Aug. 7, 2012
Chestnut Hill, MA -
The Boston College women's soccer team earned the No. 11 spot in the National Soccer coaches Association Of America (NSCAA) 2012 preseason poll, as announced this afternoon.
Boston College finished the 2011 season ranked 15th in the country, though the team advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the fourth straight season.
In the NSCAA preseason poll, BC is one of seven ACC teams ranked in the Top 15. The reigning national champion Stanford Cardinal received the No. 1 ranking followed by Duke, Wake Forest and Florida State. UVA is ranked seventh; UNC is eighth, while Maryland is 13th in the poll. Virginia Tech earned the No. 22 spot in the poll.
The 2012 season will prove to be a test for the Eagles will play nine of the top 13 ranked teams this season. BC will travel to Stanford, California to play the Cardinal on Sunday, Aug. 26 for the first big test of the season. Other ranked teams on the Eagles schedule includes No. 23 Boston University on Sunday, Aug. 26; No. 12 Central Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10; No. 3 Wake Forest on Sunday, Sept. 20; No. 22 Virginia Tech on Sunday, Sept. 23; No. 10 Pepperdine on Saturday, Sept. 29; No. 8 UNC on Thursday, Oct. 4; No. 2 Duke on Sunday, Oct. 7; No. 13 Maryland on Thursday, Oct. 11; No. 4 FSU on Thursday, Oct. 18 and No. 7 Virginia on Thursday, Oct. 25. The Eagles will also play two teams receiving votes in the preseason poll, Harvard and Miami.
The Eagles return seven starters and from the 2011 squad that went 12-6-3 (6-4-0 ACC). The 2012 lineup features - All-American Kristen Mewis, senior forward Victoria DiMartino, junior captain Gibby Wagner, junior midfielder and team MVP Kate McCarthy and sophomore defender Casey Morrison, who was an All-ACC Rookie Team honoree last season.
Boston College will host UMass in an exhibition on Friday, August 10 at 5:30 p.m. The Eagles will then have one week to prepare for the season opener vs. former Big East foe Providence. The Eagles and Friars will play at the 7 p.m. at the Newton Soccer Complex. There is no admission for regular season home games.
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