Graduation depleted many area programs, but Westminster doesn't appear to be loosening its grip as the county's strongest program. The Owls lost eight players from last season's state semifinal squad, including Player of the Year Lisa Cavanaugh and all-county picks Lauren Magee and Audrey Pritts.
But new coach Judie Puckett, who replaces Brenda Baker, does have all-county first-teamers Lydia Eppig and Laura Yingling. Senior forward Lindsay Bream and junior defender Shannon Finch round out a formidable roster.
Francis Scott Key also graduated three all-county players in Becky Arnold, Jackie Kram and Kim Mathias. But Team Maryland choice and midfielder Sarah Guynn returns for her senior year, and coach Alison Weiss plans to start seven seniors who earned considerable playing time last season.
Like Westminster and Francis Scott Key, North Carroll lost three all-county performers.
With Devan Bosley, Misty MacMillan, and Lauren Moore off to college, junior forward Melanie Slessinger becomes the team leader.
South Carroll advanced to the second round of the playoffs last year, and coach Erin Soulen expects the progress to continue.
Gone is all-county selection Kirsten Anderson and second-leading scorer Erin Murphy. But senior forward Erin Albright is back, and sophomore forward Angela Aschenbrenner is a rising star.
Liberty not only lost some players, but also its coach. Diana Waetzig is coaching at Lansdowne. Her replacement is Carla McCarron