Patriot League Announces Women's Soccer Preseason Poll

Holy Cross Athletics   08-16-2017

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s soccer team was selected to finish ninth in the Patriot League preseason poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches and media relations directors. The Crusaders received 43 points in the voting process.

Boston University was selected to finish first in the poll with 156 points and 12 first-place votes. Closely behind in second was defending Patriot League Champion Bucknell, who garnered 152 points along with eight first-place votes. Also in the top five were Navy in third place with 121 points, Colgate in fourth with 119 points and Lehigh in fifth with 102 points.

Rounding out the rest of the poll were Loyola (sixth, 69 points), Army West Point (seventh, 66 points), Lafayette (eighth, 53 points) and American (10th, 19 points).

The women’s soccer program will begin the 2017 season this Friday, as it plays host to Quinnipiac at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium with action beginning at 7:05 p.m.

Patriot League Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll

  1. Boston University, 156 points (12 first-place votes)
  2. Bucknell, 152 (8)
  3. Navy, 121
  4. Colgate, 119
  5. Lehigh, 102
  6. Loyola, 69
  7. Army, 66
  8. Lafayette, 53
  9. Holy Cross, 43
  10. American, 19

Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Kendall Ham, Bucknell (Sr., F)

Patriot League Preseason Midfielder of the Year: Julianna Chen, Boston University (Jr., M)

Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Rachel Bloznalis, Boston University (Gr., D)

Women’s Soccer Preseason All-Patriot League Team

Kendall Ham, Bucknell (Sr., F)
Maddie Mulford, Bucknell (Sr., F)
Abby Sotomayor, Colgate (So., F)
Clare Shea, Army West Point (Sr., M)
Julianna Chen, Boston U. (Jr., M)
Eliza Doll, Colgate (Sr., M)
Adrian Vitello, Lehigh (Sr., M)
Rachel Bloznalis, Boston U. (Gr., D)
Karli Cirovski, Bucknell (Sr., D)
Alyssa Riporti, Lehigh (Sr., D)
Sam Miller, Lehigh (So., GK)

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