Much focus falls on the goalscorers in lacrosse, and understandably so.
A midfielder or attacker has won every Tewaaraton Award since 2004. The last time a defender won the year-end award, given to college lacrosse's top player, came in 2003 with Princeton's Rachael Becker. On the men's side, a defenseman has never won the Tewaaraton.
Still, defenders play a vital role on New England's college lacrosse teams as they embark on conference supremacy and NCAA tournament berths. From that, New England Lacrosse Journal has highlighted five returning defenders to keep an eye out for in 2019.
Of the five players, expanded upon below in alphabetical order, only one is originally from New England.