KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Aug. 26, 2019) – The NEWMAC Conference released the Preseason Coaches Poll for football on Monday and USMMA was picked to finish tied for third place with WPI. Springfield College was the coaches' favorite this year, as the Pride topped the poll and earned six first place votes, while reigning champions MIT came in second, garnering the final two first place votes.
The Mariners finished the 2018 campaign with a 5-2 record in league action, which tied for second in the NEWMAC standings with Springfield and Coast Guard. That was part of an 8-2 season overall, tying for the most wins in a single season in Academy history. It was also the program's third-straight winning season. The year culminated with Merchant Marine's second Bowl Game victory in as many years, as the Mariners won the New England Bowl.
Rounding out the NEWMAC poll were Coast Guard in fifth, Norwich in sixth, Catholic in seventh and Maine Maritime in eighth.
For the complete release from the NEWMAC, click here.
The Mariners begin the 2019 season on Saturday, Sept. 7, at home against FDU-Florham during Parents Weekend at Kings Point. Kickoff is scheduled for 12-noon at Brooks Stadium.
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