Mount St. Mary's was picked to finish in second place in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
Defending champion Bryant was selected to finish in first place, followed by the Mount, Robert Morris, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Wagner.
Last season, the Mountaineers lost to Bryant, 12-6, in the NEC Championship game after defeating top-seeded Robert Morris in the semifinals. The Mountaineers won the inaugural NEC title in 2011.
This is the first season the winner of the NEC receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Mount opens the 2012 season at No. 2 Maryland on Tuesday, February 12, at 5:00 p.m.
2013 NORTHEAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Bryant (5)
2. Mount St. Mary's (1)
3. Robert Morris
5. Sacred Heart
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