PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Eastern Connecticut State University has been named the preseason favorite after totaling 62 points and tallying six of none first-place votes in the 2018 Little East Conference (LEC) Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Warriors tied for first in the conference standings last season with an undefeated record of 6-0-1 (19 points), and finished the season at 9-8-3 overall following an overtime loss to Western Connecticut State University in the tournament final.
WestConn was picked to finish second in the LEC after totaling 58 points and claiming two first-place votes. The Colonials also tied for first in last year's LEC regular season standings before claiming their third straight LEC tournament title. WestConn ranked as high as No. 22 in the national polls, and finished 2017 with an overall record of 17-2-2.
Keene State College was selected to place third by the conference coaches after totaling 50 points and one first-place vote, while league newcomer Castleton University was picked to finish fourth in its inaugural LEC season after tallying 41 points. Also picked to make the six-team LEC tournament field were UMass Boston (36 points) and Plymouth State University (28 points).
2018 LEC Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Eastern Connecticut – 62 points (6 FPV)
2. Western Connecticut – 58 points (2 FPV)
3. Keene State – 50 points (1 FPV)
4. Castleton – 41 points
5. UMass Boston – 36 points
6. Plymouth State – 28 points
7. Rhode Island College – 22 points
8. UMass Dartmouth – 18 points
9. Southern Maine – 9 points