Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Stony Brook Men's soccer picked to win America East in preseason poll

The Stony Brook men's soccer team has been selected to win the America East in 2012 according to the preseason head coaches poll, the conference announced Wednesday.

Stony Brook earned six out of a possible seven first-place votes to post 48 points. Coaches cannot vote for their own team. Following the Seawolves are Boston University (43), Hartford (32), UMBC (31), Vermont (22), Albany and Binghamton (17) and New Hampshire (14).

Stony Brook is coming off its second America East Championship title in the last three seasons and third overall. The Seawolves finished in second place in the conference during the regular season with a 4-2-1 record and then defeated Albany and Hartford en route to the tournament crown.

The Seawolves, under second-year head coach Ryan Anatol, return 13 letterwinners, including seven starters, from last season's team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Stony Brook opens the 2012 campaign at Fairleigh Dickinson on Aug. 24 and hosts Lehigh its home opener on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.