Men's Soccer Picked Seventh in LEC Pre-Season Poll

Men's Soccer Picked Seventh in LEC Pre-Season Poll

Aug. 26, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team has been picked seventh in the Little East Conference pre-season poll.

The Corsairs received 23 points, three points behind sixth-place Western Connecticut State and 11 ahead of eighth-place UMass Boston.

Eastern Connecticut State was picked first with three first-place votes and 57 points, Rhode Island College was listed next with two first-place votes and 55 points, Southern Maine was third with one first-place vote and 40 points, and Plymouth State was listed fourth with 38 points and one first-place vote. Keene State was predicted to finish fifth with 37 points, and WCSU got the other first-place vote.

"I feel that the pre-season poll went pretty much as expected," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "We have a lot of respect for our entire conference, but I was surprised to see us so low. We will continue to work hard, get better, and see if we can't earn a higher finish than predicted."

UMass Dartmouth finished 7-10-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the Little East Conference last year, tying for sixth in the conference. The Corsairs will begin their 2009 season September 5th at Salve Regina.

2009 Little East Conference Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll Rank Institution First Place Total Points 1 Eastern Connecticut State University 3 57 2 Rhode Island College 2 55 3 University of Southern Maine 1 40 4 Plymouth State University 1 38 5 Keene State College 37 6 Western Connecticut State University 1 26 7 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 23 8 University of Massachusetts Boston 12