FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2012
SOUTH EASTON, Mass. – The University of
New Haven received seven first-place votes en route to the top spot
in the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Football Coaches’
Preseason Poll, receiving 63 points overall in the voting.
New Haven, which went 11-2 and 8-0 in Northeast-10 Conference play a year ago, advanced all the way to the national quarterfinals last season before falling to Winston-Salem State University, 27-7. The Chargers were also selected No. 13 nationally in the 2012 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Preseason Division II Coaches' Poll.
Southern Connecticut State University (7-3, 6-2 NE-10) finished second in the voting among Northeast-10 head coaches with 53 points and one-first place vote, while American International College (6-4, 5-3 NE-10) came in third by a narrow margin with 50 points. The Yellow Jackets also received one first-place tally.
Bentley University (6-4, 5-3 NE-10) and Merrimack College (6-4, 5-3 NE-10) finished in a tie for fourth place with 41 points apiece in the voting.
Rounding out the poll was Assumption College (4-6, 3-5 NE-10) with 29 points, Stonehill College (4-7, 3-5 NE-10) with 24 points, Saint Anselm College (1-9, 1-7 NE-10) with 15 points and Pace University (1-9, 0-8 NE-10) with eight points.
The 2012 campaign will serve as the inaugural season of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship in the sport of football, set for November 10 with the top seed hosting the second seed. On the same date, the team that finishes third during the regular season will play host to the sixth-place school, the fourth-place finisher will host the seventh-place finisher, and the fifth-place squad will take on the eighth-place team.
In addition, Stonehill will host New Haven on Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. in a nationally televised game, which will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports Network.
To view the complete poll results, please see below.
The Northeast-10 Conference is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 6,000 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 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.
2012 Northeast-10 Football Coaches Preseason Poll
1. New Haven – 63 (7)
2. Southern Connecticut – 53 (1)
3. American International – 50 (1)
T4. Bentley – 41
T4. Merrimack – 41
6. Assumption – 29
7. Stonehill – 24
8. Saint Anselm – 15
9. Pace – 8
() - indicates first-place votes