MEN'S SOCCER PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN AE PRESEASON POLL

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team was selected fourth in the 2010 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released Wednesday by the league office.

The Wildcats tallied one first-place vote in the poll, finishing with a total of 29 points. Boston University topped the poll with three first-place votes, garnering 44 points. Last year's league champion Stony Brook also earned three first-pace votes, totaling 43 points taking second place in the poll. Last year's runner-up, UMBC, took third place notching 37 points. Binghamton (25 points) and Hartford (22 points) were selected fifth and sixth, respectively. Vermont (14 points) and Albany (10 points) rounded out the poll.

The Wildcats finished the 2009 campaign with a 9-7-2 record, earning the No. 1 seed in the America East Championship. UNH captured its first regular-season title since 1994 and its first outright title ever. New Hampshire wrapped up the regular with an unbeaten streak of seven games (6-0-1), finishing the conference schedule undefeated. It was the first time since 1997 that a team completed the conference schedule without a loss and was New Hampshire's best conference record since also compiling a 6-0-1 mark in 1994.

The 'Cats begin their 2010 campaign playing host to UW-Milwaukee on Sept. 4 (7:30 p.m.) and Central Connecticut on Sept. 6 (1:30 p.m.) at the 21st annual UNH Nike Fall Soccer Classic on Bremner Field.

 

2010 America East Preseason Poll

Rank Team (1st-place votes)       Total Points

1.      Boston U. (3)                                44
2.      Stony Brook (3)                            43
3.      UMBC (1)                                     37
4.      New Hampshire (1)                    29

5.      Binghamton                                  25
6.      Hartford                                       22
7.      Vermont                                       14
8.      Albany                                         10

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