1. St. Mary's
Last season: 12-4-2, ranked No.5
Skinny: An endless amount of talent - everywhere - has the Saints the favorite in the mighty Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference.
Last season: 18-6, No. 2
Skinny: All of the Eagles' losses last season came against nationally ranked teams.
3. River Hill
Last season: 18-1, No. 3
Skinny: Eight starters return for the Hawks, who are primed to defend their Class 3A state championship.
4. Severna Park
Last season: 15-2, No.5
Skinny: Close the past two years in the Class 4A ranks, can this be the year the Falcons put it all together?
5. Notre Dame Prep
Last season: 13-4-1, No. 7
Skinny: They're the Blazers now and with eight starters back and a number of promising freshmen, they could be the IAAM A Conference champs by season's end.
6. John Carroll
Last season: 20-1-1, No. 1
Skinny: Repeating last year's story-book season will be a tough chore, but the defending IAAM A Conference champs will keep every game close to stay in the hunt.
7. South River
Last season: 12-2-2, No.8
Skinny: Four coaches in four years hasn't deterred the Seahawks, whose blue-collar approach results in wins.
8. Loch Raven
Last season: 14-4-2, No.9
Skinny: With eight starters back, maybe the Raiders won't have to share the Class 2A state crown this time around.
Last season: 12-1-2, No. 12
Skinny: Staying healthy is the key for the Baltimore County champs, who return nine starters from last year's squad that produced a team-record 96 goals.
10. Eastern Tech
Last season: 14-3, No.11
Skinny: The metro area's surprise team in 1999, what can the Class 3A runner-ups do for an encore?
11. Mount Hebron
Last season: 11-4-2, No. 13
Skinny: With 11 juniors on the roster, seven with varsity experience, the Vikings will be strong this year and next.
12. North Carroll
Last season: 1O-6-2,NR
Skinny: Their three top scorers are back-along with an always-stingy defense: the Panthers will rise in Carroll County.
Skinny: Slightly under .500 during the regular season last fall, the Gladiators saved their best for last with live straight playoff wins and a second Class 1A state crown.
Last season: 14-3-1, No. 10
Skinny: The Knights blanked 11 opponents en route to their first Class 4A state final appearance last year.
Last season: 9-5-1,NR
Skinny: Last year, the Eagles were the only team to knock off Class 3A state champion River Hill.