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RANKINGS

1. Notre Dame Prep

Last season: 14-2, ranked No. 6

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Runners-up in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference last season, the Blazers have the star power to take the final step.

2. Century

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Last season: 15-1, No. 7

After claiming the Class 2A state title in their first year of varsity competition, can the Knights come back with an equally impressive encore?

3. River Hill

Last season: 15-1, No. 5

The talented Hawks are still riled after failing in their bid for a fourth straight state title.

4. John Carroll

Last season: 12-6-3, No. 9

The only question for the Patriots is in the back, so look out because defensive-minded coach Gary Lynch will quickly find the answer.

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5. McDonogh

Last season: 8-7-4, No. 14

A training session with the University of North Carolina women this summer has the Eagles inspired.

6. South River

Last season: 16-2-1, No. 2

The defending Anne Arundel County champions are skilled and fast up front and plenty sturdy in the back.

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7. St. Mary's

Last season: 15-2-1, No. 1

The Saints graduated the program's most prolific class after capturing a third straight IAAM A Conference crown last fall, but talent remains.

8. Severna Park

Last season: 17-1-2, No. 3

The defending Class 3A state champions will look to their offense while a new group finds its way in back.

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9. Perry Hall

Last season: 14-2, No. 4

After two straight Class 4A state runner-up finishes, the Baltimore County champs hope the third time will be the charm.

10. Centennial

Last season: 12-2-2, No. 8

Midfielder Hayley Siegel is a quality starting point and the Eagles have plenty around her to give River Hill a challenge in Howard County.

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11. C. Milton Wright

Last season: 10-2-1, No. 15

Fast, deep and experienced, the Mustangs have the ingredients to win Harford County and go far in the playoffs.

12. Dulaney

Last season: 8-5, unranked

The Lions, bogged down by injuries last fall, are healthy and raring to go with midfielder Meagan Holmes as the centerpiece.

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13. Eastern Tech

Last season: 14-2-1, No. 11

The Mavericks have seven starters back from last season's 2A state semifinal team.

14. Arundel

Last season: 9-3-3, No. 12

The dynamic play of senior Melissa Hornfeck makes the Wildcats go, and with eight other returning starters, they could go far.

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15. Bel Air

Last season: 14-5, No. 10

The Harford County champion Bobcats, the state runners-up in Class 3A, have talent and a proven track record.


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