NE-10 preseason rankings: Where New Haven sits heading into season

Joseph Klaus, Sports Editor

With divisions set and schedules released, the highly anticipated Northeast-10 (NE-10) spring season is ready to begin. Preseason rankings were released for the conference and each of the Chargers teams found themselves in the top five in their respective sport. First-place votes are determined by the coaches in the conference with each coach having one vote. Points are determined by projected wins and the overall record.

Lacrosse comes in with a chip on their shoulder as they are ranked 15 in the nation according to the Coaches Poll and 20 according to the Nike/US Lacrosse poll. The NE-10 picked the Chargers to finish fourth in the Southwest division receiving 58 points. The team is highlighted by senior, chemical engineering major, Raven Linton, who was named to the preseason All-American team by U.S. Lacrosse Magazine. Lacrosse opens up their season on Mar. 13 when they face American International College.

The baseball team is ranked fifth in the Southwest division receiving 56 points. Adelphi University earned 86 points and is ranked first in the division. The NE-10 broke the conference up into two divisions, Northeast and Southwest, assigning teams based on locations. Baseball will have their opening day against Pace University of Mar. 20 with the first pitch at 12 p.m.

On the other diamond, softball received 81 points and four first-place votes, putting them at second in the Southwest division with Adelphi narrowly edging the Chargers, receiving 87 votes and receiving 10 first-place votes. They kick off their season on Mar. 13 against Stonehill College.

Women’s tennis has been ranked fifth in the NE-10 conference receiving 70 total points. Adelphi tops the list with 109 total points and nine first-place votes. The team will look to once again be regionally ranked, as they were last spring before the season was cut short because of COVID-19. The team opens up their season Mar. 13 when they travel to Saint Thomas Aquinas University.

Live broadcasts will be streamed on the Charger Sports Network and also on the NE10 NOW app. Links are available on the New Haven athletics page and also posted on the athletics social media pages.