2010 NEC Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll

Bryant (3-13) returns 70 percent of its offensive production from 2009, including three of its top four goal scorers. Second year head coach Karen Healy will look to senior midfielder Allison Faiola (Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial) to jump start the offense. Faiola posted 49 points, including 33 goals, and was 8-10 on free position opportunities a year ago. Sophomore midfielder Mary Green (Merrick, NY/Calhoun) totaled 38 points on 29 goals and nine assists and led the Bulldogs with 31 draw controls. Sophomore attacker Lauren Sheridan (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage) compiled 18 goals and 23 points, while senior midfielder Eliza DeMarseilles (Branford, CT/Branford) collected 12 goals, 10 assists, and 21 ground balls. Senior Jessica Bolton (Belgrade Lakes, ME/Scarborough) and sophomore Lauren Filippone (West Babylon, NY/West Babylon) return after splitting time in goal last season.

Central Connecticut State (1-15, 1-7 NEC) and fifth year head coach Rachel Tringali have nine starters returning, including nine of its top 10 point producers along with draw control specialist Cara Momnie (South Windsor, CT/South Windsor), a junior midfielder. Momnie set a new single-season school record and ranked fourth in the NEC with 55 draw controls in 2009. Her 23 caused turnovers placed her fourth in the league and she also paced the Blue Devils with 22 ground balls. Sophomore attacker Alexa Smead (Averill, NY/Academy of the Holy Names) netted 20 goals and five assists, while sophomore attacker Ashley Perkoski (Newington, CT/Newington), senior midfielder Lyndsey Mastandrea (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point), junior midfielder Michelle Conway (Wantagh, NY/Wantagh) and sophomore midfielder Ashley Mara (West Hartford, CT/Northwest Catholic) all totaled 17 points.

Saint Francis (PA) (1-12, 0-8 NEC) and head coach Steph Marcon, who is now in her fourth season, sport a roster dominated by underclassmen. Though the Red Flash feature 11 sophomores and nine freshmen, eight starters and better than 70 percent of the team's offense are back in the fold in 2009. Sophomore attacker Chelsea Kent (Winter Springs, FL/Winter Springs) and classmate Kate Simmons (Delran, NJ/Delran) posted 39 and 32 goals last season, respectively, and combined for 92 points. As a freshman, Kent tied for the NEC lead in goals per game (3.0), ranked second in points per game (4.0) and established single-season school records for points (52), goals and assists (13). Simmons (40 points), who ranked second in the league with 4.15 draw controls per outing, and sophomore Catherine Helming (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) should handle draw control duties. Junior goalkeeper Danielle Pokusa (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) is back after starting every game last season. She finished second in the conference with 11.08 saves per game.

The 2010 NEC Women's Lacrosse Tournament will take place at the home of the high seed on April 23 and 25. The top four teams in the regular season standings will advance to the postseason event. The winner of the NEC Tournament will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and travel to the Patriot League champion in a play-in game, the date of which is to be determined.

1. Sacred Heart (5)
2. Monmouth (3)
3. Quinnipiac (2)
4. Robert Morris
5. Mount St. Mary's
6. Wagner
7. Long Island
8. Bryant
9. Central Connecticut St.
10. Saint Francis (PA)

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