Chris Kendrick (@CKendrick86)
ATTLEBORO, Mass. – The Elms College field hockey team was selected to finish fourth in the 2016 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Field Hockey Coaches' Preseason Poll, announced by the conference office Monday.
Elms collected 18 total points during the vote, finishing 13 points shy of preseason favorite Wheelock College. The Blazers enter 2016 after falling in the 2015 NECC semifinals to eventual champions Becker College. Elms posted a 5-16 record last season with a 5-5 mark in league play. Anika Goodhue takes over the reins of the program for 2016 and brings back nine players from the 2015 edition to pair with 10 newcomers. Senior Marie Lafortune (Southwick, Mass.) returns after earning All-NECC Second Team honors as a junior, along with sophomore Madison Messier (Warren, Mass.), who led the Blazers in goals (8) and points (18).
Wheelock College wins a tight race for the top spot in the NECC Field Hockey Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches.
Just two points separated the top three teams in the league as Wheelock College finished with 31 points, Becker College earned 30 points, and Regis College earned 29 points. Becker led the way with three first place nods out of six possible votes.
Wheelock landed on top of the polls returning a very experienced team. The Wildcats return ten players including eight of their starters from the 2015 season. Their offense will be led by the 2015 NECC Rookie of the Year Abbey Raymond, and 2015 All NECC First Team members Katie Frade and Emma Panto.
The reigning NECC Player of the Year, junior Amy Grenier, hopes to propel Becker to repeat as NECC Champions. The Hawks will have a void to fill as they are without Brittney Bebeau and Katherine Landanno, who were both named to the 2015 All NECC First Team.
Regis also has an experience edge as they are returning nine of their starters including sophomore standout Aineen Callahan who earned All-NECC First Team Honors. She will be aided this season by fellow all conference selections senior Kelsey Morton and sophomore Yvonne Abate.
Closing the polls in the fifth position was Bay Path University with 12 points and Daniel Webster College with six points.
Field Hockey begins their season on Thursday, September 1st with non-conference matchups. All NECC teams begin conference play with match ups on Saturday, September 24th.
2016 NECC Field Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll
- Wheelock – 31 (2)
- Becker – 30 (3)
- Regis – 29 (1)
- Elms – 18
- Bay Path – 12
- Daniel Webster – 6
Source: (NECC Athletics)
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