**Graduation hit the defense the hardest. In addition to losing all three starting close defensemen in Blake Russell (41 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers), Andrew Foster (26 GB, 18 CT) and Nathan Cain (18 GB, 33 CT), the unit also bade farewell to long-stick midfielder Ethan Haddaway (34 GB, 16 CT) and short-stick defensive midfielder Stefan Schultz (8 GB, 3 CT). Junior and Stevenson transfer Cory Hill, who played in two games before suffering a ruptured spleen, and sophomores Michael Koropsak (11 GB, 8 CT), Peter Cost (13 GB, 5 CT), Logan Winn (10 GB, 4 CT) and C.J. Young, a South Carroll graduate who took the year off, are candidates for the close defense roles. Winn – who split time with Haddaway – Young and sophomore Tucker Corrigan (6 GB, 2 CT) can play long-stick midfielder, while freshman Jeremy Buckler (12 GB) is poised to join sophomore Jaryd Hartzell (39 GB, 6 CT) as the starting short-stick defensive midfielders.