Morrisville State Earns Top Spot in 2018 NEAC Field Hockey Preseason Poll

Morrisville State Earns Top Spot in 2018 NEAC Field Hockey Preseason Poll

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The 2017 Regular Season Champion, Morrisville State, has been picked to repeat its success in the 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Field Hockey Preseason Poll.

Morrisville State garnered three first-place votes and 15 points to receive a No. 1 ranking from the league’s coaches. The Mustangs come into the 2018 season with five starters, including NEAC Rookie of the Year Haley Evarts (Irondequoit, N.Y.). The sophomore midfielder started 17 games last fall, scoring three goals and five assists while adding one defensive save. Forwards Heather Cummings (Akron, N.Y.) and Brianna Fischetti (Wading River, N.Y.) will help lead the offense while senior Natalie Diable (Morrisville, N.Y.) brings experience to the defensive corps. First-year head coach Jennifer Koller inherits a squad that went 5-12 overall last season, which includes a 4-0 mark against NEAC opponents.

Defending NEAC Champion Keuka College received the final first-place vote to earn 11 points and the No. 2 spot in the preseason poll. Nine starters return in 2018, including a trio of NEAC All-Conference forwards in Nicole Wilson (Liverpool, N.Y.), Alysa Maddaleno (Webster, N.Y.) and Shelby Lamb (Clay, N.Y.) that scored a combined 51 points in 2017. Goalie Kassidy Valentine (Glendora, Calif.) is also back for her junior year after recording 133 saves and a 3.25 goals-against average last fall. Head Coach Erika Profenno enters her first season with the Wolves with a solid nucleus and a group of nine incoming players to tackle a schedule that includes non-conference games against Brockport, University of Rochester and SUNY Geneseo.

Wells College is ranked third with seven points after going 2-2 in league play last fall. Interim head coach Meg Milliman will lead a veteran roster that includes six players who started all 17 games and three players that started 10 or more games in 2017. Junior Abby Gilson (Ithaca, N.Y.) will return on defense while senior midfielder Ivy Cromp (Sauquoit, N.Y.) brings experience to the offense. Sophomore Allison Solomon (Conway, N.H.) also returns in goal after making 197 saves in 17 games as a rookie. The Express will prepare for NEAC play with non-conference games against the likes of Brockport, St. Lawrence and Wooster.

Lancaster Bible completes the 2018 poll with three points as the Chargers prepare for field hockey’s return after a 32-year absence. Head Coach Becky Elliott will lead a mix of freshmen and multi-sport student-athletes as Lancaster Bible prepares for a schedule that includes conference games and non-league contests against Lebanon Valley, Marywood and Roanoke.

The full 2018 NEAC field hockey preseason rankings can be found below:

Rank Institution (First-Place Votes) Total Points
1. Morrisville State (3) 15
2. Keuka College (1) 11
3. Wells College 7
4. Lancaster Bible  3

 

 

 

 

 

 

The preseason poll rankings were conducted by the NEAC field hockey coaches, with each coach ranking all teams but their own using a staggered points system (five points for a first-place vote, three points for second, and one point for third.). The 2018 NEAC field hockey season will begin Friday, Aug. 31, with a full season schedule being available on the NEAC website

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.