E.O. Smith (Storrs)
Top players: Mike Goepfert, jr. F; Scott Meisenhelder, sr. F; Mike Paglione, so. F; Tim Clark, so. D; Dan Boothroyd, jr. F; Matt Robinson, sr. G.
Outlook: Can be a contender, with good depth on offense led by Goepfert (17 goals, 11 assists). Clark, a plus-17 last season, leads the defense.
Coach: Frank Genovese 2001-2002: 21-4
Top players: T.J. Furey, sr. F; Joe Cotnoir, sr. F; Paul Howarth, sr. D; Matt Murkowicz, jr. D; Jon Madsen, jr. D; Ross Pieper, jr. D.
Outlook: Lost nine lettermen, so depth is a concern. But the Falcons have key players back to be competitive with the top teams in the league.
Coach: Paul Lombardo 2001-2002: 5-15
Top players: Mike Sapienza, sr. F; Gordon Holmes, sr. D; Matt Conyers, sr. F.
Outlook: Inexperienced team, with 21 of the 25 freshmen or sophomores. Sapienza (nine goals, 11 assists) leads the offense and Holmes (seven points) the defense.
Coach: David Harackiewicz 2001-2002: 15-7-1
Top players: Ross Grubin, sr. F; Tim Hanbury, sr. F; Steve Ploszay, sr. G; Tim Malinosky, sr. D; Scott Cruff, jr. F; Kevin Medeiros, fr. F; Dave Windish, jr. F; Justin Prange, sr. D.
Outlook: The team to beat again, led by All-Courant pick Grubin (31 goals, 27 assists), Hanbury (19, 10) and Ploszay (2.28 goals-against average). Will need to be better on the defensive end of the ice to achieve toughest goals.
Coach: Christian Stevenson 2001-2002: 7-12-1