The Saint Anselm College field hockey team was ranked first in the Northeast-10 Conference’s annual preseason coaches’ poll released on Monday.

The Hawks, the conference tournament runners-up last fall and an NCAA tournament team for a third straight year, received 186 points, including six first-place votes. Second-place Pace grabbed 178 points and seven first-place votes.

Southern New Hampshire University was fifth (151 points) and Franklin Pierce University took eighth (96 points).