MERRIMACK PICKED TO FINISH 3RD IN NE-10 PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team has been picked to finish third in the Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division, according to the Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the league Tuesday.
Bentley University received 105 points and 14 first-place votes to take the top spot in the Poll. Last year, the Falcons won their third straight Northeast-10 Championship before falling in the NCAA East Region title game to Dowling College. Entering the 2013-14 season, Bentley ranks No. 1 in Division II in the country.
Stonehill College finished second in the poll with 92 points and one first-place vote while Merrimack was selected third, a year after upsetting Stonehill in the midst of their magical postseason run to the NE-10 Semifinals as the No. 10 seed in the tournament.
Northeast-10 rival Franklin Pierce finished fourth with 60 points in the voting. Assumption (58), Southern New Hampshire (44), Saint Michael's (26), and Saint Anselm (20) round out the eight-team Northeast Division poll.
In the Southwest Division, Adelphi University received 88 total points and 10 total points. American International finished second to Adelphi with 60 total points and a first-place vote. The University of New Haven and Pace University were tied for the third-place spot, with the Setters receivingthree first-place votes.
The College of Saint Rose recieves 53 total points and a first-place vote to place fifth, while Southern Connecticut (32) and Le Moyne (22) round out the bottom two spots in the Southwest Division.
The Warriors finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 17-12 and a conference mark of 11-11 after winning just five games the year before, boasting one of the country's best season-to-season turnarounds in the process. The Warriors return nine members from the 2012-13 squad and welcome two freshmen and a sophomore transfer to the bench.
Merrimack opens up their 2013-14 schedule on Saturday, Nov. 9, when it travels Pennsylvania to battle Mansfield University in a non-conference matchup at 1 p.m.
2013-14 Northeast-10 Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Bentley (14) – 105
2. Stonehill (1) – 92
3. Merrimack – 71
4. Franklin Pierce – 60
5. Assumption – 58
6. Southern New Hampshire – 44
7. Saint Michael's – 26
8. Saint Anselm – 20
1. Adelphi (10) – 88
2. American International (1) – 60
T3. New Haven – 58
T3. Pace (3) – 58
5. Saint Rose (1) – 53
6. Southern Connecticut – 32
7. Le Moyne – 22