Given the physical nature of college soccer, it's sometimes hard for freshmen to carve out prominent roles early on.
That hurdle, and several others, have been no match for the below 20 players. They've stepped right into starting XIs or key substitute minutes on various Division 1 teams throughout New England.
While there's no guarantee early success will translate into a long-term impact, early indications are positive. Backgrounds in the Development Academy, USL, local prep schools and abroad have prepared them well.
Above all, these 20 players haven't had to wait in the wings for their chance. They've proven from the get-go that they can contribute and then some in D1 soccer.