Davey Emala, junior A

Ryan Kilpatrick, freshman LSM

Outlook: Is there such a thing as too much talent? The Tar Heels are about to find out as McBride and Emala — transfers from Princeton and Georgetown, respectively — add to a crowded attack. Holman and Wood could shift to midfield, which also includes senior Jimmy Dunster (13, 8) and sophomore Pat Foster. It will be up to Rastivo and the defense to fulfill their end of the bargain.

Notre Dame

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)

Key newcomers

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?

Syracuse