Roster turnover is an inherent part of col­lege sports. Players grad­uate, transfer, turn pro. And yet the drive to win endures, no matter the name on the back of the sweater.

The field hockey team is a per­fect example. Last season’s top two scorers potted 42 of the squad’s 62 tal­lies, leading the Huskies to their second con­sec­u­tive NCAA Tour­na­ment berth. The goal­keeper earned First Team All-​​Colonial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion honors, posting a 1.66 goals against average and .729 save percentage.

None of them is with the club this season—the goalie grad­u­ated, the leading scorer con­cluded her eli­gi­bility, and the No. 2 sniper opted to con­tinue her field hockey career in Ire­land. But the Huskies must play on, begin­ning with the reg­ular season opener on Aug. 30 at the team’s new facility in Dedham, Mass.

The 2013 roster com­prises 23 players, 11 of them freshmen. The Huskies will need more than a few of them to step up in order reach the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment for the fourth con­sec­u­tive season.

While the team lacks players who have scored more than a couple col­le­giate goals, head coach Cheryl Murtagh isn’t con­cerned. In place of stars, she said, they have depth. “We’ll be more bal­anced this year,” said Murtagh, who has led her squad to 16 NCAA Tour­na­ment appear­ances in 25 sea­sons. “We have sev­eral players who can score.”

She pointed in par­tic­ular to two freshman forwards—New York native Emma Lamison and Emmy Zwe­serijn of the Nether­lands. “They’re both strong and have good skills,” Murtagh explained. “They’re really tough in the circle and have pow­erful shots.”

Lindsay Bennett, right, is looking forward to playing with her new teammates.

Lindsay Ben­nett, right, is looking for­ward to playing with her new teammates.

Co-​​captain Lindsay Ben­nett, who ranked third on last year’s team with five goals and 21 points, agreed with her coach’s assess­ment of the offense. “Some of the new players have very hard shots and great accuracy,” Bennett observed. “The freshmen interact with the ball a lot and bring a great energy to the team.”

The same could be said of the trio of goal­keepers, all of whom are vying for the starting role. Becky Garner, a freshman from Eng­land, is locked in a three-​​way battle with red­shirt juniors Tameka Geaslen and Cara Ahlgrim, both of whom played spar­ingly last season.

They’re all working tremen­dously hard and get­ting extra reps in after prac­tice,” Ben­nett said. “They bring a new edge of com­petive­ness to the position.”

Aside from raw talent, the Huskies have one big intan­gible in their corner: the schedule. Eleven of the team’s 19 reg­ular season games will be played at their new home in Dedham. Last season the Huskies prac­ticed in Waltham and played home games in Cam­bridge and Chestnut Hill, making it dif­fi­cult to estab­lish a rhythm.

The quality of our prac­tices [at the new facility] is so much better,” Murtagh said. “We’re not rushed in and out and we’re able to show video and have team meet­ings there.”

We hope it will have an imme­diate impact on the pro­gram and a long-​​term impact on the suc­cess of the team,” she added.