GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University women's soccer team was picked 13th in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) preseason coaches poll announced on Tuesday. The Bison accumulated 34 points in the 14-team preseason poll.
Gallaudet finished last season with a 2-15 record and 1-12 mark in conference play.
Four-time defending NEAC champion Penn St.-Berks is No. 1 as the Nittany Lions claimed 13 first-place votes and 169 points. Lancaster Bible is second with 149 points and one first-place vote while Penn College (131), SUNY Poly (129) and Penn St.-Abington (124) round out the top five.
The Bison begin the season on Friday, Sept. 1, at Trinity Washington University for a 4:30 p.m. non-conference game.
2017 NEAC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll
- Penn St.-Berks (13)
- Lancaster Bible (1)
- Penn College
- SUNY Poly
- Penn St.-Abington
- Morrisville St.
- Bryn Athyn
- SUNY Cobleskill
- St. Elizabeth
( ) = First-place votes
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 (14 points for a first-place vote, 13 points for second, etc.). No self-voting was allowed. This is the third year the NEAC has held preseason polls.