn Hodges, Sr. (Def); Maddie Fraiji, Sr. (Def); Grace Hollin, Sr. (GK); Kacey Newman, Sr. (For); Katelyn Patrick, So. (Mid): Kendall Rittmeyer, So. (For); Alexis Loder, So. (GK); Ryleigh Casserly, So. (Def)

Outlook: The Patriots will have eight new starters on the field as the 2017 season begins. "Our schedule is challenging, but we are working hard to solidify the defense and prepare for the new year," Patriots coach Puckett said. "It will be exciting to see if we can get this team clicking early and build some confidence as we go. The key for us is defensive decision making and avoiding injuries."

Joppatowne

Preview information was not received in time for publication.

North Harford

Head coach: Carla Harward (sixth season)

2016 record: 7-8

Players to watch: Skylar Limpert, Sr. (GK); Ariel Limpert, Jr. (For); Anna Racine, Jr. (Def/Mid); Brooke Rickey, Sr. (Def); Molly Zardus, Sr. (For); Meridith Price, So. (Mid); Gracie Goetz, Sr. (Mid); Sarah Burton, Sr. (For); Kelsie Collier, So. (Mid); Brooke Ciampaglio, Jr. (For)

Outlook: "This year we are fielding a strong core of returning players, including our four-year starting goalie, Skylar Limpert; losing the majority of our defense, however, will be something that will be tested early," Hawks coach Harward said. "We are hoping that our returning offense, including our leading scorer last season, Ariel Limpert, will continue to mesh to create scoring opportunities. How we communicate and play together as a team will be instrumental to our accomplishments this season."

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Shannon Swinscoe (11th season)

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2016 record: 8-9

Players to watch: Julia Frankis, So. (For); Sydney Beck, Jr. (Mid); Maggie Egan, Sr. (Mid); Emily Pascoe, Sr. (GK)

Outlook: "With nine returning starters, this year we take the field with more experience and talent, but we have a very small team so we will see if we have the endurance to keep up with our competition," Huskies coach Swinscoe said. "I am extremely excited to coach this group of girls as they are so passionate about the sport they want to learn, play, and win.

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