The 2014 season will be yet another competitive and exciting year in the Northeast-10 Conference. The conference has been dominated the past few seasons by the big three, Merrimack College, LeMoyne College, and finally Adelphi University. These three teams never rebuild, they simply reload year in and year out. 2014 looks to be one that can carry some contradiction, since some of the other teams in the conference have started to catch up to the ring leaders. Bentley University, Southern New Hampshire, and Assumption College all see themselves with not only just young rosters, but a bright future as well. Now these three teams are definitely going in the right direction, but Adelphi University will be the favorite to take home the hardware in this upcoming season. While posting a 14-3 record in 2013 and making it to the semi-finals of the Division II playoffs, Adelphi returns two out of its top three leading scorers. Ikerson Hopper with 26 goals and 6 assists for 33 points, and the offensive mastermind Salvatore Tuttle who had an impressive 29 goals and 22 assists in his freshman campaign. With these two at attack the Adelphi Panthers will look to build off of 2013 and potentially even contend for a National Championship, The Panthers are very familiar with National Championship games, last playing in that game in 2011 when they lost a heartbreaking one goal game to Mercyhurst University. With Adelphi being the top dog, LeMoyne and Merrimack will follow for the top three spots. While Saint Michael’s College, Southern New Hampshire, and Assumption College will round out the top 6 that can make the Northeast-10 playoffs. This league is competitive year in and year out, and 2014 looks to be the same way. The Northeast-10 had four teams consistently ranked in the top 12 of Division II this past year and also crowned a National Champion in LeMoyne. All teams in the Northeast-10 look to continue this long tradition of excellence in the upcoming season, and look to see some new faces in the mix of things.
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