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Aug, 15, 2018 — NCAA Division I preview

AL’S FEARLESS 5IVE
Connecticut
Louisville

Maryland
North Carolina
Old Dominion

CONNECTICUT — One year ago, it was UConn holding aloft the wood and acrylic plaque with the gold NCAA emblem on it … the graduation of Charlotte Veitner poses a problem: who will score goals for the Huskies? … A number of young players can fill in nicely, including sophomore Jessica Dembrowski … Goalkeeping should be an interesting phase of the team; UConn’s Cheyenne Sprecher and Abby Lucas have exactly 10 minutes of varsity experience between them

LOUISVILLE — The buzz around Trager Stadium surrounds goalie Ayeisha McFerren, and why not? Her World Cup heroics with Ireland have some in the hockey world calling her the finest female goalkeeper on the planet … Taylor Stone (seven goals) is the team’s leading returning scorer, but there are a couple of first-year players to watch … Mackenzie Karl is a thinking, moving player who had a stick in her hand when she was an infant … Katie Schneider is from the West Coast’s best scholastic program, San Diego Serra (Calif.), and has opted to skip her senior year at Serra to enroll at Louisville a year early, a rare move

MARYLAND — The Terps have an incredibly talented sophomore group, including Kyler Greenwalt and Brooke Deberdine … Mayv Clune has been around the team for a year and a half, but will be making her first appearance this fall after a grayshirt her senior year of high school and a redshirt last year … Linnea Gonzalez is a smooth, fluid player who has scored exactly 10 goals all three years on the team; this should be her breakout season

NORTH CAROLINA — The leading scorer for the United States at the 2018 FIH Women’s World Cup, freshman Erin Matson, joins the team after two years training full-time away from her high-school team … Joins fellow Team USA player Ashley Hoffman on a loaded, and determined, roster … Malin Evert will lead the attack along with Matson and sophomores Meredith Sholder and Cassie Sumfest … watch for freshmen Riley Fulmer and Abby Pitcairn as well

OLD DOMINION — The one team with the most illustrative history in NCAA Division I field hockey has not been to the big dance since 2013. That should change this year … Erin Huffman (12 goals) returns for the Monarchs, but a maturing group of returnees including Alexa Ostoich and Rebecca Birch should solidify the team … Lacey Frazier and Kealsie Robles split goalkeeping duties a year ago; will the coaching staff try to go with a true No. 1? … Monarchs also return fullback Marlee McClendon, who was lost for 2017 with a lower-body injury

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