MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team was selected to place 10th in the Northeast-10 standings this season, according to the NE10 Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released Monday.
The Penmen totaled up 57 points, with defending national champion Le Moyne College being chosen to capture its second straight NE10 title, as it racked up 11 of a possible 13 first-place votes and 167 total points. Rival Adelphi University, which had won the previous four NE10 Championships prior to last season, finished second, garnering the three remaining first-place votes and 159 points. Merrimack College recorded 133 points to edge the University of New Haven (131) for third place. Pace University (126) placed fifth, with Assumption College (103) narrowly beating on Bentley University (102) for sixth.
In the back half of the poll, Stonehill College (89) and Saint Anselm College (83) were picked eighth and ninth, respectively, with Franklin Pierce University (45), Southern Connecticut State University (29), Saint Michael's College (28) and American International College (22) rounding out the poll.
Southern New Hampshire, led by third-year head coach Kathryn Beall, finished 4-13 a year ago, playing a grueling schedule that saw it square off with 11 nationally-ranked opponents. The Penmen return three of their top-five goal scorers from last season, including NE10 All-Conference Third Team honoree, senior Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.). Wilder, who is six goals away from the program's all-time goals record, led the team with 56 goals and ranked second in points (68) a year ago.
The Penmen kick off the 2019 season Wednesday, Feb. 27 (4 p.m.) at in-state rival Franklin Pierce.
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2019 Northeast-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Le Moyne - 167 (11)
2. Adelphi - 159 (3)
3. Merrimack - 133
4. New Haven - 131
5. Pace – 126
6. Assumption - 103
7. Bentley - 102
8. Stonehill - 89
9. Saint Anselm – 83
10. Southern New Hampshire - 57
11. Franklin Pierce - 45
12. Southern Connecticut - 29
13. Saint Michael's 28
14. American International - 22
(#) – indicates first-place votes