Catonsville Comets

Coach: Lindsay Springer

2011 record: n/a

Returning starters: 9

Key returning players: Kendall Law, Sr., midfielder; Maddie Hunt, Sr., midfielder; Kelly Reymann, Jr., defender; Rachel Saks, Sr., forward/midfielder; Catherine Sweeney, So., forward; Maggie Whelley, Sr., defense; Emma Clark, So., forward; Brooke Stevenson, Jr., forward

Key newcomer: Kali Martin

Outlook: The Comets should be in the hunt for the Baltimore County championship. Law, one of the county’s best, headlines a veteran nucleus.

Dulaney Lions

Coach: Kendra Zeller

2011 record: 12-6

Returning starters: 7

Key returning players: Charlotte Meredith, defender; Allison Kennelly, midfielder

Key newcomers: Lauren Batlas, midfielder

Zeller’s view: “We want to build and be competitive in the state tournament. Our strength is communication and teamwork.”

Eastern Tech Mavericks

Coach: Diana Hegmann

2011 record: 4-10

Returning starters: 5

Key returning players: Lindsay Meyers, Sr., midfielder; Catherine Walbrecher, Jr., defender; Kayla York, So., defender

Key newcomers: Madison Jackson, Fr., attack; Emily Barbalace, Fr., defender/midfielder; Allison Meyers, Fr., midfielder

Hegmann’s view: “We have a young team with regards to experience this year. “It will be a challenging year with a lot of growth for success in future years.”

Hereford Bulls

Coach: Tammy Mundie

2011 record: 14-1

Returning starters: 5

Key returning players: Mary Claire Abbott, Sr., forward/attack; Caitlin Abbott, Sr., defense; Lacey Aghazarian, Sr., midfielder; Shannon Martello, Sr., forward/attack; Layne Litsinger, Jr., forward/attack

Key newcomers: Samatha Janecek, Jr., midfielder/defender; Brooke Raines, Jr., midfielder; Rebecca Schmidt, Jr., forward/attack; Lucy Reider, So., midfielder

Mundie’s view: “I’m optimistic about the strength of the team and feel we’ll be contenders for the county championship again. The team is fast, and the bench is deep and talented. We will be slow to start, but should greatly improve as the season progresses.”

Pikesville Panthers

Coach: Scot Laudeman

2011 record: 8-4

Returning starters: 3

Key returning players: Lacey Kurlander; Ryann Plotkin

Laudeman’s view: “This is a great group, but we currently have only 12 players after graduating nine seniors. The girls are working hard and we’re looking to a fun and successful season.”