NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team has been picked to finish second in the annual Little East Conference Coaches' Poll.
The Corsairs, who were picked to finish first in each of the last two polls, received three of the 12 first-place votes and 129 points. Defending champion Keene State received seven first place votes and 136 points, while Plymouth State received the other two first place votes and 124 points.
Bridgewater State, Southern Maine and Western Connecticut State held down the next three spots, with Worcester State and Westfield State picked seventh and eighth. Fitchburg State, Salem State, Framingham State and Eastern Connecticut State were picked to fill out the final four spots in the 12-team standings.
"No matter how you have it, my outlook on the poll is that it can always be motivating," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "Whether we are picked first, second, or 10th, our team sees it as a way to prepare for a winning season. We don't read too much into it. It's fun and it's a way to engage in team dialogue but aside from that, we remain focused on what our individual team goals are and that's where continuous growth and improvement are a priority."
The Corsairs were 10-10 last season, falling at PSU in the semi-finals of the Little East Conference post-season tournament.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY