MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team was projected to finish second in the Northeast-10 Conference in 2018 according to the league's annual Preseason Coaches' Poll.
The Hawks were voted second out of 14 programs, receiving 154 points and five first-place votes. Saint Anselm is coming off a 17-3 season that saw the Hawks host a first round NCAA Tournament game for the second-straight year and win their second consecutive Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship with an 11-1 record against league opponents.
Stonehill also received five first-place votes but collected two more overall points than the Hawks, claiming top spot on the league-wide poll. LIU Post, the reigning conference champions, round out the top three with 149 total points and three first-place votes.
Guided by a strong returning cast, the Hawks welcome seven newcomers to the fold this preseason with the collective goal of making their fourth-straight berth into the six-team NE10 tournament. In the last two seasons alone, the Hawks have posted a dominant 21-3 record against league opponents.
Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille, the reigning NE10 Coach of the Year, has also helped Saint Anselm to a strong 29-4 overall record at Grappone Stadium across the previous three campaigns.
The 17th season of varsity field hockey on the Hilltop will begin in Louisville at Bellarmine on Friday, Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. before a neutral-site game against Lindenwood (Mo.), a 17-win team a year ago, on Sunday, Sept. 2 at high noon. Both games will be played at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville.
NE10 Preseason Coaches' Poll
Team - Points (First Place Votes)
1. Stonehill - 156 (5)
2. Saint Anselm - 154 (5)
3. LIU Post - 149 (3)
4. Merrimack - 128 (1)
5. Pace - 123
6. Assumption - 110
7. Southern New Hampshire - 94
8. Adelphi - 89
9. Bentley - 70
10. Franklin Pierce - 68
11. Saint Michael's - 55
12. American International - 35
13. Southern Connecticut - 26
14. New Haven - 17