Coach: Bruce Riley, second season.
Assistants: Joe Alex, Ed Herbold.
Last year's record: 9-3.
Starters lost: 5.
Top returnees: Greg Martin, jr., A; Jeff Forbes, sr., A; Justin Zimmerman, sr., M; Jon Snyder, sr., D; Bill Steelman, sr., G; Kent Doyle, A, sr., Kevin Lassahn, sr., M; Tim Walter, sr., M; Adam Milanoski, sr., D.
Newcomers: Rob Smallwood, jr., M; Kevin Vail, sr., D; Tom Jones, sr., D; Harry Watson, jr., M; Corey McLaughlin, jr., M.
Coach's outlook: We don't have much scoring punch right now. We're looking for somebody tostep forward and take the lead on offense. Last year, we had two guys who liked to take the ball to the goal. This year, we haven't foundanybody to take that position. We're going to have to rely on our defense early.
Harford County Sun's outlook: Some county coaches pick Bel Air as the sleeper, but the Bobcats have a lot of obstacles toovercome. Not only are they inexperienced on attack, but they also have trouble controlling the ball at midfield. That puts a lot of pressure on the Bobcats' solid veteran defense -- Snyder and Jones (who last played as a sophomore) on the wings, Milanoski on the crease and Steelman in goal. With a tough schedule that includes Severna Park and Westminster, the Bobcats may not be able to hold the opposition to less than five goals a game as Riley would like. On attack, Martin brings back the best numbers with 27 goals, 13 assists last year, but he will need help. The Bobcats schedule will be even tougher since they play nine of 12 games on the road while their field is renovated.