CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team was selected third in the 2011 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released Wednesday by the league office.
The Wildcats, runner-up to league champion UMBC last season, finished with a total of 33 points. Boston University topped the poll with five first-place votes, garnering 47 points. UMBC earned three first-place votes, totaling 43 points and taking second place. Stony Brook (32) and Binghamton (28) were selected fourth and fifth, respectively. Vermont (19), Hartford (15), and Albany (7) rounded out the poll.
Last year the Wildcats appeared in their first conference title game since 1994 and return 16 players from that team, including their entire starting back line, which ranked second nationally in team goals against average (0.49). New Hampshire wrapped up its 2010 campaign with a 9-5-6 record, recording its second straight nine-win campaign, competing in the America East Tournament for the sixth time in the last eight years.
Despite falling 5-4 on penalty kicks to UMBC (Nov. 13) in the America East Championship game, the Wildcats held the Retrievers scoreless through regulation and both overtime periods, marking the third consecutive team they shut out in the conference tournament, as they also blanked Binghamton (Nov. 6) and Boston University (Nov. 10). The impressive mark made UNH the first team ever to record three shutouts in the conference tournament.
The 'Cats begin their 2011 campaign playing host to the University of Rhode Island Friday, Aug. 26 (7 p.m.) on Bremner Field.
Rank Team (1st-place votes) Total Points
1. Boston U. (5) 47
2. UMBC (3) 43
3. New Hampshire 33
4. Stony Brook 32
5. Binghamton 28
6. Vermont 19
7. Hartford 15
8. Albany 7