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1. McDonogh
•Last season: 18-3, ranked No. 3

•After making it to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland AConference final two of the past three years, the Eagles are eager to get the crown. They have the talent, balance, versatility and determination.

2. Severna Park
•Last season: 20-0, No. 2

•The Falcons took hits from graduations and injuries, including losing attacker Jaci Gassaway. But with so much talent, there will likely be little drop-off for the two-time defending state Class 4A champs.

3. Notre Dame Prep
•Last season: 13-7, No. 7

•The Blazers should fill their voids and have one of the area's best two-way players in Erin Laschinger, so look for them to move up in a competitive IAAM A Conference.

4. Bryn Mawr
•Last season: 10-7, No. 10

•The Mawrtians graduated one starter, and their returning contingent brings the experience, skill, balance and depth to contend for the top spot in the AConference.

5. John Carroll
•Last season: 18-0, No. 1

•The two-time defending IAAM AConference champs graduated one of the best senior classes ever, but they have eight seniors and talented players ready for the spotlight.

6. Broadneck
•Last season: 13-4, No. 6

• The Bruins lost six starters but have a solid goalie and scoring potential. If they can mesh as a unit, they could give Severna Park another challenge after falling, 11-10, in the regional final last year.

7. South River
•Last season: 14-3, No. 7

•Kim McNemar returns to coach the Seahawks and has 16 newcomers, but with solid veterans this team should remain in a hotly contested Anne Arundel County race.

8. Archbishop Spalding
•Last season: 14-6, No. 9

•The Cavaliers were the fastest-rising team a year ago and should keep it going, returning significant talent, including All-Metro G Cosette Larash.

9. Severn
•Last season: 12-6, No. 4

•The Admirals are young but have great speed and potential despite graduating nine starters. They have a fine goalkeeping duo, talent from a strong JV and should get better through the season.

10. St. Mary's
•Last season: 13-8, No. 8

•An assistant for the Saints for five years, Megan Lewis takes over as head coach of a balanced team that has a lot of seniors ready to step up.

11. Mount Hebron
•Last season: 12-5, unranked

•After losing five games in a season for the first time in their history, the Vikings should rebound with a veteran team with speed and drive.

12. Winters Mill
•Last season: 17-2, No. 11

•The Falcons lost only two players from their state Class 2A title team, so look for them to make another run.

13. Fallston
•Last season: 9-6, unranked

•With much of their scoring and two starting defenders back, the Cougars should contend for their first regional title since 1995.

14. Towson
•Last season: 13-5, unranked

•Despite losing seven seniors, the Generals should take another run at the state Class 2A title. They lost in double overtime in last season's final.

15. Glenelg
•Last season: 16-4, No. 12

•Graduation claimed speed and experience from the state Class 2A champions, but the Gladiators should remain in contention.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: Catonsville (12-7, No. 15), Century (12-4, unranked), Dulaney (13-4, unranked), Liberty (14-3, No. 14), Roland Park (7-7, unranked), C.Milton Wright (9-6, unranked)

Information about Glenelg's season was incorrect in an earlier version of this article. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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