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South Easton, Mass. – The Adelphi University women’s lacrosse team was picked to finish number one in the Northeast-10 this spring, as voted on by the conference’s 12 head coaches. The Panthers collected 11 of the possible 12 first place votes for 121 points.
Last season, Adelphi (18–0, 4–0 ECC), won the NCAA Division II National Championship. This will be the first season the Panthers will compete in the Northeast-10 Conference.
Stonehill College (10-6, 9-1 NE-10) is slated to finish second in the conference with 101 points, followed closely behind by the University of New Haven (16-4, 9-1 NE-10) in third place with 100 points. Merrimack College (8-8, 7-3 NE-10) is picked to finish fourth with 88 points, while Bentley University (9-9, 7-3 NE-10) finished fifth with 85 points, including the final first place vote.
Southern New Hampshire University (13-5, 8-2 NE-10) finished with 76 points in the sixth place spot, followed by Franklin Pierce University (7-9, 4-6 NE-10) in seventh place and Saint Michael’s College (4-10, 4-6 NE-10) in eighth, with 58 and 48 points, respectively.
Saint Anselm College (5-10, 4-6 NE-10) finished in ninth with 45 points, while the final three spots were separated by only four points. Tenth place finisher, American International College (3-12, 1-9 NE-10) picked up 25 points, while Southern Connecticut State University (1-13, 1-9 NE-10) finished with 23 points in the eleventh place spot and Assumption College (2-11, 1-9 NE-10) rounds out the poll in twelfth position with 22 points.
The first Northeast-10 conference contest of the 2010 season is slated for Monday, March 15 with American International traveling to Southern New Hampshire. The Northeast-10 Championship will begin on Wednesday, May 5 and will conclude on Sunday, May 9 with the championship final.
For more information on the 2010 season visit the Northeast-10 website throughout the season at www.northeast10.org.
With 16 member institutions the Northeast-10 shares the distinction of being the largest Division II conference in the country along with the PSAC and WVIAC. Its 23 championship sports provide athletic opportunities for over 5,500 student-athletes, the largest such program of any Division II conference.
Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Adelphi (11) - 121
2. Stonehill - 101
3. New Haven - 100
4. Merrimack - 88
5. Bentley (1) - 85
6. So. New Hampshire - 76
7. Franklin Pierce - 58
8. Saint Michael's - 48
9. Saint Anselm - 45
10. American Int'l - 25
11. So. Connecticut - 23
12. Assumption - 22