In the midfield, co-captain Jake Madnick returns for his senior season. In 2019, he won 61.8% of his faceoffs (204-330), while scooping up a team and career-high 127 groundballs. Junior Will Brossman had a stellar sophomore campaign, tallying 14 goals and dishing out six assists. Michael McCormack had his best season in 2018 when he finished third for Middlebury in points (44) and goals (30), while recording 14 assists. Rounding out the returning midfielders is senior Frank Cosolito. He has played in 49 of 51 games throughout his three years, and posted career-highs in points (25), goals (16) and assists (9) last season.
The Panthers have some holes to fill defensively, as they lost a three-year starter and an experienced goaltender. Seniors Zeke Emerson, Ben Snow and Alex Farley all return to the defensive unit in 2020. Emerson played in all 17 games last year, scooping up 43 groundballs and causing a team-high 20 turnovers, while Snow racked up 10 caused turnovers and collected 23 groundballs. Farley gained valuable experience a year ago, causing 10 turnovers to go along with seven groundballs over 14 games.
Junior Laurence Jackson is expected to make an impact as a close defenseman after finding his rhythm last season. He played in all 15 games, causing 11 turnovers, picking up 15 groundballs and scoring twice.
In goal, junior Tyler Bass returns after starting in net for the second half of the 2019 season. Starting in seven games, he finished the year ranked fifth in the conference in save percentage (53.9), while stopping 89 shots during 419:48 of play.