Following the top-two teams were Robert Morris and Quinnipiac in the third and fourth spots. Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut State landed in the fifth and sixth slots, respectively, while Wagner was tabbed seventh on the list. Mount St. Mary's occupied the eighth spot, while Bryant and Saint Francis (Pa.) were tied to finish in ninth. Rounding out the poll was Fairleigh Dickinson in 11th place.
2011 Northeast Conferenece Softball Preseason Coaches Poll
2. Monmouth (2)
3. Robert Morris
5. Sacred Heart
6. Central Connecticut State
8. Mount St. Mary's
Saint Francis (Pa.)
Leading Quinnipiac in the upcoming 2011 season is two-time
All-Northeast Conference pitcher Heather
Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.), who garned NEC Rookie of
the Year honors in 2009 and earned a First Team selection in 2010.
Schwartzburg has broke the Quinnipiac single-season strikeout
record in each of her two seasons as a Bobcat. Alex Alba (Sylmar,
Calif.) brought home Rookie of the Year honors in 2010. Senior
Jacobsen (Flemington, N.J.) will lead a deep Quinnipiac roster
that features 12 veteran players in addition to five freshman and
two junior transfers from Iowa Lakes Community College in Ashley
Heiberger (Sioux Falls, S.D) and Christy
Cabrera (Reno, Nev.).
The Bobcats play its first games of the 2011 season at the Lancer Lead-Off Classic in Longwood, Va. On Saturday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 20. Quinnipiac will face IUPI, Army and Longwood in the tournament.