Coach: Kim Easterday, 15th year Last year's record: 7-6 overall, 1-3in Middle Atlantic Conference West
Top returnees: Seniors -- goalie Stacey Hermann-Austenson, defenders Karen Sullivan, Kelly Zeager, Chris Houlihan and Josette Selover; Juniors --midfielders Robin Lang and Maija Stranger, attacker Stephanie Gray; Sophomores -- attacker Katie Dunn, midfielder Shannon Smith, defender Janet Seward
Top newcomers: Sophomores -- attackers Jenny Preston and Julia Mignatti; Freshman -- attackers Becky Bowman and Blanca Infante
Coach's comments: "We have an entirely new attack to go with an experienced midfield and defense."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: Easterday has a solid starting lineup but lacks depth. The Green Terrors must stay injury-free and the young offense must produce.
Coach: Suzanne Davie, third year Assistant coaches: Amanda Boden, Susan Piper
Last year's record: 2-10, 1-5 in the county
Topreturnees: Seniors -- attackers Latha Naganna, Laurie Krebbs and Jenny Perego, midfielder Rachel Kroe, defender Connie Trombele
Top newcomers: Juniors -- defenders Alli Crum and Meredith Fisher, attackerLori Liddick; Sophomore -- goalie Danielle Fisher
Coach's comments: "We had a pretty strong scoring effort last year and look improved(in practice) on defense and in the goal cage this year."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: Having lost six starters from last year's 2-10 team, the Owls lack depth. Davie has a lot of young players up from last year's 8-4 junior varsity team. If the Owls can get out of the blocks early, anything can happen in this balanced county race.
SOUTH CARROLL CAVALIERS
Coach: Stacy Stem, second year Assistant coaches: Margo Engle, Bill Merashoff
Last year's record: 7-5 overall
Top returnees: Seniors -- defenders Dana Huggins and Lisa Shipley,goalies Jerri Stephenson and Corrie Franklin, attacker Lisa Granger;juniors --attackers Erin Eaton, Julie Langlois
Top newcomers: Senior -- attacker Tammy Peiffer; junior -- defender Gail Zanti
Coach's comments: "I'm really excited about the upcoming season and can't wait for it to start. We should be really strong defensively."
TheCarroll County Sun's outlook: The Cavaliers lost five starters, mostly on offense, from last year's 7-5 team but had a strong turnout of around 50 for this year's squad. Their solid defense should keep themin most games. If they can find some offensive threats, the Cavs could be a strong contender for county title and playoffs.
Coach: Stacey Abeles, third year Assistant coaches: JodiShipley, Denean Powelson
Last year's record: 6-6, 3-3 in the county
Top returnees: Seniors -- attackers Vicki Williams, Bridget Harris, Stacey Kent and Dawn Weishaar, defenders Gina Perez and Robin Wagner, goalkeeper Charlen Burress; juniors -- attackers Jen Rothlingshofer, Gina Christiani, Danielle Miller, Kristen Kepple, defenders Jill Felton, Jill Culver, Stephanie Vaughn and Jen Meade; midfielder Amy Eggers
Coach's comments: "We have a lot of depth coming off the bench, senior leadership and some top scorers returning from last year."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: As can be seen, the Panthersare stacked with veteran experience. Scoring will not be a problem for the Panthers and Abeles is hoping the defense can gel. If so, it could be the Panthers' year.
Coach: Courtney Vaughn, fourth year Assistant coaches: Gigi Jones, Lynn Stone
Last year's record: 7-5 overall, 5-1 and first in the county
Top returnees: Seniors -- attackers Rachel Horneman, Becky Woodford and Wendy Pahl, defender Beth Mintzer; juniors -- defenders Jen Harmon and Erin Myers, attacker Val Swomley; sophomore -- goalie Dani Fostik
Top newcomers: Senior -- defender Lisa Pauley; juniors -- attacker K. C. O'Brien,defenders Krista George and Angie Rose
Coach's comments: "The team is highly motivated and showing a strong desire to win."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: With balanced scoring and a new defense, the Lions could be the team to beat. Vaughn boasts several scoring threats and solid depth; success depends on how well the defense adjusts.