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Gallaudet women's soccer ranked in NEAC preseason coaches poll

Gallaudet women's soccer ranked in NEAC preseason coaches poll

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University women's soccer team was picked 12th in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) preseason coaches poll announced on Thursday.

Gallaudet finished last season with a 3-16 record and 1-11 mark in conference play. The Bison accumulated 41 points in the 14-team preseason poll.

Three-time defending NEAC champion Penn St.-Berks is No. 1 as the Nittany Lions claimed 13 first-place votes and 169 points. Penn St.-Abington is second with 152 points while Lancaster Bible College checks in third with 128 points and one first-place vote to edge out SUNY Polytechnic Institute in fourth place.

The Bison begin the season on Sept. 2 at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore for a 4:30 p.m. non-conference game.

2016 NEAC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll

  1. Penn St.-Berks (13)
  2. Penn St.-Abington
  3. Lancaster Bible (1)
  4. SUNY Poly
  5. Keuka
  6. Penn College
  7. Wells
  8. Cazenovia
  9. Morrisville St.
  10. SUNY Cobleskill
  11. Bryn Athyn
  13. Wilson
  14. St. Elizabeth

( ) = First-place votes

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The preseason poll rankings were conducted by the NEAC women's soccer coaches, with each coach ranking out all teams but their own using a staggered points system (13 points for a first-place vote, 12 points for second, etc.). No self-voting was allowed. This is the second year the NEAC has held preseason polls and they will now become a staple of all 18 conference-sponsored sports moving forward.