New Haven the Favorite in Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll


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August 18, 2011

South Easton, Mass. – The University of New Haven received six of the nine possible first-place votes to take the top spot in the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Football Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Chargers narrowly held off Southern Connecticut State University, tallying just one more point than the Owls, 59-58, in the overall voting. So. Connecticut received two first-place nods. 

New Haven (8-2, 6-2 NE-10) and So. Connecticut (6-4, 6-2 NE-10) were two of four teams to tie for the best record in the NE-10 a year ago. The two teams will square off on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m at Jess Dow Field in New Haven, Conn.

Merrimack College (4-6, 4-4 NE-10) received the other first-place vote, and had 47 points to finish third in this year's voting after a fourth-place conference finish in 2010.

Meanwhile, Bentley University (6-4, 6-2 NE-10) finished in the fourth spot with 43 points, a mere one point ahead of fifth-place American International College (6-4, 6-2 NE-10). Bentley and American Int'l were the other two teams to tie for the best NE-10 record last season.

Assumption College (6-5, 3-5 NE-10) sits in the sixth position with 28 points, while Stonehill College (5-5, 3-5 NE-10) garnered 23 points in the poll for the seventh spot. Saint Anselm College (2-8, 2-6 NE-10) and Pace University (0-9, 0-7 NE-10) rounded out the voting with 16 and 8 points, respectively.

Non-conference play begins on Thursday, September 1 before NE-10 action kicks off on Friday, Sept. 16 with Stonehill hosting Bentley. Three more conference matchups are set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 17.

2011 Northeast-10 Football Preseason Coaches' Poll

  1. New Haven (6) – 59
  2. So. Connecticut (2) – 58
  3. Merrimack (1) – 47
  4. Bentley – 43
  5. American Int'l – 42
  6. Assumption – 28
  7. Stonehill – 23
  8. Saint Anselm – 16
  9. Pace – 8

( ) – Denotes first-place votes

The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that are committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 6,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes. 

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