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4. Duke

Atlantic Coast Conference

Last season: 14-6, NCAA quarterfinals

Coach: Kerstin Kimel (19th season at Duke, 230-110; 20th season overall, 234-118)

Top returning point-getter: Kerrin Mauer, junior A (35, 35)

Other key returnees

Taylor Virden, senior D

Maddy Morrissey, senior M (20, 4)

Taylor Trimble, junior M (37, 5)

Top newcomers

Isabelle Montagne, freshman D

Maura Schwitter, freshman M-D

Outlook: The Blue Devils got off to a quick start last season, but stumbled a bit in April, especially in a first-round loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament. Many of the nine returning starters have played significant roles since they were freshmen. With talent, experience and depth up and down the field, the Blue Devils could be poised to get past the NCAA quarterfinals, in which they fell to Maryland last season. With Mauer, Trimble and Virden — an All-American — Duke has leadership in each unit. The defense looks exceptionally strong, backed by sophomore goalie Kelsey Duryea, who earned second-team All-America honors last season and is the program's first freshman All-American.

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Others in Maryland

Johns Hopkins

American Lacrosse Conference

Last season: 10-7

Coach: Janine Tucker (21st season, 220-120)