Immediate Release: July 26, 2004
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Binghamton men's soccer team ranked No. 22 in the nation by College Soccer News
Complete College Soccer News Poll
VESTAL, N.Y.--With the start of the 2004 soccer season just five weeks away, the Binghamton men's team has received its first-ever preseason ranking as a NCAA Division I Program. College Soccer News has ranked the Bearcats No. 22 in its Division I preseason poll. It also marks the first time that any Binghamton team has received a preseason ranking since the program moved to the Division I level in 2001.
"This is a wonderful achievement for our team and our university to be recognized by College Soccer News," head coach Paul Marco said. "Right now, every team in the country has the same record (0-0) so we have a lot to prove during the season. Still, we are looking forward to starting our preseason in a few weeks."
Binghamton returns 17 letterwinners, including eight starters, from the 2003 squad that won the America East Conference championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Junior goalkeeper Stefan Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland) and junior back Graham Munro (Inverness, Scotland), both of whom were named first-team all-conference, return to anchor a defense that led the nation in shutouts and fewest goals allowed in 2003.
Up front senior forward Stephen Bruce (Buckie, Scotland) and senior midfielder Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Ontario), both of whom were named second team all-conference last season, are among top returning goal scorers. Junior midfielder Danilo (Sao Paulo, Brazil), who was also named second-team all-conference, has been the vital link between the backfield and forwards.
Binghamton finished the 2003 campaign ranked No. 26 in the final Adidas/NSCAA Poll. That preseason poll has yet to be released.
The Bearcats kick off the 2004 season at Marist on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.
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