RETRIEVER MENíS SOCCER SQUAD SELECTED THIRD IN AMERICA EAST MENíS SOCCER COACHES POLL
Boston, Mass.óThe UMBC menís soccer team was selected to finish third by the head menís soccer coaches in the America East Conference in a poll released today. Defending champion Boston University was the unanimous choice to recapture the league title, as the Terriers received all eight possible first-place votes and total of 64 points. 2004 America East runner-up Binghamton received the other first-place vote (coaches do not vote for their own teams) and amassed 54 points, followed by UMBC (45) and Stony Brook (43).
UMBC (8-6-3, 4-5-0) tied for sixth place last season and did not qualify for its league playoffs for the first time since 1994. Head Coach Pete Caringi returns 9 starters and 16 letterwinners this season, including 2004 Midfielder and Rookie of the Year Matt Watson, First Team All America East defender Marcus Gross, and leading returning scorer Powell Cucchiella.
2005 America East Pre-Season Poll
1. Boston University (8) 64 2. Binghamton 54 (1) 3. UMBC 45 4. Stony Brook 43 5. Vermont 34 6. New Hampshire 25 T7. Albany 22 T7. Hartford 22 9. Maine 15