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UMBC WOMEN’S SOCCER PICKED EIGHTH IN AMERICA EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
Head Coach Michelle Salmon's Retrievers were picked to finish eighth in the America East Preseason Coaches' Poll.
- The UMBC women’s soccer team was picked to finish eighth in the 2005 America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll, receiving 18 points.
Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Michelle Salmon, the Retrievers will look to return to the America East Championship, which they missed in 2004 after making it in 2003, their first season in the league. The top six teams in the conference advance to the tournament, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup. The Retrievers finished the season 8-10 overall last season, including 3-6 in the America East, good for ninth in the conference.
The Retrievers return nine starters and 18 players from the 2004 squad, including sophomore forward Jessica Young, who was selected to the America East All-Rookie team last season as UMBC’s top scorer with six goals and four assists. Also returning are junior forward Kelly Fiorani, last year’s second-leading scorer (3 goals, 4 assists); senior back Jessica Golibart (3 goals, 1 assist); junior back Mary Hearin (1 goal, 2 assists); and junior midfielder Betsy Day (2 goals).
The Retrievers open the season Aug. 26, hosting
2005 America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll
School (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Boston U. (4) 60
2. Maine (4) 58
3. New Hampshire 48
4. Binghamton (1) 41
T5. Stony Brook 31
T5. Vermont 31
7. Hartford 28
8. UMBC 18
9. Albany 9