Broadneck was one of the area's most improved teams last fall, going 10-5-1 under first-year coach John Camm, and the return of senior F Ali Flury (19 goals) and MFs Alexcia Niumatalolo and Kelly Jacques should allow the Bruins to contend for Anne Arundel County and Maryland 4A titles. Quince Orchard could also challenge for area supremacy with the return of seven starters. . . .
Bowie hopes to repeat as Prince George's 4A champion this season with a strong defense led by sweeper Julie Jacobs. . . .
In Howard County, Glenelg features three players who scored at least six goals last year, led by junior F Amanda Feaga (13 goals, four assists). . . . Chopticon could be a surprise team in the SMAC behind MF LeAnne Edgar (10 goals, nine assists). . . .
Spalding returns eight starters and should be in the mix to win its first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title. . . .
Tuscarora captured the Maryland 1A title in its first season of varsity play last fall despite the school not having a senior class. The Titans should be a major contender to win the 3A crown this year with 15 players back. . . .
St. John's hopes to win its first-ever Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title with a starting lineup that is more than 50 percent underclassmen. . . . A quartet of seniors, MF Kelly Semko, F-D Jackie Mohay and Ds Kelly Grant and Ally Armellino should keep Paul VI Catholic near the top of the WCAC. . . .
MFs Melissa Krnjaic and Adrian Lerner are back to lead a strong National Cathedral team that should vie for the ISL title.
-- Jon Gallo and Charlie Moss