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MEN'S SOCCER PICKED SIXTH IN AMERICA EAST COACHES' POLL
Boston, MA--Pete Caringi's men's soccer team, a fixture in post-season league play, has been picked sixth of ten America East teams, according to a vote of the league's head coaches.
Defending AEC champion Northeastern is the pre-season favorite, having garnered 8 of 10 first place votes. The Huskies return 10 starters from a 12-6-2 squad (6-2 AEC), including Atha Kirkopoulos, the league's MVP who tallied 9 goals and added 10 assists in 2002. Boston University was picked second and New Hampshire third as each school garnered one first place vote.
UMBC has reached its league's post-season tournament in eleven of twelve opportunites at the Division I level, all under Caringi. In that span, they have won outright or tied for the Big South or NEC top spot on three occasions, and captured one tournament title in 1999. The Retrievers tied LIU for the NEC's top spot last year, going 8-1-1 in league play. Coach Caringi owns a record of 63-26-11 in conference competition since his arrival at UMBC in 1991.
The top six teams will qualify for the America East Tournament, which opens on November 8 at the #3 and #4 seeds.
2003 Pre-Season America East Men's Soccer Poll
1. Northeastern (8), 80 votes 2. Boston University (1), 66 3. New Hampshire (1), 56 4. Vermont 55 5. Hartford 54 6. UMBC 45 7. Albany 37 8. Binghamton 25 9. Stony Brook 17 10. Maine 13
() indicates first place votes