DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team received one first-place vote and was selected fourth in the America East preseason poll. Led by 2006 America East Striker and Rookie of the Year Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) and the squad’s leading scorer A.J. DuBois (Acworth, N.H.), the men’s squad received a total of 38 points (coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team).

The Wildcats posted a 5-5-9 overall record last season including 2-1-5 in the America East. The team, who set a school record for most ties in a single season, defeated Boston University in penalty kicks (4-2) at the America East quarterfinals, but fell to Vermont, 2-0, in the semifinal game. 

Vermont, the America East defending champions, was selected as the pre-season favorite. The Catamounts, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, had five first-place votes and totaled 60 points. Binghamton gathered three first-place votes and 53 points. Boston University also made an NCAA tournament appearance and rounded out the top-three with 51 points.   

UMBC (35 points) was chosen to finish behind the Wildcats. Hartford (32) placed sixth, while Stony Brook (29) is slated seventh. Albany (17) and Maine (9) round out the nine-team poll field.

Coach Rob Thompson and the Wildcats, who recently welcomed Ewan Seabrook and 2008 UNH grad Mike Jenne to the coaching staff, open-up the regular season by hosting the 19th annual Nike Fall Classic. The Wildcats will play Adelphi on Friday, Aug. 29 and Rhode Island on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Rank Team (1st-place votes) Total

1.      Vermont (5)                      60

2.      Binghamton (3)                53

3.      Boston University            51

4.      New Hampshire (1)        38

5.      UMBC                               35

6.      Hartford                            32

7.      Stony Brook                    29

8.      Albany                             17

9.      Maine                                9

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