#PollWeek: Preseason Prognosticators Like Blackbirds’ Chances to #SoarToFour

They been one of the region’s premier programs for more than a decade and the Northeast Conference women’s volleyball coaches don’t foresee that changing this season.

The group of coaches voted LIU Brooklyn as a unanimous preseason favorite to capture the 2015 NEC crown and return to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

Who will be the Blackbirds’ stiffest challengers as they attempt to #SoarToFour?

Amber Bepko provides the answers in the NEC Now update below…

 

#PollWeek: Men’s Soccer Rankings Topped with Franciscan Flavor

St. Francis is known to Catholics as a lover of all creation, but, in the Northeast Conference, he is the patron saint of men’s soccer.

St. Francis Brooklyn and Saint Francis University, the two teams who met in the 2014 NEC title tilt, have retained the respect of the conference’s head coaches and collected all of the first-place votes in the annual preseason poll.

Aiming for a third consecutive crown, SFBK earned six top nods and finished first in the voting. Meanwhile, SFU, which earned a trio of first-place votes, was the poll’s runner-up.

 

Kyle Turner tells the full story here…

 

#PollWeek: CCSU, FDU Occupy Top Tier in Women’s Soccer Survey

The Northeast Conference kicked off its Preseason #PollWeek by uncovering the results of the women’s soccer coaches’ poll.

Central Connecticut and Fairleigh Dickinson, the two teams who clashed in the 2014 NEC Championship Match, were the lone programs to earn first-place votes.

With six top nods, defending NEC champion Central Connecticut finished first in the poll. Fairleigh Dickinson, which appeared first on three ballots, was the runner-up.

 

Kyle Turner tells the full story here…

 

Preseason Poll Week Looms as the New Year Approaches

Rachel Hoekstra (above) and the FDU Knights kick off their regular season schedule at Temple on August 21. Seven other NEC women's soccer teams also open the 2015 campaign that day.

Rachel Hoekstra (above) and the FDU Knights kick off their regular season schedule at Temple on August 21. Seven other NEC women’s soccer teams also open the 2015 campaign that day.

Students will begin trickling #BackToCampus in the coming weeks, but a majority of the student-athletes are already there.

Volleyball, football and futbol players are preparing for the New Year that awaits. The first real regular season action kicks off with women’s soccer matches on August 21.

To prepare its fans for the fall ahead, the Northeast Conference is celebrating Preseason Poll Week beginning Monday, August 17.

Over the next week, the NEC will roll out the results of its sport-by-sport preseason coaches’ polls.

The football poll was unveiled back on July 23 at MetLIfe Stadium as part of the inaugural #NECFB Social Media Day, but fans are still waiting on the results from the men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country surveys.

We’ve listed a schedule below. Be sure to visit us next week for the information as it becomes available.

 

Preseason Poll Schedule

Women’s Soccer – Monday, August 17

Men’s Soccer – Tuesday, August 18

Volleyball – Wednesday, August 19

Men’s Cross Country – Thursday, August 20

Women’s Cross Country – Friday, August 21

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