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Great Danes Selected To Repeat As AE Champions

UAlbany Sports Information   08-14-2019

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany field hockey program was unanimously selected as the favorite in the preseason America East coaches’ poll, the conference announced Wednesday.


"It is very nice to get this recognition from your conference peers,” said Head Coach Phil Sykes. “Unfortunately, it doesn't guarantee you anything. As we get into conference play we are all in the same boat. With the addition of Monmouth, our conference is becoming more competitive all the time. This year each conference game has tremendous meaning because we only play each other one time. So we need to be prepared for a battle each game."


UAlbany received five first-place votes and accumulated a total of 25 points, exceeding second-place Maine, who received 21 points and last remaining first-place vote. Vermont rounded-out the top three with 14 points while New Hampshire and newcomer Monmouth drew 12 points apiece to finish fourth. UMass Lowell took the sixth and final spot in the poll with six points.


In 2018, the Great Danes captured both the regular season and conference title, marking UAlbany’s third conference championship in five years.


NFHCA Third Team All-American and America East Goalkeeper of the Year, Melissa Nealon headlines a group of experienced returners that features two NFHCA All-Northeast Region honorees and four All-Conference selections. Senior Dana Bozek returns to the field following a career high junior year that saw 26 points and 11 goals while junior Carli Pelletier will look to lock down the Great Danes’ back line.


The Great Danes are set to open the season on Friday, Aug. 30 at 2017 National Champion Delaware. The home opener is set for Friday, Sept. 6 against Harvard.


2019 America East Field Hockey Preseason Poll

East Division

No.         School                                 Points (1st Place Votes)
1.            UAlbany                               25 (5)

2.            Maine                                   21 (1)           
3.            Vermont                               14          
4.            Monmouth                           12               

               New Hampshire                  12                        

6.            UMass Lowell                      6



West Division

No.         School                    Points (1st Place Votes)
1.            Stanford                               4 (2)

2.            California                             3 (1)
3.            UC Davis                             2


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