Sean O'Sullivan, junior M

Nikko Pontrello, freshman A

Outlook: The Greyhounds know they face an uphill battle to get past Denver in the conference. The offense will find out whether Layne and O'Sullivan can help relieve some of the defensive heat Butts felt in the latter half of last year, and a rejuvenated Eric Lusby would be huge for Sawyer. Will junior Michael Bonitatibus or sophomore Jack Runkel get the call to open the season in the net?


Atlantic Coast Conference

Last season: 13-4, national finalist)

Coach: John Tillman (second season, 13-4; fourth season, 33-23)

Top returning scorer

Owen Blye, junior A (19, 14)

Other key returnees

Joe Cummings, senior A (27, 5)

John Haus, junior M (14, 14)

Niko Amato, sophomore G (6.78 GAA, .583 save percentage)

Curtis Holmes, junior F-O (.629 faceoff percentage, 78 ground balls)

Key newcomers

Mike Chanenchuk, junior M

Billy Gribbin, junior A

Taylor Morgan, sophomore LSM

Outlook: The Terps have heard the doubters, who are providing the necessary fuel. No one is saying that replacing the losses on attack and defense will be easy, but the team is deep. If Chanenchuk can develop a chemistry in the midfield, Cummings could find a permanent home at attack. The saving grace for the defense is the presence of Amato.

Mount St. Mary's