Boston, Mass.—UMBC men's soccer was picked to finish fifth in the 2018 America East Preseason Poll the conference announced on Tuesday. The poll is voted on by the league coaches, with each coach not being allowed to vote for their own program.
Last year, the America East finished with an RPI of five, after having an RPI of three the previous year. Only the ACC and the AE had 75 percent of its teams in the top 85 of the RPI. Both Albany and New Hampshire advanced to the NCAA Tournament with the Great Danes bowing out in the second round and Wildcats making it to the third round.
UMass Lowell was chosen as the preseason favorites with 44 points earning three first place votes. New Hampshire and defending champion Albany finished two-three with 42 points (two first place votes) and 40 points (three first place votes) respectively. Defending regular season champions Vermont were fourth with 32 points, just ahead of UMBC with 27 points in fifth.
Stony Brook (16 points), Hartford (12 points) and Binghamton (11 points) rounded out the eight team field.
Last year the Retrievers finished fifth in the conference with a 7-6-5, 2-4-1 AE record, falling to eventual champion Albany in penalty kicks in the first round of the America East Tournament.
Head coach Pete Caringi Jr. kicks off his 28th season at the helm of the Retrievers against Temple on Friday, Aug. 24. Kickoff with the Owls is set for 7 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.
|PLACE||TEAM||VOTES (First Place)|
|1.||UMass Lowell||44 (3)|
|2.||New Hampshire||42 (2)|