ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Lesley University chases their fifth straight NECC championship collecting nine of ten first place votes from the leagues head coaches, for a total of 99 points.
The Lynx return 17 players from a season ago highlighted by their 2015 All-NECC First Team representatives, sophomore Jordan Mitchell and senior Julie Essick. Mitchell finished the 2015 season tied for fourth in the NECC in points and second in assists.
Earning the final first place nod was Elms College with a total of 88 points landing second in the polls. The Blazers offense will be led by junior forward Brie Voight who finished the 2015 season ranked second in the NECC with 16 goals.
Southern Vermont College hopes to get back to the playoffs on the heals of the reigning NECC Rookie of the Year, Molly Madore.
Becker College finishes fourth in the polls with 67 points, but will have a void to fill as they will be without the 2015 NECC Player of the Year Alison Mosdale. Just a few points behind in the standings is Regis with 62, earning them fifth place. The Pride will look to first year head coach Mike Webber and their young squad throughout the 2016 season.
Closing the polls in sixth Newbury College (46 points), in seventh Mitchell College (45 points), in eighth Wheelock College (27 points), in ninth Bay Path University (22 points), and Daniel Webster College with 15 points.
Most NECC teams will begin their seasons with nonconference match ups on Thursday, September 1st. All NECC teams begin conference play on Saturday, September 17th.
2016 NECC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
- Lesley 99 (9)
- Elms – 88 (1)
- Southern Vermont - 80
- Becker - 67
- Regis – 62
- Newbury - 46
- Mitchell - 45
- Wheelock - 27
- Bay Path – 21
- Daniel Webster - 15