Juniors Erin Nicholas and Grace Getman return to the midfield this year after both playing pivotal roles a year ago. Nicholas, a First Team All-American, helped the Panthers gain possession with a team-high 77 draw controls, including seven in the national semifinal victory. She also ranked among the team leaders in goals (24), ground balls (34) and caused turnovers (24). Getman, a steady midfielder, factored in big during the NCAA Championship game last year, tallying a pair of free-position goals. She scored 19 times last year and dished out seven helpers.
The defensive unit will be led by juniors Addy Mitchell and Emma White, who have both played in all 46 games over their initial two years. Last season, Mitchell earned first team All-American honors for her stellar defensive performance, as she led the NESCAC in ground balls (70) and caused turnovers (44). White earned all-region honors and was tied for fifth in the conference with 42 ground balls, while causing 19 turnovers.