FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2015
Hawks Picked to Repeat as NE-10 Champions
MANSFIELD, Mass. – The defending Northeast-10 Champion Saint Anselm Hawks were selected as the preseason favorites by the league's head coaches, as the NE-10 Ice Hockey Coaches' Poll was released by the conference office on Wednesday.
Saint Anselm garnered 25 total points and five first-place votes to secure the top spot in the preseason poll. The Hawks defeated Saint Michael's, 6-3, in the NE-10 Championship back in February to claim their ninth NE-10 title and fifth in the last six seasons.
For complete results of the coaches' poll, please see below.
The Purple Knights, last season's runner-up, came in at No. 2 with 19 points and the lone other first-place vote. Just behind Saint Michael's was Stonehill at No. 3 with 17 total points. The Skyhawks and Purple Knights finished the 2014-15 regular season tied atop the NE-10 standings with eight points apiece.
Southern New Hampshire came in right behind the Skyhawks at No. 4 with a total of 15 points. Assumption collected nine points for fifth, while Franklin Pierce rounded out the six-team NE-10 field.
The Northeast-10 Championship will begin with semifinal games on Saturday, Feb. 20. The 2016 NE-10 Championship Game is scheduled to be played a week later on Saturday, Feb. 27.
2015-16 Northeast-10 Ice Hockey Coaches' Poll
1. Saint Anselm - 25 (5)
2. Saint Michael's - 19 (1)
3. Stonehill - 17
4. So. New Hampshire - 15
5. Assumption - 9
6. Franklin Pierce - 5
ABOUT THE NORTHEAST-10
The Northeast-10 Conference is an association of 15 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 6,500 student-athletes.
Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 24 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. 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.