2012 record: 7-6, missed NCAA tournament.
Coach: Kevin Warne, first season.
Key players back: A-MF Brian Casey, Sr. (20 goals, 15 assists last season); A-MF Travis Comeau, Sr. (72 career goals); D Chris Nourse, Sr. (1.62 caused turnovers per game).
Data: Warne was defensive coordinator at Maryland the past two seasons. He takes over for Hall of Fame Coach Dave Urick, who retired in the summer having not had a losing season in 33 years at Georgetown and Hobart. Warne’s calling card is a hard-working, emotional defense. The offense has accomplished passers in Casey and juniors Zac Guy (18 assists) and Jeff Fountain. Meantime, the roster has 36 players, down from 45 listed in the program for Georgetown’s fall tournament.
2012 record: 12-6, reached NCAA title game.
Coach: John Tillman, third season (26-11 at Maryland, 46-30 overall).
Key players back: LSM Jesse Bernhardt, Sr. (60 groundballs, 33 caused turnovers); A Owen Blye, Sr. (20 goals, 20 assists); A-MF Kevin Cooper, Sr. (three goals, three assists in season opener).
Data: The Terrapins have a “look for best shot, not first shot” mantra on offense. It may not be fun, but it is effective: Last year’s 31.8 percent shooting percentage was the program’s highest since 1998 (34.5 percent). The offense has it all: passers, left-handed shooters, right-handed shooters and strong dodgers. The defense is talented and returns two starters. The defensive midfield is a strength: It features Bernhardt and short-stick defenders Brian Cooper, a junior, and Landon Carr, a senior. Cooper started on close defense last year.
2012 record: 6-6, missed NCAA tournament.
Coach: Rick Sowell, second season (7-6 at Navy, 93-87 overall).
Key players back: A Tucker Hull, Jr. (23 goals, 24 assists); A Sam Jones, Jr. (18 goals, 13 assists); LSM Pat Kiernan, Jr. (36 groundballs, 14 caused turnovers).
Data: The Midshipmen opened the season by taking 58 shots in a 20-7 win over VMI last Saturday, the most goals and shots for Navy since 2004. The junior class includes all three starting attackmen, a starting midfielder, a likely starting defenseman and Kiernan, the team MVP last year. No one on the roster has beaten Army except senior short-stick defender Brye French — and he did so as a starting linebacker in football. The second midfield looked to be a weak spot but was on the field for at least seven goals in the opener.
2012 record: 12-4, lost in NCAA quarterfinals.
Coach: Dom Starsia, 21st season (240-76 at Virginia, 341-122 overall).
Key players back: MF Rob Emery, Jr. (24 goals); MF Chris LaPierre, Sr. (six points, 63 groundballs); MF Ryan Tucker, Soph. (13 goals).
Data: The Cavaliers will play up-tempo with one of the best starting midfields in the game. In particular, LaPierre was the No. 2 overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse draft and Tucker has had a shot clocked at 103 mph. Expect junior A Nick O’Reilly to run the offense. Freshman Dan Marino is starting in goal; since the NCAA tournament began in 1971, only six teams have won the NCAA title with a true freshman starting in goal. Virginia’s preseason scrimmages were a 12-7 win over Navy and a 13-6 win over Georgetown.