NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team has been picked to finish eighth in the annual Little East Conference pre-season coaches' poll.
The Corsairs received 12 points in the voting, one point behind Southern Maine, which was picked to finish seventh. Defending champion Eastern Connecticut State was picked to finish first, receiving all eight first place votes and 64 points. Keene State was picked second with 53 points. Western Connecticut State, Rhode Island College, UMass Boston and Plymouth State were chosen third through sixth, respectively.
UMass Dartmouth will begin their 2-12 season when they play Smith and the University of New England Sunday in the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, FL.