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Men's Soccer Chosen Fourth In BIG EAST Poll




July 25, 2001

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The men's soccer team, fresh off its 2000 BIG EAST Tournament title, was chosen to finish fourth in the 13-team BIG EAST Conference, according to the Preseason Coaches' Poll released by the league today. Defending national champion Connecticut was chosen first with 11 first-place votes, followed by St. John's second and Rutgers third with the remaining two first-place votes.

In addition, 2000 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Casey Schmidt (Newbury Park, Calif.), a junior forward, was voted the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and chosen to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team. Last season, Schmidt scored 14 points - six goals and two assists - in BIG EAST games, as the team was undefeated when he scored. Overall, he registered 19 points - eight goals and three assists - in 17 games. Later in the season, he was a first team New England regional All-America selection.

In 2000, the men's team was selected ninth in the preseason poll, but went on to a 7-3-1 record in the league and a third-place finish overall. The Eagles won the BIG EAST Tournament, defeating Seton Hall 2-1, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1990. The team finished the campaign with a 12-7-1 overall record.

This season, the Eagles return eight starters and will add seven newcomers to the team. Their season officially begins on Aug. 31 with a league contest against Syracuse at 3 p.m. at the Newton Campus Soccer Field, but the exhibition season begins on Aug. 19 against Southern Connecticut at 1 p.m. at home.

2001 BIG EAST MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL

1. 	Connecticut (11)   143
2.	St. John's 	   129
3.	Rutgers (2)	   123
4.	BOSTON COLLEGE	    99
5.	Seton Hall	    98
6.	Notre Dame	    94
7.	Georgetown	    89
8.	Syracuse	    66
9.	Pittsburgh	    54
10.	West Virginia 	    44
11.	Providence	    32
12.	Virginia Tech	    22
13.	Villanova	    21
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Offensive Player of the Year: Casey Schmidt, BC
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Gbandi, Connecticut
Goalkeeper of the Year: Bryheem Hancock, Connecticut

PRESEASON BIG EAST TEAM
Guy Abrahamson, M, Rutgers
David Boutilier, B, Rutgers
Erich Braun, F, Notre Dame
Cesar Cuellar, F, Connecticut
Chris Gbandi, B, Connecticut
Bryheem Hancock, GK, Connecticut
Shalrie Joseph, M, St. John's
Dennis Ludwig, F, Rutgers
Jeff Mateo, M, St. John's
Kenny Owens, M/B, Georgetown
Casey Schmidt, F, Boston College
Greg Strohmann, F, Seton Hall

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