Northeast-10 Conference Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Poll

SOUTH EASTON, Mass. Le Moyne, the reigning Division II national champion, 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. Adelphi was second in the poll with Merrimack in third.

2014 Northeast-10 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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South Easton, Mass. Le Moyne College, the defending NCAA Division II National Champion, has been picked to win its seventh consecutive Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship, as voted upon by the league's 12 head coaches and announced by the conference office on Monday.

The Dolphins, who won their 11th conference championship last year en route to winning their fourth national championship in 10 years, earned 10 of the 12 first-place votes to claim the top spot in the poll with 120 points. Adelphi University (14-3, 10-1 NE-10), which won a share of its first regular season title last year, collected the final two first-place votes and 112 points to place second in the poll. Merrimack College (11-3, 10-1 NE-10), which tied Adelphi for the regular-season title last year and had its streak of four straight NE-10 championship game appearances snapped by the Dolphins last May, registered 101 points to place third.

Saint Michael's (11-5, 9-2 NE-10), which has finished in fourth place each of the last two years, was tabbed to finish fourth again this year with 86 points. Southern New Hampshire University (6-10, 6-5 NE-10) was selected to repeat its fifth-place finish from last year with 75 points, while Bentley University (4-8, 4-7 NE-10) was picked to round out the expected playoff field after garnering 67 points.

Saint Anselm College (5-10, 5-6 NE-10), which has finished in fifth and sixth place over the last two seasons, landed in seventh place with 65 points. Franklin Pierce University (5-8, 4-7 NE-10) and The College of Saint Rose (4-11, 4-7 NE-10), which finished in a three-way tie with Bentley last year for seventh place, were tabbed eighth and ninth in the poll, respectively, with 51 and 43 points. Pace University (5-9, 2-9 NE-10) was ranked 10th with 33 points, while Assumption College (3-10, 3-8 NE-10) and American International College (1-14, 0-11 NE-10) round out the poll with 26 and 13 points, respectively.

Le Moyne, which went 9-2 in Northeast-10 Conference action last year and finished the 2013 season with an 18-2 record, returns 30 letterwinners and six starters from last year's squad. Four of the returnees were selected to the Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook preseason All-America teams in December. Senior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) and junior defenseman Gerald O'Brien (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic) were selected to the 12-member first team. Senior face-off specialist/midfielder Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy) and graduate student defenseman Alex Cameron-Carter (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) earned second team accolades.

The Dolphins open the season on Saturday at home against Northeast-10 Conference-foe Assumption at 12:00 p.m.

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. One year removed from laying claim to the program's first-ever Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship as part of an 11-win campaign, Merrimack College, ranked 10th in the country by Lacrosse Magazine's 2014 Preseason Rankings, was predicted to finish third in the NE-10 according to the league's Coaches' Preseason Poll, as announced Monday morning.

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