Men’s Soccer Tapped to Finish Fifth in Northeast-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack men’s soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the Northeast-10 conference, as voted on by the conference's 14 head coaches.

The Warriors posted an 11-7-1 overall record and went 9-4 in the conference last season. Head Coach Tony Martone’s squad finished the 2009 campaign in fifth-place and fell to Southern Connecticut State in the Northeast-10 quarterfinals, 2-1.

Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, Ont.), the reigning Northeast-10 Player of the Year, will be a key offensive threat for the Blue and Gold. Sabadoz has been Merrimack’s leading scorer since his freshman season. The rising-junior tallied 19 markers in 2009 to tie a school record, which rank him second in the Northeast-10 in goals and points.

Nick Lo Coco (Gloucester, Mass.) will serve as a captain along with Sabadoz this season. The Warriors return a solid core of veterans for the upcoming season. Merrimack will also bring in a talented group of freshmen to supplement the team.

2010 Northeast-10 Preseason Poll
1. Southern New Hampshire (7) - 162
2. Franklin Pierce (2) - 153
3. Le Moyne (5) - 149
4. Southern Connecticut - 138
6. Bentley - 88
7. Saint Anselm - 82
8. Assumption - 76
9. American Internationall - 74
10. UMass Lowell - 72
11. Saint Michael's - 61
12. Stonehill - 50
13. Saint Rose - 33
14. New Haven - 16

The Warriors open the season with a pair of home matches. Merrimack will take on Post, September 2, to kick off the 2010 campaign. The Northeast-10 portion of the schedule gets going September 18, as the Blue and Gold welcome Saint Rose to North Andover.

Southern New Hampshire was selected as the preseason favorite, receiving 162 total points, including seven first-place votes. Franklin Pierce, which owned two first-place votes, was picked to claim second-place in the conference. Le Moyne was predicted to finish behind the Penmen and Ravens in third in the Northeast-10 this season, despite earning five votes to capture the top spot.