With Division I games underway around New England, we're placing the spotlight on first-year players who could step into important roles.
While there are seldom guarantees with freshmen, there's also an eagerness to see recruiting "gets" possibly become key contributors. Plus, these freshmen have had longer than normal to adjust to college soccer after local D-I programs didn't compete during the Fall 2020 semester.
In the below rundown, we've highlighted 15 players from various programs who should make an early impact. We couldn't highlight everyone, of course, and there aren't Ivy League players since Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale aren't competing this spring.
We've also included a few honorable mentions, a collection of players who just missed the cutoff. Nearly every D-I program around New England is represented.