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New England Football Conference preseason poll released

Panthers picked to finish fifth in Boyd Division 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H.  -- The New England Football Conference preseason coaches’ poll was announced on Monday, and Plymouth State University has been picked to finish fifth in the 2011 NEFC Boyd Division race.  The votes were cast by the conference's head coaches.

            Defending champion Endicott College was the preseason favorite in both the Boyd Division as well as the NEFC overall.  Western New England College was runner-up in the Boyd Division voting, with Salve Regina University third, Curry College fourth, and PSU fifth.  Rounding out the divisional poll are UMass Dartmouth, MIT and Nichols.  Defending champ Maine Maritime is the favorite to win the Bogan Division, with Framingham State second and Bridgewater State third.

            Plymouth State finished with a 6-4 record last season, and tied for fourth place in the Boyd Division with Curry, both at 4-3.  The Panthers return just five starters on offense and three on defense this fall under ninth-year head coach Paul Castonia.

            The Boyd and Bogan Division winners will meet for the NEFC Championship on November 12, at the site of the Boyd Division winner.  The NEFC champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

            The complete 2011 NEFC preseason poll is listed below:  

2011 NEFC Boyd Division Preseason Coaches’ Poll 

1 Endicott 62
2 Western New England 52
3 Salve Regina 47
4 Curry 44
5 Plymouth State 32
6 UMass Dartmouth 19
7 MIT 17
8 Nichols 15

2011 NEFC Bogan Division Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1 Maine Maritime 58
2 Framingham State 47
3 Bridgewater State 46
4 Mass. Maritime 37
5 Westfield State 35
6 Worcester State 31
7 Coast Guard 24
8 Fitchburg State 10

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