August 10, 2010
Dragons the early favorite
The SUNY Cortland football team will open up pre-season practice a week from Wednesday as the favorites to win the New Jersey Athletic Conference this season.
After finishing third in the conference and winding up 7-4 overall last year, the Red Dragons were named the top team on four of the 10 ballots cast by NJAC head coaches to determine the pre-season poll.
Under the direction of 14th-year head coach Dan MacNeill, the Red Dragons have posted an overall record of 87-50, capturing the NJAC Championship outright in 2008 after claiming a share of the league crown in 2007.
Cortland returns six all-conference players from a squad which posted a 7-2 league record last fall, including senior defensive lineman Evan Wyler, senior wide receiver Anthony Guiliano, senior linebacker Will Schroeder, junior cornerback D.J. Romano, senior running back Dom Sair and senior defensive back Chris Hanlon.
The defending conference champion Montclair State Red Hawks were selected to place second and received three first place votes. The Red Hawks were a perfect 9-0 in conference play overall and went 10-2 overall, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs before falling on the road to eventual national runner-up Mount Union.
Kean University, which finished as the 2009 NJAC runner-up after posting an 8-1 record in league play, was selected to place third and received two first place votes.
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