WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The University of New Haven football team was picked to finish fourth overall in a preseason tally of head coaches as announced by the Northeast-10 Conference on Friday. The Chargers, who finished 2014 with a 6-5 record under first year head coach Chris Pincince, also garnered a pair of the 10 possible first place votes.
The Blue and Gold totaled 62 points in the poll, three shy of the Assumption Greyhounds who also picked up a pair of first place votes and finished third in the poll. Defending conference champion LIU Post and regular season champions American International finished tied at the top of the poll with 74 votes apiece. LIU Post scored the top overall spot by way of securing four first place votes with American International gathering two.
Following the Chargers was a tie for fifth place with Saint Anselm and Stonehill each finishing with 41 points. Bentley (38 points) and Merrimack (29 points) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, while Southern Connecticut (20 points) and Pace (10 points) rounded out the preseason tally.
New Haven will kick off its 2015 slate on Saturday, September 5 at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium with a visit from the 2014 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion and national ranked No. 25 Slippery Rock. Last season, the Rock finished with a 9-3 overall record, falling to West Chester in the opening round of the NCAA playoffs. The Chargers will follow opening weekend with the Northeast-10 conference opener on Friday, September 11 with a trip to Waltham, Mass. to meet the Bentley Falcons.
2015 Northeast-10 Football Coaches Poll
1. LIU Post – 74 (4)
2. American International – 74 (2)
3. Assumption – 65 (2)
4. New Haven – 62 (2)
t-5. Saint Anselm – 41
t-5. Stonehill – 41
7. Bentley – 38
8. Merrimack – 29
9. Southern Connecticut – 20
10. Pace – 10
(#) indicated first-place votes.