August 15, 2011

RAMS PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN CAA PRESEASON COACHES POLL

RICHMOND, Va. – The Colonial Athletic Association released its preseason men's soccer coaches poll on Monday and the Virginia Commonwealth University men's soccer program was picked to finish second by the league's 12 coaches.

The Rams garnered 102 points and picked up one first-place vote.

Old Dominion, a team that advanced to the second round of the 2010 NCAA tournament, was picked to finish first in the CAA after collecting 112 points and six first-place votes. 2010 CAA tournament champion William & Mary came in at No. 3 after receiving 90 points and four first-place votes.

George Mason, UNC Wilmington, Northeastern, Hofstra, James Madison, Drexel, Towson, Delaware and Georgia State round out the No. 4-12 spots in the poll, respectively.

VCU returns seven starters back from last year's team that finished second in the CAA regular season and advanced to the CAA tournament for the first time since 2007.

The Rams are set to kickoff the 2011 campaign with a non-conference match against Navy on August 26th at 8 p.m. at Sports Backers.

2011 CAA Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

    School   Points  
1.   Old Dominion (six first-place votes)   112  
2.   VCU (one first-place vote)   102  
3.   William & Mary (four first-place votes)   90  
4.   George Mason   87  
5.   UNC Wilmington   80  
6.   Northeastern (one first-place vote)   79  
7.   Hofstra   67  
8.   James Madison   53  
9.   Drexel   40  
10.   Towson   37  
11   Delaware   30  
12   Georgia State   15  
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