1. St. Mary's
Last season: 21-1-1, ranked No. 1
With two straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crowns, the Saints are poised to make it three.
2. River Hill
Last season: 12-2-3, No. 3
Expectations are always high, and the Hawks, pursuing a fourth straight Class 3A state crown, know hard work comes first.
Last season: 16-5, No. 2
Graduated is playmaker Ali Andrzejewski, but the Eagles have often lost standouts and not skipped a beat.
Last season: 12-3-2, No. 5
A stingy defense and dynamic play from sophomore Hayley Siegel will again take the Class 2A co-champs far.
5. John Carroll
Last season: 18-4, No. 4
Here's a switch: the defense-first Pats will count on offense while a new back line settles in.
6. Perry Hall
Last season: 15-1-1, No. 6
After an expected rebuilding season turned into a trip to the 4A state final, imagine what the Gators can do now behind a talented junior class.
7. South River
Last season: 14-2, No. 9
Only six goals got past keeper Jacque Sutphin last season, and the Seahawks have seven returning starters joining her.
Last season: 14-4, No. 8
Opponents face the tedious task of chasing around Melissa Hornfeck, Alli Wilkerson and Michelle Zook.
Last season: 11-7-1, unranked
With nine starters back from last year's 3A state runner-up team, the Indians should be strong right from the start.
10. Notre Dame Prep
Last season: 11-6, No. 14
Five starters are gone, but creative midfielder Zoey Bouchelle is back to help make the Blazers remain formidable.
Last season: 7-4-1, unranked
After ending Bel Air's four-year run as Harford County champs, the Cougars have eight starters back to begin their own run.
Last season: 10-5, unranked
Former Hereford coach Steve Power takes over and has talent to work with, Meagan Holmes for starters.
13. Mount Hebron
Last season: 11-5-2, No. 12
A collective effort will be needed to offset the loss of standout Julie Napolitano, and there's plenty of talent to pitch in.
14. Severna Park
Last season: 12-3-1, No. 13
The five-time defending Anne Arundel County champion is vulnerable with nine seniors gone, but the Falcons have a plentiful pool to replenish.
Last season: 7-7-1, unranked
All seven losses came against ranked teams, but the Gladiators return 10 starters.