Outlook: The Bulls lost seven players, but return enough talent to claim better depth. Attack should be the strength with plenty of skill and experience. Defensively, the Bulls need to rebuild especially with goalie Jen White moving up from JV. Playing in Division I, the Bulls may have a hard time equaling last year's record, but they should be competitive.
1995 record: 5-6.
Coach: Peg Buckmaster.
Top players: Kelly Shearer, Sr., M; Nicole Cover, Sr., M; Michele Hunt, Sr., M; Erin Manear, Sr., D; Kate Sapp, Jr., D; Amanda Schreyer, Sr., A.
Outlook: Buckmaster takes over after a season as assistant coach and brings back a quick, skilled midfield anchored by Shearer and Cover. The Bluebirds have plenty of scoring potential, but they need to tighten up the defense. Buckmaster and the Bluebirds face a tough challenge playing in Division I.
1995 record: 5-4.
Coach: Kelly Terry.
Top players: Michelle Currie, Sr., A; Colleen Kelly, Sr., D; Erin Sterner, Sr., D; Tina Harris, Sr., A; Melissa Drinnon, Jr., A.
Outlook: The Vikings went over .500 after finishing 1-9 in 1994. Now, they hope to post an even better record, and they should in Division II. The defense appears particularly strong with Kelly and Sterner back while the scoring should be balanced and the midfield quick.
Loch Raven Raiders
1995 record: 16-0.
Coach: Wendy Galinn.
Top players: Nicole Froman, Jr., M; Bridget Harthausen, Sr., M; Sharon Huesman, Sr., D; Christa Verleger, Sr., D; Courtney Martinez, Sr., A.
Outlook: Galinn faces the most challenging rebuilding job in her nine years at the helm of Baltimore County's most successful program. Eight starters graduated from the county and state Class 1A-2A champs, including All-Metro picks Robyn Harry and Anne Heine. This team is talented but so young that three freshmen may start. They also have a new goalie in Jebry Simon, last year's backup. The county's switch to leagues based on strength could not have come at a worse time for Galinn, but the Raiders still aim to win both the county and the state titles. The Raiders, riding a 32-game winning streak and eight straight county championships, should contend for both titles, but time may not be on their side. They face probably their toughest county competition, Dulaney, on Thursday.
1995 record: 9-2-1.
Coach: Jeff Gray.
Top players: Candice Cummings, Sr., M; Erin Brooks, Sr., D; Jenny Gray, Jr., M; Katie Lafferty, Jr. M; Nikki Zappacosta, Jr., A; Kira Hammond, Sr., D.
Outlook: The AIS A Division Lions return a lot of experience all over the field but lost most of their scoring when Meghan Doyle and Meghan McLaughlin graduated. New coach Gray has high hopes for a balanced attack that includes a veteran midfield as well as returning line attackers Maggie Litz and Maura Doyle. Defensively, the Lions will have to tighten up with an untested keeper.
1995 record: 3-9.
Coach: Karen Janiga.
Top players: Megan O'Neill, Sr., G; Jonnie Russell, Sr., A; Catherine Ampagoomian, Sr., M; Janine Mok, Sr., D.
Outlook: The Eagles have had a couple of rocky seasons and Janiga has high hopes for finally improving their record in the AIS A Division. A key to that is the return of O'Neill, who missed last season with a broken thumb. The Eagles have a strong attack and some speed in the midfield, but they have a young defense including all new starters on line defense.
Mount de Sales Sailors
1995 record: 17-1.
Coach: Mary Gagnon.
Top players: Christy Buck, Sr., A; Katie O'Connell, Jr., M; Laurie Ward, Jr., M; Chandler Vicchio, So., G; Katie Cardoni, Jr., D; Nicole Hartnagel, Jr., A; Jamie Wissmann, Sr., A.
Outlook: The Sailors graduated a host of talent including All-Metro Player of the Year Lisa Banbury, so this could be an interesting season for a team that suffered its only loss to Roland Park in the AIS A Division tournament final. There's still plenty of talent on the roster to keep the Sailors in contention especially Buck, one of the league's top attackers. With speed, skill and fexibility, the Sailors have a lot of versatility. New coach Gagnon is working to tighten up the defense, where the team is young.
Notre Dame Prep Pirates
1995 record: 8-3-1.
Coach: Mary Bartel.
Top players: Sheehan Stanwick, Jr., A; Lacy Aumiller, Jr., A; Lacy Pica, Jr., M; Stephanie Petterson, Sr., M; Maggy Kilroy, Sr., M; Kate Chasney, So., M.
Outlook: The Pirates have few seniors in the lineup, but don't mistake that for a lack of experience. These youngsters could carry NDP to the AIS A Division title game for the second time in three years. On attack and in the midfield, the Pirates look solid with the veterans as well as a couple of freshmen younger sisters, Lauren Aumiller and Wick Stanwick. There's a little work to do in the goal and on the line defense, where sophomore Kelly Boyle is the top returnee.
1995 record: 5-4.
Coach: Julie Johnstone.