BOSTON – The University at Albany field hockey team was selected as the favorite to win the East Division in the 2018 America East field hockey preseason poll, the conference office announced Tuesday.
The Great Danes tallied 15 points, including three first-place votes, to edge Maine by one point. The Black Bears received the remaining two first-place votes available in the east Division.
New Hampshire, with 10 points, was picked third in the East, followed by UMass Lowell with six points and Vermont with five.
Stanford was picked as the favorite to win the West Division, accumulating nine points and three of four available first-place votes.
Last season, UAlbany ranked as high as 18th nationally, and fell in the semifinals of the America East Tournament to New Hampshire in overtime. The Danes kick off the 2018 season at Syracuse on Sunday, August 26.