WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Leo University men's soccer team was selected to finish sixth in the latest Sunshine State Conference Preseason Poll, it was announced Wednesday.
Finishing the 2011 year fourth in the SSC with a 4-4 record (9-5-1 overall), the Lions finished six points behind Tampa for the fifth spot.
Losing only two seniors from last year's group, the Lions welcome 13 new players to the team, in addition to returning 17 letter winners and eight starters.
The Fighting Knights took the top spot collecting 192 points, received 16 first-place votes, the highest total possible since each school's voters do not rank their own squad.
Barry, which tied for fourth in the 2011 league standings, was selected to place second. The Buccaneers gathered 158 points to narrowly edge Rollins, which was slated to finish third with 157 points. The Tars, who ranked third in last fall's standings, also received the two remaining first-place votes.
Florida Tech was tabbed to finish fourth with 120 points. Tampa appeared in the fifth spot with 100 points.
Eckerd (73), Nova Southeastern (41), and Florida Southern (37) rounded out the preseason poll.
The preseason poll was conducted among SSC head coaches and sports information directors.
2012 SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE PRESEASON MEN'S SOCCER POLL
Rank – Team, Points (1st Place Votes)
1 – Lynn, 192 (16)
2 – Barry, 158
3 – Rollins, 157 (2)
4 – Florida Tech, 120
5 – Tampa, 100
6 – Saint Leo, 94
7 – Eckerd, 73
8 – Nova Southeastern, 41
9 – Florida Southern, 37