Coach: B.J. Johnson (second season)

Top returning point-getter: Jen Semler, senior A (38, 15)

Other key returnees

Nicole Price, senior A (37, 8)

Esther Rufolo, senior M (35, 6)

Meaghan Conlon, senior, M (9, 3)

Brigid McTavish, senior G

Key newcomer

Melissa Cox, freshman D

Outlook: For Johnson, who took over the program in January 2011, having a full preseason with her team felt like a luxury. With only three players graduating from last year's team, she has plenty of veterans and plenty of potential for improvement in their game and their record. Look for a stronger, deeper midfield which should give the Mountaineers more flexibility in their attack and their transition game. With so little time to prepare last season, Johnson said her team was one dimensional. A year later, they're better able to adapt on the field and take on new roles. The Mountaineers were picked by the NEC coaches to finish third, but they often surpass expectations as they did last year when the beat Sacred Heart in the final game of the season to clinch a tournament playoff berth and went on to the title game.



Patriot League

Last season: 15-6, NCAA first round

Coach: Cindy Timchal (fifth season, 58-19; 30th season overall, 394-105)

Top returning point-getter: Jasmine DePompeo, junior A (57, 42)

Other key returnees

Kathy Young, junior M (46, 8)

Aimee Gennaro sophomore A (53, 14)

Kierstin King, senior D