August 1, 2001
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Preseason honors have started to come in as the 2001 men's soccer season is a month away from kicking off. College Soccer News, an on-line college soccer publication, has released its preseason rankings with Boston College placing 24th in the poll. In addition, three players, junior forward Casey Schmidt, junior midfielder/forward Bobby Thompson and freshman midfielder Bill Arnault, received individual honors. Schmidt was selected as a preseason third team All-American, Thompson was highlighted as a "Midfielder To Watch In 2001" and Arnualt was spotlighted as "Freshman To Watch In 2001".
The rankings, which include four of the Eagles 2001 opponents - Connecticut (No. 4), Penn State (No. 12), Brown (No. 20) and Ohio State (No. 25), were announced in late July. Two other BIG EAST foes, St. John's (No. 8) and Rutgers (No. 15), were included in the list. Syracuse also received votes in the poll.
Also, the publication also ranked head coach Ed Kelly's incoming recruiting class as the nation's 28th best. The class includes freshmen Arnault, Pat Haggerty (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Guy Melamed (Nofit, Israel), Brendan Burke (Hopedale, Mass.) and Junior Desrosiers (Cambridge, Mass.) and sophomore transfers Neil Krause (Assumption College) and Paul Chase (Providence College).
Schmidt was the BIG EAST's 2000 Offensive Player of the Year and led the team in scoring for the second-straight season. He recorded eight goal and three assists for 19 points. Thompson came on strong at the end of the season, earning BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors and capped the season with five goals and five assists for 15 points. Arnault was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America high school All-American and Academic All-American from Cicero-North Syracuse High School (N.Y.) last year. He also spent some time with the United States' Under-18 national team this summer.
Last week, the BIG EAST coaches selected the Eagles to finish fourth in the 13-team league, while also choosing Schmidt as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
The Eagles kick off the 2001 season on Aug. 31 against Syracuse at 3 p.m. at the Newton Campus Soccer Field.