MARSHFIELD, Mass. – In a unanimous vote among the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) coaches, New England College has earned the top spot in the NECC Preseason Poll, as they head into their first season in the league. The Pilgrims compiled 16 total points, including all four first place votes. Head coach Jedd Brown enters his seventh year at the helm, and is coming off his third consecutive North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title. He will lead a team that will return 10 starters, including the NAC Defensive Player of the Year, goalkeeper William Platt (San Francisco, Calif.), and the NAC Rookie of the Year, Charles Hacking (Canterbury, N.H.). Platt led the NAC in goals against average with 8.42, while Hacking led the NAC in goals scored with 57. Both were honored as first team All-NAC performers a season ago.
NECC defending champions Dean College land in the second spot with 12 points. Third-year head coach, and 2018 NECC Coach of the Year, Matt Schairer, will be back on the sidelines for the Bulldogs. Offensively, the Bulldogs return the league's top scorer from a season ago, senior attack Anthony Trasacco (Cheshire, Conn.) who led the conference with 45 goals, and was an All-NECC performer. He will be joined by Brody Fredericks (Weare, N.H.) who led the league in assists and points in 2018, with 35 and 68, respectively.
Becker College finished in third, with seven total points. Second year head coach James Putney leads a team that returns three starters, among them 2018 NECC Rookie of the Year, Matthew Guerin (East Longmeadow, Mass.), who was also a 2018 All-NECC selection. In his rookie season, Guerin led the Hawks with 23 goals, good for fourth in the league.
Coming in at the fourth spot is Mitchell College with five points. The Mariners are led by head coach Rich Petillo, who will lead a squad with four returning starters. Among the returners is 2018 All-NECC selection, Kyle Marsh (Oakdale, Conn.). Marsh, a senior midfielder, finished with 20 goals and 10 assists a season ago.
The NECC is entering its first year of an alliance championship with the NAC. Six NAC members currently sponsor men's lacrosse – Northern Vermont-Johnson, Northern Vermont-Lyndon, Maine Maritime Academy, Husson University, Thomas College and SUNY Canton. SUNY Delhi also participates as an associate member with the NAC.
The top two regular season finishers from each conference will face off (#1 NAC vs. #2 NECC and #1 NECC vs. #2 NAC) in semifinal games on Saturday, April 27. The winners from those two games will meet for the alliance championship on Saturday, May 4. The champion will receive the automatic qualification spot for the NCAA tournament.
2019 NECC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll
- New England Col. - 16 (4)
- Dean – 12
- Becker – 7
- Mitchell – 5