Aberdeen Eagles

1998 record: 3-9

Coach: Jim McClenahan

Outlook: McClenahan has a larger squad (18 players) than usual and said his young Eagles are learning rather quickly. The strength is at midfield with senior Meghan Moe and junior Erica Sommer.

Bel Air Bobcats

1998 record: 15-2-2

Coach: Bill Zimmerman

Outlook: A state semifinalist last fall, the Bobcats haven't missed a beat despite the loss of sweeper Nikki Hentz. Junior forward Kristi Eyler returns as the county's leading scorer and is joined by several talented underclassman. Emily Neubeck, Jenn Chumley and Jess Levy make up a formidable back line.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1998 record: 8-4-1

Coach: Dina Augustitus

Outlook: Seven starters return for new coach Augustitus, who anticipates more goals from a 3-3-3-1 system. The front line loses some strength with Lauren Cramer playing stopper, but freshman Megan Watkins should fit nicely with Erica Kiss and Monica Janowitz. With Mount Hebron, Centennial and Bel Air three of their first four opponents, the Mustangs can't let down.

Edgewood Rams

1998 record: 7-5

Coach: Matthew Rankin

Outlook: The Rams produced their first winning season in eight years in 1998, but can they survive with an untested defense? Having leading scorers Stefanie Wilhelm and Amber Stansbury back will help, but Rankin will lean heavily on his midfield for defensive help.

Fallston Cougars

1998 record: 9-3-2

Coach: Nancy Ferguson

Outlook: The Cougars' defense is a little more unsettled than Ferguson would like, but scoring power makes up for it. Seniors Gina Lattanzi, Maria Amasia and Jen Schuerholz are all finishers. Ferguson may alternate two sophomores in goal.

Harford Tech Cobras

1998 record: First team

Coach: Sarah Moore

Outlook: Playing an independent schedule, the Cobras look to advance. Moore's emphasis is on building teamwork with 26 players.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1998 record: 8-7

Coach: Tara Phillips

Outlook: The Warriors are determined to ride the momentum from last season, when they won six league games. Phillips likes her chances with senior forwards Jenn Schwartz (nine goals) and Mary Griffin (seven goals), last season's top two scorers, returning, as does third-year goalkeeper junior Lynn Ruchlewicz.

John Carroll Patriots

1998 record: 16-2

Coach: Gary Lynch

Outlook: Expect the Patriots to take the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland by storm. Senior Jenny Biscoe returns as one of the area's premier scorers, and All-Catholic League goalkeeper Maggie Pyzik anchors a formidable backfield that has three starters back. Lynch anticipates talented freshmen Shannon Seipp (midfield) and Amy Graul (fullback) will make an immediate impact.

Joppatowne Mariners

1998 record: 7-4-2

Coach: Chris Myers

Outlook: Myers sees potential for his Mariners. All the scorers are back, led by seniors Kim Gorsch and Tabitha Fraczkowski, and the defense, which allowed no more than two goals a game last season, is nearly intact. Goalkeeping should be equally strong with converted midfielder Rebecca Parrow.

North Harford

1998 record: 8-5-1

Coach: Tom Berg

Outlook: With seven new starters, the Hawks have placed their emphasis on the future. Tara Buecker (eight goals) is the only proven scorer, and the defense is quite green.

Pub Date: 9/02/99

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