February 12, 2013

Le Moyne Selected to Repeat in Northeast-10

from press release

SOUTH EASTON, Mass. – Le Moyne College has been selected atop the 2013 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll, as voted upon by the conference's head coaches.

The Dolphins received nine first-place votes and 119 points to take hold of the top position in the voting.

Le Moyne (17-1, 10-0 NE-10) is coming off a 2012 season in which it won 17 straight to begin the year, including a 10-7 victory over Merrimack College in the Northeast-10 Championship game, before falling to Limestone in the national semifinals.

Merrimack (13-3, 8-2 NE-10) finished second in the coaches' preseason poll with 108 points and a pair of first-place votes, narrowly ousting Adelphi University (13-3, 8-2 NE-10), which finished with 106 points and one first-place tally.

Merrimack has advanced to the Northeast-10 title game in each of the past four seasons, while Adelphi most recently claimed the conference championship in 2011.

Saint Michael's College (11-5, 6-4 NE-10) finished fourth with 87 points in the poll, while Bentley University (5-9, 5-5 NE-10) was fifth with 76 points and Saint Anselm College (8-7, 5-5 NE-10) was sixth with 69 points.

The College of Saint Rose (7-6), which is coming off the program's inaugural season against intercollegiate competition in 2012, was selected seventh with 60 points. The Golden Knights went 7-6 a year ago and are entering their first season under a full Northeast-10 schedule this spring.

Making up the remainder of the poll was Franklin Pierce University (7-6, 5-5 NE-10) with 46 points, Pace University (5-10, 3-7 NE-10) and Southern New Hampshire University (3-11, 3-7 NE-10) in a tie for ninth with 41 points, Assumption College (3-11, 2-8 NE-10) with 28 points and American International College (0-14, 0-10 NE-10) with 11 points.

For 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.

2013 Northeast-10 Men's Lacrosse Coaches' Preseason Poll

1. Le Moyne (9) - 119
2. Merrimack (2) – 108
3. Adelphi (1) – 106
4. Saint Michael's – 87
5. Bentley – 76
6. Saint Anselm – 69
7. Saint Rose – 60
8. Franklin Pierce – 46
T9. Pace – 41
T9. So. New Hampshire – 41
11. Assumption – 28
12. American Int'l - 11

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