February 10, 2014

Le Moyne Picked First In NE-10 Preseason Poll

from press release

SOUTH EASTON, Mass. – Le Moyne College, the reigning NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse National Champions, received 10 first-place votes and 120 points to take the top spot in the 2014 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Lacrosse Coaches' Preseason Poll, the league office announced Monday morning.

Adelphi University (14-3, 10-1 NE-10) finished second in the poll with 112 points and two first-place votes, while Merrimack College (11-3, 10-1 NE-10) finished third with 101 points.

After topping Merrimack in the semifinals and Adelphi in the title game of last year's Northeast-10 Championship, Le Moyne (18-2, 9-2 NE-10) took down LIU Post and Adelphi in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the national championship game. The Dolphins held off Mercyhurst in a thriller, 11-10, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to claim their fourth-ever Division II championship.

Le Moyne kicks off its regular season Saturday, February 15 at home against Assumption College.

Saint Michael's College (11-5, 9-2 NE-10) finished fourth in the poll with 85 points, followed by Southern New Hampshire University (6-10, 6-5 NE-10) with 75 points. The two programs squared off last season in the first round of the Northeast-10 Championship.

Bentley University (4-8, 4-7 NE-10) finished sixth with 67 points, narrowly ahead of seventh-place Saint Anselm College (5-10, 5-6 NE-10), which totaled 65 points in the preseason ledger.

Rounding out the top-10 was Franklin Pierce University (5-8, 4-7 NE-10) with 51 points, The College of Saint Rose (4-11, 4-7 NE-10) with 43 points and Pace University (5-9, 2-9 NE-10) with 33 points, while Assumption (3-10, 3-8 NE-10) finished 11th with 26 points and American International College (1-14, 0-11 NE-10) received 13 points in the voting.

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 6,000 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 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.

2014 Northeast-10 Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. Le Moyne (10) – 120
2. Adelphi (2) – 112
3. Merrimack – 101
4. Saint Michael's – 86
5. Southern New Hampshire – 75
6. Bentley – 67
7. Saint Anselm – 65
8. Franklin Pierce – 51
9. Saint Rose – 43
10. Pace – 33
11. Assumption – 26
12. American International – 13

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