Personnel changes: The program graduated 18 seniors, including its entire starting attack of Cannone (Division III's Outstanding Attackman of the Year who posted 63 goals and 67 assists), Krum (67 G, 23 A) and Mendes (33 G, 22 A). Sophomore Rhett DePol (9 G, 8 A) and junior Matt Pierotti appear poised to step into a starting role, but do the Sea Gulls have enough in the cupboard to reload? "We definitely have a little offense to replace, but we have some guys that have been waiting that are pretty good and we have some pretty good new guys coming in, especially at midfield," Berkman said. "So it's going to be an exciting year to coach because a lot of people have to prove themselves and we're really going to have to coach them up next year." … The team also said farewell to Bradman, the national player of the year and the Outstanding Midfielder of the Year who amassed 71 goals and 28 assists and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player for the second year in a row. Berkman is confident that he will find the talent to replenish the unit, but also acknowledged that much of the scoring burden will be on junior Ryan Clarke (35 G, 29 A). "He's a kid who wanted to be the man last year at times," Berkman said. "When you look at returners, he's definitely one of the top five players in the country returning for Division III, that's for sure." … Sellers' departure saps the team of its top shutdown defenseman (and 53 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers). But Berkman is encouraged by the progress that Smith (63 GB, 50 CT) and Sherr (20 GB, 11 CT) made and likes what he saw from freshman Knute Kraus (18 GB, 9 CT). "He's a very athletic lefty and is right there," Berkman said of Kraus. "And he's a big kid – about 6-4, 200 pounds. So with him and Smith (6-4, 210) and Sherr (6-2, 200), we're going to have a D-1 size defense. So I think we should be pretty solid on close defense. [Junior Brett] Baer is waiting right there at long stick. And we've got a few guys coming in that are going to help out a lot, too."