Patriot League Last season: 11-5, NCAA first round Coach: Charley Toomey (ninth season, 75-40) Top returning point-getter: Justin Ward, senior A (27, 35) Other key returnees Nikko Pontrello, junior A (16, 19) Joe Fletcher, senior D (64 ground balls, 17 caused turnovers) Jack Runkel, senior GK (8.75 goals-against average, .536 save percentage) Key newcomers Jack Carrigan, freshman D Brian Sherlock, freshman M Romar Dennis, freshman M Outlook: Sophomore attackman Zach Herreweyers' ineligibility will sting, but Ward and Pontrello should pace an offense that must replace its entire first midfield. Redshirt freshman Brian Sherlock and sophomore Jeff Chase could fill that void, but their inexperience could be a factor. The defense is in good hands with Fletcher, Runkel and junior defenseman Pat Frazier (24 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers).
Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun
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