McKibben leads preseason pick St. Francis

[NORTHEAST: Women] For the third straight season, St. Francis (Pa.) was selected to win the Northeast Conference women's title in a poll of head coaches. The Red Flash, who won their second straight NEC regular-season title last season, received five of the nine first-place votes.

St. Francis was a perfect 10-0-0 record in NEC action and reached the title match the least two seasons. It has six starters back including senior forward Tesa McKibben, the NCAA's leading active scorer and the NAC's first three-time NEC Player of the Year with 48 goals and 25 assists in her career.

Two-time defending NEC Tournament champion LIU Brooklyn received three first-place votes to finish second in the poll. Sacred Heart was picked to finish third, netting the remaining first-place vote.

Northeast Preseason Poll:
1. Saint Francis U (5)
2. LIU Brooklyn (3)
3. Sacred Heart (1)
4. Central Connecticut
5. Bryant
6. Robert Morris
7. Mount St. Mary's
8. Fairleigh Dickinson
9. Wagner
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