One of the most intriguing early-season games in the region takes place Thursday, when the women of Boston College bring their 5-1 record across the Charles River to battle Harvard (3-0).
Both talented teams are leaning on first-years in their lineup, particularly Harvard, which essentially is breaking in two highly-touted freshman classes with the Ivy League cancelling last season.
But it’s not just in Chestnut Hill and Cambridge where freshman players have shined. It’s all over the region.
Here is a look at the Best XI freshmen so far this season.