WORCESTER, Mass. – The Assumption College Football team was picked first in the Northeast-10 Preseason Poll in a vote of the league's ten head coaches, as announced by the conference on Wednesday.
The Hounds racked up 77 points and six first place votes, finishing a single point ahead of LIU Post who had 76 points and four first place votes. Assumption beat the Pioneers 54-20 a season ago and the two schools have combined to win the past four NE10 Titles. This year the two powers square off on Saturday, Sept. in Multi-Sport Stadium.
Bentley was picked to finish third in the NE10, following a 6-3 conference mark a year ago. The Falcons handed Assumption their only NE10 loss last year. New Haven was picked to finish fourth, while crosstown rival Southern Connecticut was ranked fifth. Merrimack, Stonehill, Pace, American International, and Saint Anselm rounded out the coaches' selections.
Assumption is coming off the most successful season in program history, going 11-2 overall and reaching the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals in 2017. The Hounds fell by just five points to Indiana (Pa.) in the contest and concluded the year ranked ninth in the AFCA National Poll. This year the team has already been ranked in the top-20 by three different publications as the Hounds return 14 starters. This includes eight on its nationally ranked defense as well as First-Team All-American Deonte Harris (Baltimore, Md. / Archbishop Curley) who totaled 17 touchdowns and nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards in 2017.
This year Assumption opens the season on Sept. 1 when the team hosts Kutztown in Multi-Sport Stadium at 1 pm.