South Carroll has been the king of county boys lacrosse for the better part of a decade, and the Cavaliers appear likely to keep the throne for another year.
But Liberty seems to have the best chance to unseat South Carroll. North Carroll's program appears to be growing, while Westminster tries to rebound from a rough year.
Coach Jim Langrall admits his team looks strong on paper, but he's not counting on a county title just yet.
Langrall's Lions are loaded with experienced seniors off of last year's 7-5team, the one that ended South Carroll's four-year county win streak.
Two of the county's top four scorers -- junior Ross Yastrzemsky and senior John Monar -- return to give Liberty some punch.
Also, seniors Pat Gagen (defense) and Dan Reichard (midfield) will return to strengthen the Lions.
So, are the Lions ready to knock off SouthCarroll? If they aren't, they could at least make the Cavs sweat.
North Carroll Panthers
Coach Chris Kraft's team went 5-7 last year after going winless the year before. Much of the talent has graduated, but Kraft has confidence in the returnees.
Kraft said defense will be the team's biggest plus. Senior defensemen Mark Trump and Brian Gittings, along with junior midfielder Jeremy Krug, should lead the defense.
The offense has some questions. It's not as deep as thedefense, but senior attackman Keith Guinto and junior midfielder Billy Vaughan should help. Kraft said the talent is there, but it will take some time to develop.
South Carroll Cavaliers
The Cavaliersmay have lost six starters from last year's 11-3 playoff team, but coach Gene Brown's group still has plenty of talent.
The biggest question mark looks to be the young offense. Brown said he wouldn't be surprised if it struggled a bit early in the season.
Attackmen Scott Mills and Jeremy Russin, both seniors, and junior Don Pyles, should lead the way.
Defense will be the team's anchor, as it often is for South Carroll. Even though the Cavs lost some key players on defense, Brown said scoring on South Carroll won't be easy. If the offense comes on, the Cavaliers again will be playoff bound.
Last year was one that coach Jim Peters would love to forget. He hopes this year will be one to remember.
The 1991 team never came together and finished 1-11. This year's crew has shown a good work ethic in preseason practice, Peters said.
They lost some strongplayers, but there is a good nucleus coming up from the junior varsity, and senior midfielders Marshall Brown, Tom Bailey and Bryan Stewart, along with attackman Mark Miller, have shown leadership in preseason.
WMC Green Terrors
The Green Terrors have their top six scorers back from last year -- and their top seven from two years ago. Teamed with a solid recruiting class, the team could be competitive.
The offense should have little trouble. It scored 20 goals in its second game this year, after losing the season opener.
Senior attackman Torre Kasemeyer (57 points last year, second team All-MAC) is back, as is midfielder Craig Wanner (52 points, and second team All-MAC), among others.
Junior attackman Joe Furnari, an offensive force two years ago, is back after sitting out 1991, when the team went 6-6. There are several others who can -- and should -- contribute offensively.
Senior defensive midfielder David Heritage (second team All-MAC) returns to pace the defense, with sophomore defenseman Chris Cutler.
The defense has some questions. How well they're answered will help determine the type of year it will be for coach Mike Williamsand his team.