Reason for optimism: A defense that finished 2011 allowing an average of 8.2 goals, which ranked 15th in Division I, returns of a pair of starters in sophomore John Fennessy and senior John Kenyon. Finding replacements to fill the voids created by the graduation of defenseman Marc Ingerman and short-stick defensive midfielder Peter Mezzanotte will be a priority, but Nadelen said the zone defense – a staple last season for several teams, including national champion Virginia – will remain a fixture of the unit's schemes. "Zone defense, I think, is a good thing to always have in your repertoire as a defense," he said. "It just causes an offense to change things up at times. So I think a zone defense is always going to be in the mix here at Towson, and we can utilize it at any time."