Aimee Gennaro, junior A (52, 4)
Lizzy Rullan, freshman D
Outlook: For most teams, it doesn't get much better than returning 10 starters, including the top scorer and a goalie who came on strong at the end of the previous season. The Midshipmen run with that into a season in which they aim for their fourth straight Patriot League title. The top four returning scorers bring back 207 goals, so the offense looks as solid as ever. On defense, goalie Michelle Verbeeck allowed just 8.15 goals per game, but Navy has to revamp a defense that lost two all-conference players. The key for the Midshipmen will be to continue to build and to stay consistent as they aim for a fouth straight NCAA tournament bid.
Colonial Athletic Association
Last season: 16-4, NCAA first round
Coach: Sonia LaMonica (third season, 27-11; fourth season overall, 35-20)
Top returning point-getter: Ashleigh Rohrback, junior A (27, 22)
Other key returnees
Kelly Custer, senior M (35, 9)
Alexa Demski, senior D
Ashley Waldron, senior M (23, 2)
Laura Zinkand, senior, D
Breanna Hamm, freshman, D-M
Outlook: The Tigers won eight one-goal games last season, including both CAA tournament games, and that says a lot about a defense that should again be strong, but it also says something about an offense that LaMonica would like to change. She would prefer to see a more prolific attack take pressure off the defense. The offensive players who have been with LaMonica for a few years have been groomed to be more free-thinking and up-tempo, and that should pay off a bit more this season. The Tigers, who return nine starters, will have a new goalie, likely sophomore Kelsea Donnelly. After a perfect run through the CAA last season, they are favored to win the conference title for the third straight year.
America East Conference
Last season: 8-9