Sammy Cermack, junior M (24, 11)

Courtney Schweizer, senior M-D (16, 2)

Cosette Larash, senior G

Key newcomers

Jen Cook, sophomore A

Dene' DiMartino, freshman M

Outlook: The Blue Jays took a big hit from graduation, including losing three of their top five scorers, who had 96 goals last season — nearly half the team total. With 11 freshmen, Tucker said, possession will be critical. The Blue Jays have speed and athleticism, and were successful with their pressure on the ride in fall ball, which will be important to gaining more possession. Other keys to improving in one of the nation's toughest conferences are taking care of the ball and finishing. Hopkins returns perhaps its two most important veterans in D'Amore, a versatile player who set the school record for draw controls in a season (74), and Larash (10.57 GAA), who has plenty of experience in the goal.


Big East

Last season: 14-6, NCAA quarterfinalist

Coach: Jen Adams (fifth season, 53-22)

Top returning point-getter: Marlee Paton, junior M (54, 36)

Other key returnees

Annie Thomas, sophomore A (38, 31)

Sydney Thomas, sophomore M (23, 23)

Taryn VanThof, junior M

Key newcomers

Katrina Geiger, freshman M

Maddy Lesher, freshman D

Outlook: The two-time defending Big East champions return a depth of talent on offense, bringing back the players reponsible for all but four of the 367 points they scored last season. The Greyhounds should improve on the draw with the return of VanThof, who sat out last spring with a knee injury. Graduation, however, wiped out their entire defense. Still, veteran midfielders Ashley Moulton and Katherine Reinhard appear ready to move back to line defense and accept leadership roles. Adams is quick to point out that the Greyhounds' offense was written off last preseason after graduating nearly everyone, but it emerged as a powerhouse with All-American Paton leading a handful of talented freshmen.