Senior Logan Lee

BOSTON - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team was picked to finish seventh out of 10 schools in America East in the preseason coaches' poll released Tuesday.

UNH, which received 25 poll points, returns eight players including its top scorer, Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H.), from a squad that finished with a 8-9-0 overall mark and a 3-6-0 ledger in America East despite losing five one-goal games.

The 'Cats open the 2004 schedule by playing host to the 15th Annual Nike Fall Soccer Classic. UNH faces St. Mary's on Sept. 4 (4:30 p.m.) then takes on the Crusaders of Holy Cross Sept. 5 (3:00 p.m.).

Defending America East champion Binghamton University is the preseason favorite to win the men's soccer conference title this year, according to a vote of the head coaches. The Bearcats received six of a possible nine first-place votes (coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team) and 75 points overall to outdistance 2003 regular-season champion UMBC, which had three first-place votes and 72 points. Boston University, which has won five championships since the conference's inception in 1989, received one first-place vote and 65 points.

The 2004 America East Preseason Men's Soccer Poll:
1. Binghamton (6) -- 75
2. UMBC (3) -- 72
3. Boston University (1) -- 65
4. Northeastern -- 57
5. Hartford -- 55
6. Stony Brook -- 36
7. New Hampshire -- 25
8. Maine -- 24
9. Albany -- 22
10. Vermont -- 19

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