DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team was selected eighth in the 2012 American East Preseason Coaches' Poll as announced by the league Wednesday afternoon.
The Wildcats received 14 points in the voting. Stony Brook topped the poll this year with six first-place votes, garnering 48 points. Boston University earned two first-place votes, totaling 43 points and taking second place. Hartford (32 points) and UMBC (31 points) were selected third and fourth, respectively. Vermont finished in fifth place after tallying 22 points while Albany and Binghamton deadlocked with 17 points for sixth.
New Hampshire returns 20 members from last years' squad, including sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.). Worra, a 2011 all-rookie selection, ranked fourth in the conference in GAA (1.13) his rookie year. Classmate David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) also returns to the pitch for the 'Cats after a stellar first season, netting three goals and dishing out two assists.
The 'Cats begin their 2012 campaign playing Oakland University Friday Aug. 24 (7 p.m.) at Rochester, Mich.
2012 Preseason Poll
Rank Team (1st-place votes) Points
1. Stony Brook (6) 48
2. Boston University (2) 43
3. Hartford 32
4. UMBC 31
5. Vermont 22
T-6. Albany 17
8. New Hampshire 14