Franklin Pierce, Southern New Hampshire Share Top Spot in Northeast-10 Men’s Soccer Poll
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2012
Two schools finish tied in preseason vote among
head coaches, receive six first-place votes apiece
SOUTH EASTON, Mass. – Franklin Pierce University and Southern New Hampshire University finished tied for first place in the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, it was announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Both schools received 161 points and six first-place votes in the poll.
No. 7 Franklin Pierce's only loss last season came in the national semifinals against Lynn University in Pensacola, Fla., finishing 21-1-1 overall and 12-0-1 in Northeast-10 play.
No. 13 So. New Hampshire went 18-4 last season and 11-2 in conference action, but lost on three different occasions to Franklin Pierce. The Ravens claimed victory in the lone regular-season matchup, 2-1, and also knocked off the Penmen in the Northeast-10 Championship and the NCAA national quarterfinal. Both contests were 1-0 finals.
The two teams will square off on Saturday, September 15 at Franklin Pierce in Rindge, N.H. (7:00 p.m.).
The University of Massachusetts Lowell (11-7, 9-4 NE-10) finished third with 141 points and a pair of first-place votes in the poll, while Le Moyne College (11-8-1, 9-4 NE-10) came in fourth with 126 points. Southern Connecticut State University (8-8-1, 7-5-1 NE-10) finished in fifth place with 122 points.
Rounding out the top 10 was Merrimack College (9-7-3, 7-5-1 NE-10) with 113 points, Bentley University (9-7-2, 7-5-1 NE-10) with 107 points, American International College (5-10-3, 4-7-2 NE-10) with 68 points, Stonehill College (10-9, 7-6 NE-10) with 56 points, and the University of New Haven (5-9-3, 4-8-1 NE-10) with 55 points.
The remainder of the poll included Saint Anselm College (6-10-2, 3-9-1 NE-10) with 54 points, Saint Michael's College (5-10-2, 3-9-1 NE-10) with 52 points, Assumption College (3-10-1, 3-9-1 NE-10) with 42 points, and The College of Saint Rose (1-16, 0-13 NE-10) with 16 points.
For the complete results of the poll, 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 Conference Men's Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll
T1. Franklin Pierce – 161 (6)
T1. Southern New Hampshire – 161 (6)
3. UMass Lowell – 141 (2)
4. Le Moyne – 126
5. Southern Connecticut – 122
6. Merrimack – 113
7. Bentley – 107
8. American International – 68
9. Stonehill – 56
10. New Haven – 55
11. Saint Anselm – 54
12. Saint Michael's – 52
13. Assumption – 42
14. Saint Rose – 16
( ) - first-place votes in parentheses