4. Maryland

Atlantic Coast Conference

Last season: 19-4, NCAA semifinalist

Coach: Cathy Reese (seventh season, 117-15; 10th season overall, 148-44)

Top returning point-getter: Katie Schwarzmann, senior M (72, 22)

Other key returnees

Alex Aust, senior A (44, 52)

Iliana Sanza, senior D

Kelly McPartland, sophomore, M (39, 9)

Key newcomers

Taylor Cummings, freshman, M

Alice Mercer, freshman, D

Outlook: Coming off their fourth straight final four appearance, the Terps need to fill very few holes. The most significant is in goal, where senior Kasey Howard and sophomore Abbey Clipp likely will battle for the starting spot right up the season opener at Richmond on Sunday. Graduating All-American Karri Ellen Johnson (Broadneck) leaves a hole on the attack and on the draw, but their four other top scorers — Schwarzmann (Century), last spring's Tewaaraton winner; Aust; McPartland and Brooke Griffin (South River) — bring back 195 goals, more than all of the Terps' opponents scored against them last season. The return of junior Beth Glaros (Wilde Lake) from an anterior cruciate ligament tear will also boost the attack. Cummings, the National High School Player of the Year last spring at McDonogh, will play a key role on the draw.

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Johns Hopkins

American Lacrosse Conference

Last season: 9-9

Coach: Janine Tucker (20th season, 210-113)

Top returning point-getter: Taylor D'Amore, junior A (33, 40)

Other key returnees