Brittany Dashiell

John Carroll graduate Brittany Dashiell is the top returning point-getter for Florida, which reached the national semifinals last season. (Jim Burgess / May 4, 2012)

Projected NCAA seeds

1. Syracuse

Big East Conference

Last season: 19-4, NCAA finalist

Coach: Gary Gait (seventh year, 76-27)

Top returning point-getter: Alyssa Murray, junior A (74 goals, 31 assists)

Other key returnees

Michelle Tumolo, senior A (52, 43)

Becca Block, senior, D

Alyssa Costantino, junior G

Key newcomers

Kayla Treanor, freshman A-M

Erica Bodt, freshman M

Outlook: The Orange reached the NCAA final for the first time in school history last spring where it fell, 8-6, to Northwestern, but it was impressive in rallying from seven goals down to beat Florida in the semifinal. With that tournament experience and 10 starters back, the Orange has what it takes to go one step further. Tumolo, last season's Attacker of the Year, and Murray lead a unit that returns five of its top six scorers. Two goalies — Costantino and Kelsey Richardson — good enough to split time also return. In addition to aiming for the national championship, the Orange wants to take back the Big East tournament title it lost to Loyola last season before moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014.

2. Florida

American Lacrosse Conference

Last season: 19-3, NCAA semifinalist

Coach: Amanda O'Leary (fourth season, 45-15; 18th season overall, 207-80)

Top returning point-getters: Brittany Dashiell, senior M (44, 25); Kitty Cullen, senior A (45, 24);

Other key returnees