1996 record: 2-11
Coach: Dave Gehrdes
Top players: Chad Klakring, senior, M; Ryan Sears, senior, M; Andrew Muir, senior, D; Ryan Van Buren, senior, M; Matt Myers, senior, GK; Andrew Hemminger, junior, D; Dan Hemminger, junior, M: Steve Gioffre, junior, F; Will Phillips, sophomore, F-M.
Outlook: After going .500 two years ago, the Panthers took a step backward last fall. With eight starters back -- including a strong junior class which got a taste of varsity life as sophomores -- Gehrdes is looking to get back on track. The team's strength is at midfield, where Klakring and Co. must take control. Myers, a midfielder last season, makes the transition to goal this year and will look for support from Muir and Andrew Hemminger. A player to watch is Phillips.
Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers
1996 record: 10-8
Coach: Rick Carlson
Top players: Brian Wright, senior, F-M; Carlos Torres, senior, M; Jason King, senior, M; Sean McMullen, senior, M; Reb Beatty, senior, GK; Justin Muller, senior, F; Brian Medej, junior, F; Mike Wallace, senior, D.
Outlook: The Cavaliers enjoyed a breakthrough season in 1996, coming up with 10 wins and reaching the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal, falling to Calvert Hall, 1-0. This all came after a 1-16-1 season in 1995. They're looking to make even more noise this season with most of the cast back. The defense is set with Beatty, a first-team All-County selection a year ago, back in goal. Wright was another first-team All-County choice who will see time at midfield and up front. He'll do his share of scoring, along with Medej and Muller.
1996 record: 9-6
Coach: Nick Jauschnegg
Top players: Jim Courtney, senior, M; John Donahue, senior, D; Matt Hunter, senior, M; Brian Lima, senior, D; Matt Brady, junior, M; Mike Brady, junior, D; Brett Bujack, junior, D; Jim Daley, junior, M; Chris Ewing, junior, D; Jordan Hoyt, junior, F; Matt Shepard, junior, GK; Kyle Beckerman, sophomore, M
Outlook: Coming off a solid nine-win season, Jauschnegg is impressed with what he's seen from a junior-oriented team that also has a taste of senior leadership. Most of the experience is on defense with Lima at sweeper, Donahue at stopper and Shepard seeing time in goal as a sophomore. The midfield looks solid with Courtney and Hunter returning and big things expected from Beckerman. Brothers Matt and Mike Brady are other standouts with Hoyt a scoring threat up top.
1996 record: 13-1
Coach: Jon Braun
Top players: John Parisi, junior, M; Jarod Nagowski, senior, D; Scott Davis, senior, D; Kirk Bigelow, senior, F; Justin Gosman, senior, A; Andrew Morrison, senior, M; Colin Jones, junior, D; Shane Sarchiapone, junior, M; Kelly Nash, junior, F
Outlook: In 1996, the Bruins enjoyed their finest season in the school's history, going through the regular season undefeated to win the county championship before falling to Mount Hebron in the region playoffs. Three starters return, but there's plenty of last year's bench back with a chance to step up. Parisi is a special player at center midfield who will now take center stage. "With all the experienced talent we had around him last year, he was like the icing on the cake, more of a complement player," said Braun. "This year, we're looking for him to be our quarterback."
1996 record: 9-6
Coach: Earl Eckhardt
Top players: Adam Barsophy, senior, D; Tom deGreck, senior, M; Mark Hutchinson and Damian Morales, seniors, M; Brian Shepley, senior, M; Mark Trohanowsky, senior, D; Dustin Abey, junior, F
Outlook: Last year's big roster (Eckhardt kept 24 players on varsity) should help make for a smooth transition with the Cougars having lost 12 seniors to graduation. Their primary concerns are controlling the midfield and finding an identity defensively with no starters returning in back. Morales, a three-year starter, is gifted with the ball and should help take care of the first part. Barsophy will look to take charge in back at his sweeper position with Trohanowsky another experienced fullback. Junior Howie Otto and sophomore Mike Fileta -- both newcomers -- are still vying to be starting goalkeeper. Abey, who scored seven goals and added five assists as a sophomore, leads a balanced offense.
Glen Burnie Gophers
1996 record: 8-7
Coach: John Camm
Top players: Ryan Thompson, junior, F; Justin Bennett, junior, M; Frank Servideo, senior, GK; Bryan Sangkavasi, senior, M; Scott Gilde, junior, F