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Merrimack Field Hockey Picked Third in NE10, Earns Two First-Place Votes

The Merrimack College field hockey program learned on Wednesday morning that the Warriors were selected to finish in fourth place, accompanied by a pair of first-place votes, as the Northeast-10 Conference unveiled its Preseason Field Hockey Coaches’ Poll.

Five programs collected at least one first-place nod in a tightly packed top portion of the poll. Saint Anselm reigned in six first-place selections to earn the distinction of preseason favorites, receiving 147 points in total. Stonehill (139) and LIU Post (135) followed closely with a pair of first-place tallies each, slotting in right in front of the Warriors (119).

Adelphi received the 13th and final vote for the top spot, and rounded out the top-five with 116 points. Assumption (105) appeared next in the poll followed by Bentley (84) and Southern New Hampshire (78).

Pace (99) kicked off the final five spots in ninth, with American International (55), Saint Michael’s (53), Franklin Pierce (39) and Southern Connecticut (33) representing spots No. 10-13 in the poll.

First-year head coach Megan Shea and the Warriors begin the 2017 season on the road against East Stroudsburg University on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. East Stroudsburg was one of six programs to reach the NCAA Tournament last season and are two years removed from winning a national championship.

Merrimack’s home opener will be on Friday, Sept. 8, against Franklin Pierce at 7 p.m. from Martone-Mejail Field.

2017 NE10 Preseason Field Hockey Coaches’ Poll
1. Saint Anselm – 147 (6)
2. Stonehill – 139 (2)
3. LIU Post – 135 (2)
4. Merrimack – 119 (2)
5. Adelphi – 116 (1)
6. Assumption – 105
7. Bentley – 84
8. Southern N.H. – 78
9. Pace – 66
10. American Int’l – 55
11. Saint Michael’s – 53
12. Franklin Pierce – 39
13. Southern Conn. – 33

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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