Big East Conference Last season: 13-3, NCAA semifinals Coach: Kevin Corrigan (25th season, 230-109; 27th season overall, 240-124) Top returning scorer Jim Marlatt, junior M (19, 12) Other key returnees Sean Rogers, senior A (22, 8) Matt Miller, senior D (30 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers) John Kemp, senior G (6.27 goals-against average, .637 save percentage) Key newcomers Bobby Gray, freshman M Matt Kavanaugh, freshman A Matt Landis, freshman D Outlook: The defense improved from No. 2 in 2011 to No. 1 in 2012. Kemp and Miller should help that unit maintain its sturdy shell against opponents, but the spotlight will be on the offense. If Marlatt (River Hill) and Rogers can help provide consistent production, that would alleviate pressure on the defense.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun