While we still have some celebrating to do this year, several of you faithful(!) UNC fans have already enthused with great confidence about the 2013 season. Let's have at it here! In my view, the line up next year is WIDE OPEN! In my mind there are only 4 for-sure starters coming from the 2012 championship team. Only Dunn, Ohai, Bowen, and Green are locks. The rest of the line up will take all season to finally get figured out. There are so many choices and so many unknowns. The talent will be there, but it will take near genius coaching to make sense of all of the permutations possible and the experimenting will likely still be going on late into November. Simplistically, based on how we ended up in 2012 and replacing the three seniors with national team players, the following would be a logical line-up for 2013: Goal: Haeberlin Backs: Murray, Ball, Gardener Holding MF: Boyles Midfield: Bowen, Dunn, Morris Forwards: Green, Bruder, Ohai And it may turn out that way, but I doubt it! Consider the possibilities and quandries: (1) While Haeberlin is probable in the goal, she will be challenged by Seiloff and Harris, who may surprise everyone. (2) Will Brigman make it back to her accustomed spot in the starting line-up? Who would she displace? Will she end up in the back line or at holding mid? Might Bowen end up at center back and will we go to a flat 4? But will Katie just stay at right half where here stamina and speed were great this year or go to holding mid? (3) Will Romero or Ramirez blossom at defense and displace Murray, Ball, or Gardener? (4) Who will get the holding mid slot? Boyles, Brigman, Gardener, and Bowen are all prime candidates. (5) Dunn has said that her preferred position is left wing. Will she finally get it, or given that she is SO effective at attacking mid working with Ohai, will she have to stay at attacking mid? If Crystal goes left, will that displace Meg Morris? If so, would Dreisse get the nod at attacking mid? How will international Michelle Clemente fit in next year? (6) The center forward slot is totally up for grabs. Emily Bruder is in the same mold as Indi Cowie.. big (5'9") strong and determined, but would either of these forwards fit in Anson's running pressure defense? And will a healthy Reilly Parker challenge for a starting role? (7) And then there are the unknowns who may be surprising everyone. Jessica Holmes may be hard to keep off the field and her motor and wheels fits AD's pressure scheme well. Same with Maya Worth. Jenny Chiu will get some PT -but how much and where? And I personally look for Darcy McFarlane to be even stronger than her big sister. And my God...Amanda Rooney and Cameron Castleberry are ranked as two of the top 75 players in the country. How will they show up? (And I can't even figure out Firstenberg, O'Halloran, and Bill -the latter being primarily a lacross player- but any one could surprise.) (8) With the fabulous class of Dunn, Ohai, Morris, Seiloff, etc graduating and only a very small class coming in 2014, how many red shirts will we have in 2013 looking to make a splash the next season? (9) And what of the 2012 super subs (Brooke Elby, Kelly McFarlane, Kat Nigro, and Bianca Gray)? Will one or more of them step it up to starting status? In may ways, the puzzle is more daunting than it was this year. The 2013 season should be very interesting and exciting!