River Hill (16-1-1) Last: 1
1 A core of talent returns, led by Jeremy Smith (12 goals, 9 assists), the county's top returning goal scorer.
DeMatha (16-2-2) 3
2 Opens the season against two nationally-ranked teams: Archbishop Curley on Friday and McDonogh (Balt.) on Saturday.
Georgetown Prep (14-2) 2
3 Two-time IAC champion has nine starters back, led by F Anthony Tijero, MF Paul Coyle (Lafayette) and D Fro Adu.
Walter Johnson (13-5) 6
4 The Wildcats have eight seniors back from last year, when they won Maryland 4A West Region title.
Gonzaga (12-5-4) NR
5 Three-year reign in WCAC ended last year. G Paul Benkert, Fs Jimmy Carroll and Danny McLaughlin are back.
Whitman (12-2) 7
6 One of Coach Dave Greene's youngest teams, but it still has talent. Watch Fs Britton Cone and Javy Morales.
Churchill (10-4) NR
7 Missed states last fall, but MF-D Shohei Kawasaki, MF Clifford Goldkind and F Ryan Studner hope to lead Bulldogs back.
Sherwood (12-4-1) 9
8 Last year's entire starting defense, including GK Ryan Hock, is back behind talented scorer Michael Rollings.
Severna Park (10-4-2) NR
9 Versatile senior D Sean Jones transferred from Chesapeake to join four talented returning starters.
Bullis (12-6) NR
10 Talented senior MF Neill Ouska transferred from Landon to join six returning starters.