Patriot League Men's Soccer Preseason Poll Announced

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men's soccer team was selected to finish eighth in the 2012 Patriot League preseason poll as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors from around the league. Defending Patriot League champion Colgate was selected as the preseason favorite with 91 points, including eight first place votes. American (85 points, five first place votes), Lehigh (67 points) and Navy (64 points, one first place vote), all qualifying members of the 2011 Patriot League tournament, round out the top four teams in the preseason standings. Lafayette was selected fifth with 48 points and two first place votes, Bucknell sixth with 47 points, Army seventh with 31 points and Holy Cross eighth with 15 points to finish out the poll.

Holy Cross kicks off the 2012 season on Aug. 30 against Quinnipiac at home at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium at 7:00 p.m. 

Patriot League Preseason Poll
  1. Colgate – 91 points (8 first-place votes)
  2. American – 85 (5)
  3. Lehigh – 67
  4. Navy – 64 (1)
  5. Lafayette – 48 (2)
  6. Bucknell – 47
  7. Army – 31
  8. Holy Cross – 15

Preseason All-Patriot League Team

Alassane Kane, American, Sr., F
Shane Conlin, Colgate, Sr., F
Ryan Morales, American, Sr., M
Brendan Burgdorf, Bucknell, Sr., M
Mike Garzi, Colgate, Sr., M
Sean Peckham, Lafayette, Sr., M
Cristobal Soto, American, Jr., D
Mayowa Alli, Bucknell, Jr., D
Patrick Letourneau, Colgate, Sr., D
Julian Plummer, Lafayette, So., D
Ciaran Nugent, Lehigh, Jr., GK

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year – Alassane Kane, American, Sr., F

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year – Patrick Letourneau, Colgate, Sr., D