Atholton Raiders

Coach: Josh Bound (third season).

Last year: 3-10 overall, 1-8 Howard County.

Last year in playoffs: Lost to Glenelg, 7-5, in Maryland 2A/1A North Region quarterfinals.

Last state semifinal appearance: None.

Last state title: None.

Fast fact: The Raiders haven't been .500 in the county since 1994, but senior Mike Dunn (55 points last season) could help change that.

Centennial Eagles

Coach: Mike Siegert (26th season).

Last year: 17-2 overall, 9-0 Howard County.

Last year in playoffs: Defeated Southern, 16-6, to claim Maryland 2A/1A championship.

Last state semifinal appearance: 2002.

Last state title: 2002.

Fast fact: The Eagles' return five offensive starters from their state championship squad, including all-county picks Evan Calvert, Mike Down and Sean Dougherty.

Chapelgate Christian

Yellow Jackets

Coach: Darrel Drown (fourth season).

Last year: 15-6 overall, 8-2 MIAA C.

Last year in playoffs: Defeated Cardinal Gibbons, 9-6, to claim MIAA C Conference title.

Last conference title: 2002.

Fast fact: The Yellow Jackets have one senior but 21 juniors and sophomores, including leading returning goal scorer Tim Sandusky (20 goals, 23 assists), a junior midfielder.

Glenelg Gladiators

Coach: Mike Williams (first season).

Last year: 12-5 overall, 7-2 Howard county.

Last year in playoffs: Lost to Centennial, 16-5, in Maryland 2A/1A North Region final.

Last state semifinal appearance: 2000.

Last state title: None.

Fast fact: Williams, Glenelg's athletic director, was the school's first lacrosse coach in 1975 and returns after a 22-year layoff.

Glenelg Country Dragons

Coach: Tom Marechek (sixth season).

Last year: 7-7 overall, 5-5 MIAA C.

Last year in playoffs: Lost to Cardinal Gibbons, 16-3, in MIAA C Conference semifinals.

Last conference title: None.

Fast fact: Junior Paul Johnsen, a transfer from Hammond, should bolster the Dragons' attack with his left-handed shot.

Hammond Golden Bears

Coach: Dave Griffin (sixth season).

Last year: 12-4 overall, 6-3 Howard County.

Last year in playoffs: Lost to Mount Hebron, 11-9, in Maryland 3A/2A North Region final.

Last state semifinal appearance: 1991.

Last state title: None.

Fast fact: The Golden Bears' 12-4 record was its best ever, but 17 seniors have graduated, leaving senior goalie Joe Wasserkrug as the only returning starter.

Howard Lions

Coach: Wendell Thomas (third season).

Last year: 6-10 overall, 2-7 Howard County.

Last year in playoffs: Lost to Glenelg in Maryland 3A/2A North Region semifinals.

Last state semifinal appearance: 1990.

Last state title: None.

Fast fact: The Lions' 13-12 win over Atholton last season was the team's first county victory in four seasons.

Long Reach Lightning

Coach: Frank Valenza (first season).

Last year: 0-14, 0-9 Howard County.

Last year in playoffs: Lost to River Hill in first round of Maryland 3A/2A North Region tournament.

Last state semifinal appearance: None.

Last state title: None.

Fast fact: Longtime Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid is an assistant coach under Valenza, a former assistant at Randallstown and Meade.

Mount Hebron Vikings

Coach: Tom Minard (second season).

Last year: 13-5 overall, 8-1 Howard County.

Last year in playoffs: Defeated Annapolis, 18-9, in Maryland 3A/2A title game.

Last state semifinal appearance: 2002.

Last state title: 2002.

Fast fact: Senior goalkeeper Will Sepich is the lone returning starter from the Vikings' state championship squad.

Oakland Mills Scorpions

Coach: Ken Hovet (10th season).

Last year: 6-9 overall, 4-5 Howard County.

Last year in playoffs: Lost to Centennial, 12-7, in Maryland 2A/1A North Region quarterfinals.

Last state semifinal appearance: 1995.

Last state title: None.

Fast fact: Eight starters return for the Scorpions, who suffered their first losing season in 11 years.

River Hill Hawks

Coach: Keith Gonsouland (third season).

Last year: 8-8 overall, 5-4 Howard County.

Last year in playoffs: Lost to Hammond, 14-3, in Maryland 3A/2A North Region quarterfinals.

Last state semifinal appearance: None.

Last state title: None.

Fast fact: The Hawks' .500 season was the first non-winning season at River Hill since the team was 6-7 in 1998.

Wilde Lake Wildecats

Coach: Todd Thelan (third season).

Last year: 7-7 overall, 4-5 Howard County.

Last year in playoffs: Lost to Liberty in first round of Maryland 3A/2A North Region tournament.

Last state semifinal appearance: None.

Last state title: None.

Fast fact: The Wildecats had their best season last year since 1987, when Thelan was a senior at Wilde Lake.

Centennial's Evan Calvert, left, an all-county pick last year, chases after Pat Davis during practice. The Eagles had an undefeated 2002 season in the county.