NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team is making its best showing in 10 years in the annual Little East Conference pre-season poll.
The Corsairs were picked to finish second. That's the highest they have been picked since they shared the number two ranking in the 2002 poll. UMass Dartmouth received one first place vote and 52 points, placing them nine points behind defending champion Eastern Connecticut State, which was picked to finish first. ECSU received five of the eight first-place votes and 61 points. Keene State received the other two first-place votes and got 51points, one point behind the Corsairs.
Rhode Island College was picked fourth, with 38 points; UMass Boston was fifth with 34 points, Plymouth State sixth with 24 points, Western Connecticut State seventh with 15 points and Southern Maine eighth with 13 points.
"It feels good to be recognized by your peers, but we're fully aware that this is a very competitive conference, and the difference between one and eight is very small," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "We start the season Friday, and our first match will be a good barometer for where we are at this point, and we'll pursue our goal, which is the Little East Conference championship."
UMass Dartmouth finished 11-7-1 overall and went 4-2-1 in LEC play last season, finishing fourth and advancing to the semi-finals of the LEC Tournament. The Corsairs return 14 student-athletes this season, including 10 starters.
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