Football Picked Fifth in Boyd in Inaugural NEFC Pre-Season Poll

Football Picked Fifth in Boyd in Inaugural NEFC Pre-Season Poll

Aug. 26, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team has been picked fifth in the Boyd Division in the first New England Football Conference pre-season poll.

The Corsairs were ranked ahead of MIT, Nichols and Western New England, and they were chosen to finish behind Curry, Plymouth State, Salve Regina and Endicott. Curry got six first place votes in the Boyd poll, with PSU receiving the other two. The Colonels also received nine of the 13 pre-season votes as league champion, while PSU got two.

"The poll is a great idea," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "It gets people talking and thinking a little bit earlier about football and how the conference race is going to turn out. We are picked fifth in our division, and we have a very young football team with only 33 players on the roster who were on the roster last fall, which means we have 55 new players in the program.

"For many years, Curry has been the class of the Boyd Division, and Plymouth State has really improved, and we've had a lot of trouble with both of them. Salve has made a great commitment to their program with a new turf field, MIT returns arguably the best back in the conference and a new coach and probably a new philosophy that makes it tough to predict how good they will be and the coaching staffs at Nichols, Endicott and Western New England have also had good recruiting years. We're hoping to have a good year."

UMD finished 6-4 last season, 4-3 in the Boyd Division. The Corsairs begin their 2005 season at home against Alfred Saturday, September 5th.

2009 New England Football Conference Poll

Bogan Division Boyd Division

1. Bridgewater State College 1. Curry College 2. Maine Maritime Academy 2. Plymouth State University 3. Westfield State College 3. Salve Regina University 4. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 4. Endicott College 5. Fitchburg State College (tie) 5. UMass Dartmouth Worcester State College (tie) 6. MIT 7. Framingham State College 7. Nichols 8. Massachusetts Maritime Academy 8. Western New England College