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For Immediate Release: August 21, 2007
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Men's soccer picked to repeat as champions in America East Preseason Coaches' Poll

2007 America East Preseason Men's Soccer Poll

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- For the second time in four seasons, the Binghamton men's soccer team has been picked to finish first in the America East Conference, according to the annual coaches' preseason poll. The Bearcats finished with 54 total points, one ahead of runner-up Boston and two ahead of third-place Vermont.

Binghamton won the 2006 America East title with a 1-0 overtime win over Vermont in the finals. The Bearcats, who also won the 2003 conference crown, have now advanced to the America East title game four consecutive years.

"It's nice to be picked first," head coach Paul Marco said. "But it is a reflection of how we have done in the past. It is great to have the respect of the rest of the conference but we have a long way to go this season."

The Bearcats were also tabbed first in 2004 but the decisive penalty kick shootout to Boston in the America East finals. Last season, Binghamton was picked to finish fourth before going 6-1-1 in conference play during the regular season and nailing down the No. 1 seed heading into the America East Tournament.

In 2006, Binghamton finished 9-7-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four seasons. The Bearcats were defeated 2-1 at then No. 17 Harvard in the opening round of play.

The 2007 season starts on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Radford at 3:30 p.m.

America East 2007 Preseason Poll 
 Rank/Team (1st Place Votes) Total
1. Binghamton (3) 54
2. Boston (2) 53
3. Vermont (3) 52
4. New Hampshire 38
5. Stony Brook 33
6. Hartford 30
7. UMBC (1) 29
8. Albany 23
9. Maine 11

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