Coach: Larry Thornton (third year)

Conference: EWC Class: D South

Last year’s record: 9-7, lost in regional semifinals

Returning players: Seniors — Rachel Warren (F/G), Mickenzi Chretien (D) Thea Quick (D), Cassidy Hart (M), Marie Robertson (D); Juniors — Hannah Shields (M), Julia Dow (F), Maggie Bragg (D); Sophomores — Chloe Warren (F), Katy Henderson (F), Deja Bennett, Karen McNeil (D).

Key losses: Kali Litchfield, Abby Fogg, Abi Shields

Promising newcomers: Seniors — Carly Trimm (D), Gabby Damon (M); Sophomores — Molly Bourget (G), Kristen Patenaude (D), Hannah Reyes (F); Freshmen — Rebekah Tilton (F), Cara Merrill (M), Siana Jacobs (F), Kylie Carrier (M), Natali Flores (D), Ashley Gurney (F), Caralee Coburn (F).

What to expect: For a small school, the Bucks have a big team, with a larger roster than Thornton can remember in recent memory. That will help competition among the players, and also allow the Bucks  to roll out plenty of subs. On the attack, Buckfield will be led by Shields, Dow, Henderson, Bennett and Warren. A defense featuring Chretien, Trimm, Bragg, Quick, Merrill and Hart will look to help out new starting goalie Molly Bourget, who Thornton said has been tremendous in the preseason.

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