ATTLEBORO, Mass. – The Newbury College Women's Soccer Program landed 7th in the NECC Preseason Poll for the 2017 campaign. The Nighthawks are coming off a 7-11 season, including a 4-5 conference record. The Nighthawks will look to return to the NECC Conference Tournament under first-year head coach Lindsey Garvey. Newbury begins their season on Saturday, September 2nd when they travel to Simmons College.
Elms College was selected to repeat as the NECC Women's Soccer Champions, collecting 62 total points and six first place nods from the leagues head coaches.
The Blazers return ten of their starters led by the 2016 NECC Player of the Year Brie Voight. The senior forward led the NECC, last season, in both points and goals tallying 47 points on 19 goals and nine assists for the year. Elms also features the 2016 NECC Goalkeeper of the Year, Rebecca Molinwho finished with a save percentage of .789, while averaging just .054 goals against.
Narrowly behind in second place is Lesley University who finished with 58 points and two first place tallies. The Lynx will look to move back to the top of the NECC after winning four of the past five titles.
The Lynx return 16 players from a season ago highlighted by their 2016 All-NECC First Team representative, sophomore Jordan Mitchell. Mitchell finished the 2016 season ranked third with 33 points including 17 points in NECC play.
Southern Vermont College finished third in the polls with 46 points total. The Mountaineers will rely on junior Molly Madore offensively and the reigning NECC Rookie of the Year Danielle Biggers on defense. SVC returns nine of their starters and will look to take that experience back to the NECC playoffs.
Becker College finishes fourth in the polls with 35 points, as they return four players that received All-NECC honors a season ago. The Hawk's offense will be led by junior Lindsey Keith who finished the 2016 season with 40 points for second in the NECC.
Landing just behind in the polls is Bay Path University with 33 points. The Wildcats hope to continue their momentum after making it to the 2016 NECC Semifinals, while they return seven of their starters.
Closing the polls in sixth is Mitchell College (24 points), in seventh Newbury College (21 points), and Wheelock College with nine points.
Most NECC teams will begin their seasons with nonconference match ups on Friday, September 1st. All NECC teams begin conference play on Saturday, September 16th.
2017 NECC Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
- Elms – 62 (6)
- Lesley – 58 (2)
- Southern Vermont – 46
- Becker – 35
- Bay Path – 33
- Mitchell – 24
- Newbury – 21
- Wheelock - 9
Portion on the Article Courtesy of NECC Athletics