Davey Emala, junior A
Ryan Kilpatrick, freshman LSM
Big East Conference
Last season: 11-3, NCAA quarterfinalist
Coach: Kevin Corrigan (24th season, 217-106; 26th season, 227-121)
Top returning scorer
Sean Rogers, senior A (18, 7)
Other key returnees
Max Pfeifer, senior M (9, 8)
Kevin Randall, senior D (10 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers)
Bobby Smith, senior LSM (18 ground balls, 8 caused turnovers)
John Kemp, junior G (6.60 GAA, .602 save percentage)
Conor Doyle, freshman A
Henry Williams, freshman LSM
Jack Near Jr., freshman M
Outlook: A defense that ranked second in the nation in goals allowed in 2011 figures to be the foundation again this season. Kemp, Randall and Smith will anchor the unit, which lost a projected starter in senior defenseman Jake Brems (18 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers) to a season-ending knee injury. Can the Fighting Irish ignite some offense from an overlooked attack unit?
Division I men's college lacrosse team previews
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