Taylor Cummings, sophomore, M (43, 14)

Beth Glaros, senior M (27, 9)

Kelly McPartland, junior M (25, 20)

Key newcomer

Zoe Stukenberg, freshman M

Outlook: The Terps defeated every team they played last season, including North Carolina twice, but they couldn't quite finish off their third meeting with the Tar Heels, falling a triple-overtime goal short of their 11th NCAA championship. Despite graduating two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Katie Schwarzmann and All-American Alex Aust, who combined for 210 points, the Terps return plenty of talent and experience on offense, especially in Cummings — a freshman All-American — Griffin and Glaros. They may have even more depth than last year, when eight players scored 23 or more goals. Defensively, the Terps will be rebuilding around returning starters Megan Douty and Shanna Brady while Abbey Clipp and Emily Kift compete for playing time in the goal.


3. Syracuse

Atlantic Coast Conference

Last season: 18-4, NCAA semifinalist

Coach: Gary Gait (eighth season, 94-31)

Top returning point-getter: Alyssa Murray, senior A (64, 40)

Other key returnees

Kayla Treanor, sophomore A-M (71, 24)

Katie Webster, senior M (25, 1)

Natalie Glanell, senior D

Key newcomers

Taylor Poplawski, freshman A

Lisa Rogers, sophomore M

Outlook: The Orange, aiming for its fifth trip to the final four in seven years after falling to Maryland 11-10 in last year's semifinals, jump from the Big East to the ACC, adding more strength to what has historically been Division I's toughest conference. With an offense that has scored 46 points in its first two games — wins over Jacksonville and Stetson — Syracuse returns a lot of firepower from an attack that averaged 15.09 goals last season, second in Division I. Murray and Treanor, both Player of the Year contenders, combined for 41 percent of the Orange's goals last season. Defensively, Glanell, Kasey Mock and goalies Kelsey Richardson and Alyssa Costantino lead a unit that gave up just 8.55 goals per game last season.