Coaches: Amy Appelt, Tony Giro (first full season)

Top returning point-getter: Lindsay Cox, senior M (42, 8)

Other key returnees

Jamie Fahey, senior D

Abby Wilson, sophomore A (22, 7)

Kristen Bilney, junior M (23, 2)

Top newcomers

Alyssa Semones, sophomore M

Mary Milligan, junior M

Outlook: Appelt and Giro coached two games last season after the abrupt departure of Kelly Berger, and now the former assistants take over as the only head coaching duo in women's college lacrosse. Their first goal will be boosting the offensive production after losing nearly 50 percent of their scoring. The Retrievers, who lost three one-goal games last spring — including two in the America East — scored only one goal fewer than their opponents over the season. While holding opponents to 9.94 goals per game should be good enough to produce a winning season, scoring 9.94 isn't. Look for more assisted goals and a more dynamic offense from a young but eager attack.

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