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Babson Tops NEWMAC Field Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll

Babson Tops NEWMAC Field Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll

WESTWOOD, Mass. - In a competitive preseason coaches' vote that saw three programs earn first-place tallies, the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) is looking forward to an exciting 2019 season for the league's nine teams. 

After earning its fourth straight regular season title in 2018, Babson topped the 2019 Field Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll with three first-place votes, followed by MIT with two first-place tallies. Led by the 2018 NEWMAC Coach of the Year Julie Ryan, the Beavers will welcome back three All-Region selections in forward Tori Roche, defender Maddy Paro and goalkeeper Cassidy Riley. Roche led the league in points and goals last season, while Riley held the best goals against average. The Engineers will be led by All-American midfielder Devon Goetz and All-Region honorees midfielder Megan Flynn and forward Amanda Garofalo

Following a historic season and first-ever NEWMAC crown, Smith earned the most first-place votes with four, after advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in 2018. The Pioneers will welcome back All-Region honoree Sammie Pavlov. Springfield took the No. 4 spot and will return All-Region selections in forward Kyra Ashe and forward Taylor Conley. Ashe was also named the 2018 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, after finishing the season tied for fourth in goals and tied for sixth in points in the league. 

WPI claimed the No. 5 spot and returns three All-Conference selections in defender Shannon Hynes, forward Abby O'Sullivan and forward Angie Ferro. The Engineers' Hynes also earned All-Region accolades for her efforts in leading the defense.

Mount Holyoke finished sixth in the poll and will look to extend its playoff streak to 21 straight seasons in 2019 with returning goal scorers midfielder Margaret Rob and forward Kass Lawrence. Wellesley was tabbed No. 7 in the polls and will look towards seniors Hannah Maisano and Clare Doyle, while Wheaton and Clark rounded out the final two places, respectively. The Lyons' returners are highlighted by All-Region selection Liz Helmreich, while the Cougars' welcome back three seniors in Julia D'AntonioKaitlyn DeBlois and Mikayla Pantano.  

The 2019 NEWMAC field hockey season is set to begin Saturday, September 21st. Follow along with the action here

2019 NEWMAC Field Hockey Preseason Poll

1. Babson (3) 

2. MIT (2) 

3. Smith (4) 

4. Springfield 

5. WPI 

6. Mount Holyoke 

7. Wellesley

8. Wheaton 

9. Clark  

 

Haley Pesce, Babson

 

 Devon Goetz, MIT

Sammie Pavlov, Smith

 

 

 Taylor Conley, Springfield 

Shannon Hynes, WPI

 

Margaret Robb, Mount Holyoke

 

 Clare Doyle, Wellesley

 Liz Helmreich, Wheaton

Cheyanne Zappala, Clark