Ian Gray, redshirt freshman D

Seth Mackin, freshman LSM

Outlook: The Retrievers overcame a 1-4 start to qualify for the America East tournament but have now gone two straight seasons without a NCAA tournament appearance. An offense headed by Grimm and Jones is a good base, but UMBC's young defense must mature quickly. That unit's progress could be a key for junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen.


Big East Conference

Last season: 11-5, NCAA tournament first round

Coach: Michael Corrado (sixth season, 44-33)

Top returning scorer

Kevin Cunningham, senior A (24 goals, 21 assists)

Other key returnees

Jack Rice, junior A (34, 3)

Will Casertano, junior A (18, 17)

Chris Creighton, senior D (38 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers)

Billy Hurley, junior G (8.33 GAA, .482 save percentage)

Key newcomers

Tyler Holly, freshman SSDM

Christian Kolderup, freshman D

Ryan DeSimone, freshman A

Outlook: The Wildcats have the offense to better last year's record. Returning all six starters on that side of the ball is a significant asset. The mystery is whether the defense can overcome the graduations of long-stick midfielder Brian Karalunas (74 ground balls, 70 caused turnovers) and defenseman Chris Ficke (43, 15). Hurley must also seize the reins and increase his save percentage.